May 26, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Stage 2.5 – New Guidelines for Places of Worship, Hair Salons, Barbershops and Curbside Bars
MERCED COUNTY, CA – As Merced County advances through Stage 2 into Stage 2.5 of California’s Resilience Roadmap and continues to open more sectors of the economy, State officials have released industry specific guidelines that businesses must follow in order to reduce the risk of COVID-19.
Before reopening, all facilities must:
- Perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan
- Train employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19, including how to screen themselves for symptoms and stay home if they have them
- Implement individual control measures and screenings
- Implement disinfecting protocols
- Implement physical distancing guidelines
Places of worship must limit attendance to 25 percent of the building’s capacity or a maximum of 100 attendees, whichever is lower. Barbershops and hair salons may reopen but will be required to follow the specific protocols to ensure the safety of employees and clients, including universal masking of workers and clients. Further instructions for businesses is available at: www.reopenmercedcounty.com/guidelines.
In addition to the new business that may open for in-person services, all bars and restaurants holding Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) licenses may sell alcoholic beverages curbside, to go, in sealed containers with secure lids or caps.
Bars may sell curbside alcoholic beverages without selling accompanying meals. However, in-person bar facilities must remain closed. Restaurants with bar facilities can use the floor space of the bar for socially distant table seating, but cannot open the physical bar for seating with sales of alcohol without meals.
If an outbreak or cluster of three or more COVID-19 cases occurs in a local restaurant or other business, the Department is required to publicly report that information in order to identify other people who may have been exposed. Business owners and patrons alike are strongly encouraged to follow social distancing and health protocols to help prevent an uptick in cases.
For additional information pertaining to COVID-19, please visit the Department’s resource website at www.countyofmerced.com/coronavirus or call the Merced County Public Health Department information line at 209-381-1180 (English, Spanish, Hmong).