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California’s Blueprint for A Safer Economy
California's Blueprint for a Safer Economy has criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on business and recreation activities based on the level of spread of COVID-19. View the summary of permitted activities under each tier of the new blue print.
Every county in California is assigned to a tier based on its positivity rate, adjusted case rate, and health equity metric. Counties must remain in a tier for at least 3 weeks before moving to a less restrictive tier. Counties must meet the next tier's criteria for two consecutive weeks to move to a less restrictive tier. If a county's metrics worsen for two consecutive weeks, it will be assigned a more restrictive tier. Read more about tier assignment rules.
On March 12, 2021, California reached 2 million vaccination doses in the vaccine equity metric. New Blueprint tier assignments were announced and went into effect on March 14, 2021.
Sacramento County Status
Sacramento County is the Orange/Tier 3 per the State's Blueprint for a Safer Economy. The County Public Health Order aligns with the State's Orange Tier and will continue to be in effect until it expires at 12:01 a.m., on June 15, 2021, unless rescinded or amended by the Health Officer. The State of California is expected to expire the colored-tier structure for counties on June 15, 2021 and go Beyond the Blueprint.
Some of the major advancements of moving from the Red Tier 2 (substantial) to the less restrictive Orange/Tier 3 are:
- Many places can allow more people, for example, restaurants can have 50% capacity indoors compared to 25%.
- Events are opening back up (indoor and outdoor) with capacity limits. If all attendees show a negative COVID-19 test or their vaccination card, more people can attend.
- Bars, where no meals are served, can open outdoors.
- Indoor swimming pools can open.
- Many more youth sports and adult recreational sports are now open, including basketball, football, ice hockey, lacrosse, rowing/crew, rugby, soccer, water polo, badminton, bowling, gymnastics, dance (no contact), swimming and diving, tennis singles, track and field, pickleball singles, individual ice skating.
- Cardrooms, satellite wagering can open indoors.
- Remote work is still encouraged.
Review the Red vs Orange Tiers.
In alignment with CDPH requirements, schools (all grade levels) may reopen for in-person instruction after publicly posting their COVID-19 Safety Plan. Schools conducting in-person instruction must maintain mitigation measures, including social distancing, face coverings, and sanitization, in compliance with school guidance from CDPH and Sacramento County Public Health.
All organized youth and adult recreational sports, including school- and community-sponsored programs, and privately-organized clubs and leagues must abide by youth and adult sports guidance from CDPH and Sacramento County Public Health . Low-contact, moderate-contact and high-contact sports are permitted with adherence to the specific mitigation measures and requirements described in the aforementioned sports guidance. Inter-team competitions are permitted for allowable sports. Tournaments or competitions involving more than two teams are prohibited.
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: