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

Belo​w is Industry Guidance for Businesses​ to follow as the County be​​​gins to reopen. Sacramento County is in the purple​​​​​ tier. ​​


TIER 1

WIDESPREAD

Many non-essential
business operation
are closed

TIER 2

SUBSTANTIAL

Some non-essential ​indoor business operations 
are closed

TIER 3

MODERATE

Some indoor business
operations are open
with modifications

TIER 4

MINIMAL

Most indoor business
operation​s are open
with modifications​

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

  1. CDPH will assess indicators weekly on Mondays and release updated tier assignments on Tuesdays .
  2. A county must remain in a tier for a minimum of three weeks before being able to advance to a less restrictive tier.
  3. A county can only move forward one tier at a time, even if metrics qualify for a more advanced tier.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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:

  1. A county must have been in the current tier for a minimum of three weeks.
  2. 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.  
  3. 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: 

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

  1. Cardrooms, satellite wagering
  2. Family Entertainment Centers (e.g. bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages, kart racing, and arcades)
  3. Gyms and fitness centers 
  4. Movie theaters Museums, zoos, aquariums
  5. Places of worship 
  6. Playgrounds and recreational facilities
  7. Restaurants 
  8. Wineries
  9. 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

  1. All retail (maximum 25% capacity)
  2. Critical infrastructure​
  3. Hair salons and barbershops
  4. Libraries (maximum 25% capacity)
  5. Nail salons and electrolysis operations
  6. Personal care services (e.g. body waxing, estheticians, tattoo, massage)
  7. Professional sports (without live audiences)
  8. Shopping centers (e.g. malls, destination centers, swap meets, excluding food courts and common areas) (maximum 25% capacity)​

Schools

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.​

Gatherings​​

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: 

  1. Gatherings that include more than 3 households are prohibited.
  2. Gatherings must be outdoors for counties in the purple tier, indoor gatherings are strongly discouraged in red, orange and yellow tiers.
  3. Don't gather if you feel sick or in a high risk group.
  4. Individuals in a high-risk group are discouraged from attending any gatherings.
  5. Practice physical distancing and hand hygiene at gatherings.
  6. Wear a face covering to keep covid-19 from spreading.
  7. Gatherings should be two hours or less.
  8. 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​.​

Face Coverings 

On November 16, 2020, the California Department of Public Health issued revised Guidance o​n 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).  

Reopen Safely 

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:

  1. Scroll down this page to find the guidance for your industry, business, event, or activity. See guidance in other languages
  2. Review it completely.
  3. Perform a detailed risk assessment and create a worksite-specific protection plan.
  4. Train employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19. This includes how to screen themselves for symptoms and when to stay home.
  5. Set up individual control measures and screenings.
  6. Put disinfection protocols in place.
  7. Establish physical distancing guidelines.
  8. Establish universal face covering requirements (with allowed exceptions). See CDPH guidelines (PDF).
  9. 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.
Employer Policies and Resources

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:

Follow this guidance for the agriculture and livestock industry 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.

Follow this guidance for the automobile dealerships and rental operators industry 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, RV parks, and outdoor recreation to create a safer environment for workers and patrons.

Review the guidance and prepare a plan for your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

Tier Status:

Widespread (purple)

  • Outdoor only with modifications
  • Racetracks may resume training and competition without live audiences, subject to approval by county public health officers

Substantial (red)

  • Outdoor only with modifications
  • Racetracks may resume training and competition without live audiences, subject to approval by county public health officers

Moderate (orange)

  • Indoor with modifications
  • Capacity must be limited to 25%
  • Racetracks may resume training and competition without live audiences, subject to approval by county public health officers

Minimal (yellow)

  • Indoor with modifications
  • Capacity must be limited to 50%
  • Racetracks may resume training and competition without live audiences, subject to approval by county public health officers

Follow this guidance for cardrooms, racetracks, and satellite wagering to create a safer environment for workers and patrons.

Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for cardrooms, racetracks, and satellite wagering in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

Follow the guidance for the childcare industry to minimize the spread of COVID-19. and the case and contact management guidance, which includes:
  • What to do when kids or staff develop symptoms while in the facility.
  • What to do for kids and adults who may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
  • When closure of a facility should be considered, and when it can reopen.​

See the answers to frequently asked questions about waivers that are available to providers. 

Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for childcare in your facility to s​​how employees and families that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for operation.

Cohorts of kids and adults in controlled, supervised settings

cohort is a stable group of no more than 14 children or youth and no more than two supervising adults in a supervised environment. The group stays together for all activities, including meals and recreation. And this group avoids contact with anyone not in their group.

