As California moves into Stage 2.5 of its Resilience Roadmap, every Merced County business should take steps to reduce the risk of COVID-19 and create a safer environment for workers and customers.
The Governor’s statewide industry specific guidance, including applicable checklists, are provided below. This specific guidance is designed to help businesses within the approved sectors meet the five requirementsbefore reopening. Before reopening, all facilities must:
Perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan
Implement individual control measures and screenings
Implement disinfecting protocols
Implement physical distancing guidelines
In addition, businesses may use effective alternative or innovative methods to build upon the state’s guidelines. Please be advised that your business may be required to follow state licensure requirements. Please consult with your business’ applicable licensing authority as required.
Review the state’s guidance that is relevant to your industry and workplace, prepare a plan based on the state guidance for your industry, and put it into action. When complete, your industry/workplace specific checklist is to be posted in your workplace.
Sectors Approved in Merced County
*If an outbreak or cluster of two or more COVID-19 cases occurs in a local restaurant or other business, the Merced County Public Health Department is required to publicly report that information in order to 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.
Under the current statewide Stay-at-Home order, hotels should only open for COVID-19 mitigation and containment measures, treatment measures, providing accommodation for essential workers, or providing housing solutions, including measures to protect homeless populations.
Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for Hotels and lodgingin your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.
This guidance for the places of worship provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers. The Merced County Public Health Department has issued additional guidance to help provide clarity for places of worship, and includes a required Public Health Department approval that initiates a 21-day timeline. Upon 21-days, the California Department of Public Health, in consultation with county Departments of Public Health, will review and assess the impact of these imposed limits on public health and provide further direction as part of a phased-in restoration of activities in places of worship.
Retailers and shopping malls can re-open for delivery or curbside pickup, along with the manufacturing and logistics sectors that support retail. Retail does not include personal services such as beauty salons but does include the sale of goods, such as:
Please note that malls and swap meets are not allowed to open until June 4, 2020.
The following are not open
The following sectors, businesses, establishments, or activities are not permitted to operate in the State of California at this time:
Personal services such as nail salons, tattoo parlors, gyms and fitness studios
Hospitality services, such as bars, wineries, tasting rooms and lounges
Entertainment venues, such as movie theaters, gaming, gambling, and arcade venues, and pro sports, indoor museums and gallery spaces, zoos, and libraries
Community centers, public pools, playgrounds, and picnic areas
Live audience sports
Hotels/lodging for leisure and tourism
*This is a rapidly evolving situation and information is being updated as it becomes available. The links provided on this web page are for your convenience, but should not substitute for a thorough review of all applicable guidance on the California Department of Public Health and other regulatory agency websites for updated guidance and requirements.