COVID-19 Hotline: 916-875-2400
For COVID-19 business-related questions, email: COVID19.BusinessAssistance@saccounty.net
Employers: SCPH Business Reporting Form for COVID-19 Positive Employees/Volunteers (fax/email form) (updated 12/18/20)
The Sacramento County Public Health Officer, Dr. Olivia Kasirye, issued a revised Public Health Order and will be in effect until it is rescinded or amended by the Health Officer. The Public Health Order continues to reinforce the direction that all individuals stay home as much as possible and carry on with social distancing protocols while allowing some activities, but restricting the indoor operations of others. The Sacramento County Health Order includes and recommends the updated guidance on the wearing of face coverings to protect others from being infected by those without symptoms.
For questions about the Public Health Order, call the Public Health hotline at (916) 875-2400. For complaints about unsafe practices at businesses (e.g. face coverings, social distancing), or violations of the Health Order, dial 3-1-1 or go to the Sacramento County 311 Connect website: https://311.saccounty.net/, or email, SacCo311@custhelp.com.
January 13, 2021 Public Health Order
On Jan. 12, the State announced that the Greater Sacramento region is permitted to exit the State’s Regional Stay at Home Order. Counties in the Greater Sacramento region can resume operating under the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy tier structure. The Sacramento County January 13 Health Order aligns with Purple/Tier 1 Widespread, retains the State's *11/21/20 curfew order. Summary of order:
- OUTDOOR operations only with mitigation: Cardrooms; Family Entertainment Centers; Gyms and fitness centers; Movie theaters (includes max capacity); Museums, zoos, aquariums; Places of worship (includes max capacity); Playgrounds, parks and rec; Restaurants; and Wineries. *Bars, pubs, breweries, and distilleries may operate outdoors only if offering outdoor, sit-down meals.
INDOOR operations with mitigation: All retail/shopping centers (max 25% capacity) excludes food courts/common areas; Grocery Stores (max 50% capacity) Critical infrastructure; Hair salons and barbershops; Libraries (max 25% capacity); Nail salons and electrolysis operations; Personal care services; and Professional sports (no live audiences).
- Appendix A - Social Distancing Protocol with Signs
- State’s Tier system and specific allowable activities
- Schools: In alignment with CDPH requirements
- Review the differences between the Regional Order and Purple Tier 1
*November 21, 2020 Public Health Order
Sacramento County’s Public Health Order has been amended, effective 10 p.m., Saturday, November 21 to align with the State of California’s new limited “Stay at Home Order” that sets a curfew from 10 p.m. - 5 a.m., as well as updated guidance on the wearing of face coverings and the reopening of the County's waiver application for Elementary schools to apply for in-person learning while Sacramento County remains in the Tier 1 Purple.
Businesses and COVID-19 Quick Links
Businesses Must Implement Measures to Protect Employees and Customers
Read Public Health Order - Appendix A: Social Distancing Protocol
Employers: SCPH Business Reporting Form for COVID-19 Positive Employees/Volunteers (fax/email form)
Signage is to be placed at each public entrance of the facility to inform all employees and customers that they should: avoid entering the facility if they have a cough or fever; maintain a minimum six-foot distance from one another; sneeze and cough into a cloth or tissue or, if not available, into one's elbow; and not shake hands or engage in any unnecessary physical contact.
Measures To Protect Employee Health
Any employees who can carry out their work duties from home must be directed to do so. All employees must be told not to come to work if sick. Symptom checks must be conducted before employees may enter the work space. All desks or individual work stations are to be separated by at least six feet. Break rooms, bathrooms, and other common areas are to be disinfected frequently on schedule. Disinfectant and related supplies must be available to all employees including hand sanitizer effective against COVID-19 is available along with soap and copies of the Social Distancing Protocol.
Measures To Prevent Crowds From Gathering
The number of customers in the store should be limited at any one time to (or other enter), which allows for customers and employees to easily maintain at least six-foot distance from one another at all practicable times. Post an employee at the door to ensure that the maximum number of customers in the facility set forth is not exceeded. Place per-person limits on goods that are selling out quickly to reduce crowds and lines.
Measures To Keep People At Least Six Feet Apart
Placing signs outside the store reminding people to be at least six feet apart, including when in line. Place tape or other markings at least six feet apart in customer line areas inside the store and on sidewalks at public entrances with signs directing customers to use the markings to maintain distance. Separate order areas from delivery areas to prevent customers from gathering. All employees have been instructed to maintain at least six feet distance from customers and from each other, except employees may momentarily come closer when necessary to accept payment, deliver goods or services, or as otherwise necessary.
Measures To Prevent Unnecessary Contact
Prevent people from self-serving any items that are food-related. For example, lids for cups and food-bar type items are provided by staff; not to customers to grab, and bulk-item food bins are not available for customer self-service use. Do not permit customers to bring their own bags, mugs, or other reusable items from home. Provide contactless payment systems or, if not feasible, sanitizing payment systems regularly.
Measures To Increase Sanitization
Provide disinfecting wipes that are effective against COVID-19 that are available near shopping carts and shopping baskets. Assign employees to disinfect carts and baskets regularly. Near the entrance of the facility, at checkout counters, and anywhere else inside the store or immediately outside where people have direct interactions provide hand sanitizer, soap and water, or effective disinfectant is available. Disinfect all payment portals, pens, and styluses after each use and all high-contact surfaces frequently.
See Public Health Order Appendix A: Social Distancing Protocol Checklist, EMD Templates for Restaurants, Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 Exposure Safety Practices for Workers
Resources for Workers
If you are sick, how long should you stay home?
- At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since the resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications; and
- Improvement of respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and,
- At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
To clean surfaces exposed to the virus EPA has a list of disinfectants for COVID-19.