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Sacramento County Issues New Public Health Order - Moves Further Into Stage 2

Post Date:05/22/2020 12:25 PM


On May 8, 2020, the Governor announced that the State of California had entered into Stage 2 of California's Roadmap to Modify the COVID-19 Stay-at-Home Order. This allowed expanded retail businesses with curbside pick-up/delivery only, and associated manufacturing and supply chain businesses to reopen and begin conducting business again, consistent with social distancing requirements.

On May 19, 2020, Sacramento County submitted, and subsequently received an attestation from the State of California, permitting Sacramento County to accelerate through the phases of Stage 2 at a faster rate than the rest of the State.  As a result of this approval, Sacramento County has issued a revised Public Health Order with guidelines for activities allowable under the expanded segment of Stage 2.

With these new guidelines, it is estimated that 78% of Galt businesses will now be able to re-open as long as modifications are made for social distancing and other specified requirements provided below,  

All activities listed below are allowable with strict social distancing and other requirements.  Additionally, no gatherings of any size are permitted at this time. Any open businesses must complete the Social Distancing Protocol checklist issued by the County verifying that the business is in compliance with social distancing protocol. 

  • Transportation:  Resume full public transportation.
  • Hospitality:  Resume dine-in at restaurants with the following restrictions: 
    • Reduced capacity - tables at least 6 feet apart (household members only dine together); staff wear face coverings; disposable menus; prefer no cash; frequently clean high-contact surfaces.
    • Restaurants should review the guidance provided by the California Department of Public Health for dine-in restaurants, prepare a plan and post the checklist for dine-in restaurants at the establishment.
  • Retail:  Micro enterprises retail, shopping malls:
  • Personal Care:  Pet grooming, car washes.
  • Private Enterprise:  Agricultural food and beverage cultivation, process and distribution open for retail by appointment only.
  • Professional Services:  Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, arborists, landscapers, gardeners.
  • Offices/Workplaces:  Reopen small offices when telework is not possible.
  • Child/Daycare:  Childcare, daycare and family daycare (review CDC guidelines provided here).
  • Religious/Cultural:  Drive-through religious services.
  • Entertainment:  Outdoor museums, art galleries.
  • Large Outdoor Venues:  Drive-through graduation ceremonies.
  • Hair Salons/Barbershops: Effective May 26, 2020, hair salons and barbershops are able to open in accordance with the state issued guidelines found here.
  • Religious and Cultural Services: Effective May 25, 2020, religious services and cultural ceremonies are allowed to be held in accordance with state issued guidelines found here.  

Every business should take steps to reduce the risk of COVID-19 and create a safer environment for workers and customers.  The State has issued guidance for businesses to follow in each industry segment.  Businesses must review the guidance relevent to their workplace and ensure compliance prior to reopening.  The Statewide industry guidance can be found here on the Resilience Roadmap website. 

The following sectors, businesses, establishments, or activities are not permitted to operate in the State of California at this time:

  • Personal services such as nail salons, tattoo parlors, gyms and fitness studios
  • Hospitality services, such as bars, wineries, tasting rooms and lounges (applies only to those establishments not serving food)
  • Entertainment venues, such as movie theaters, gaming, gambling, and arcade venues, and pro sports, indoor museums and gallery spaces, zoos, and libraries
  • Community centers, public pools, playgrounds, and picnic areas
  • Nightclubs
  • Concert venues
  • Live audience sports
  • Festivals
  • Theme parks
  • Hotels/lodging for leisure and tourism

As the community enters Stage 2 of the State of Califonia's Roadmap to Reopening, it it critical that all community members maintain social distancing requirements of six feet or more, practice good hand hygiene, stay home if ill, and wear facial coverings when social distancing is not possible. 

A comprehensive list of FAQs is available on the Sacramento County website for further information related to the lastest Public Health Order and existing conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic. 


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