COVID-19: California County Directives and Mandates - September 2020

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On Friday, August 28, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled a new and simpler four-tiered classification system, the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, to evaluate regional and business-sector health risk and to guide counties as they reopen businesses closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses across the state have largely been closed since the Governor issued the first Stay-at-Home Order on March 19, 2020, and additional restrictions were put in place in July. Prior to August 28, the state was tracking counties’ COVID-19 metrics via a Monitoring List, with counties on the list subject to additional restrictions. That list has now been replaced with the four-tiered Blueprint. Counties in California are now subject to a streamlined set of restrictions based on the tier into which they fall, which is determined by case counts per 100,000 residents and test positivity rates. More information on the Blueprint is available here.

The chart below provides an overview of the major restrictions that apply to counties in each tier. The full chart from the state is available here. Note that counties can put in place additional restrictions on top of the state’s baseline. The table below lists the current tier for each county as well as any applicable additional restrictions, based on county Health Officer Orders.

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Blueprint for a Safer Economy

Sector Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3 Tier 4
Retail Open indoors with modifications - 25% capacity Open indoors with modifications - 50% capacity Open indoors with modifications Open indoors with modifications
Hair Salons & Barbershops Open indoors with modifications Open indoors with modifications Open indoors with modifications Open indoors with modifications
Personal Care Services Outdoors only with modifications Open indoors with modifications Open indoors with modifications Open indoors with modifications
Offices Remote Remote Open indoors with modifications, encourage remote working Open indoors with modifications, encourage remote working
Hotels & Lodging Open with modifications Open with modifications - fitness centers 10% capacity Open with modifications - fitness centers 25% capacity, indoor pools open Open with modifications - fitness centers 50% capacity, spas open
Gyms & Fitness Centers Outdoors only with modifications Open indoors with modifications - 10% capacity Open indoors with modifications - 25% capacity, indoor pools Open indoors with modifications - 50% capacity, spas open
Restaurants Outdoors only with modifications Open indoors with modifications Open indoors with modifications - 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is less Open indoors with modifications - 50% capacity
Bars Closed Closed Outdoors only with modifications Outdoors only with modifications - 50% capacity
Places of Worship Outdoors only with modifications Open indoors with modifications - 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is less Open indoors with modifications - 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is less Open indoors modifications - 50% capacity
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California County Stay-At-Home Orders and Reopening Plans

County COVID-19 Landing Page Stay-at-Home Orders County Reopening Plans Current Tier Additional Restrictions
Alameda County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Recovery Resources Tier 1: Widespread risk

Outdoor dining no longer permitted; pick-up and delivery only.

No variance; compliance with County-specific health protocols required; Check county reopening plan for specific details. Permitted as of June 19:

  • Retail
  • Outdoor museums
  • Religious & cultural ceremonies
  • Outdoor fitness
  • Summer schools
Alpine County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Plan Tier 4: Minimal risk
Amador County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Guidance Tier 2: Substantial risk

Indoor activities ordered closed as of August 20:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms
Butte County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Plan Tier 1: Widespread risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms
Calaveras County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: County Order Rescinded Reopening Plan Tier 2: Substantial risk

Indoor activities ordered closed as of August 20:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms
Colusa County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Order Tier 1: Widespread risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms
Contra Costa County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Plan Tier 1: Widespread risk Indoor religious services prohibited.

Indoor restaurants closed.

Bars also closed.

As of Friday, August 28, 2020, personal care services such as nail salons and massage services, as well as gyms are permitted to reopen for outdoor business. Hotels and short-term rentals also permitted to reopen for personal travel.
Del Norte County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Plan Tier 3: Moderate risk
El Dorado County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Guidance Tier 2: Substantial risk
Fresno County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Guidance Tier 1: Widespread risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms
Glenn County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Plan Tier 1: Widespread risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms
Humboldt County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Tool Tier 3: Moderate risk
Imperial County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Guidance and Updated Order Tier 1: Widespread risk Stay at Home Order reissued; all non-essential businesses closed.

Bars ordered closed.

