As California Moves Toward Easing Stay-Home Orders, Here’s What Your County is Doing
Sacramento Bee - May 1, 2020
Stay at home.
Shelter in place.
Stay well at home.
Safer at home.
These phrases have been heard all around California as the state works to slow the spread of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus.
As Gov. Gavin Newsom moves toward reopening California and eventually lifting the weeks-long, statewide stay-at-home order, the state’s 58 counties and their health officers are working to tailor the order to their unique needs.
Here’s each county’s orders and when they are set to expire:
Alameda County residents are required to wear face coverings when around people outside of the household. Children 12 years and younger are not required to wear coverings; children 2 years and younger should not.
Beginning Monday, all construction activities, certain businesses that operate primarily outdoors and some outdoor activities can start again with specific conditions. Residential moves and real estate transactions can resume, but restrictions remain on open houses and in-person viewings. Wholesale and retail nurseries can open to customers, and landscaping and gardening businesses can resume work.
Shared outdoor recreational facilities that had been closed can resume under the new order, but not others that involve sharing equipment or physical contact.
The new order largely keeps current restrictions in place, but eases other restrictions ”to set the stage for a gradual resumption of activity,” officials said.
An end to the stay-at-home order has not been specified. Alpine County staff are allowed to return to work Monday, but county facilities will not be open to the public.
All large-group activities are canceled through the summer.
Restaurants may open for take-out only with modifications to protect employees and the public.
Camping is prohibited within the Carson Ranger District, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.
Trout season is delayed until May 31.
Amador County , relaxing mobility and business restrictions while still complying with the state order. People are discouraged from traveling long distances; they must maintain social distancing outside the home and preferably use cloth face coverings. People participating in recreational activities now allowed by the order “do so at their own risk,” knowing they could expose themselves and others to COVID-19 infection, officials said.
A number of essential services remain open, including city and county government services; gas stations; groceries, convenience stores; restaurants for take-out and delivery; farmers’ markets and food banks; hardware stores; banks; laundromats and laundry services; cemeteries and mortuaries; and certain community benefit organizations.
Dine-in restaurants, bars and nightclubs, entertainment venues, gyms and fitness studios are closed.
Group activities and non-essential travel are prohibited.
Golf courses can remain open. Fishing and other outdoor recreational activities are allowed under physical distancing guidelines.
Private schools are exempt from the order, provided social distancing of 6 feet per person is “maintained to the greatest extent possible.”
Butte County is following the state’s stay-at-home guidelines, but county and city leaders have joined with neighboring north state counties Colusa, Glenn, Sutter, Tehama and Yuba to ask that shelter restrictions be eased or lifted.
Calaveras’ stay-at-home order will remain in place until “extended, terminated or modified” by the county’s health officer.
Parks and green spaces are now open. Playground equipment and play structures remain off-limits. Recreational riding of all-terrain vehicles and dirt bikes; hunting, fishing and recreational use of privately owned non-commercial watercraft; walking, hiking and bicycling on roads, trails and in parks; and equestrian activities are now permitted, along with golf and disc golf. Parking at boat docks, golf course and trail heads will also be allowed. Social distancing rules apply.
All nonessential travel is prohibited; walking or biking for exercise is allowed, provided social distancing is followed. Social distancing is required when performing essential business. Farming, food processing and distribution operations along with their support businesses are classified essential.
Colusa county and city leaders have joined with neighboring north state counties to ask that stay-at-home orders be relaxed or lifted.
Contra Costa County’s shelter-in-place orders have been extended to May 31, joining Alameda, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties; along with the city of Berkeley.
No date is specified, but the public health officer ordered residents to “follow orders and guidance related to COVID-19” as established by federal and state public health authorities.
County parks are closed to camping, save for camp hosts and those staying 30 days or longer.
All pools, spas and bathing facilities are closed at any lodging properties. All short-term rentals are closed to stays of fewer than 30 days.
The county allowed its , but the county remains under the state’s order. Nonessential travel into the El Dorado County portion of the Lake Tahoe Basin will continue to be prohibited. The county’s emergency ordinance allowing fines for visitors to short-term rentals also remains in effect.
Fresno County follows state and federal guidance to cancel large gatherings and encourages physical distancing. In the city of Fresno, all non-essential businesses are closed; outdoor exercise activities are permitted if exercising alone and following social distancing guidelines.
Glenn County is following the state’s stay-at-home guidelines, but county and city leaders have joined with neighboring north state counties Colusa, Sutter, Tehama and Yuba to ask that shelter restrictions be eased or lifted.
Humboldt officials have not set a date to lift its stay-at-home order. Residents are indoors in a public space, in any enclosed open public space or outdoors when unable to maintain physical distancing. Many businesses remain closed; though pet grooming services were recently allowed to reopen. All travel except essential travel is prohibited. Hotels, motels and bed and breakfast inns are open only to Humboldt residents or essential workers.
Imperial County’s stay-at-home order is in effect indefinitely. Residents are required to wear face coverings when leaving their homes or shelter and are likely to come in contact with others.
Inyo County health officials encourage local compliance with state and federal COVID-19 guidelines; have prohibited certain short-term lodging and “strongly encourage” people use a clean face covering anytime they are in contact with people outside their home in public or private spaces.
Stay-at-home orders continue until further notice.
Stay-at-home orders continue until further notice. Essential services remain open. Day care remains open for children of parents in essential sectors. Babysitters may also come to the homes of parents working in essential sectors. Residents can leave home to care for elderly parents or friends, but follow social distancing and hand sanitizing guidelines.
Lake County continues to abide by the state’s stay-at-home order but has begun a “step-by-step approach” to resume low-risk activities. People are discouraged from traveling more than 10 miles from their homes for recreation or non-essential travel. Golf courses are open. Other outdoor activities are permitted as long as they are performed alone and social distancing is maintained. Play structures in parks remain closed.
Lake shore fishing in areas where parks are open is permitted as long as social distancing of 6 feet is maintained. Gatherings of more than two people are prohibited.
Fishing from boats is prohibited. Paddle-propelled watercraft launchable by hand are allowed in public waterways, with a maximum of two people.
The county’s health officer could revise the order.
Lassen County refers to the statewide stay-at-home order.
Los Angeles County’s Safer at Home health order is in effect until May 15, extending the ban on private and public gatherings and the temporary closure of public beaches. People can leave their homes to shop at essential businesses as long as they wear a cloth face covering. Childcare facilities remain open.
Madera County is following the state’s stay-at-home-order.
Marin County joined Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties; along with Berkeley. Face coverings are required until further notice.
Shared outdoor recreational facilities that had been closed can resume under the new order, but not others that involve sharing equipment or physical contact.
The county is following the state’s stay-at-home order.
Stay-at-home order is in effect until May 10.
Merced County’s stay-at-home order remains in place until “rescinded, superseded or amended” by the county’s health officer.
Modoc County’s “Reopening Modoc County Strategic Plan” allows all businesses, schools, churches and government functions to reopen and public transit to resume operations, but all must obey social distancing guidelines and sanitation practices at all facilities. Residents 65 years and older should continue to self-isolate. Large gatherings where social distancing cannot be maintained remain prohibited. Restaurants and bars may open, but only at half-capacity of maximum occupancy with frequent cleaning and proper sanitation. Residents are encouraged to recreate outdoors daily, but travel for outdoor recreation should be limited and within Modoc County. Non-essential travel is strongly discouraged. Out-of-county travel should only be for essential purposes. Travel to Modoc County from outside the county is strongly discouraged.
Workers in Mono County and Mammoth Lakes shall wear face coverings while working and the general public is “strongly encouraged” to wear face coverings while carrying out essential functions including shopping trips or doctor’s visits. Retail and other businesses are authorized to require patrons and the public to wear face coverings in order to enter the premises.
Mammoth Lakes’ Fourth of July festivities are canceled.
The county’s order is in effect until Sunday. Monterey County residents are now required to wear face coverings when going out into the public. The order does not require children 12 and younger to wear masks. Children 2 years of age and younger must not wear masks due to the risk of suffocation.
Napa County’s shelter-at-home order is in effect until rescinded, but county officials now strongly recommend wearing face coverings in public. The county permits all construction with proper physical distancing; drive-in religious services; in-person real estate agent-client residential viewings; and the use of golf courses and driving ranges. However, bocce ball and cornhole sports are restricted.
Nevada County’s stay-at-home order is in effect until May 15, but can be extended. Residents are required to stay home except for essential needs or essential work and are required to continue to maintain six feet of social distance when in shared outdoor spaces.
Orange County follows the state’s indefinite stay-at-home order. Employees at essential businesses are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings while at work. Residents on essential tasks outside the home should also wear masks. Parking lots at all county beaches are closed.
Placer County officials will allow the order to elapse but the state order will remain in effect and residents will still need to shelter in place. Face coverings are recommended.
Plumas County continues to follow the statewide stay-at-home order.
Riverside County residents must wear face coverings outside and continue to practice social distancing through June 19. Golf courses are now open with various restrictions. Orders that closed Riverside County schools and limited short-term lodging until June 19 remain in effect. The county is aligned with the governor’s stay-at-home order, which has no end date.
Sacramento County’s stay-at-home order is in effect through May 22. Essential activities now allow for visiting a health care professional for medical or dental care for chronic conditions or preventative services. Health care providers and hospitals can now reschedule appointments for care considered non-urgent and previously canceled with the public health order, including immunizations and care for chronic conditions.
Food trucks are now listed as essential businesses.
San Benito County’s shelter-in-place order remains in effect until Sunday or “until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended.”
The county’s stay-at-home order is in effect until rescinded. Face coverings are to be worn in public and when working in essential businesses, when feasible; but are not required for solo motorists or those traveling with family.
San Diego County is expected to extend its stay-at-home order. Starting Friday, all county residents must wear face coverings in public and within 6 feet of anyone not a household member.
San Diego County has opened the ocean and bays for swimming, surfing, kayaking and paddleboarding.
The county may relax restrictions at parks depending on whether it can enforce social distancing; may allow members of the same family to play team sports; reopen parking lots at parks on a limited basis; and allow park visitors to sit, lie down and picnic if they practice social distancing.
San Francisco, along with Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties; and the city of Berkeley, have extended health orders through May 31. Face coverings are required in the city and county. The new order largely keeps current restrictions in place. Beginning Monday, all construction activities, certain businesses that operate primarily outdoors and some outdoor activities can start again with specific conditions.
San Joaquin’s order is in place until rescinded. Faith-based services may be conducted online or outdoors in a drive-in setting. All public and private golf courses can open for limited operations provided social distancing protocols are followed.
SAN LUIS OBISPO
San Luis Obispo’s executive order to shelter at home remains in effect until May 16 and will continue to be reviewed every 14 days to evaluate whether the order should be modified, rescinded or continued.
Houses of worship can hold parking lot services. Members must stay in their vehicles. Janitorial and housekeeping services can operate minding recommendations for physical distancing, face covering and hygiene. Drive-in theaters can operate.
San Mateo public health officers joined Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties; and the city of Berkeley, in extending the stay-at-home order through May.
Santa Barbara County’s stay-well-at-home order is in place until further notice.
Santa Clara joined Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo counties; plus the city of Berkeley, extending the order through May.
Santa Cruz County joined six other Bay area counties in extending its shelter-in-place order through Sunday and now requires residents to wear face coverings in public.
Shasta County is following the state’s stay-at-home order.
Sierra County is following the state’s stay-at-home order.
Siskiyou County is following the state’s stay-at-home order.
Solano County’s shelter-at-home order has been extended to May 17. County health officials strongly recommend residents wear face coverings in public and at workplaces.
Sonoma County’s stay-at-home order is in place until Sunday.
Stanislaus County’s public health order continues until rescinded.
Sutter County is following the state’s stay-at-home guidelines, but county and city leaders have joined with neighboring north state counties Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Tehama and Yuba to ask that shelter restrictions be eased or lifted.
Tehama County is following the state’s stay-at-home guidelines but county and city leaders have joined with neighboring north state counties Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Sutter and Yuba to ask that shelter restrictions be eased or lifted.
Local stay-at-home orders remain in effect for Trinity County, but officials continue to work with the Governor’s Office to phase in modifications to the order. Trinity County officials say they are for a “phased reopening of the county.”
Tulare County’s emergency order is in effect until further notice.
Tuolumne County continues to follow the state stay-at-home order, which is in effect until further notice.
Ventura County’s stay well at home order is in effect through May 15. Ventura County has reopened county parks. Cloth masks or coverings need not be worn.
Yolo County extended its shelter-in-place order to May 31. The county requires the public and workers to wear face coverings in public places and has amended its order to allow all construction to resume. Drive-in religious services can proceed. Golf courses, hunting and archery clubs can resume operation, as well as boat ramps and fishing.
Yuba County is following the state’s stay-at-home guidelines but county and city leaders have joined with neighboring north state counties Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Sutter and Tehama to ask that shelter restrictions be eased or lifted.
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