ROADMAP TO RECOVERY

COVID-19 TESTING: There are plenty of opportunities and locations to get free COVID-19 testing in Yolo County.
Please click on the tab below titled ‘Get Tested for COVID-19 in Yolo County.’


(NEW – Effective July 24, 2020)
 Yolo County has released an isolation order and a quarantine order.

The isolation order requires all individuals with a positive COVID-19 test to comply with isolation health requirements for the length of their infection (known as the infection period).
The quarantine order requires all individuals who have been in close contact with a positive COVID-19 individual to comply with quarantine health requirements.
This order is intended to curb the recent increase in COVID-19 cases and to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the community. See press release here (Español).

Effective July 13, 2020  Per the State of CA’s mandate for counties on the County Monitoring List for three consecutive days, the following sectors will be closed in Yolo County effective immediately unless they can be modified to operate outside or by pick-up:

– Gyms and fitness centers – Places of worship
– Personal care services (nail salons, skin care, cosmetology, electrolysis, body waxing, body art, tattoo and piercing shops) – Offices for non-essential sectors
– Hair salons and barber shops – Indoor malls

 

For the press release, click here.
For more information, click on the tab below titled “07.14.20 Closure of Select Sectors: Gyms/Fitness, Personal Care, Hair Salons, Places of Worship & More.”


(Update July 9, 2020) Since July 8, Yolo County’s hospitals now have ICU beds available. The number of open ICU beds can fluctuate daily. Residents should not be afraid to go to the hospital if they are in need. There is a process in place to get patients the emergency care they need during hospital surges, including ICU beds.

(Effective July 8, 2020) Yolo County was placed on the State’s County Data Monitoring List for exceeding the metrics related to elevated disease transmission and limited hospital capacity for 3 consecutive days.

For the press release, click here.
For more information, click on the tab below titled “State of CA’s Attestation & County Monitoring Data.”


(Effective July 7, 2020) Effective immediately, Yolo County will increase implementation of enforcement measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

For the press release, click here.
For more information, click on the tab below titled “07.07.20: Increased Enforcement Measures.”


 

Effective May 28, 2020 the Yolo County Shelter In Place order will expire.
However, all residents are still under, and need to comply with, the State’s Stay At Home orders.

Yolo County is issuing a new health order effective May 28, 2020 (in effect until further notice) that is NOT a Shelter In Place but: 1) Maintains the face covering health order; 2) Emphasizes the importance of personal responsibility; 3) Continues personal health and safety guidance, such as social distancing and hygiene; and 4) Provides additional directives and guidance. For more information, click on the tab below titled “All Health Orders & Amendments” or click here for the press release.

Yolo County will be aligning with the State order and its Four Stages to Resilience Roadmap. Yolo County is charting a path forward through COVID-19 that is fluid and gradual, continues to protect public health,
and allows the County and cities to begin reopening various businesses and organizations.


The Four Stages in the State’s Resilience Roadmap
Each stage represents a specific level of risk. Any and all activities may be altered at any time. This is not a comprehensive list.
These are activities that can be OPEN in Yolo County at this time.

FOR ANY LOCAL BUSINESS TO REOPEN THE FOLLOWING MUST HAPPEN FIRST:
1.State releases the activity and provides guidance.
2. Yolo County Public Health Officer authorizes activity to resume.
3. Businesses are directed to which guidance to follow by clicking on their link below AND
MUST follow the social distancing protocol and face covering order.

Stage 1: Safety
(Open in Yolo)
Stage 2: Low Risk
(Open in Yolo)
Stage 3: Higher Risk
(Open in Yolo)
Stage 4: End of Order
(Open in Yolo)

To be consistent with other local counties, we are placing these activities in Stage 3.

 

Stage 1: Safety
(Not Open Yet)
Stage 2: Lower Risk
(Not Open Yet)
Stage 3: Higher Risk
(Not Open Yet)
Stage 4: End of Order
(Not Open Yet)

  • Everything in this stage has been reopened.

CLOSED starting July 13, 2020:

  • Hair salons/barbershops
  • Offices for non-essential sectors
  • Places of worship
  • Indoor shopping malls

CLOSED starting July 3, 2020 for a minimum of 3 weeks:

  • Alcohol-only bars and wineries
  • Dine-in restaurants
  • Indoor family entertainment centers/movie theaters
  • Indoor zoos and museums
  • Indoor cardrooms & racetracks (not on tribal land)
  • Indoor wineries and tasting rooms

CLOSED starting July 13, 2020:

  • Gyms/fitness facilities
  • Personal services:
    • Skin care and cosmetology
    • Electrolysis
    • Nail Salons
    • Body art, tattoo or  piercing shops
    • Massage
  • Mass gatherings
  • Live theater
  • Night clubs
  • Festivals
  • Theme parks
  • Large stadium events
  • Concerts
  • Sports arenas
  • More details coming

 


 

 NEW MODIFICATIONS & ADDITIONS TO LOCAL ORDER

 

 

 FACE COVERINGS ARE MANDATORY IN YOLO COUNTY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
Check back as more tabs will be added representing updates and the additional activities released.  


MORE INFORMATION 

Yolo County initially drafted a Roadmap to Recovery (R2R) document to help guide the community through reopening and the COVID-19 pandemic. As the State of California has evolved and created a more robust recovery and resiliency roadmap, Yolo County will now be aligning more progressively with the State’s vision.

STATE’S READINESS PLAN

UPDATE: Yolo County turned in the Readiness Plan to the State for approval on Thursday, May 14. We are now awaiting news.

Counties will have the opportunity to move further and faster through each stage if they are able to show greater progress and are meeting the readiness criteria set forth by the California Department of Public Health. Click here for the State of California’s Variance Guidance for Counties.

The State will be looking at six indicators:

  1. Ability to test, contact trace, isolate, and support the exposed
  2. Ability to protect those at high risk for COVID-19
  3. Surge capacity for hospital and health systems
  4. Therapeutic development to meet the demand
  5. Ability of businesses, schools, and childcare facilities to support physical distancing
  6. Determination of when to re-institute measures like Stay at Home

Yolo County will be tracking our progress through these six indicators with input from Public Health, the Board of Supervisors and other stakeholders. Click here for more information on the State’s Resilience Roadmap and Industry Guidance.

GUIDANCE FOR HIGH-RISK POPULATIONS

As the State and County allow more businesses and activities to resume, higher risk individuals need to continue to stay home until Stage 4. Click here for an infographic.

Who’s Considered High Risk? 

  • People over 65 years of age
  • Those who live in an nursing home or long-term care facility
  • People of all ages with serious medical conditions, such as:
    • Chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
    • Serious heart conditions
    • Immuno-compromised
    • Severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher)
    • Diabetes
    • Chronic kidney disease
    • Liver disease

Important Recommendations

  • Continue to stay home as much as possible, only go out for essential services, doctor’s appointments, etc.
  • Minimize errands by getting groceries delivered or asking for help from friends, family, or community members.
  • Continue to wash hands with soap and water and keep space (6 feet) between you and other people
  • Develop a care plan summarizing your health conditions, medications, healthcare providers , emergency contacts and end-of-care options.
  • Wear a face covering, if allowed by your healthcare provider, when you go outside.

 

ATTESTATION

In May of 2020, the State Public Health Officer issued a local variance opportunity to counties, through a process of self-attestation, to meet a set of criteria related to county disease prevalence and preparedness. This ‘COVID-19 County Variance Form’ to move more quickly through Stage 2.  Note that counties desiring to be stricter or move at a pace less rapid than the state did not need a variance.

This document showed how a county would prepare and modify their response according to criteria set by the state, including:

  1. Epidemiological stability
  2. Protection of Stage 1 essential workers
  3. Testing capacity
  4. Containment capacity
  5. Hospital capacity
  6. Vulnerable populations

To read more about the attestation process and its criteria, including which counties have been approved, click here. 

STATE’S COUNTY DATA MONITORING

After the attestation process, the State began ‘County Data Monitoring’ on June 5 using a series of metrics to identify any emerging areas of concern related to COVID-19. These metrics were slightly different than those set in the attestation criteria to gauge whether counties were able to manage surges or areas of concern in regards to COVID-19 after re-opening certain sectors of the economy.

The criteria the state would be monitoring include:

  1. Elevated disease transmission
  2. Increasing hospitalizations
  3. Limited hospital capacity

For a more detailed description of these three criteria, click here. Counties that meet at least one of these criteria are placed on the ‘State’s County Data Monitoring List’ (List) which results in the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) reaching out to provide the county with technical assistance and support. To learn more about the County Data Monitoring List, click here.

When a county is placed on the List, the CDPH will begin to work with the local health department to set up strategy calls and provide technical assistance. This includes identifying the drivers of the increase in cases, reviewing plans and protocols, assessing gaps and needs, and determining any additional steps or interventions that may be needed. The State will then continue to work with the county and monitor local data to ensure improvement over a 14-day period. If insufficient progress is seen over that time, then the State recommends the county to consider re-instituting some limitation on activities, such as its July 1st order to close select indoor sectors for counties on the County Monitoring List.

To read more about County Data Monitoring in general, click here.
To read more about the criteria in County Data Monitoring, click here.

YOLO COUNTY

(July 3) Due to rising increases in confirmed  COVID-19 cases over the past two weeks, Yolo County is likely to exceed the elevated disease transmission criteria on the State of California’s County Data Monitoring. To help slow the spread of COVID-19 and align with surrounding counties, Yolo County will pre-emptively close the same sectors that the State has required counties on the List to close effective July 3, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. for a minimum of three weeks:

  • All alcohol only bars and breweries (indoor and outdoor)
  • Indoor dine-in restaurants
  • Indoor wineries and tasting rooms
  • Indoor family entertainment centers
  • Indoor movie theaters
  • Indoor zoos and museums
  • Indoor cardrooms (except for those on tribal land)

A number of the recent, local cases have been attributed to social gatherings and a lack of social distancing. This increase in confirmed cases due to social gatherings and the lack of social distancing is happening throughout the region and in surrounding counties as well. Communities and residents are being asked to continue to social distance and wear a face covering, including around family members and friends from other households.

To read the County’s press release on the closure of select sectors, click here.

(July 8) As of July 8, Yolo County was placed on the State’s County Data Monitoring List for exceeding the metrics related to elevated disease transmission and limited hospital capacity for three consecutive days due to recent increases in confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases over the past two weeks.

  • For elevated disease transmission, the County exceeded the case rate of more than 100 cases per 100,000 residents over a 14-day period. As of July 7, Yolo County reported a case rate of 157 per 100,000 residents. (Note: State data differs slightly from data reported on the County’s attestation dashboard because the State counts cases based on episode data rather than date reported to the health department.)

 

  • For limited hospital capacity, the County exceeded the metric for having less than 20% of staffed ICU beds available. As of July 7, Yolo County has 0% of staffed ICU beds available.

Drivers for the exceedances include community transmission due to social and family gatherings, workplace transmissions and the increase in widespread testing at skilled nursing facilities. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has already begun working with the local health department to review plans and protocols, assess gaps and needs, and determine if any additional steps or interventions may be needed. The State will then continue to work with the County and monitor local data to ensure improvement over a 14-day period.

To address the drivers for the exceedances, Yolo County will be working closely with CDPH to evaluate local case data, increase disease investigation and contact tracing, continue public messaging on social distancing and face covering orders, target educational outreach, and maintain support of long-term care and congregate community facilities. A process is already established to place patients in need of an ICU bed if none are available in Yolo County. In addition, the County has already started to address drivers by preemptively closing sectors on July 3 that the State is requiring counties on the County Monitoring List to close and by increasing implementation of enforcement measures on July 7 that focus on non-complying businesses and organizations. If necessary, the County may also consider other mitigation strategies, such as rollbacks or further restrictions on activities.

