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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
On March 16, 2021, the State announced that Sacramento County is allowed to move from the most restrictive Purple/Tier 1 to the less restrictive tier of Red/Tier 2 per the State's Blueprint for a Safer Economy. The County Public Health Order was amended on March 16, 2021, to align with the State's Red Tier. This Order will continue to be in effect until it is rescinded or amended in writing by the County Public Health Officer.
Summary of order:
- In alignment with Red/Tier 2, the following sectors are permitted for OUTDOOR operations only. These sectors must still maintain mitigation measures (social distancing, face covering, and sanitization):
- Cardrooms, satellite wagering
- Family Entertainment Centers (e.g. bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages, kart racing, skating rinks, and arcades)
- Playgrounds, dog parks, skate parks, and recreational facilities
- Wineries, breweries, and distilleries (with reservations, 90-minute time limit, table seating, onsite consumption closed by 8 p.m.)
*Bars and pubs may operate indoors (maximum 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer) if they are offering sit-down meals, otherwise they remain closed.
- In alignment with Red/Tier 2, the following sectors are open for INDOOR operations. These sectors must still maintain mitigation measures (social distancing, face covering, and sanitization) and specific modifications in parenthesis below:
- All retail (maximum 50% capacity; grocery stores 100% capacity)
- Critical infrastructure
- Entertainment production, studios, broadcast
- Gyms and fitness centers (maximum 10% capacity + climbing walls)
- Hair salons and barbershops
- Hotels and lodging (fitness centers maximum 10% capacity)
- Libraries (maximum 50% capacity)
- Movie theaters (maximum 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer)
- Museums, zoos, aquariums (indoor activities maximum 25% capacity)
- Nail salons and electrolysis operations
- Personal care services (e.g. body waxing, estheticians, tattoo, massage)
- Places of worship (maximum 25% capacity)
- Professional sports (without live audiences)
- Restaurants (maximum 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer)
- Shopping centers (e.g. malls, destination centers, swap meets) (maximum 50% capacity; closed common areas; food courts maximum 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer)
- Review the Sector Guidance chart for 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: