COVID-19: California County Directives and Mandates

COVID-19 Update
 

On Friday, August 28, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled a new and simpler four-tiered classification system, the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, to evaluate regional and business-sector health risk and to guide counties as they reopen businesses closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses across the state have largely been closed since the Governor issued the first Stay-at-Home Order on March 19, 2020, and additional restrictions were put in place in July. Prior to August 28, the state was tracking counties’ COVID-19 metrics via a Monitoring List, with counties on the list subject to additional restrictions. That list has now been replaced with the four-tiered Blueprint. Counties in California are now subject to a streamlined set of restrictions based on the tier into which they fall, which is determined by case counts per 100,000 residents and test positivity rates. More information on the Blueprint is available here.

On Monday, March 9, 2021, the state updated the Blueprint metrics to take into account vaccination progress across California. As the state provides vaccine doses, the thresholds for counties to move into the various tiers are adjusted as follows:

  • Once 2 million vaccine doses have been administered in the state to the communities with the lowest score in the Healthy Places Index, the threshold to move from the purple tier to the red tier will go from 7 new cases per 100,000 people to 10 new cases per 100,000 people. To move to the orange tier, the threshold will remain at 4 cases per 100,000 people, and to move to the yellow tier, the threshold will remain at 1.
  • Once 4 million vaccine doses have been administered in the state to the communities with the lowest score in the Healthy Places Index, the threshold to move from the purple tier to the red tier will remain at 10 per 100,000 people, but the threshold will change for moving to the orange tier, from 4 new cases per 100,0000 residents to 6 cases per 100,000 people, and to move to the yellow tier, the threshold will change from 1 new case per 100,000 residents to 2 cases per 100,000 people.

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The chart below provides an overview of the major restrictions that apply to counties in each tier. The full chart from the state is available here. Note that counties can put in place additional restrictions on top of the state’s baseline. The table below lists the current tier for each county as well as any applicable additional restrictions, based on county Health Officer Orders.

Blueprint for a Safer Economy

Sector Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3 Tier 4
Retail Open indoors with modifications - 25% capacity Open indoors with modifications - 50% capacity Open indoors with modifications Open indoors with modifications
Hair Salons & Barbershops Open indoors with modifications Open indoors with modifications Open indoors with modifications Open indoors with modifications
Personal Care Services Outdoors only with modifications Open indoors with modifications Open indoors with modifications Open indoors with modifications
Offices Remote Remote Open indoors with modifications, encourage remote working Open indoors with modifications, encourage remote working
Hotels & Lodging Open with modifications Open with modifications - fitness centers 10% capacity Open with modifications - fitness centers 25% capacity, indoor pools open Open with modifications - fitness centers 50% capacity, spas open
Gyms & Fitness Centers Outdoors only with modifications Open indoors with modifications - 10% capacity Open indoors with modifications - 25% capacity, indoor pools Open indoors with modifications - 50% capacity, spas open
Restaurants Outdoors only with modifications Open indoors with modifications Open indoors with modifications - 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is less Open indoors with modifications - 50% capacity
Bars Closed Closed Outdoors only with modifications Outdoors only with modifications - 50% capacity
Places of Worship Outdoors only with modifications Open indoors with modifications - 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is less Open indoors with modifications - 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is less Open indoors modifications - 50% capacity



California County Stay-At-Home Orders and Reopening Plans

County COVID-19 Landing Page Stay-at-Home Orders County Reopening Plans Current Tier Additional Restrictions Testing Guidance
Alameda County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Recovery Resources

Tier 4: Minimal risk

Outdoor dining no longer permitted; pick-up and delivery only.