Follow the guidance for cohorts of children and yo​​uth in co​​​​ntrolled, supervised and indoor environments. 

See the answers to frequently asked questions about coho​​rt guidance.

Kids and adults in supervised care environments must be in groups as small as possible. Kids and supervising adults in one group must not physically interact with:

  • Kids and supervising adults in other groups
  • Other facility staff
  • Parents of kids in other groups

Practicing a cohort structure

  • Decreases opportunities for exposure to or transmission of the virus
  • Facilitates more efficient contact tracing in the event of a positive case
  • Allows for targeted testing, quarantine, and isolation of a single group instead of an entire population of kids and supervising adults​

cohort is a stable group of no more than 14 children or youth and no more than two supervising adults in a supervised environment. The group stays together for all activities, including meals and recreation. And this group avoids contact with anyone not in their group.

The guidance related to cohorts sets minimum guidelines for providing specialized, targeted support services, necessary in-person child supervision and limited instruction, and facilitation of distance learning in small group environments in ways that maintain the focus on health and safety to minimize transmission. This guidance enables schools to provide specialized services for students with disabilities and English learners, and in-person support for at-risk and high-need students. 

Local educational agencies, nonprofits, or other authorized providers must follow the guidance for cohorts of children and youth in controlled, supervised and indoor environments. These environments include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Before and after school programs
  • Day camps
  • Licensed and license-exempt child care settings 
  • Organized and supervised care environments, like “distance learning hubs”
  • Public and private schools
  • Recreation programs
  • Youth groups​

Kids and adults in supervised care environments must be in groups as small as possible. Kids and supervising adults in one group must not physically interact with:

  • Kids and supervising adults in other groups
  • Other facility staff
  • Parents of kids in other groups

Practicing a cohort structure:

  • Allows for targeted testing, quarantine, and isolation of a single group instead of an entire population of kids and supervising adults​
  • Decreases opportunities for exposure to or transmission of the virus
  • Facilitates more efficient contact tracing in the event of a positive case

Childcare facilities:

Follow the case and contact management guidance, which includes:

  • What to do when kids or staff develop symptoms while in the facility.
  • What to do for kids and adults who may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
  • When closure of a facility should be considered, and when it can reopen.

Guidance and directives related to schoolschildcareday campsyouth sports, and institutions of higher education are not superseded by this guidance for cohorts of children and youth and still apply to those specified settings.

Follow this guidance for the communications infrastructure industry 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.​​

Follow this guidance for the construction industry 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.​

Follow this guidance for day camps 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. 

Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for day camps in your facility to show employees, campers, and families that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for operation.

Cohorts of kids and adults in controlled, supervised settings

cohort is a stable group of no more than 14 children or youth and no more than two supervising adults in a supervised environment. The group stays together for all activities, including meals and recreation. And this group avoids contact with anyone not in their group.

Day camp operators must follow the guidance for cohorts of children and youth in controlled, supervised and indoor environments. 

See the answers to frequently asked questions about cohort guidance.

Kids and adults in supervised care environments must be in groups as small as possible. Kids and supervising adults in one group must not physically interact with:

  • Kids and supervising adults in other groups
  • Other facility staff
  • Parents of kids in other groups

Practicing a cohort structure

  • Allows for targeted testing, quarantine, and isolation of a single group instead of an entire population of kids and supervising adults​
  • Decreases opportunities for exposure to or transmission of the virus
  • Facilitates more efficient contact tracing in the event of a positive case

Follow this guidance for the delivery services industry 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.

Follow this guidance for the energy and utilities industry to create a safer environment for workers. 

Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for t​he energy and utilities industry in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

Follow this guidance for family friendly practices for employers to keep employees safe and be responsive to their needs in order to ensure continued productivity. 

As workplaces reopen, employees will require both child care supports and workplace flexibility. 

Work-life balance policies will become even more important and continued investment in family-friendly workplace policies by employers is critical.

Follow this guidance for facilities that process or pack meat, dairy, or produce 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.

​Tier Status:

Widespread (purple)

  • Outdoor only with modifications
  • Saunas and steam rooms must close

Substantial (red) 

  • Indoor with modifications
  • Capacity must be limited to 10%

Moderate (orange)

  • Indoor with modifications
  • Capacity must be limited to 25%
  • Indoor pools can open

Minimal (yellow)

  • Indoor with modifications
  • Capacity must be limited to 50%
  • Indoor pools can open
  • Saunas, spas, and steam rooms can open

Follow this guidance for gyms and fitness centers, including yoga and dance studios, to create a safer environment for workers and patrons.

Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for gyms and fitness centers in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.​​

Follow this guidance for hair salons and barbershops to create a safer environment for workers and customers. 

Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for hair salons in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

Tier Status:

Widespread (purple): Closed for in-person instruction

Substantial (red): Ope​​n for in-person instruction once the county has been this tier for at least two weeks

Moderate (orange): Op​en with modifications

Minimal (yellow): ​Open with modifications

This interim guidance for institutions of higher education provides guidelines to help institutions and their communities plan and prepare to resume in-person instruction. Review the guidance and prepare a plan to reduce the risk and support a safer environment for students, faculty, workers, and families.

Cohorts of youth and adults in controlled, supervised settings

A cohort is a stable group of no more than 14 youth and no more than two supervising adults in a supervised environment. The group stays together for all activities, including meals and recreation. And this group avoids contact with anyone not in their group.

Follow the guidance for cohorts of children and youth in controlled, supervised and indoor environments operated by local educational agencies, nonprofits, or other authorized providers. These environments include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Before and after school programs
  • Organized and supervised environments, like “distance learning hubs”​
  • Public and private schools
  • Recreation programs
  • Youth groups

See the answers to frequently asked questions about cohort guidance.

Youth and adults in supervised environments must be in groups as small as possible. Youth and supervising adults in one group must not physically interact with:

  • Youth and supervising adults in other groups
  • Other facility staff
  • Parents of youth in other groups

Practicing a cohort structure:

  • Allows for targeted testing, quarantine, and isolation of a single group instead of an entire population of youth and supervising adults​
  • Decreases opportunities for exposure to or transmission of the virus
  • Facilitates more efficient contact tracing in the event of a positive case

Tier Status:

Widespread (purple): 

  • Open with modifications
  • Fitness centers can be open outdoors only with modifications
  • Saunas and steam rooms must close

Substantial (red): 

  • Open with modifications
  • Fitness centers can open to 10% capacity

Moderate (orange)

  • Open with modifications
  • Fitness centers can open to 25% capacity
  • Indoor pools can open

Minimal (yellow)

  • Open with modifications
  • Fitness centers can open to 50% capacity
  • Indoor pools can open
  • Spa facilities can open

Hotels and lodging

Hotels, lodging, and short term rentals

Follow this guidance for the life sciences industry 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.

Limited Services are defined as those which do not generally require close contact. Follow this guidance for Limited Services to create a safer environment for workers and patrons.

Faith-based counseling can reopen within the following parameters:

  1. Counseling services are permissible in-person where the service cannot reasonably be practiced remotely;
  2. Counseling services should adopt state guidance on Limited Services, where applicable;
  3. This designation does not permit gatherings beyond counseling to members of a single household.

Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for Limited Services in your workplace to show clients and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

Follow this guidance for businesses operating in the logistics/warehousing industry 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.

Follow this guidance for the manufacturing industry 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.

Follow this guidance for the mining and logging industries to create a safer environment for workers. 

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.

Tier Status:

Widespread (purple)

​Movie theaters: 
  • Outdoor only with modifications
  • Family entertainment centers: Outdoor only with modifications for activities like kart racing, mini golf, batting cages

Substantial (red)

Movie theaters: 

  • Indoor with modifications
  • Capacity must be limited to 25% or 100 people, whichever is less

Family entertainment cent​ers: ​

  • O​utdoor only with modifications f​​or activities like kart racing, mini golf, batting cages

Moderate (orange)

Movie theaters: 

  • Indoor with modifications
  • Capacity must be limited to 50% or 200 people, whichever is less

Family entertainment centers: 

  • Outdoor with modifications for activities like kart racing, mini golf, batting cages
  • Indoor with modifications for naturally distanced activities, like bowling alleys and climbing walls
  • Capacity must be limited to 25%

Minimal (yellow)

Movie theaters:

  • Indoor with modifications
  • Capacity must be limited to 50%

Family entertainment centers: 

  • Outdoor with modifications for activities like kart racing, mini golf, batting cages
  • Indoor with modifications for naturally distanced activities, like bowling alleys and climbing walls
  • Indoor with modifications for activities with increased risk of proximity and mixing, like arcade games, ice and roller skating, and indoor playgrounds
  • Capacity must be limited to 50%

Follow this guidance for movie theaters and family entertainment centers, like bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages, and arcades, to create a safer environment for workers and patrons.

Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for movie theaters and family entertainment centers in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

Tier Status:

Widespread (purple)

  • Outdoor only with modifications

Substantial (red)

  • Indoor with modifications
  • Indoor activities must be limited to 25% of capacity

Moderate (orange)

  • Indoor with modifications
  • Indoor activities must be limited to 50% of capacity

Minimal (yellow)

  • Indoor with modifications

Outdoor museums

  • Open air galleries, botanical gardens, and other outdoor exhibition spaces

Follow this guidance for outdoor museums, open air galleries, botanical gardens, and other outdoor exhibition spaces to create a safer environment for workers and patrons. This guidance is not intended for zoos, amusement parks, or indoor gallery and museum spaces. 

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.

Museums, galleries, botanical gardens, zoos, aquariums, and other similar spaces

Follow this guidance for zoos, museums, galleries, botanical gardens, and aquariums to create a safer environment for workers and patrons. 

Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for zoos, museums, galleries, and aquariums in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

Music, TV, and film production may resume, subject to approval by county public health officers.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, productions, cast, crew and other industry workers should abide by safety protocols agreed by labor and management, which may be further enhanced by county public health officers. Back office staff and management should follow the guidance for office workspaces.

Tier Status:

Widespread (purple)

  • Remote work

Substantial (red)

  • Remote work

Moderate (orange)

  • Indoor with modifications, encourage telework

Minimal (yellow)

  • Indoor with modifications, encourage telework

Follow this guidance for office workspaces to create a safer environment for workers.

Faith-based office workspaces can reopen within the following parameters:

  1. Faith-based facilities are considered “offices” only for those employed by the organization and where the facility is their regular place of work.
  2. The employer should implement state guidance relating to offices before reopening the facility for employees.
  3. This designation does not permit gatherings of non-employees, such as the organization’s congregation.

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.

Tier Status:

Widespread (purple) 

  • Outdoor only with modifications
  • Tattooing, piercing, and electrolysis must close

Substantial (red)

  • Indoor with modifications

Moderate (orange)

  • Indoor with modifications

Minimal (yellow)

  • Indoor with modifications

Personal care services provided indoors

Personal care services provided outdoors

  • Follow this guidance for personal care services provided outdoors to support an outdoor safe, clean environment for workers and patrons. This guidance applies to services that require touching a client’s face, like facials and waxing. This guidance also applies to esthetic services, skin care, nail services, and massage therapy. 
  • Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for personal care services provided outdoors at your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

Tier Status:

Widespread (purple)

  • Outdoor only with modifications

Substantial (red)

  • Indoor with modifications
  • Indoor activities must be limited to 25% of capacity or 100 people, whichever is less

Moderate (orange)

  • Indoor with modifications
  • Indoor activities must be limited to 50% of capacity or 200 people, whichever is less

Minimal (yellow)

  • Indoor with modifications
  • Indoor activities must be limited to 50% of capacity

Follow this guidance for places of worship and providers of religious services and cultural ceremonies, like weddings and funerals, to create a safer environment for workers and visitors.

Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for places of worship and cultural ceremonies in your workplace to show workers and visitors that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

Follow this guidance for the port industry to create a safer environment for workers.

Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for the port industry in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

Professional sports may resume training and competition without live audiences, subject to approval by county public health officers. This guidance does not apply to semi-professional, amateur, or recreational sports.

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 follow the guidance for office workspaces.

Follow this guidance for public transit agencies to create a safer environment for workers and customers.

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.

Follow this guidance for businesses operating in the real estate industry 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.

Tier Status:

Widespread (purple)

  • Restaurants and wineries: Outdoor only with modifications
  • Bars, breweries, and distilleries: Closed

Substantial (red)

  • Restaurants: Indoor with modifications
  • Capacity must be limited to 25% or 100 people, whichever is less
  • Wineries: Outdoor only with modifications
  • Bars, breweries, and distilleries: Closed

Moderate (orange)

  • Restaurants: Indoor with modifications
  • Capacity must be limited to 50% or 200 people, whichever is less
  • Wineries:Indoor with modifications
  • Capacity must be limited to 25% or 100 people, whichever is less
  • Bars, breweries, and distilleries: Outdoor only with modifications

Minimal (yellow)

  • Restaurants: Indoor with modifications
  • Capacity must be limited to 50%
  • Wineries:Indoor with modifications
  • Capacity must be limited to 50% or 200 people, whichever is less
  • Bars, breweries, and distilleries: Indoor with modifications
  • Capacity must be limited to 50%

Take-out restaurants

Outdoor dining

Restaurants, wineries, and bars

Dine-in restaurants

Tier Status:

Widespread (purple)

  • Open with modifications
  • Retail capacity must be limited to 25%
  • Grocery store capacity must be limited to 50%

Substantial (red)

  • Open with modifications
  • Retail capacity must be limited to 50%

Moderate (orange)

  • Indoor with modifications

Minimal (yellow)

  • Indoor with modifications

Follow this guidance for retailers to create a safer environment for workers and customers. 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.

