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Public Health Order, FAQs and Related Documents​​​​


Public Health Order

Upon Statewide Order by the California Department of Public Health and announced by Governor Gavin Newsom, the Sacramento County Public Health Officer has amended the Public Health Order to limit ​operations of certain sectors. The Order goes into effect on Jan. 13, 2021, and will be in effect until it is rescinded or amended by the ​Health Officer. The Health Order aligns with previous health orders, but supersedes those of March 19, April 7, May 1, May 26, June 12, June 19, June 29, July 2, July 14, August 28 (School Closure), August 31, September 23, September 29, October 13, November 13, and December 9. The Public Health Order continues to reinforce the direction that all individuals stay home as much as possible and carry on with social distancing and face cove​ring protocols

Public Health Order FAQs

​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 He​alth Order​​

On Jan. 12, the State of California announced that the Greater Sacramento region is permitted to exit the State’s Regional Stay at Home Order with a four-week ICU availability projection of greater than 15 percent. Counties in the Greater Sacramento region can resume operating under the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy tier structure. Based on the State’s tier criteria, Sacramento County will be in Purple/Tier 1 Widespread. The Sacramento County January 13 Health Order aligns with Purple/Tier 1 Widespread to reopen some indoor and outdoor operations under reduced operational capacity but retains the State's curfew order and supersedes the December 9, 2020 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, schools (all grade levels) that have reopened for in-person instruction, either under a waiver or while Sacramento County was in Red Tier 2 (Sept. 29 – Nov. 10, 2020), are permitted to continue to conduct in-person instruction with mitigation measures in compliance with CDPH and Sacramento County Public Health.  Schools that had not reopened must wait until they are eligible again, either when Sacramento County returns to Red Tier 2 for at least two weeks or through State of California approved processes for school reopening. All organized youth and adult recreation sports, including school- and community-sponsored programs, and privately-organized clubs and leagues must abide by CDPH youth and ​adult sports requirements and guidance. Inter-team competitions are not permitted until authorized by the State of California. ​

 Review the differences between the Regional Order a​nd Purple Tier 1. ​


December 9, 2020 Public Health​ Order
​Today, the State of California announced that the Greater Sacramento region has met the ICU availability criteria of 15 percent or less to trigger the State’s Regional Stay at Home Order​. Sacramento County Public Health has issued an updated Dec. 9, 2020 Sacramento County Health Order that aligns with the State’s Regional Stay at Home Order. The Health Orders will take effect Thursday, Dec. 10, at 11:59 p.m. Once triggered, these orders will remain in effect for at least three weeks. After that period, they will be lifted when a region’s projected ICU capacity meets or exceeds 15 percent. The Health Order restricts all operations of certain sectors such as hair salons, bars and personal care services. While other sectors are only permitted to operate outdoors, such as gyms, and places of worship.  Some essential operations are allowed to operate but may have reduced capacity, such as retail at 20 percent and grocery at 30 percent. Finally, restaurants are only allowed to provide take-out and delivery - no dining indoors or outdoors. The Health Order includes the State's curfew for counties in the Purple Tier 1 and the updated face coverings guidance.​

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” as well as updated guidance on the wearing of face coverings.

November 19, the State of California announced new limited “Stay at Home” order that set a curfew from 10 p.m. – 5 a.m. for counties that are in the Tier 1 Purple on the Blueprint for a Safer Economy tier system. The curfew is effective at 10 p.m. on Saturday, November 21 and remains in place for one month. Sacramento County moved to Tier 1 Purple on November 10 due to increased daily cases and higher positivity rates – therefore under the curfew restrictions for residents and businesses not deemed essential or critical infrastructure.  ​

The state also issued updated guidance on the wearing of face coverings. People in California must wear face coverings when they are outside of the home, unless one of the exemptions applies. Exemptions include:

  • Driving in a vehicle or working in a room alone
  • When actively eating or drinking, provided that six feet of distance can be maintained
  • Outdoors when at least six feet of distance can be maintained at all times
  • Medical exemptions ​​

Public Health has reopened its *waiver application for Elementary​​​​​​​ schools​ to apply for in-person learning while Sacramento County remains in the Tier 1 Purple.​​ (12/23/2020 - *Waivers are on hold due to the high case rate in Sacramento County)

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November 13, 2020 Public Health Order

On Nov. 10, the State of California announced new COVID-19 Tier assignmen​ts for counties. Due to increasing case rates, Sacramento County will move back to the more restrictive Tier 1 Purple. Effective at noon on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, the amended Sacramento County Health Order will align with the State’s Purple Tier 1 for allowable activities, which closes certain indoor operations or reduces operational capacity. Learn more on the Sa​cCountyNews
  • ​Summary of primary updates to the Nov. 13 Sacramento County Health Order:

    OUTDOOR operations only with mitigation measures: Cardrooms, satellite wagering; Family Entertainment Centers; Gyms and fitness centers; Movie theaters (includes maximum capacity); Museums, zoos, aquariums; Places of worship (includes maximum capacity); Playgrounds and recreational facilities; Restaurants; and Wineries.  *Bars, pubs, brewpubs and breweries may operate outdoors only if offering sit-down, outdoor meals.

    INDOOR operations with mitigation measures: All retail ​(maximum 25% capacity); Critical infrastructure; Hair salons and barbershops; Libraries (maximum 25% capacity); Nail salons and electrolysis operations; Personal care services; Professional sports (no live audiences); and Shopping centers (maximum 25% capacity) excludes food courts/common areas.

    • Appendix A - Social Distancing Protocol with Signs

    • State’s Tier system and specific allowable activities​​​

    • Schools:  In alignment with CDPH requirements, schools (all grade levels) that have reopened for in-person instruction, either under a waiver or while Sacramento County was in Red Tier 2 (9/29 – 11/10), are permitted to continue to conduct in-person instruction. Schools that have not reopened must wait until they are eligible again, either by waiver (grades TK-6 only) or when Sacramento County returns to Red Tier 2 for at least two weeks. See Order for additional details. ​​

October 13, 2020 Public Health Order​

  • Primary updates to the Oct. 13 Sacramento County Health Order:

    ​Schools - All school grade levels in Sacramento County are permitted to conduct in-person instruction with required mitigation measures maintained (social distancing, face coverings, and sanitization) in compliance with California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and Sacramento County Public Health. 

    Gatherings - To align with the Oct. 9 CDPH private gatherings guidance​, Sacramento County Public Health continues to discourage social gatherings of non-household members. However, people who choose to attend gatherings should limit the size to the same members and no more than t​hree different households with specific requirements.

  • Appendix A - Social Distancing Protocol with Signs

  • State’s Tier system and specific allowable activities​​​

September 29, 2020 Public Health Order

September 23, 2020 Public Health Order

August 31, 2020 Public Health Order​

Schools

August 28, 2020 Public Health Order for Sacramento County Schools

​August 20, 2020 Public Health Order for Sacramento County Schools

Previous Health Orders

July 14, 2020 Public Health Stay at Home Order 

July 2, 2020 Public Health Stay at Home Order

June 29, 2020 Public Health Stay at Home Order

June 19, 2020 Public Health Stay at Home Order

June 12, 2020 Public Health Stay at Home Order

May 26, 2020 Public Health Stay at Home Order

May 22, 2020 Public Health Stay at Home Order

​May 1, 2020 Public Health Stay at Home Order​

*NOTE: Where a conflict exists between this Order and any state public health order related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the most restrictive provision controls. ​​

April 7, 2020 Public Health Stay at Home Order​

March 19, 2020 Public Health Order 

Mitigation

Emergency Proclamation Documents​