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.

Per the state’s Limited Stay At Home Order issued on Thursday, November 19, 2020, counties in Tier 1 are subject to a mandatory curfew between 10:00 pm and 5:00 am. This Order took effect on November 21, 2020, and will remain in effect until 5:00 am on Monday, December 21, 2020, unless extended or revised.

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 1: Widespread 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 3: Moderate risk  

N/A

Amador County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Guidance Tier 1: Widespread 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 1: Widespread 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 1: Widespread 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 1: Widespread 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 1: Widespread 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 2: Substantial risk  

N/A

El Dorado County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Guidance Tier 1: Widespread risk  

N/A

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

Tier 1: Widespread 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 1: Widespread 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 2: Substantial risk  

Available here

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

Tier 1: Widespread 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 1: Widespread 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 1: Widespread 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 1: Widespread 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 1: Widespread risk  

N/A

Lassen County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Plan Tier 1: Widespread risk  

N/A

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

Tier 1: Widespread risk

Public and Private Gatherings

All public and private gatherings with individuals not in your household are limited to 3 households and a total of 15 people, and must be outdoors only. Church services and protests, which are constitutionally protected rights, are permitted at X capacity.

Commercial Establishments

Commercial Establishment

Maximum Occupancy

Essential retail

35% maximum occupancy

Non-essential retail (includes indoor malls)

25% maximum indoor occupancy

Cardrooms

50% maximum occupancy, outdoors only

Personal care services

25% maximum indoor occupancy

Hotels & Motels

Tourism & individual travel permitted

Fitness centers 

Outdoors only

Museums galleries, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens 

Outdoors only

Mini-golf, batting cages, go-kart racing 

50% maximum occupancy, outdoors only

Until Friday, January 29, 2021, non-essential commercial establishments remain subject to a between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.

Dining: Outdoor dining at restaurants, wineries, and breweries will reopen on Friday, January 29, 2021. Indoor dining remains closed. Takeout and delivery services remain available.

Music, Television and Film

Music, television and film production may continue, in compliance with the Health Officer Order, Appendix J as last updated on August 18, 2020.

Schools

All K-12 schools and day camps remain subject to re-opening protocols. K-12 schools and day camps with an outbreak (3 cases or more over 14 days) must close for 14 days.

Institutes of Higher Education remain closed for all non-essential instruction, although on-campus activities are permitted as necessary for distance learning, “essential research projects,” education and training for essential workforce activities, and activities related to state or County COVID-19 response.

Available here

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

Tier 1: Widespread 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 2: Substantial 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 2: Substantial risk

 

N/A

Mendocino County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Plan Tier 1: Widespread 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 1: Widespread 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 1: Widespread risk  

N/A

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

Tier 1: Widespread 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 1: Widespread 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 1: Widespread 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 1: Widespread risk  

Available here

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

Tier 1: Widespread 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 1: Widespread 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 2: Substantial risk  

N/A

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

Tier 1: Widespread 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 1: Widespread 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 1: Widespread 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 1: Widespread risk

Bars recommended closed.

Indoor restaurants closed.

N/A

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

Tier 1: Widespread 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 1: Widespread risk

San Francisco (additional restrictions):

  • Indoor dining closed
  • Outdoor dining permitted with tables of no more than two households, up to six people, and spaced a minimum of 6 feet apart; 
  • Personal services permitted indoors and outdoors, except “those that require a mask to be removed”
  • Outdoor zoos and museums permitted
  • Small outdoor gatherings permitted
  • Gyms and fitness centers inside hotels, up to 10% capacity, up to 50 people
  • Indoor malls with increased capacity, up to 50% with an approved safety plan
  • Places of worship, indoors at 25% capacity up to 100 people, outdoors up to 200 people 6 feet apart
  • Political protests, outdoors up to 200 people 6 feet apart
  • Movie theatres limited to 25% capacity and a maximum of 50 people”
  • Indoor high school instruction paused

In addition, San Francisco will allow hotels to resume operations for tourism use, but mandatory local travel quarantine remains in effect ( requiring travelers from outside of the Bay Area to quarantine for 10 days).

Curfew on non-essential activities remains in effect 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.

Please see the County’s updated Stay Home Order site for additional guidance.

Available here

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

Tier 1: Widespread 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 1: Widespread risk

 

Available here

San Mateo County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Plan Tier 2: Substantial 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 1: Widespread 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 1: Widespread 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 1: Widespread 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 2: Substantial risk  

N/A

Sierra County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Resources Tier 3: Moderate 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 1: Widespread risk  

N/A

Solano County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Plan Tier 1: Widespread 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 1: Widespread 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 1: Widespread 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 1: Widespread risk  

N/A

Tehama County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Plan Tier 1: Widespread risk  

N/A

Trinity County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order   Tier 2: Substantial 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 1: Widespread 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 1: Widespread risk

 

N/A

Ventura County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order  

Tier 1: Widespread 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 2: Substantial 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 1: Widespread risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

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

N/A

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