Below is Industry Guidance for Businesses to follow as the County begins to reopen.
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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 New Framework
- California Department of Public Health will assess indicators weekly. The first weekly assessment will be released on September 8, 2020.
- A county will remain in a tier for a minimum of three weeks before being able to advance to a later 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 case rate and test positivity measure fall into two different tiers, the county will be assigned to the more restrictive tier.
Advancing Toward less Restrictions:
- A county must have been in the current tier for a minimum of three weeks, except as described in the "Initial step applied on August 28, 2020" section above.
- A county must meet criteria for the next 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 on activities such as data collection, testing access, contact tracing, supportive isolation, and outreach that demonstrate a county's ability to address the most impacted communities within a county. Additional measures addressing health outcomes such as case rates, hospitalizations and deaths, will also be developed and tracked for improvement.
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
Sacramento County is currently in the State's most restrictive Purple Tier 1 (widespread). The Sacramento County Public Health Officer has amended the
Public Health Order (PHO) to limit indoor operations of certain sectors and supports the new tier system for county monitoring and re-opening of business sectors. The PHO goes into effect August 31, at 3 p.m., and will be in effect until it is rescinded or amended by the Health Officer. The PHO aligns with previous health orders, but supersedes those of March 19, April 7, May 1, May 26, June 12, June 19, June 29, July 2, and July 14.
In alignment with Tier 1, the following sectors are open for INDOOR operations.
- Critical infrastructure
- Hair salons and barbershops
- All retail (25% maximum capacity)
- Shopping centers i.e. Malls, destination centers, swap meets, excluding food courts and common areas (maximum 25% capacity)
- Professional sports (without live audiences)
*In alignment with Tier 1, Bars, breweries and distilleries are prohibited from operating with the exception of those serving sit-down meals.
In alignment with the Tier 1, the following sectors are permitted for OUTDOOR operations only until further notice.
- Personal care services (nail salons, body waxing, estheticians)
- Museums, zoos, aquariums
- Places of worship
- Movie theaters
- Gyms and fitness centers
- Family Entertainment Centers (e.g. bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages and arcades)
- Cardrooms, satellite wagering
*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
*Schools must follow the Specific Order issued on August 28, 2020.
For questions about the Public Health Order, 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 June 18, 2020, California Department of Public Health issued Guidance on the Use of Face Coverings (PDF), which broadly requires 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: