California

Updated: May 27, 2020

Executive Summary

Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-60-20 on May 4, 2020 announcing the state’s transition to Stage 2 of the state’s reopening plan as of May 8, 2020. Stage 2, in addition to critical infrastructure businesses, manufacturers, logistics, and office-based businesses, allows for a phased reopening, most immediately of additional lower-risk workplaces, including curbside retail and supply chains supporting these businesses. The Governor expanded Stage 2, as of May 12, to allow additional businesses and venues to open statewide, including service businesses that do not generally require close customer contact (such as pet grooming, dog walking, car washes, appliance repair, residential and janitorial cleaning, and plumbing), outdoor museums, and destination retail. As of May 26, places of worship and all retail, including in-store and shopping malls, have been permitted to open statewide.

Counties have the option to leave in place more restrictive measures based on their local conditions.  In addition, counties have the option to move to more advanced phases of Stage 2, essentially obtaining a “variance” to the coverage of EO N-60-20, if they attest that they meet specified state readiness criteria.  The governor released Statewide Industry Guidance that businesses in various sectors are required to follow in order to reopen, as well as a County by County/County Variance site which identifies counties that have submitted accelerated Stage 2 attestations, and identifies those that have not.  Both sites are periodically updated and should be checked for the most current reopening information. 

As of May 26, where a county attests to having met the readiness criteria, hair salons, barber shops, and dine-in restaurants may reopen. In addition, as reflected on the County by County Guidance site, as of May 26, 47 of California’s 58 counties have now submitted Stage 2 attestations and have been approved for accelerated reopenings, while 11 of the state’s remaining counties, among its largest, remain closed to these additional businesses.

Before reopening, all facilities must perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan and COVID-19 employee training, and implement COVID-19 safety-related measures.  The State has also issued specific guidance for a broad cross-section of industries.

Updated: May 12, 2020

Executive Summary

Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-60-20 on May 4, 2020 announcing the state’s transition to Stage 2 of the state’s reopening plan as of May 8, 2020. Stage 2 allows reopening of lower-risk workplaces, including curbside retail and supply chains supporting these businesses. Counties can choose to continue more restrictive measures in place based on their local conditions, but can also move more quickly through Stage 2 if they attest that they meet the state’s readiness criteria. The governor released guidelines businesses will have to follow if they want to reopen. 

The Governor has expanded Stage 2 to allow additional businesses to open, including offices in all sectors (not just critical infrastructure), limited services which do not generally require close customer contact (such as pet grooming, dog walking, car washes, appliance repair, residential and janitorial cleaning, and plumbing, outdoor museums, and destination retail (including shopping malls and swap meets).

Before reopening, all facilities must perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan and COVID-19 employee training, and implement COVID-19 safety-related measures.  The State has also issued specific guidance for a broad cross-section of industries.

Updated: May 7, 2020

EXECUTIVE ORDER IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19

(COVID-19 EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. N-60-20)      

Executive Summary

Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-60-20 on May 4,2020 announcing the state’s transition to Stage 2 of the state’s reopening plan as of May 8, 2020. Stage 2 allows gradual reopening of lower-risk workplaces, including curbside retail and supply chains supporting these businesses. Counties can choose to continue more restrictive measures in place based on their local conditions, but can also move more quickly through Stage 2 if they attest that they meet the state’s readiness criteria. The governor released guidelines businesses will have to follow if they want to reopen.  

Guidelines

  • Curbside retail businesses that can open with modification include but are not limited to:
    • Bookstores
    • Jewelry stores
    • Toy stores
    • Clothing and shoes stores
    • Home and furnishing stores
    • Sporting goods stores
    • Antique stores
    • Music stores
    • Florists
  • Supply chains supporting the above businesses, in manufacturing and logistical sectors, can also open with modifications
  • The following can open later in Stage 2:
    • Destination retail, including shopping malls and swap meets
    • Personal services, limited to: car washes, pet grooming, tanning facilities, and landscape gardening
    • Office-based businesses (telework remains strongly encouraged)
    • Dine-in restaurants (other facility amenities, like bars or gaming areas, are not permitted)
    • Schools and childcare facilities
    • Outdoor museums and open gallery spaces
  • Before reopening, all facilities must:
    • Perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan
    • Train employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19, including how to screen themselves for symptoms and stay home if they have them
    • Implement individual control measures and screenings
    • Implement disinfecting protocols
    • Implement physical distancing guidelines
  • Specific guidance is provided for the following industries:
    • Agriculture and livestock
    • Auto-dealerships
    • Communications infrastructure
    • Construction
    • Delivery services
    • Energy and utilities
    • Food packing
    • Hotels and lodging
    • Life sciences
    • Logistics and warehousing facilities
    • Manufacturing
    • Mining and logging
    • Office workspaces
    • Ports
    • Public transit and intercity passenger rail
    • Real estate transaction
    • Retail


EXECUTIVE ORDER IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19

(COVID-19 EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. N-33-20)      

Executive Summary

The California Executive Order requires all citizens living within the State to stay at home except as allowed in the Order, and requires all businesses and operations in the State, except as needed to maintain continuity of operations consistent with CISA Essential Critical Infrastructure list, to cease all activities within the State.  Businesses that fall within a sector on the CISA Essential Critical Infrastructure list, and are, therefore, permitted to maintain operations, should take proactive measures to ensure compliance with social distancing recommendations.

Summary of Order

  • Issued on March 19, 2020.
  • All businesses and operations in the State, except those as outlined in the CISA Essential Critical Infrastructure list, are required to cease activities within the State.
  • The Governor may add additional sectors to the essential business list as necessary.

Social Distancing Requirements

  • Businesses operating within the CISA critical sectors should take proactive measures to ensure compliance with social distancing recommendations, including:
    • Designate six-foot distances.
    • Having hand sanitizer and sanitizing products readily available for employees and customers.
    • Implementing separate operating hours for elderly and vulnerable customers.
    • Posting online whether a facility is open and how best to reach the facility and continue services by phone or remotely.

CISA List

Critical infrastructure sectors listed in CISA guidance (check list at link above for detailed list of worker functions):

  • Healthcare / Public Health
  • Law Enforcement, Public Safety, and Other First Responders
  • Food and Agriculture
  • Energy — Natural Gas, Natural Gas Liquids (NGL), Propane, and Other Liquid Fuels
  • Water and Wastewater
  • Transportation and Logistics
  • Public Works and Infrastructure Support Services
  • Communications and Information Technology
  • Other Community- or Government-Based Operations and Essential Functions
  • Critical Manufacturing
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Financial Services
  • Chemical
  • Defense Industrial Base
  • Commercial Facilities
  • Residential/Shelter Facilities and Services
  • Hygiene Products and Services

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