Below is industry guidance for businesses to follow as the County begins to reopen.
California’s Four-Stage Plan
Stage 1 – Safety and Preparedness
Make workplaces safe for our essential workers.
Stage 2 – Lower-Risk Workplaces
Gradually reopen retail (curbside only), manufacturing and logistics.
Relax retail restrictions, adapt and reopen schools, child care, offices, limited hospitality and personal services.
NOT in Stage 1 or 2 – Higher Risk Workplaces:
- Personal services such as nail salons, tattoo parlors, gyms and fitness studios
- Hospitality services, such as bars and lounges
- Entertainment venues, such as movie theaters, pro sports, gaming, gambling, and arcade venues
- Indoor museums, kids museums and gallery spaces, zoos, and libraries
- Community centers, including public pools, playgrounds, and picnic areas
- Religious services and cultural ceremonies
- Concert venues
- Theme parks
- Hotels/lodging for leisure and tourism
Stage 2 expansion will be phased in gradually. Some communities may move through Stage 2 faster if they are able to show greater progress. Counties that have met the readiness criteria and worked with the California Department of Public Health can open more workplaces as outlined on the
County Variance page.
Stage 3 – Higher-risk Workplaces
Adapt and reopen movie theaters, religious services, and more personal and hospitality services.
Stage 4 – End of Stay Home Order
Reopen areas of highest risk: e.g. Concerts, conventions, sports arenas.
Sacramento County was given the approval by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to move further into “Stage 2" of California's Roadmap to Modify the COVID-19 Stay-at-Home Order. The County released its May 26, 2020, Public Health Order, effective immediately, which has been revised to outline which sectors have approval to move forward with opening in accordance with State guidelines. The May 26 Health Order aligns with previous health orders, but supersedes those of March 19, April 7, May 1 and May 22.
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 while beginning to relax restrictions on lower-risk businesses. Sacramento County is recommending the CDPH guidance on the use of cloth face coverings to protect others from being infected by those without symptoms.
Summary of May 26, 2020 Health Order Updates “Stage 2, Part A and B". Businesses that are allowed to resume operations upon implementing the state re-opening guidance include:
Child Care: Child Care, Day Care and Family Daycare
- Large Outdoor Venues: Art Galleries, Drive-through graduation ceremonies, Outdoor Museums
Government: Public Lobbies may Reopen
Healthcare: Resume Dental Preventative Care
Hospitality: Dine-in Restaurants may operate
- The CDPH has prepared Dine-in Restaurants guidance and checklist documents to create safer environments for workers and customers.
- Reduced capacity – tables at least 6 feet apart (Household members only dine together); Staff wear face coverings; Disposable menus; prefer no cash; frequently clean high-contact surfaces
- To support local restaurants and the safe return of dining out, the County issued a local emergency order that provides businesses an opportunity to temporarily add or expand outdoor dining areas. Restaurants can submit an application to the County's Department of Planning and Environmental Review.
Offices/Workplace: Reopen small offices when telework is not possible
Personal Care: Car Washes, Hair Salons, Pet Grooming and Barber Shops may operate
Political Gathering: Political protests or political expression gatherings at 25 percent of building’s capacity or up to 100 attendees
Private Enterprise: Agricultural Food and Beverage Cultivation, Process and Distribution open for retail by appointment only
Professional Services: Plumbers, Electricians, Exterminators, Arborists, Landscapers and Gardner's
Retail: Micro Enterprise Retail, Shopping Malls
Religious/Cultural: Drive-through religious services, Religious services at 25 percent of building’s capacity up to 100 people
Schools/Day Care: Child Care, Day Care and Family Daycare may reopen
- Intensify cleaning and disinfection efforts; Modify drop off/pick up procedures; symptom screening procedures upon arrival; and Maintain adequate staff/children ratio to ensure safety: (CDC Guidance)
Transportation: Resume Local Public Transportation
*All reopening is with modifications/restrictions for social distancing protocol – read the 5/26 Health Order for details.
Do you have questions about the Public Health Order? Call the County's COVID-19 Hotline: 916-875-2400.
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, including how to screen themselves for symptoms and stay home if they have them
Implement individual control measures and screenings
Implement disinfecting protocols
Implement physical distancing guidelines