COVID-19: Industry Guidelines - Preparing to Re-Open

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GRaphic showing the stages one through four for Covid 19 guidance for reopening. It is currently stage 3.
 

California’s Four-Stage Plan

Stage 1 – Safety and Pre​paredness

Continue to build out testing, contact tracing, PPE, and hospital surge capacity.

Continue to make essential workplaces as safe as possible:

  • Phy​sical and work flow adaptation
  • Essential workforce safety net
  • Make PPE more widely available
  • Individual behavior changes

Stay at home except for essential and permitted activities

Prepare sector-by-sector safety guidelines for expanded workforce.​

Stage 2 – Lower-Risk Workplaces

Gradually opening some lower-risk workplaces with adaptations at a pace designed to protect public health and safety, starting with:

  • Retail
  • Manufacturing
  • Offices (when telework not possible)
  • Outdoor Museums
  • Limited Personal Services

Limit time outside the home and travel only for permissible activities, such as healthcare, food, outdoor exercise and recreation (individuals and households only). Stage 1 and 2 work, and local shopping or other activities related to open sectors.

Some counties may move more quickly throug​h stage 2, following guidelines laid out on the county variance page​.

Other counties may maintain more restrictive public health measures.

Monitor critical indicators and alter scope of reopening if necessary to protect public health and safety.​

Stage 3 – Higher-risk Workplaces 

Phase in higher-risk workplaces at a pace designed to protect public health and safety, beginning with limited personal care and recreational venues (with workplace modifications).

Travel for permissible activities, such as healthcare, food, stages 1-3 work, and local or activities shopping related to open sectors.

Monitor critical indicators and alter scope of reopening if necessary to protect public health and safety.​ 

Stage 4 – End of Stay Home Order 

Gradually open larger gathering venues at a pace consistent with public health and safety, such as nightclubs, concert venues, and live audience sports.

Gradually resume remaining activities and travel.

Monitor critical indicators and alter scope of reopening if necessary ​to protect public health and safety.

Current Stage

Sacramento County released a new Public Health Order, effective at 3:00 p.m., July 14, and will be in effect until it is rescinded or amended by the Health Officer. The California Department of P ublic Health is requiring all counties that have been on the COVID Monitoring List for at least three days to move certain sectors to outdoor operations. Sacramento is one of the counties on the list and has amended its Public Health Order to reflect the requirement.

The Public Health Order aligns with previous health orders, but supersedes those of March 19, April 7, May 1, May 26, June 12, June 19, June 29 and July 2nd. The Public Health Order continues to reinforce the direction that all individuals stay home as much as possible and carry on with social distancing protocols. The Public Health Order also acknowledges the state's guidance on face coverings

The following industries or activities in Sacramento County must close unless they can be modified to operate outside or by pick-up, effective July 14, 2020.

  • Fitness centers
  • Worship services
  • Protests
  • Offices for non-essential sectors
  • Personal care services, like nail salons, body waxing and tattoo parlors
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Malls

    ​In addition to the list above, industries or activities in Sacramento County were required to close unless they could be modified to operate outside or by pick-up, effective July 2, 2020.
  • Dine-in restaurants
  • Wineries and tasting rooms
  • Movie theaters 
  • Family entertainment centers
  • Zoos and museums
  • Cardrooms

    Additionally, bars, brewpubs, breweries, and pubs must close all operations both indoor and outdoor statewide, unless they are offering sit-down, outdoor dine-in meals. Alcohol can only be sold in the same transaction as a meal.

    For questions about the Public Health Order, call the County Department of Public Health hotline at (916) 875-2400.​

    To report a violation of the Public Health Officer Order, call 3-1-1. ​

Businesses that are not yet allowed to reopen 

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

  • Indoor playgrounds such as bounce centers, ball pits and laser tag
  • Live theater
  • Saunas and steam rooms
  • Nightclubs
  • Concert venues
  • Festivals
  • Theme parks
  • Higher education
  • Bars


If the state has not yet released guidance for a sector, then that sector cannot yet be reopened at the local level. Officials in counties with attestations determine when specific sectors of their economy can reopen if state guidance has been posted.

Face Coverings 

The Health Order also acknowledges the state's new guidance on face coverings. For questions about the Public Health Order, call the California Department of Public Health COVID-19 Information Line at (1-833-422-4255). 

The best defense against COVID-19 continues to be: 

  • Staying at home and physical distancing 
  • Wearing a face covering
  • Washing hands frequently
  • Avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoiding being around people with COVID-19 symptoms

Guidance 

Review the guidance below that is relevant to your workplace, prepare a plan based on the guidance for your industry, and put it into action. 

The Employer Playbook for a Safe Reopening provides guidance for employers to help them plan and prepare for reopening their business and to support a safe, clean environment for workers and customers. The guidance and links in each section are provided to give employers the tools they need to open safely and mitigate risks associated with COVID-19.  