Retailers and libraries can re-open, along with the manufacturing and logistics sectors that support retail.

Libraries should follow the guidance for retailers. The State Library has also released guidance for the re-opening of libraries for in-person services. See the State Library’s COVID-19 website for more information. Find resources for public libraries by the California Library Association and the State Library.

Drive-in and movie theaters can re-open with additional considerations.

Retail doesn’t include personal services such as beauty salons, but does include the sale of goods such as:

  • Bookstores
  • Clothing and shoe stores
  • Florists
  • Home and furnishing stores
  • Jewelry stores
  • Sporting goods stores
  • Toy stores

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

Tier Status:

Widespread (purple)

  • Closed for in-person instruction

Substantial (red)

  • Closed for in-person instruction
  • Can open in-person instruction if county remains in this tier for two weeks

Moderate (oran​​ge) 

  • Can open in-person in​struction

Minimal (yellow) 

Follow this guidance for schools and school-based programs to create a safer environment for your students, families, and staff. This guidance applies to in-person learning and distance learning. Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for schools in your facility to show students, families, and staff that you’ve taken steps to mitigate COVID-19 spread.

Cohorts of kids and adults in controlled, supervised settings

cohort is a stable group of no more than 14 children or youth and no more than two supervising adults in a supervised environment. The group stays together for all activities, including meals and recreation. And this group avoids contact with anyone not in their group.

Follow the guidance for cohorts of children and youth in controlled, supervised and indoor environments. These environments include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Public and Private schools
  • Licensed and License-exempt child care settings 
  • Organized and Supervised Care Environments, like “distance learning hubs”
  • Recreation Programs
  • Before and After School Programs
  • Youth Groups
  • Day Camps

See the answers to frequently asked questions about cohort guidance. 

Kids and adults in supervised care environments must be in groups as small as possible. Kids and supervising adults in one group must not physically interact with:

  • Kids and supervising adults in other groups
  • Other facility staff
  • Parents of kids in other groups

Practicing a cohort structure:

  • Allows for targeted testing, quarantine, and isolation of a single group instead of an entire population of kids and supervising adults​
  • Decreases opportunities for exposure to or transmission of the virus
  • Facilitates more efficient contact tracing in the event of a positive case

​Elementary education waiver:

Tier Status:

Widespread (purple)

  • Open with modifications
  • Indoor capacity must be limited to 25% for shopping malls, destination shopping centers, and swap meets
  • Closed common areas
  • Closed food courts

Substantial (red)

  • Open with modifications
  • Indoor capacity must be limited to 50% for shopping malls, destination shopping centers, and swap meets
  • Closed common areas
  • Reduced capacity food courts (see res​taurants)

Moderate (orange)

  • Open with modifications
  • Closed common areas
  • Reduced capacity food courts (see restaurants)

Minimal (yellow):

  • Open with modifications
  • Reduced capacity food courts (see restaura​nts)

Follow this guidance for shopping centers, destination shopping centers, strip and outlet malls, and swap meets to create a safer environment for workers and customers. 

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.

The support for working families guidance provides information to help you locate child care, find assistance to pay for child care, and connect you to additional supports for your family. 

As stay-at-home orders are lifted for additional industries to promote California’s economic recovery, the need for child care and other supports for working families increases.

Follow this guidance for youth sports programs, including school-based, club, and recreational programs. Review the guidance and prepare a plan to support a safe environment for players, coaches and trainers, families, spectators, event/program/facility managers, workers, and volunteers. 

Cohorts of kids and adults in a controlled, supervised settings

cohort is a stable group of no more than 14 children or youth and no more than two supervising adults in a supervised environment. The group stays together for all activities, including meals and recreation. And this group avoids contact with anyone not in their group.

Follow the guidance for cohorts of children and youth in controlled, supervised and indoor environments. These environments include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Public and Private Schools
  • Licensed and License-exempt Child Care settings 
  • Organized and Supervised Care Environments, like “distance learning hubs”
  • Recreation Programs
  • Before and After School Programs
  • Youth Groups
  • Day Camps

See the answers to frequently asked questions about cohort guidance. 

Kids and adults in supervised care environments must be in groups as small as possible. Kids and supervising adults in one group must not physically interact with:K

  • Kids and supervising adults in other groups
  • Other facility staff
  • Parents of kids in other groups

Practicing a cohort structure

  • Allows for targeted testing, quarantine, and isolation of a single group instead of an entire population of kids and supervising adults​
  • Decreases opportunities for exposure to or transmission of the virus
  • Facilitates more efficient contact tracing in the event of a positive case
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