Updates on Roadmap to Reopening

State Reopening Information

Governor Gavin Newsom and California Department of Public Health Director, Dr. Sonia Angell announced today that based on state metrics, the state will begin gradually moving into Stage 2: Lower Risk Workplaces, starting this Friday, May 8th. The gradual transition into Stage 2 will include expanded retail and curbside pickup and associated manufacturing and supply chains. Examples provided by the State include bookstores, clothing stores, florists, and sporting goods. Not included at this time are offices (can telework), seated dining at restaurants, and shopping malls.

The Governor also issued a state ‘Report Card’ for how the state is doing in meeting key measures for moving into Stage 2. California is on track on the following statewide metrics:
-Stability of hospitalizations
– Personal Protective Equipment Inventory
– Healthcare Surge Capacity
– Testing Capacity
-Contact Tracing Capacity
-Public Health Guidance in Place

Release from Office of the Governor: https://www.gov.ca.gov/2020/05/04/governor-newsom-provides-update-on-californias-progress-toward-stage-2-reopening/

Governor Gavin Newsom announced details on how CA plans to modify the Stay-At-Home order in the future. These modifications are based on science, health & data & will happen in 4 stages:

Stage 1: Safety and Preparedness
-Continue to build out testing, contact tracing, PPE, and hospital surge capacity
-Making essential workforce environments as safe as possible 

Stage 2: Lower Risk Workplaces
-Gradually opening some lower risk workplaces with adaptations.
Some examples:
-Retail (e.g. curbside pickup)
-Offices (when telework is not possible)
-More public spaces

Stage 3: High Risk Workplaces
-Open higher risk environments with adaptations and limits on size of gatherings
-Personal care (hair and nail salons, gyms)
-Entertainment venues (movie theaters, sports without live audiences)
-In-person religious services (Churches, weddings) 

Stage 4: End of Stay-At-Home
-Re-open highest risk environments and venues oce therapeutics have been developed
-Convention Centers
-Live audience sports 

Please note: These stages are details on modifications to be made in the future to the EXISTING stay-at-home order. There is not a timeline available for these stages, and all modifications to the existing stay-at-home-order will be based on science, health, and data.

A county that has met certain criteria in containing COVID-19 may consider increasing the pace at which they advance through Stage 2 of California’s roadmap to modify the Stay-at-Home order. Counties that have filed an attestation that they have met the readiness criteria, and are approved by the State to move through Stage 2 with implemented sector guidance in place will be listed on the State Public Health Department’s website.  

Link to Local Variance Attestations : https://bit.ly/2T5SPZI

California has released new statewide COVID-19 guidance for industries such as limited personal services and outdoor museums.
Additional industry modifications to the Stay-At-Home order were also announced for select approved counties, including Butte and Glenn County.

The following industries can re-open with modifications with county approval:
-Limited personal services: pet grooming, car washes, and landscaping.

Only Approved Counties:
The following industries can re-open with modifications in counties that have received State approval:
-Dine-in Restaurants
-Shopping Malls

State Roadmap: https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap/

Roadmap for Counties:


As counties reopen, California Department of Public Health announces as of (05/25/2020) statewide modifications for reopening places of worship for religious services, and in-store retail shopping. Subject to approval by county public health departments, all retail stores can reopen for in-store shopping under previously issued guidelines. Under new guidance, places of worship can hold religious services and funerals that limit attendance to 25% of a building’s capacity – or up to 100 attendees, whichever is lower – upon approval by the county department of public health.

See full announcement online here: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/OPA/Pages/NR20-100.aspx

Butte County Reopening Information

Offers an active information page providing information about the reopening process in Butte County as the County begins to open from restrictions in place from the Governor’s ‘Stay At Home’ order for both residents and low-risk and high-risk businesses. The page provides information in relation to the State guidance on Resilience Roadmap stages, specific information for Butte County in relation to the State’s guidance, and information about measures to be implemented for local workplaces and facilities as the reopening process develops. The page also offers guidance on individual actions that should be taken as the County moves further into Stage 2 based on local conditions for COVID-19. 

Please Note: This page is an active information page. As information is provided by the local work groups, health professionals and the State, it will be updated. Butte County received State approval for local variance to reopen further into Stage 2, meaning that certain local guidance will vary from Statewide guidance.