The industry-specific guidance below applies to businesses statewide. Review the guidance that is relevant to your workplace, make a plan, and put it into action. Some counties have received state approval to move further into the reopening roadmap. To see guidance for industry sectors allowed to reopen in counties with state approval, see the list of guidance for counties with attestations.​


Before reopening, all facilities must:

  • Perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-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
  • Implement individual control measures and screenings
  • Implement disinfecting protocols
  • Implement physical distancing guidelines


It is critical that employees needing to self-isolate because of COVID-19 are encouraged to stay at home, with sick leave policies to support that, to prevent further infection in your workplace. See additional information on government programs supporting sick leave and worker's compensation for COVID-19

Outside Dining Permitting 

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Other Resources 



The guidance for the agriculture and livestock industry provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers. Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for the agriculture and livestock industry in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.
The guidance for the automobile dealerships and rental operators industry provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers. Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for the automobile dealerships and rental operators industry in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.
Follow this guidance for campgrounds to create a safer environment for workers and patrons.
Follow this guidance for cardrooms, race tracks, and satellite wagering to create a safer environment for workers and patrons.
Follow this guidance for casinos to create a safer environment for workers and patrons.
All childcare facilities can open with necessary modifications. The guidance for childcare industry provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers.
The guidance for the communications infrastructure industry provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers. Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for the communications infrastructure industry in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.
This guidance for the construction industry provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers. Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for the construction industry in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.
You may reopen as soon as June 12. The guidance for day camps provides guidelines to create a plan for safe re-opening. Implementation of these guidelines should be tailored for each setting. Implementation requires training and support for staff and adequate consideration of camper and family needs. All decisions about following these recommendations should be made in collaboration with local health officials and other authorities, and should depend on the levels of COVID-19 community transmission and the capacities of the local public health and healthcare systems, among other relevant factors.
The guidance for the delivery services industry provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers. Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for the delivery services industry in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.
This guidance for dine-in restaurants provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers. Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for dine-in restaurants in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.
The guidance for the energy and utilities industry provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers. Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for the energy and utilities industry in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.
The guidance for facilities that process or pack meat, dairy, or produce provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers. Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for facilities that process or pack meat, dairy or produce in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.
Follow this guidance for gyms and fitness centers to create a safer environment for workers and patrons.
This guidance for hair salons and barbershops provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers.
Follow this guidance for hotels and short term rentals for tourism and individual travel to create a safer environment for workers and patrons.
This guidance for the hotels and lodging provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers. Under the current statewide Stay-at-Home order, hotels should only open for COVID-19 mitigation and containment measures, treatment measures, providing accommodation for essential workers, or providing housing solutions, including measures to protect homeless populations. Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for hotels and lodging in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.
The guidance for the life sciences industry provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers. Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for the life sciences industry in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.
This guidance for limited services provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers. Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for limited services in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.
The guidance for businesses operating in the logistics/warehousing industry provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers. Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for the logistics/warehousing industry in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.
The guidance for the manufacturing industry provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers. Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for the manufacturing industry in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.
The guidance for the mining and logging industries provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers. Under the current statewide Stay-at-Home order, office workspaces should only open for Stage One sectors, identified in the essential workforce list. Counties that are approved to move more quickly through stage 2, offices workspaces will be able to open. Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for the mining and logging industries in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business. 
Follow this guidance for movie theaters and family entertainment centersto create a safer environment for workers and patrons.
This guidance for office workspaces provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers. Under the current statewide Stay-at-Home order, office workspaces should only open for Stage One sectors, identified in the essential workforce list. Counties that are approved to move more quickly through stage 2, offices workspaces will be able to open. Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for office workspaces in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.
This guidance for outdoor museums provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers. Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for outdoor museums in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.
Follow this guidance for personal care services like nail salons, tattoo parlors, and body waxing to create a safer environment for workers and patrons.
This guidance for the places of worship provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers.
Professional sports in California may resume training and competition without live audiences, recommended no sooner than June 12, 2020 and subject to approval by county public health officers within the jurisdiction of operations following their review of local epidemiological data including cases per 100,000 population, rate of test positivity, and local preparedness to support a health care surge, vulnerable populations, contact tracing and testing. To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, athletes, coaching staff, medical staff, broadcasting staff and others at sporting facilities or events should abide by COVID-19 protocols agreed by labor and management, which may be further enhanced by county public health officers. Back office staff and management should adhere to Office Workspace guidelines published by the California Department of Public Health and the California Department of Industrial Relations, to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Retail staff should adhere to Retail guidelines published by the California Department of Public Health and the California Department of Industrial Relations, to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
This guidance for public transit agencies provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers. Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for public transit agencies in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.
This guidance for businesses operating in the real estate industry provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers. Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for the real estate industry in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.
Follow this < guidance for restaurants, wineries, and bars to create a safer environment for workers and patrons.
This guidance for retailers provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers. Under the current statewide Stay-at-Home order, retail should only open for curbside pick-up and delivery.

However, retail stores identified in the essential workforce list can open for in-store shopping. They include:

- Retail facilities specializing in medical goods and supplies
- Grocery stores, pharmacies, convenience stores, and other retail that sells food or beverage products, and animal/pet food
- Fuel centers such as gas stations and truck stops
- Hardware and building materials stores, consumer electronics, technology and appliances retail
- In counties that are approved to move more quickly through stage 2, all in-store retail will be able to open, including shopping malls.

Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for retail in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.
This interim guidance for schools and school-based programs provides guidelines to create a safer environment for student, family, and staff populations. This guidance will be updated as new data and practices emerge. The guidelines and considerations do not reflect the full scope of issues that school communities will need to address, which range from day-to-day site-based logistics to the social and emotional well-being of students and staff. Further guidance is forthcoming, including on school-based sports and extracurricular activities. All decisions about following this guidance should be made in collaboration with local health officials and other authorities.
This guidance for shopping centers provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers. Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for shopping centers in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.
Follow this guidance for zoos, museums, galleries, and aquariums to create a safer environment for workers and patrons.
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