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California’s Blueprint for A Safer Economy
Revised State Framework Reopening Guidance
On August 28, 2020 the State of California introduced a new blueprint for reducing COVID-19 in the state with revised criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on business activities. This replaces the state's previous COVID-19 “County Monitoring List". This framework, entitled Blueprint for a Safer Economy, was effective as of Monday, August 31, 2020. View the summary of permitted activities under each tier of the new blue print .
Limited Stay Home Order
On November 21, 2020, the California Department of Public Health issued a Curfew for all counties in Purple Tier 1. This Order applied to Sacramento County and requires that all gatherings with members of other households cease between 10 p.m. – 5 a.m., except for critical infrastructure activities.
Regional Stay Home Order
The Regional Stay Home Order, announced December 3, 2020, will go into effect when a region has been announced to have less than 15% ICU availability. This prohibits private gatherings of any size, close sector operations except for critical infrastructure and retail, and require 100% masking and physical distancing in all others.
Once triggered, these orders will remain in effect for at least 3 weeks. After that period, they will be lifted when a region's projected ICU capacity meets or exceeds 15%. This will be assessed on a weekly basis after the initial 3 week period. Learn more about these orders.
The five regions being measured:
- Northern California: Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, Trinity
- Bay Area: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma
- Greater Sacramento: Alpine, Amador, Butte, Colusa, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Sierra, Sutter, Yolo, Yuba
- San Joaquin Valley: Calaveras, Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, San Benito, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tulare, Tuolumne
- Southern California: Imperial, Inyo, Los Angeles, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura
Sacramento County Status
On December 10, 2020, the Greater Sacramento region's ICU availability fell below the criteria of 15% and entered the County into the State's Regional Stay at Home Order.
On January 12, 2021, the Greater Sacramento region's four week ICU availability projection exceeded 15%, allowing the County to exit the Regional Stay at Home Order and resume operating under the State's Blueprint for a Safer Economy tier structure. Based on the State's tier criteria, Sacramento County is in Tier 1/Purple.
The County Public Health Order was amended on January 13, 2021 to align with the State's Purple/Tier 1, which reopens some indoor and outdoor operations under reduced operational capacity but retains the State's curfew order. For a summary, go to the Public Health Orders and FAQ page. Review the differences between the Regional Stay at Home Order and Purple Tier 1.
Summary of order:
- OUTDOOR operations only with mitigation: Cardrooms; Family Entertainment Centers; Gyms and fitness centers; Movie theaters (includes max capacity); Museums, zoos, aquariums; Places of worship (includes max capacity); Playgrounds, parks and rec; Restaurants; and Wineries. *Bars, pubs, breweries, and distilleries may operate outdoors only if offering outdoor, sit-down meals.
- INDOOR operations with mitigation: All retail/shopping centers (max 25% capacity) excludes food courts/common areas; Grocery Stores (max 50% capacity) Critical infrastructure; Hair salons and barbershops; Libraries (max 25% capacity); Nail salons and electrolysis operations; Personal care services; and Professional sports (no live audiences).
In alignment with CDPH School requirements, schools (all grade levels) that reopened for in-person instruction, either under a waiver or while Sacramento County was in Red Tier 2 (Sep. 29 – Nov. 10, 2020) on the California Blueprint for a Safer Economy, are permitted to continue to conduct in-person instruction. Schools conducting in-person instruction must maintain mitigation measures, including social distancing, face coverings, and sanitization, in compliance with schools guidance from CDPH and Sacramento County Public Health.
Schools that had not reopened must wait until they are eligible again, either by acquiring a waiver from Sacramento County Public Health (grades TK-6 only) or by waiting until Sacramento County returns to Red Tier 2 for at least two weeks.
For questions about the PHO, call the Public Health hotline at (916) 875-2400. For complaints about unsafe practices at businesses (e.g. face coverings, social distancing), or violations of the Health Order, dial 3-1-1 or go to Sacramento County 311 Connect, or email, SacCo311@custhelp.com.
On November 16, 2020,
the California Department of Public Health issued revised Guidance
on the Use of Face Coverings, which supersedes face
coverings guidance released on June 18, 2020. New guidance expands the required the use of face coverings in
California when in public or common spaces. Complete details, including
all requirements and exceptions to these rules, can be found in the guidance.
For questions about the Public Health Order, call the California Department of
Public Health COVID-19 Information Line at (1-833-422-4255).
In support of our business community, Sacramento County is providing the following information from the State of California.
Follow the Employer Playbook for a Safe Reopening to help plan and prepare for reopening your business.
The playbook includes detailed information on:
- When and how an employer must report a COVID-19 positive employee.
- What is defined as an outbreak.
- Guidance for employers who may be considering whether to suspend operations due to COVID-19 spread in the workplace.
All businesses and facilities must follow the items listed here before reopening:
Employer Policies and Resources
- Scroll down this page to find the guidance for your industry, business, event, or activity. See guidance in other languages
- Review it completely.
- Perform a detailed risk assessment and create a worksite-specific protection plan.
- Train employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19. This includes how to screen themselves for symptoms and when to stay home.
- Set up individual control measures and screenings.
- Put disinfection protocols in place.
- Establish physical distancing guidelines.
- Establish universal face covering requirements (with allowed exceptions). See CDPH guidelines (PDF).
- Post your completed checklist so everyone can know the steps you've taken. Feel free to add more safety measures to the ones included in your industry's guidance.
It's important that employees with COVID-19 know they should stay home. Your sick leave policies need to support that. Workers also need safe and reliable childcare options during the COVID-19 response. See information on: