Almost All California Counties Have Reopened Additional Sectors

COVID-19 Update

Just over three months after Governor Newsom issued California’s Stay at Home Order to combat the spread of COVID-19, almost all of the state’s 58 counties have moved to reopen most of their businesses and public sectors.

As of Monday, June 22, 54 of the state’s 58 counties have met the state’s variance criteria, meaning that they have achieved certain metrics in reducing the spread of COVID-19 and providing sufficient hospital capacity to handle potential surges. The full list of variance criteria and counties is available here.

The last major sector to reopen for variance counties, as of June 19, is personal services, including nail salons, body waxing salons and tattoo parlors. These services are now permitted to reopen in counties that have received a variance from the state (all counties except Alameda, Imperial, San Francisco and Santa Clara). These businesses must follow state guidance, issued on June 12.

The full list of industries now open statewide includes:

  • Essential services
    Gas stations
    Pharmacies
    Grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks and convenience stores
    Banks
    Laundromats/laundry services
    Childcare
    Essential state and local government functions
  • Retail
    Shopping malls
    Libraries
    Movie theaters and drive-in theaters (with modifications)
    Bookstores
    Jewelry stores
    Toy stores
    Clothing and shoe stores
    Home and furnishing stores
    Sporting goods stores
    Florists
  • Limited services
    Pet grooming
    Dog walking
    Car washes
    Appliance repair
    Residential and janitorial cleaning
    Places of worship
    Plumbing
  • Offices
  • Outdoor museums
  • Music, film and TV production
  • Professional sports (without live audiences)
  • Schools and day camps

In addition, the 54 variance counties are permitted to reopen additional sectors, including:

  • Dine-in restaurants
  • Casinos
  • Family entertainment centers
  • Restaurants, wineries and bars
  • Zoos and museums
  • Gyms and fitness centers
  • Hotels (for tourism and individual travel)
  • Cardrooms and racetracks
  • Campgrounds and outdoor recreation areas
  • Personal services
    Hair salons
    Barber shops
    Nail salons
    Body waxing salons
    Tattoo parlors

All businesses must comply with state industry-specific guidance for reopening, as well as any applicable county or municipal regulations. A full list of county-specific health orders is available from Manatt here.

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