No variance; compliance with County-specific health protocols required; Check county reopening plan for specific details. Permitted as of June 19:

  • Retail
  • Outdoor museums
  • Religious & cultural ceremonies
  • Outdoor fitness
  • Summer schools

N/A

Alpine County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Plan Tier 4: Minimal risk  

N/A

Amador County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Guidance Tier 2: Substantial risk

Indoor activities ordered closed as of August 20:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

N/A

Butte County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Plan Tier 3: Moderate risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

Available here

Calaveras County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: County Order Rescinded Reopening Plan

Tier 3: Moderate risk

Indoor activities ordered closed as of August 20:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

N/A

Colusa County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Order Tier 3: Moderate risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

N/A

Contra Costa County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Plan

Tier 3: Moderate risk

Indoor religious services prohibited.

Indoor restaurants closed.

Bars also closed.

As of Friday, August 28, 2020, personal care services such as nail salons
and massage services, as well as gyms are permitted to reopen for outdoor
business. Hotels and short-term rentals also permitted to reopen for personal travel.

N/A

Del Norte County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Plan Tier 3: Moderate risk  

N/A

El Dorado County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Guidance Tier 3: Moderate risk  

N/A

Fresno County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Guidance

Tier 3: Moderate risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

N/A

Glenn County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Plan Tier 2: Substantial risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

N/A

Humboldt County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Tool Tier 3: Moderate risk  

Available here

Imperial County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Guidance and Updated Order

Tier 3: Moderate risk

Stay at Home Order reissued; all non-essential businesses closed.

Bars ordered closed.

Indoor restaurants closed.

Available here

Inyo County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Guidance

Tier 2: Substantial risk

Indoor activities ordered closed as of August 20:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

Available here

Kern County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Guidance

Tier 3: Moderate risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

N/A

Kings County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Plan

Tier 3: Moderate risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

N/A

Lake County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Plan Tier 3: Moderate risk  

N/A

Lassen County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Plan Tier 4: Minimal risk  

N/A

Los Angeles County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Plan

Tier 4: Minimal risk

Per the County’s July 1, 2020 Health Order, employers with 3 or more cases of COVID-19 “among their employees within a span of 14 days” must report this information to the County Department of Public Health.

As of Monday, April 5, 2021:

  • Bars that do not provide meals will be allowed to open outdoors with distancing, masking and infection control safety measures. Indoor operations are not permitted. Masks are required except when people are eating or drinking. There can be no counter seating and people can eat or drink only when they are seated. Tables must be 8 feet apart, with a maximum of 6 people from up to 3 different households. There can be no live entertainment, television is permitted, and hours of operations are from 11:30 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.
  • Breweries, Wineries, Distilleries that do not serve meals can remain open outdoors and can also open indoors at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer. These establishments will follow the same public health directives as bars for their outdoor areas, however, there are additional requirements for indoor spaces: reservations are required for indoor seating, there is a maximum of 6 people per table and they must be from the same household, and there is no live entertainment or television viewing indoors.
  • Restaurants can increase capacity for indoor dining to 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is less, with continued safety modifications.
  • Cardrooms can operate indoors at 25% capacity. There must be 8-feet of distancing between tables and masks are always required. Food and beverages remain banned from card tables.
  • Places of Worship can hold services indoors at 50% capacity.
  • Fitness Centers can operate indoors at 25% capacity and indoor pools can now re-open. Masks are always required unless swimming.
  • Movie Theatres can increase capacity to 50% or 200 people, whichever is less. Seats must be reserved, and each group must have 6 feet of distance from other groups in all directions. Eating is allowed in only designated areas or in your reserved seat.
  • Family Entertainment Centers can open indoors at 25% capacity for distanced activities, such as bowling or escape rooms. Masks remain required.
  • Grocery and Retail Stores can increase capacity to 75%, although Public Health strongly recommends grocery stores remain at 50% capacity until April 15 to allow as many grocery store workers as possible get vaccinated.
  • Hair Salons, Barbershops and Personal Care Services can increase capacity to 75% with masks required, except for services where customers need to remove their masks. For services where customers must remove their face coverings, staff must wear a fitted N95 or a mask with a face shield.
  • Museums, Zoos and Aquariums can be open indoors at 50% capacity.
  • Youth and Adult Recreational Sports can apply to Public Health for approval for athletic events, tournaments or competitions that involve more than two teams or multiple individuals.

Available here

Madera County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Plan

Tier 3: Moderate risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

Available here

Marin County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Plan

 

Tier 3: Moderate risk

 

Additional reopenings planned for June 29 postponed, including:

  • Indoor Dining
  • Hair Salons, Barbershops, and Nail Salons
  • Gyms & Fitness Studios
  • Hotels, Motels, Hospitality, Short Term Rentals (leisure and tourism activity)
  • Camp grounds, RV Parks, and Picnic areas
  • Outdoor based vehicle gatherings

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining,
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

Available here

Mariposa County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Plan

Tier 3: Moderate risk

 

N/A

Mendocino County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Plan Tier 4: Minimal risk

Indoor activities ordered closed as of August 20:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

Available here

Merced County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Resources

Tier 3: Moderate risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

N/A

Modoc County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order   Tier 3: Moderate risk  

N/A

Mono County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Plan

Tier 3: Moderate risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

N/A

Monterey County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Plan

Tier 3: Moderate risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

Available here

Napa County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Plan Tier 4: Minimal risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

Available here

Nevada County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Plan Tier 3: Moderate risk  

Available here

Orange County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Resources

Tier 4: Minimal risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

Available here

Placer County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Plan Tier 3: Moderate risk

The following business sectors ordered closed:

In addition, all brewpubs, breweries, bars, and pubs would need to close,
both indoors and outdoors, unless they offer sit down, dine-in meals.

N/A

Plumas County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Plan Tier 3: Moderate risk  

N/A

Riverside County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Plan

Tier 3: Moderate risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

N/A

Sacramento County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Plan Tier 3: Moderate risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

N/A

San Benito County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Guidance

Tier 3: Moderate risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

N/A

San Bernardino County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Plan

Tier 3: Moderate risk

Bars recommended closed.

Indoor restaurants closed.

N/A

San Diego County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Plan

Tier 4: Minimal risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

Available here

San Francisco City and County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Plan

Tier 4: Minimal risk

As of April 15, 2021, San Francisco restrictions are in line with the state’s guidance for Tier 3. In addition, San Francisco will permit indoor performances and private conferences and receptions in line with state guidance.

Available here

San Joaquin County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Plan

Tier 3: Moderate risk

Bars and indoor activities ordered closed.

N/A

San Luis Obispo County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Plan

Tier 4: Minimal risk

 

Available here

San Mateo County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Plan Tier 3: Moderate risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

N/A

Santa Barbara County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Plan

Tier 4: Minimal risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

Available here

Santa Clara County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order  

Tier 3: Moderate risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

N/A

Santa Cruz County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Guidance Tier 3: Moderate risk

Removed from State monitoring list on August 17, 2020. Indoor activities that
remain closed until at least August 31 include:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

N/A

Shasta County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Plan Tier 3: Moderate risk  

N/A

Sierra County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Resources Tier 4: Minimal risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

N/A

Siskiyou County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Plan Tier 3: Moderate risk  

N/A

Solano County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Plan Tier 3: Moderate risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

N/A

Sonoma County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Plan Tier 3: Moderate risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

N/A

Stanislaus County   Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order  

Tier 3: Moderate risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

N/A

Sutter County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order   Tier 2: Substantial risk  

N/A

Tehama County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Plan Tier 3: Moderate risk  

N/A

Trinity County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order   Tier 4: Minimal risk

Indoor activities ordered closed as of August 26:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

N/A

Tulare County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Plan

Tier 3: Moderate risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

N/A

Tuolumne County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Plan

Tier 3: Moderate risk

 

N/A

Ventura County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order  

Tier 3: Moderate risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

N/A

Yolo County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: County Order Rescinded Reopening Plan

Tier 3: Moderate risk

Group gatherings capped at 16 people maximum

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

N/A

Yuba County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order   Tier 3: Moderate risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

N/A

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