Online here: www.buttecounty.net/publichealth/buttereopens

Announcement from Butte County:
“The Governor announced that stage 2 of reopening low-risk workplaces can gradually open with adaptations, starting 05/08/2020. The Governor also mentioned that some counties may be able to move further into stage 2 based on the ability to prove that specific public health criteria are in place. Butte County has received the criteria that must be met to prove the county’s readiness to move further into stage 2. We are working to compile and submit our attestation and reopen plan to the State to allow our county to swiftly reopen.
Until our attestation and plan is received by the State and Dr. Miller has completed a phone consultation with the California Department of Public Health, only sectors of business indicated by the Governor’s stage 2 plan my reopen with modifications.
The Butte County plan will include mitigation measures by sector. The State’s guidance to help these workplaces reopen safely also includes these mitigation measures”.

Learn more: https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap/

Announced during the press conference dedicated to reopening measures in Butte County on 5/13/2020 were specific directions for businesses newly able to reopen in Butte County. These directions are outlined on the Butte County reopens website, and include the availability of signage to be posted outside of reopened businesses.

Signage to be posted publicly for reopening businesses that have implemented Butte County Reopening Mitigation measures specific to their industry are available for print on the Butte Reopens Website.

Businesses can visit the Butte Reopens Website, and click ‘Download the Self-Certification Window Placard’ here: www.buttecounty.net/publichealth/buttereopens 

Butte County COVID-19 Call Center (M-F: 8am-5pm) 530-552-3050

Printing Assistance for Self-Certification Window Placard- For businesses without internet connection who need assistance printing signage or reopening guidance, both the Chico Chamber of Commerce and the Paradise Ridge Chamber of Commerce can provide assistance over the phone. 

Chico Chamber of Commerce (M-F: 8:30am-5pm)  530-891-5556

Paradise Ridge Chamber of Commerce (M-F: 10am-4pm)  530-877-9356

Glenn county Reopening Information

Provides guidelines for a phased reopening during COVID-19 developed by the Glenn County Public Health in coordination with the Glenn County Office of Emergency Services. This guidance is available for planning purposes. This plan is in draft form at this time as it may be subject to change based on state guidance and approval.

Please Note: The phased re-opening plan for Glenn County includes the following topics of guidance:

Guidelines for Retail Business

Guidelines for Restaurants

Guidelines for Personal Care Services

Guidelines for Gyms

View the Glenn County Reopening Plan at the link here: https://www.countyofglenn.net/dept/health-human-services/public-health/covid-19/covid-19-guidance-and-resource-documents

Provided on behalf of Glenn County Health & Human Services Agency:
“This week the Governor announced that the state will be moving to “Stage 2” or allowing some businesses to open later this week. Residents have expressed confusion about what that means, and shared mixed feelings about reopening. It’s realized that the county must find the right balance between keeping the local economy and businesses stable, and protecting the public’s health. The county has provided information and guidance to clarify the current status in Glenn county, and what this means for you, and our communities”.

View full press release here: https://bit.ly/2WBczFu

Q. What is the current status for Glenn County?

A. Glenn is currently under the statewide stay at home order. The Governor announced partial reopening of certain businesses on 5/8/2020. The Glenn County Phased Reopening Plan describes the reopening phases and offers guidance for businesses and gatherings. See online here.

Q. What if cases rise after reopening?

A. When the Governor releases counties to move to Phase 2, (expected on Friday May 8), some businesses will be allowed to reopen. Testing and monitoring will continue. If no further spread of the COVID-19 occurs, the next stages of the plan will occur after a few weeks of testing showing containment. If there is an increase in cases, that may limit or delay reopening.

Q. What does reopening mean, do we continue distancing?

A. With some businesses reopening, the risk of COVID-19 continues, and it is imperative that all residents practice physical distancing and responsible precautions as they have during Phase1, (the stay at home order) until a vaccine is identified. Follow the below guidelines as you have:
-Stay home except for essential needs/activities.

-Practice physical distancing – stay 6 feet away from people.

-Wear a cloth face mask if you leave home.

-Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

-Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. If surfaces are dirty, clean them using detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

-Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth.

-Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your elbow or a tissue. Wash hands afterwards.

-Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.

-Stay home and away from people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.

-If you smoke or vape, consider quitting. Smoking and vaping causes harm to the lungs.

-Follow guidance from public health officials.

-Please consult with your health care provider about additional steps you may be able to take to protect yourself.

Glenn County was approved for Local Variance Attestation, meaning that the county has met certain criteria in containing COVID-19 and may advance through Stage 2 of California’s roadmap to modify the Stay-at-Home order.
Glenn County will move immediately into Phase 2B of their reopening Plan which will allow the following sectors to reopen with sector-specific guidance from the County in place:
-Personal services, limited to: car washes, pet grooming, tanning facilities, and landscape gardening.
-Office-based businesses
– Dine-in restaurants
-Outdoor Recreation
Sector guidance for Glenn County businesses now able to phase into re-opening is available on the Glenn County Health and Human Services website online here: https://bit.ly/3cgQZwh