Requirements for Approved Business Sectors

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 requirements before reopening. Before reopening, all facilities must:
  1. Perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan
  2. 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
  3. Implement individual control measures and screenings
  4. Implement disinfecting protocols
  5. 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.

The guidance for the agriculture and livestock industry provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers.
Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for the agriculture and livestock industry in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

The guidance for the automobile dealerships and rental operators industry provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers.
Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for the automobile dealerships and rental operators industry in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

All childcare facilities can open with necessary modifications. The guidance for childcare industry provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers.

The guidance for the communications infrastructure industry provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers.
Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for the communications infrastructure industry in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

This guidance for the construction industry provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers. Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post thechecklist for the construction industry in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.
The guidance for the delivery services industry provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers. Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for the delivery services industry in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

The guidance for the energy and utilities industry provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers.
Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post  the checklist for the energy and utilities industry in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

The guidance for facilities that process or pack meat, dairy, or produce provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers. Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for facilities that process or pack meat, dairy or produce in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

This guidance for hair salons and barbershops provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers.

This guidance for the hotels and lodging provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers. 

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 lodging in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

The guidance for the life sciences industry provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers.
Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for the life sciences industry in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

This guidance for Limited Services provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers. Faith-based counseling can reopen within the following parameters:
  1. Counselling services are permissible in-person where the service cannot reasonably be practiced remotely;
  2. Counselling services should adopt state guidance on Limited Services, where applicable;
  3. This designation does not permit gatherings beyond counselling to members of a single household.
Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for Limited Services in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.
The guidance for businesses operating in the logistics/warehousing industry provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers. Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post  the checklist for the logistics/warehousing industry in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.
The guidance for the manufacturing industry provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers. Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for the manufacturing industry in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.
The guidance for the mining and logging industries provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers. Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for the mining and logging industries in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.
This guidance for outdoor museums provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers. Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for outdoor museums in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

This guidance for office workspaces provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers.

Faith-based office workspaces can reopen within the following parameters:

  1. Faith-based facilities are considered “offices” only for those employed by the organization and where the facility is their regular place of work.
  2. The employer should implement state guidance relating to offices before reopening the facility for employees;
  3. This designation does not to permit gatherings of non-employees, such as the organization’s congregation.

Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for office workspaces in 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.

 

This guidance for the port industry provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers.
Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for the port industry in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

This guidance for public transit agencies provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers.
Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for public transit agencies in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

This guidance for businesses operating in the real estate industry provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers.
Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for the real estate industry in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

This guidance for Dine-in restaurants provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers.
Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for dine-in restaurants in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

This guidance for retailers provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers.

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:

  • Bookstores
  • Jewelry stores
  • Toy stores
  • Clothing and shoe stores
  • Home and furnishing stores
  • Sporting goods stores
  • Florists

Retail stores identified in the essential workforce list can open for in-store shopping. They include:

  • Retail facilities specializing in medical goods and supplies
  • Grocery stores, pharmacies, convenience stores, and other retail that sells food or beverage products, and animal/pet food
  • Fuel centers such as gas stations and truck stops
  • Hardware and building materials stores, consumer electronics, technology and appliances retail

Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for retail in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

This guidance for shopping centers provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers.
Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for shopping centers in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

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
  • Cultural ceremonies
  • Nightclubs
  • Concert venues
  • Live audience sports
  • Festivals
  • Theme parks
  • 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.

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