Updates on Roadmap to Reopening
State Reopening Information
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/
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 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/
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
California has moved Butte County from the Red Tier to the Orange Tier in the “Blueprint for a Safer Economy.” The Orange Tier allows more businesses to reopen and some that are already open to increase capacity. Changes are effective immediately. Keep in mind that activities allowed under the Orange Tier are not necessarily safe. Certain activities, such as dining indoors and gathering, are still high risk. Continue to wear a face covering, keep your distance from anyone outside your household, wash your hands often and get tested if you have been exposed or have symptoms.
Get a full understanding of which business sectors and activities may change operations in the Orange Tier, visit the State’s Blueprint for activities and business tiers: tinyurl.com/CATierFramework
“BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. – Butte County has moved from Tier 1 (purple) to a less-restrictive Tier 2 (red) of the State’s COVID-19 Blueprint for a Safer Economy, a shift that allows more businesses to reopen at reduced capacity. This change in tiers is effective immediately for some business sectors in Butte County.
Moving into Tier 2 does not allow for the immediate reopening of schools. If Butte County remains in Tier 2 for two weeks, schools may choose to open for in-person instruction. The first possible date for this, if we remain in Tier 2, is Tuesday, October 13th.
The data requirements to qualify for Tier 2 include a case rate less than 4-7 cases per 100,000 residents with a test positivity rate of 5-8% or less. The current Butte County COVID-19 case rate is 5 cases per 100,000 residents with a 2.6% test positivity rate.
“While this is an exciting move for Butte County, by reopening more business and allowing for increased indoor operations, we also open ourselves to more COVID-19 exposure,” stated Dr. Robert Bernstein, Butte County Health Officer. “This is not the time to let your guard down. The only defense we have against COVID-19 is by utilizing non-pharmaceutical interventions – cover your mouth and nose when in public places, wash your hands, maintain six feet of distance from others, stay home if you are sick and please do not attend gatherings of any size as defined by the State.”
“The California Department of Public Health updated the Gathering Guidance for the Prevention of COVID19 on September 12, 2020, which replaces the March 16th guidance. The guidance states that “gatherings unless otherwise specified are not permitted across the state of California.”
“What business sectors can open in Tier 2?
To understand which business sectors and activities may open indoors with modifications at reduced capacity in Tier 2 (red), the public can visit the State’s Blueprint for activities and business tiers: tinyurl.com/CATierFramework“
Businesses should review the State’s COVID-19 industry guidance to ensure that all modifications and mitigation measures are in place to prevent the spread of the virus: covid19.ca.gov/industry-guidance/
For more information about COVID-19 in Butte County, visit: www.buttecounty.net/COVID-19
Link to CDPH’s Gathering Guidance for the Prevention of COVID19: https://bit.ly/30gVHpY
Link to Press Release: https://bit.ly/2GeWkt3
BUTTE COUNTY, CA – Today (September 22nd, 2020), the State announced that nail salons in counties currently assigned to Tier 1, also known as the purple tier of the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, may open indoors with modifications.
Nail Salons should review and implement the State guidance for Personal Care Services, https://bit.ly/33PyHj0
For more information about the status of activities in Butte County, the public can visit the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy website: covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/
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
Butte County Public Health held a press conference on July 30, 2020 and addressed Butte County school closures and business enforcement.
Butte County was officially added to the State’s monitoring list on Saturday, July 25, 2020 and as a result no school in Butte County will be permitted to hold in-person classes whether they are a public, private, or charter school until Butte County has been removed from the monitoring list for a minimum of two weeks.
The State is finalizing a waiver process at this time for elementary grades TK – 6. More information will be provided when available. When available the application must be developed by the school Superintendent or equivalent in coordination with labor, parents, and the community as a whole. Unless the situation improves, there is a possibility that even though waivers are applied for, none will be granted. Serious consideration will be given to the COVID-19 statistics and the community spread before approval from either the state or local level.
Link to Press Conference: facebook.com/buttecountypublichealth/videos/910819362796753/
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 has provided the following press release on August 26, 2020:
Glenn County has met the State of California metrics for COVID-19 for three days and has been removed from the State’s Monitoring List. The number of daily positive cases has decreased as well as the overall test positivity rate. In addition, the number of tests conducted daily has increased which has led the County to exiting the State’s Monitoring List.
“Every resident played a part in accomplishing this goal of decreasing the spread of disease. Through increased testing to identify and contain this disease, to social distancing, our residents have done what was necessary to slow disease transmission,” said Jared Garrison, Glenn County Health Officer.
Glenn County will now enter a 14 day period at which time the metrics cannot go outside the parameters set by the State for more than 3 consecutive days. Additional guidance on reopening economic and societal reopening is expected to be provided by the State on Friday. Until the State guidance is received, no changes to modified business operations may occur.
Link to Press Release: https://bit.ly/32xxyvC
Effective immediately, (07/13/2020), California is closing some indoor business operations statewide and additional indoor business sectors in counties on the California Public Health Monitoring List for three consecutive days. Affected counties include Glenn County.
Indoor Operations to Close Statewide:
-Wineries and tasting Rooms
-Family Entertainment Centers
-Zoos and Museums
-Bars must close ALL operations
Indoor Operations to Close in Counties on County Monitoring List for 3 Days:
-Places of worship
-Offices for non-critical sectors
-Personal Care Services
-Hair Salons and barbershops
Link to State Website: https://covid19.ca.gov/
Link to County Monitoring List: https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap-counties/
California Department of Public Health is requiring counties that have been on the County Monitoring List for at least 3 days to move certain sectors outdoors or close, including Glenn County.
In addition, all brewpubs, breweries, bars, and pubs in these counties must close immediately, both indoor and outdoor. Sectors to Close Indoor Operations:
-Wineries & Tasting Rooms
-Family Entertainment Centers
-Zoos and Museums
-Bars must close all operations
For more information on County Variance: https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap-counties/
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:
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.