Indoor restaurants closed.
Inyo County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Guidance Tier 2: Substantial risk

Indoor activities ordered closed as of August 20:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms
Kern County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Guidance Tier 1: Widespread risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms
Kings County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Plan Tier 1: Widespread risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms
Lake County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Plan Tier 2: Substantial risk
Lassen County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Plan Tier 2: Substantial risk
Los Angeles County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Plan Tier 1: Widespread risk Per the County’s July 1, 2020 Health Order, employers with 3 or more cases of COVID-19 “among their employees within a span of 14 days” must report this information to the County Department of Public Health.

Bars ordered closed.

Indoor restaurants closed.

Staff and patrons of gyms must wear face coverings and gloves.
Madera County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Plan Tier 1: Widespread risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms
Marin County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Plan

Tier 2: Substantial risk

Additional reopenings planned for June 29 postponed, including:

  • Indoor Dining
  • Hair Salons, Barbershops, and Nail Salons
  • Gyms & Fitness Studios
  • Hotels, Motels, Hospitality, Short Term Rentals (leisure and tourism activity)
  • Camp grounds, RV Parks, and Picnic areas
  • Outdoor based vehicle gatherings

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining,
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms
Mariposa County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Plan Tier 3: Moderate risk
Mendocino County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Plan Tier 1: Widespread risk

Indoor activities ordered closed as of August 20:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms
Merced County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Resources Tier 1: Widespread risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms
Modoc County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Tier 4: Minimal risk
Mono County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Plan Tier 3: Moderate risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms
Monterey County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Plan Tier 1: Widespread risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms
Napa County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Plan Tier 2: Substantial risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms
Nevada County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Plan Tier 2: Substantial risk
Orange County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Resources Tier 2: Substantial risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms
Placer County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Plan Tier 2: Substantial risk

The following business sectors ordered closed:

In addition, all brewpubs, breweries, bars, and pubs would need to close, both indoors and outdoors, unless they offer sit down, dine-in meals.

Plumas County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Plan Tier 3: Moderate risk
Riverside County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Plan Tier 1: Widespread risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms
Sacramento County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Plan Tier 1: Widespread risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms
San Benito County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Guidance Tier 1: Widespread risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms
San Bernardino County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Plan Tier 1: Widespread risk Bars recommended closed.

Indoor restaurants closed.
San Diego County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Plan Tier 2: Substantial risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms
San Francisco City and County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Plan Tier 2: Substantial risk

As of Tuesday, September 1, county reopenings are limited, including:

  • Personal care services can open outdoors
  • Retail storefronts can open, with physical distancing
  • Restaurants with sit-down meal service can open for outdoor dining
  • Offices can reopen only for people working essential business or government operations
  • Supply chain businesses can operate

Please see the County’s updated Stay Home Order site for additional guidance.

San Joaquin County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Plan Tier 1: Widespread risk Bars and indoor activities ordered closed.
San Luis Obispo County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Plan Tier 1: Widespread risk
San Mateo County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Plan Tier 1: Widespread risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms
Santa Barbara County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Plan Tier 1: Widespread risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms
Santa Clara County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Tier 2: Substantial risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms
Santa Cruz County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Guidance Tier 2: Substantial risk

Removed from State monitoring list on August 17, 2020. Indoor activities that remain closed until at least August 31 include:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms
Shasta County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Plan Tier 3: Moderate risk
Sierra County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Resources Tier 2: Substantial risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms
Siskiyou County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Plan Tier 3: Moderate risk
Solano County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Plan Tier 1: Widespread risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms
Sonoma County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Plan Tier 1: Widespread risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms
Stanislaus County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Plan Tier 1: Widespread risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms
Sutter County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Tier 1: Widespread risk
Tehama County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Plan Tier 2: Substantial risk
Trinity County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Tier 3: Moderate risk

Indoor activities ordered closed as of August 26:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms
Tulare County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Plan Tier 1: Widespread risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms
Tuolumne County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Plan Tier 3: Moderate risk
Ventura County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Tier 1: Widespread risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms
Yolo County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: County Order Rescinded Reopening Plan Tier 1: Widespread risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms
Yuba County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Tier 1: Widespread risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms
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