Updates on Roadmap to Reopening

State Reopening Information

The Regional Stay Home Order, announced December 3, will go into effect within 48 hours in regions with less than 15% ICU availability. It prohibits private gatherings of any size, closes sector operations except for critical infrastructure and retail, and requires 100% masking and physical distancing in all others.
The order will remain in effect for at least 3 weeks and, after that period, will be lifted when a region’s projected ICU capacity meets or exceeds 15%. This will be assessed on a weekly basis after the initial 3 week period.
The state released a map of five regions and their current ICU capacity, as well as projected dates when regions will fall below the 15 percent threshold. The regions include Butte and Glenn counties.
The Regional Stay Home Order would be in effect for 3 weeks after the trigger and instructs Californians to stay at home as much as possible to limit the mixing with other households that can lead to COVID-19 spread. It allows access to (and travel for) critical services and allows outdoor activities to preserve Californians’ physical and mental health. This limited closure will help stop the surge and prevent overwhelming regional ICU capacity.

In any region that triggers a Regional Stay Home Order because it drops below 15% ICU capacity, the following sectors must close:
– Indoor and outdoor playgrounds
– Indoor recreational facilities
– Hair salons and barbershops
– Personal care services
– Museums, zoos, and aquariums
– Movie theaters
– Wineries
– Bars, breweries, and distilleries
– Family entertainment centers
– Cardrooms and satellite wagering

Limited services:
– Live audience sports
– Amusement parks
The following sectors will have additional modifications in addition to 100% masking and physical distancing:
– Outdoor recreational facilities: Allow outdoor operation only without any food, drink or alcohol sales. Additionally, overnight stays at campgrounds will not be permitted.
– Retail: Allow indoor operation at 20% capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. Additionally, special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
– Shopping centers: Allow indoor operation at 20% capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. Additionally, special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
– Hotels and lodging: Allow to open for critical infrastructure support only.
– Restaurants: Allow only for take-out, pick-up, or delivery.
– Offices: Allow remote only except for critical infrastructure sectors where remote working is not possible.
– Places of worship and political expression: Allow outdoor services only.
– Entertainment production including professional sports: Allow operation without live audiences. Additionally, testing protocol and “bubbles” are highly encouraged.
The following sectors are allowed to remain open when a remote option is not possible with appropriate infectious disease preventative measures including 100% masking and physical distancing:
– Critical infrastructure
– Schools that are already open for in-person learning
– Non-urgent medical and dental care
– Child care and pre-K

Link to full announcement: https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/

On November 19, 2020 the State Public Health Officer issued a Limited Stay at Home order that will be effective in counties under Tier One (Purple) of California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy to prevent and reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Under the order it is required that all non-essential activities such as gatherings with members of other households and all activities that are conducted outside of the residence, lodging, or temporary accommodation with members of other households cease between 10pm and 5am unless they are associated with the operation, maintenance, or usage of critical infrastructure or are required by law. The order does NOT prevent any number of persons from the same household from leaving their residence, lodging, or temporary accommodation, as long as they are not engaging in non-essential activities with any number of persons from another household.
The order goes into effect on November 21, 2020, at 10pm until 5am on December 21, 2020 and may be extended or revised as needed. For counties that move into Tier One after the order goes into effect, the terms of the order will apply at 10pm on day two after the county is assigned to Tier One with day one being the first full day after the date that the county is assigned to Tier One.

Link to Order: https://bit.ly/38XNts7

On December 30, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom released the State Safe Schools for All plan, California’s framework to support schools to continue operating safely in-person and to expand the number of schools safely resuming in-person instruction. Informed by growing evidence of the decreased risks and increased benefits of in-person instruction – especially for our youngest students – Governor Newsom is advancing a strategy that will help create safe learning environments for students and safe workplaces for educators and other school staff. The plan was developed in partnership with the Legislature, and the Governor will propose an early action package to ensure schools have the resources necessary to successfully implement key safety precautions and mitigation measures. Components of the plan will be launched in the coming weeks.
The Administration’s strategy focuses on ensuring implementation and building confidence by bringing back the youngest children (TK-2) and those who are most vulnerable first, then phasing in other grade levels through the spring. This phased-in return recognizes that younger children are at a lower risk of contracting and transmitting COVID-19. At the same time, distance learning will remain an option for parents and students who choose it and for those whose health status does not allow them to return to school in the near term.
“California’s Safe Schools for All framework to safe reopening of in-person instruction is built on four pillars:

1) Funding to Support Safe Reopening: The Budget will propose for immediate action in January, $2 billion to support safety measures – including testing, ventilation and PPE – for schools that have resumed in-person instruction or phasing in of in-person instruction by early spring.

2) Safety & Mitigation Measures for Classrooms: To further ensure health and safety in the classroom, the Administration will support implementation of key health measures. This will include frequent testing for all students and staff, including weekly testing for communities with high rates of transmission; masks for all students and staff, including distribution of millions of surgical masks for school staff; improved coordination between school and health officials for contact tracing; and prioritization of school staff for vaccinations.

3) Hands-on Oversight & Assistance for Schools: Dr. Naomi Bardach, a UCSF pediatrician and expert on school safety, will lead the Safe Schools for All Team, a cross-agency team composed of dedicated staff from CDPH, Cal/OSHA, and educational agencies. The Team will provide hands-on support to help schools develop and implement their COVID-19 Safety Plans. These supports include school visits and walk-throughs as needed, webinars and training materials and ongoing technical assistance.

4) Transparency & Accountability for Families and Staff: A state dashboard will enable all Californians to see their school’s reopening status, level of available funding and data on school outbreaks. Additionally, a web-based “hotline” will empower school staff and parents to report concerns to the Safe Schools for All Team, which will lead to escalating levels of intervention beginning with technical assistance and ending with legal enforcement.”
For more information about the components, science, and rationale behind plan, please the plan at https://bit.ly/3aXfbpY.

Link to Order: https://bit.ly/38XNts7

Offering guidance for private gatherings. Gatherings are defined as social situations that bring together people from different households at the same time in a single space or place.
Mandatory Requirements:
– Gatherings may not include more than 3 households including the host and guests. The host should collect names of all attendees and contact information in case contact tracing is needed later.
– All gatherings must be held outside for counties in the Purple Tier.
– Individuals who feel sick or who are at high-risk (older adults and individuals with
chronic medical should not attend gatherings.
– Anyone who develops COVID-19 within 48 hours after attending a gathering should
notify the other attendees as soon as possible regarding the potential exposure.
– Practice physical distancing and hand hygiene at gatherings.
– Shared items should not be used during a gathering.
– Food or beverages at outdoor gatherings must be in single-serve disposable
containers. If this is not possible, food and beverages must be served by a person who
washes or sanitizes their hands frequently, and wears a face covering. Self-serve items
from communal containers should not be used.
– Wear face coverings in accordance with state guidelines.
– Keep gatherings under 2 hours.
– Singing, chanting, and shouting are strongly discouraged at outdoor gatherings and are prohibited at indoor gatherings. If these activities occur at outdoor gatherings, the  following rules and recommendations apply:
– All individuals who are singing or chanting should wear a face covering at all
times while singing or chanting, including anyone who is leading a song or chant.
These activities pose a very high risk of COVID-19 transmission and face
coverings are essential to reduce the spread of respiratory droplets and fine
– Individuals who are singing, shouting, chanting, or exercising are strongly
encouraged to maintain physical distancing beyond 6 feet to further reduce risk.
– Individuals who are singing or chanting are strongly encouraged to do so
quietly (at or below the volume of a normal speaking voice).
– Musicians playing an instrument must maintain at least 6-feet physical distancing, be from one of the three households, and are discouraged from playing wind instruments
(any instrument played by the mouth, such as a trumpet or clarinet).

