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California’s Blueprint for A Safer Economy
Revised State Framework Reopening Guidance
On Aug. 28, 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 new framework, entitled Blueprint for a Safer Economy, is effective as of Monday, August 31, 2020. The State is moving to a uniform framework with four color-coded tiers representing levels of restrictive/less-restrictive guidelines for counties. View the summary of permitted activities under each tier of the new blueprint.
The primary metrics to move through the tiers toward less restrictions are COVID-19 case rate and test positivity. The purple tier represents widespread coronavirus infection (more than 7 daily new cases per 100,000 people and a more than 8% positivity rate). Red represents substantial infection (4-7 daily new cases per 100,000 people and a 5-8% positivity rate). Orange represents moderate infection (1-3.9 daily new cases per 100,000 people and a 2-4.9% positivity rate). Yellow represents minimal infection (less than 1 daily new case per 100,000 people and a less than 2% positivity rate).
Rules of the Framework
- CDPH will assess indicators weekly on Mondays and release updated tier assignments on Tuesdays .
- A county must remain in a tier for a minimum of three weeks before being able to advance to a less restrictive tier.
- A county can only move forward one tier at a time, even if metrics qualify for a more advanced tier.
- If a county's adjusted case rate for tier assignment and test positivity measure fall into two different tiers, the county will be assigned to the more restrictive tier.
- City local health jurisdiction (LHJ) data will be included in overall metrics, and city LHJs will be assigned the same tier as the surrounding county
- An LHJ may continue to implement or maintain more restrictive public health measures if the local health officer determines that health conditions in that jurisdiction warrant such measures.
To Advance Toward less Restrictions:
- A county must have been in the current tier for a minimum of three weeks.
- A county must meet criteria for the next less restrictive tier for both measures for the prior two consecutive weeks in order to progress to the next tier.
- In addition, the state will establish health equity measures that demonstrate a county's ability to address the most impacted communities within a county.
Reverting Toward More Restrictions:
- During the weekly assessment, if a county's adjusted case rate and/or test positivity has been within a more restrictive tier for two consecutive weekly periods, the county must revert to the more restrictive tier.
- At any time, state and county public health officials may work together to determine targeted interventions or county wide modifications necessary to address impacted hospital capacity and drivers of disease transmission, as needed.
- Counties will have three days to implement any sector changes or closures unless extreme circumstances merit immediate action.
Sacramento County Tier
Due to increasing case rates, Sacramento County has
moved back to the State’s more restrictive Purple Tier 1 (Widespread),
effective at 12:00pm on Friday, November 13, 2020. The
Sacramento County Public Health Officer has amended the Public
Health Order (PHO) to align
with the State's Purple Tier 1 for allowable activities, which closes certain
indoor operations or reduces operational capacity.
In alignment with Purple Tier 1, the following sectors will be permitted for OUTDOOR operations only.
- Cardrooms, satellite wagering
- Family Entertainment Centers (e.g. bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages, kart racing, and arcades)
- Gyms and fitness centers
- Movie theaters Museums, zoos, aquariums
- Places of worship
- Playgrounds and recreational facilities
- Bars, pubs, brewpubs and breweries may operate outdoors if they are offering sit-down, outdoor meals. Outdoor operations may be conducted under a tent, canopy, or other shelter as long as no more than one side is closed.
The following sectors will be open for INDOOR operations.
- All retail (maximum 25% capacity)
- Critical infrastructure
- Hair salons and barbershops
- Libraries (maximum 25% capacity)
- Nail salons and electrolysis operations
- Personal care services (e.g. body waxing, estheticians, tattoo, massage)
- Professional sports (without live audiences)
- Shopping centers (e.g. malls, destination centers, swap meets, excluding food courts and common areas) (maximum 25% capacity)
In alignment with CDPH requirements, schools (all grade levels) that have reopened for in-person instruction, either under a waiver or while Sacramento County was in Red Tier 2 (September 29 – November 10, 2020), are permitted to continue to conduct in-person instruction. Schools that have 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.
On November 13, 2020, the California Department of Public Health issued revised Guidance on Private Gatherings, which supersedes gathering guidance released on October 9, 2020. Sacramento County Public Health continues to discourage social gatherings of non-household members. However, people who choose to attend gatherings should limit the size to the same members from no more than three different households:
- Gatherings that include more than 3 households are prohibited.
- Gatherings must be outdoors for counties in the purple tier, indoor gatherings are strongly discouraged in red, orange and yellow tiers.
- Don't gather if you feel sick or in a high risk group.
- Individuals in a high-risk group are discouraged from attending any gatherings.
- Practice physical distancing and hand hygiene at gatherings.
- Wear a face covering to keep covid-19 from spreading.
- Gatherings should be two hours or less.
- Singing, chanting, shouting, cheering and similar activities are strongly discouraged at outdoor gatherings and prohibited at indoor gatherings.
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: