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On Thursday, March 19, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order requiring Californians to stay home in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, except for essential needs. Find current state information on COVID-19, including case data and resources, here.
The Placer County Health Officer had issued a directive earlier on March 19 followed by an order on April 10 which was amended April 16. The local order was allowed to expire on May 1 at 11:59 p.m.
However, the statewide order still applies to Placer County. For most people, this means you and those you live with should remain at home. You are allowed to leave your home for specified reasons to make sure you have the necessities for day-to-day life, such as getting food and medical supplies. You are also allowed to go outside, to walk, bike or otherwise exercise, so long as you do not congregate in a group and maintain at least six feet of distance between you and other people that are not in your household.
Because Governor Newsom’s statewide order still applies to Placer County, residents must continue to stay home except for essential needs.
The expiration of the local order aims to remove any confusion over areas of difference between the state order. This transition will allow a local focus on planning for a phased reopening in partnership with local governments, health care, business and other stakeholders, as well as regional and state partners.
The state order is currently in place until further notice or until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing by the governor.
The health officer has allowed the local county order to expire, but the state order still applies.
The state order is mandatory.
Staying home is a rigorous form of social distancing. Staying at home means:
The other principles of social distancing and mitigative hygiene will continue to be applied whenever feasible. These include washing hands, using hand sanitizer, disinfecting surfaces, not going out if sick, and staying at least six feet away from others.
Yes. Individuals may leave their place of residence to get necessities such as food, prescriptions, and health care, and for other authorized necessary activities. Learn more on the state’s website.
Per the state, Californians can walk, run, hike and bike in their local neighborhoods as long as they continue to practice social distancing of 6 feet. This means avoiding crowded trails & parking lots.
No. You will continue to be able to purchase these items whenever you need them, as stores selling necessary items like grocery stores, pharmacies, and hardware stores will remain open. Please continue to buy normal quantities of these items. This will ensure that there is enough for everyone. If someone in your household gets COVID-19, everyone will need to stay home for two weeks, so it is a good idea to have 2 weeks of food and supplies on hand, but more is not necessary.
No. Visit Reopen Placer for updates and to find guidance for those businesses that may reopen.
Now that Placer County’s local health order has expired and residents will be guided by the governor’s Executive Order to shelter in place, please see answers to frequently asked questions about the state order by visiting covid19.ca.gov.
If you have read the state’s order and FAQs and still have questions about operations, Placer County will receive questions about the state order from local businesses and residents and will work to synthesize and address these with the state. Placer County will compile and send new questions to the state on a regular basis. We will share the state’s response once received, as well as posting them to our website. You can contact us at COVID19Info.NO-REPLY@placer.ca.gov.
Under the governor’s Executive Order, which remains in effect until further notice, lodging is not on the list of allowed essential business operations. These restrictions apply to the commercial use of short-term rentals. Exceptions include accommodations for COVID-19 mitigation or containment measures, or to house COVID-19 essential workers.
If you have concerns about businesses that are not adequately incorporating social distancing or adhering with the state Executive Order, please email email@example.com with “Community Concern” in the subject line, and provide the name and contact information of an activity organizer/owner so that the county or our partners can reach out to provide guidance and education. We will evaluate and prioritize response based on risk level. For restaurant or tattoo parlor issues, complete an Environmental Health complaint.
Placer County has been given the green light by the California Department of Public Health to begin moving further into Stage 2 of California’s Roadmap to Modify the Stay-at-Home Order. The Placer County COVID-19 Variance Attestation submission was officially posted on the CDPH website, allowing the county to begin reopening additional businesses in Stage 2 that had been closed under the state’s current order.
Visit the Reopen Placer website to find guidance and information for those businesses that are currently allowed to reopen. While counties such as Placer may achieve a local variance to accelerate through Stage 2, there is not yet the local ability to move to Stage 3.
According to the California Department of Public Health: "Drive in activities are permissible as long as all public health precautions [are taken], social distancing is maintained and only members of the same household are in the same car."
Per the state, preventive care services and other deferred services can now take place if hospitals have enough capacity and protective equipment to do so safely.
Local orders, which have expired, never prohibited health care services of any kind.
The health officer continues to recommend that residents wear face coverings when maintaining 6 feet of physical distance in public is not possible.
According to the California Department of Public Health: "Vacation or recreational travel to another county is not included in authorized necessary activities."
Per the California Department of Public Health: "Youth sports practices with non-household members would not be permitted; athletics can only be done with members of the same household."
Per the California Department of Public Health, "Gatherings of non-household members are not permitted in stage 2."
Per the California Department of Public Health, "Bike parks and skate parks are permissible, provided there is physical distancing and avoidance of people gathering."