– Singing, chanting, shouting, cheering, playing of wind instruments and similar
activities are NOT permitted in indoor gatherings. 

Link to Guidance: https://bit.ly/38NZ4db

The Blueprint for a Safer Economy, previously the County Data Monitoring List determines what businesses can and cannot open. Every county in California is assigned to a tier based on its test positivity and adjusted case rate. At a minimum, counties must remain in a tier for at least 3 weeks before moving forward. Data is reviewed weekly and tiers are updated on Tuesdays. To move forward, a county must meet the next tier’s criteria for two consecutive weeks. If a county’s metrics worsen for two consecutive weeks, it will be assigned a more restrictive tier. Public health officials are constantly monitoring data and can step in if necessary.

To find current status of activities in any California county, use the state’s searchable map here:https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/

The Governor has issued a statewide face covering requirement for California which is effective immediately. Face coverings are required in public spaces (see guidance document linked). The California Department of Public Health has issued guidance on face coverings including all situations in which face coverings must be worn and also includes a list of exempt situations.
Starting June 18, Californians must wear face coverings in common and public indoor spaces and outdoors when distancing is not possible. Learn more about the guidance and limited exceptions on the California Department of Public Health website.
Face Coverings Must be worn in the following situations:
• When inside of any indoor public space or in line to enter one (unless exempted by state guidelines for specific public settings such as schools or childcare centers).

• When obtaining services from healthcare facilities including but not limited to hospitals, pharmacies, medical clinics, laboratories, physician or dental offices, veterinary clinics, or blood banks unless directed otherwise by an employee or healthcare provider.

• When waiting for, or riding on public transportation or paratransit or while in a taxi, private car service, or ride-sharing vehicle. Drivers operating any of these vehicles must also wear a face covering and are strongly encouraged to wear one even if there is no passenger present.

• While at work either at their workplace or off-site when they are interacting with any member of the public in-person, working in a space that is visited by members of the public regardless of whether anyone is actually present, working in a space where food is prepared or packaged for sale or distribution, while in common areas, such as hallways, stairways, elevators, and parking facilities.

• While in any room or enclosed area where other people who are not members of the individual’s own household or residence are present and they are unable to physically distance.

• While outdoors in public spaces where individuals are unable to maintain a physical distance of 6 feet from persons who are not members of the same household or residence.

Face coverings are exempt for the following individuals:

• Children two years of age or under due to the risk of suffocation.

• Individuals who have a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability where wearing a face covering can obstruct their breathing and those who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a face covering without assistance.

• Individuals who are hearing impaired, or who communicate with an individual who is hearing impaired as the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.

• Individuals who would face a work-related injury by wearing a face covering, as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines.

• Individuals who are obtaining a service involving the nose or face where temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the service.

• While eating or drinking at a restaurant or other establishment that offers food or beverage service. These individuals still must practice physical distancing of at least 6 ft from individuals who are not members of the same household or residence.

• Individuals who are engaged in outdoor work or recreation such as swimming, walking, hiking, bicycling, or running when alone or with household members and when they are able to maintain a distance of at least six feet from others.

• Individuals who are incarcerated. Prisons and jails will have specific guidance on the wearing of face coverings or masks for both inmates and staff as part of their mitigation plans.

Link to Online PDF of Guidance Issued by California Department of Public Health: www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/CDPH%20Document%20Library/COVID-19/Guidance-for-Face-Coverings_06-18-2020.pdf

Guidelines also available at: https://covid19.ca.gov/

Offering guidance for non-essential travel for individuals arriving in California from other states or Californians returning from other states or countries.

Travel Advisory for Non-Essential Travel:
– Individuals arriving in California including those from other states or countries and returning California residents, should practice self-quarantine for 14 days and limit their interactions to their immediate household. This recommendation does not apply to individuals who cross state or country borders for essential travel.
– Californians are encouraged to stay home or in their region and avoid non-essential travel to other states or countries. Avoiding travel can reduce the risk of virus transmission.

Please Note: Non-essential travel includes travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature. Essential travel includes work and study, critical infrastructure support, economic services and supply chains, health, immediate medical care, and safety and security.

Link to Travel Advisory: https://bit.ly/2IAK5Zv

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today unveiled the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, a statewide, stringent and slow plan for living with COVID-19 for the long haul. The plan imposes risk-based criteria on tightening and loosening COVID-19 allowable activities and expands the length of time between changes to assess how any movement affects the trajectory of the disease and will be effective on Aug 31, 2020.

Based on recent data, each county will fall into one of four colored tiers – Purple (Widespread), Red (Substantial), Orange (Moderate) and Yellow (Minimal) – based on how prevalent COVID-19 is in each county and the extent of community spread. That color will indicate how sectors can operate.

For example, in the Purple (Widespread) tier where the disease is widespread, restaurants can only operate outdoors. But once a county has achieved a lower level of disease transmission and moved into the Red (Substantial) tier, restaurants can operate with 25 percent capacity indoors or 100 patrons, whichever is fewer.

Counties must remain in every tier but purple for a minimum of 21 days before being eligible to move into the next tier. Each Tuesday, California will update each county’s data for the previous week and make corresponding changes to tiers. In order to move into a less restrictive tier, a county must meet that tier’s criteria for two straight weeks.

Conversely, counties that fail to meet the metrics for their current tier for two consecutive weeks must move to the next most restrictive tier. The plan also includes an “emergency brake” where the state can intervene more immediately for concerning factors like hospitalizations.

Link to Press Release: https://bit.ly/3jpP4J2

Link to Blueprint: https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/

Link to Blueprint Activity and Business Tiers: https://bit.ly/32zH4yu

As of today (07/17/2020), Governor Gavin Newsom announces his plan for learning and safe schools ahead of the 2020–2021 school year, as the California Department of Public Health issued a framework for when and how schools should reopen for in-person instruction. The Governor’s plan centers on five key areas:

1) Safe in-person school based on local health data

2) Strong mask requirements for anyone in the school

3) Physical distancing requirements & other adaptations

4) Regular testing and dedicated contact tracing for outbreaks at schools

5) Rigorous distance learning

Link to Press Release: https://bit.ly/2WDK3DH

The Blueprint for a Safer Economy

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 the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, 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 prepares to move into lower risk levels.

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. 

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

Press Release 01/12:

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. – As of Tuesday, January 12, 2021, the Greater Sacramento Region, which includes Butte county, ICU bed capacity four-week projection exceeds 15%, ending the Regional Stay at Home Order (RSAHO), effective immediately.
On December 10, 2020, the Greater Sacramento Region was placed under the RSAHO, which was directed to be in place for a minimum of 21 days. After the 21 day period, the region’s four week ICU bed capacity was projected on a regular basis.
With the lift of the RSAHO, it is important to note that the Blueprint for a Safer Economy’s tier based system is still in place. There are four tiers that determine which businesses and activities may be open based on case rate and test positivity rate. Butte County is in the Purple Tier (Widespread or Tier 1). As a reminder, Tier 1, or the purple tier, is the most restrictive tier and requires most businesses and activities to modify operations for outdoors only. The case rate and test positivity rate for Butte County are updated on a weekly basis. To learn what can remain open in Tier 1, the public can visit the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy: covid19.ca.gov/safereconomy/

Additionally, the State’s Limited Stay at Home Order (LSAHO) is still in effect for all Counties in the Purple Tier. The LSAHO places a 10pm-5am curfew on all individuals in the Purple Tier, with limited exceptions. The LSAHO is in effect until the RSAHO has terminated in all Regions of the State.

With this move in the right direction, we thank those who are working hard to reduce the spread of COVID19, which protects our healthcare system. We ask residents to keep doing all they can to prevent the virus by:
– Wear a face covering when in public
– Keep at least six feet away from others
– Wash your hands often
– Don’t mix with people who don’t live in your household
– Stay home if you are sick 

Link to Press Release: https://bit.ly/3bA5yOm

For more information about the Limited Stay at Home Order: https://bit.ly/38XNts7

On January 7, 2021 Butte County Public Health (BCPH) held a press conference providing updates about the Regional Stay at Home Order, COVID-19 Vaccines, and COVID-19 Workplace Outbreak Reporting.

“Regional Stay at Home Order: On Dec 10, 2020 Butte County and the rest of the counties included in the Greater Sacramento Region were placed under the Regional Stay at Home Order due to the total number of available ICU beds in the region falling below 15 percent. The Regional Stay at Home Order will continue to stay in place in Butte County until the total number of available ICU beds in the region rises above 15 percent. The total number of available ICU beds in the region is currently 10 percent.

Under the Stay at Home Order, private gatherings of all sizes are prohibited, face coverings and social distancing guidelines will be required, and closes certain sectors. Restaurants are required to close for indoor and outdoor dining under the order, but can still continue to offer curbside pickup or delivery. BCPH has received reports that some restaurants have chosen to remain open for indoor and outdoor dining regardless of the order. BCPH has been notified that agencies such as CalOSHA and the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Licensing have been in the county conducting inspections and taking further enforcement actions when necessary. BCPH encourages community members who want to support their favorite restaurants to utilize curbside or delivery options.”

Link to Press Conference: http://bit.ly/3bjfhbp

Link to Regional Stay at Home Order: http://bit.ly/3ofPGDV

Press Release 01/04: 

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. – As of Sunday, January 3, 2021, the Greater Sacramento region, which includes Butte County, ICU bed capacity is at 10.1% and the four-week ICU projection for the region does not meet the criteria to exit the regional stay at home order (RSAHO). The region’s ICU capacity varies daily, but recently fell below 10%.

Moving forward, the regions ICU capacity will be assessed on a weekly basis. The RSAHO will be lifted once the region’s projected ICU capacity meets or exceeds 15%. Butte County Public Health will keep the public informed about the RSAHO status and make residents aware when the order has been lifted.

On December 10, 2020, the Greater Sacramento Region was placed under the RSAHO, which was directed to be in place for a minimum of 21 days. After the 21 day time period, the region’s four week ICU capacity will be projected on a weekly basis.

The RSAHO prohibits private gatherings of any size, closes sector operations except for critical infrastructure and retail and requires 100% mask wearing (with certain exceptions as indicated in the guidance for use of face coverings) and physical distancing.

Under the RSAHO order, restaurants are required to close all indoor and outdoor operations. Restaurants may continue to provide curbside pick-up and delivery.

The following sectors are required to remain closed for all operations:

  • Indoor playgrounds
  • Indoor recreational facilities
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Personal care services
  • Museums, zoos, and aquariums
  • Movie theaters (except drive-in)
  • Wineries, bars, breweries, and distilleries
  • Family entertainment centers
  • Cardrooms and satellite wagering
  • Limited services as defined by the state
  • Live audience sports
  • Amusement parks 

The following sectors are allowed to remain open with appropriate infectious disease preventive measures including 100% masking and physical distancing:

  • Critical infrastructure
  • Non-urgent medical and dental care
  • Childcare
  • Schools
  • Until the RSAHO is lifted, all residents are urged to continue following the order and to stop the spread of COVID-19 by:
  • Wear a face mask
  • Keep your distance from others
  • Wash hands often
  • Do not mix with others outside your household
  • Stay home if sick
  • Important Links:

-View information about the Regional Stay at Home Order: https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/#regional-stay-home-order

-View ICU Capacity for the Greater Sacramento Region: https://covid19.ca.gov/state-dashboard/

-View COVID information for Butte County: www.buttecounty.net/COVID-19

Link to Press release: https://bit.ly/3hFnLel

““On November 19, 2020, California’s Public Health Officer, Erica S. Pan, MD, MPH, issued a ‘Limited Stay at Home Order,’ which takes effect at 10:00 PM on Saturday, November 21 and will remain in effect until 5:00 AM on December 21. In general terms, the order provides that ‘non-essential’ work, movement and gatherings are prohibited between 10:00 PM and 5:00 AM, in counties within the purple tier. There has been a considerable amount of concern regarding the restrictions imposed by the order, including whether law enforcement will be checking on homes or stopping drivers to ensure compliance.
In these challenging times, there is a great deal of fear, anxiety and uncertainty within the community. I do not wish to compound those concerns by creating distrust and friction between residents and law enforcement.
As both Sheriff and a citizen of Butte County, the thought of law enforcement officers peeking into the windows of homes, or stopping and questioning residents regarding their destination and family relationships, merely for being outside of their homes, or visiting the home of another during the nighttime hours, all solely due to the suspicion of violating the ‘Limited Stay at Home Order,’ is very troubling.
As peace officers, we must always weigh the risks and benefits of enforcement action based on many factors. This is especially true given the evolving role of law enforcement in our society, along with a criminal justice system already strained by COVID-19 complications. I am concerned the negative impact on public trust, the high likelihood of escalation and the strain upon our limited law enforcement resources would far outweigh any benefit of enforcing such an order.
Due to the potential infringement upon constitutionally protected activities, along with the lack of feasibility and practicality of enforcing such an order, I am directing my staff to not use a suspected violation of the newly-enacted ‘Limited Stay at Home Order’ as the basis for arrest, citation, detention or stop.
With that stated, I want to implore the members of our community to take personal responsibility for their health and well-being and do all they can to help protect the health and well-being of other members of our community. I want to stress the importance of voluntary compliance with common-sense measures, such as social distancing, the use of face-coverings where appropriate, proper sanitation, staying at home when sick and other recommendations as part of a social contract between individuals, community groups, businesses and public health officials, which is critical in stemming the spread of COVID-19.”
Link to statement:www.facebook.com/bcsonews/posts/1842419142575022

Butte County Public Health provided the following media statement on August 28, 2020:

Earlier today the State announced a change to the County Data Monitoring List program. The State is moving away from the County Monitoring List to a tiered system to determine which restrictions should be in place in which counties to limit the spread of COVID-19. Butte County Public Health just received the final details about this change and is reviewing the information to understand the new system. The State map indicates Butte County is in the “Purple Tier” indicating the virus is widespread. The Purple Tier is similar to the county Data Monitoring List in that it is the most restrictive.
There is some good news: even in the most restrictive “Purple Tier” the State is going to allow Barbershops, Salons and Malls to be open for inside operations. Again, this is effective on Monday, August 31, 2020.
The State launched a new website to help the public understand the tiers and what is allowed to be open in each county. Visit, https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/ to see what is open in each county.
You can link to this webpage from the main www.COVID19.ca.gov website.

Addressed during the press conference on July 30, 2020 were the reporting and enforcement of businesses that are not following new opening guidelines that have been put in place due to Butte County being added to the State’s monitoring list and the Governor’s rollbacks. At this time, complaints regarding non-compliant businesses including those not following the indoor operating restrictions, face covering, and social distancing guidelines can be reported to the COVID-19 Call Center. The call center does not have any additional information, but they can document the call. The county will begin a compliance process when these complaints or concerns are received.

The approach will be tiered and focused on compliance. For a business’s first occurrence, the owner or operator will receive a letter from the county identifying what the business can do in order to maintain compliance and be given time and opportunity to make those adjustments. If complaints continue, the county will refer them to the local jurisdiction for follow up. In the case of restaurants, public pools, and body art studios, they will be referred to the county’s Environmental Health Department. The engagement will include either a visit for a phone call focused on compliance and modifying operations to meet requirements. If complaints continue, the county or the local jurisdiction will refer the business to the appropriate state agency who maintains enforcement authority such as CalOsha, the Labor Commissioner’s Office, Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), or the Board of Barbery or Cosmetology. These state agencies will then begin enforcement actions as resources are available. While Butte County’s processes focus on helping businesses come into compliance, the county is working on local enforcement tools should they be needed.

Link to Press Conference: https://www.facebook.com/buttecountypublichealth/videos/910819362796753/

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

Addressed during the press conference on July 14, 2020 were the reporting and enforcement of businesses that are not following the Governor’s statewide reopening rollbacks. A process for enforcement is in development at this time. For now, complaints regarding non-compliant businesses including those not following the reopening rollbacks, face covering, and social distancing guidelines can be reported to the COVID-19 Call Center. The call center does not have any additional information, but they can document the call.

Link to Press Conference:

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

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

GLENN COUNTY, CA — Due to an unprecedented surge in the rate of increase in cases, the State has applied the “”emergency brake”” and has placed Glenn County, along with many other northern California counties, back into the Purple (most restrictive) Tier. Counties will be required to implement sector changes by tomorrow at noon. At this time, schools are not required to close to in-person classes. Tier assignments may occur more often when California Department of Public Health (CDPH) determines that the most recent reliable data indicate that immediate action is needed to address COVID-19 transmission in a county.

Sectors opened for OUTDOOR operations only:
– Restaurants
– Places of worship
– Gyms and fitness centers
– Bars, pubs, brewpubs and breweries if they are offering sit-down, outdoor meals.
– Family Entertainment Centers

Sectors opened for INDOOR operations:
– All retail (maximum 25% capacity)
– Hair salons and barbershops
– Libraries (maximum 25% capacity)
– Nail salons and electrolysis operations
– Personal care services
– Professional sports (without live audiences)
– Shopping centers (e.g. malls, destination centers, swap meets, excluding food courts
and common areas) (maximum 25% capacity)

Link to Press Release: https://bit.ly/3f6HGBD

For additional information on “allowable” activities, please visit the State COVID-19 Safer Economy site: https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/

For local questions, contact the Glenn County Public Health Department at 530-934-6588 or COVID@countyofglenn.net or visit: www.countyofglenn.net/COVID19

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.

“In response to much social uncertainty and numerous inquiries, I wanted to clarify the position of the Glenn County Sheriff’s Office relative to existing health orders, as well as any potential impending orders at the County or State level.
“It is important to note that Government Code section 8627 authorizes the Governor, during a state of emergency, to “promulgate, issue, and enforce such orders and regulations as are deemed necessary” and section 8567 states that such orders “shall have the force and effect of law”. Further, section 8665 makes violation of such an order a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed $1,000 or by imprisonment for not to exceed 6 months or both. However, section 26602 gives the sheriff the authority, but not the obligation, to enforce such orders. In accordance with the authority granted to me under section 26602, I have decided that the Glenn County Sheriff’s Office will not be determining (including entering any home or business) compliance with, or enforcing compliance of, any health or emergency orders related to curfews, staying at home, Thanksgiving or other social gathering inside or outside the home, maximum occupancy, or mask mandates. Further, we will not dispatch deputies for these purposes. Of course, if there is potential criminal behavior or the potential for impacts to public or personal safety, we will continue to respond appropriately.

Please understand that this applies only to the Glenn County Sheriff’s Office. State, County, and City agencies may be actively enforcing these orders and therefore violating these orders could subject the public to criminal and civil penalties up to and including imprisonment.

I would like to wish everyone and happy and meaningful Thanksgiving Holiday.

Sheriff Richard Warren”

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