To read the County’s press release about being on the County Monitoring List, click here.
To learn more about the three criteria the State is monitoring, click here.
To learn more about the State’s County Data Monitoring List, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Per the State of California’s mandate on July 13th for counties on the County Monitoring List (List) for three consecutive days, the following sectors will be closed in Yolo County effective immediately unless they can be modified to operate outside or by pick-up:

  • Gyms and fitness centers
  • Protests
  • Personal care services, including nail salons, skin care and cosmetology, electrolysis, body waxing, and body art, tattoo and piercing shops
  • Hair salons and barber shops
  • Places of worship
  • Offices for non-essential sectors
  • Indoor malls

These closures will impact more than 25 counties that are currently on the State’s County Monitoring List and represent more than 80% of the total population in California. In addition, all alcohol-only bars and breweries must close operations, both indoor and outdoor statewide.

To see this information on the State website, click here.
For the County’s press release, click here.

Effective immediately, Yolo County will increase implementation of enforcement measures focused on businesses and organizations to prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in the community. These efforts are an attempt to curb the recent increase in COVID-19 cases that have been seen both locally and across the State of California and will complement extensive ongoing efforts to obtain voluntary compliance through education and guidance.

In an effort to protect the health of the community and curtail the increase in cases, the County in collaboration with the cities of Davis, West Sacramento, Winters, and Woodland have developed an enforcement strategy to ensure businesses and organizations comply with state and local health orders. Prior to the use of any enforcement measures, efforts will typically focus on providing education, resources and/or guidance to that business or organization on compliance. If violations or non-compliance continue, the following enforcement actions may be taken:

  • Public Communication: Provide information to the public identifying any organization or business in non-compliance.
  • Urgency Ordinance/Fines: Enforceable by the County. The County’s Board of Supervisors adopted an urgency ordinance on July 7 allowing for the enforcement of penalties for violating Public Health Orders ranging from $25 – $500 for non-commercial violators and from $250 – $10,000 for commercial violators. The ordinance is enforceable by the County within the cities, which may also adopt similar ordinances to expand the enforcement options available to their staff. Click here to read the urgency ordinance.
  • Misdemeanors: May be issued by city police departments or Sheriff’s Office with prosecution by the District Attorney.
  • Business Closure: Enforceable by County Counsel or the local Health Officer.
  • Civil Action: Enforceable by County Counsel or City Attorney and may include seeking court orders to shut non-compliant businesses down until compliance is assured.

It is anticipated that, as has been the case over the past few months, local government education efforts will work in the vast majority of cases and that enforcement will typically proceed only when violations are severe or ongoing despite repeated counseling efforts. Though the purpose of enforcement is intended for businesses, the public may be subject to fines for non-compliance. All members of the community are responsible for adhering to the rules or guidelines that are set by these entities as well as practicing social distancing and wearing a face covering. Everyone has a role to play in keeping our communities safe and healthy, particularly to protect people who are considered high risk or have compromised immune systems.

Click here to read the press release.

BUSINESSES

Businesses can find resources, education and guidance by visiting the County’s Business Toolkit page at: https://www.yolocounty.org/Business-Toolkit.

Click here to read the urgency ordinance. 
Click here for an infographic on enforcement strategies.
Click here for an infographic on enforcement strategies in Spanish.

RESIDENTS 

Residents are encouraged to contact the County to report any suspected violations of state and/or local health guidelines by a business or organization at: https://arcg.is/aCSDv.

Due to rising increases in confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases over the past two weeks, Yolo County is likely to exceed the elevated disease transmission criteria on the State of California’s County Data Monitoring.

To help slow the spread of COVID-19 and align with surrounding counties, Yolo County will pre-emptively close the same sectors that the State has required counties on the County Monitoring List (List) to close effective July 3, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. for a minimum of three weeks:

  • All bars and breweries (indoor and outdoor)
  • Indoor dine-in restaurants
  • Indoor wineries and tasting rooms
  • Indoor family entertainment centers
  • Indoor movie theaters
  • Indoor zoos and museums
  • Indoor cardrooms (except for those on tribal land)

On June 5, the State began using a series of metrics called County Data Monitoring to identify any emerging areas of concern related to COVID-19, which includes the criteria of increasing hospitalizations, limited hospital capacity, and elevated disease transmission. Counties that meet at least one of these criteria are placed on the State’s List. Counties are flagged for elevated disease transmission criteria if they meet one of the following two metrics:

  • Case rate of more than 100 cases per 100,000 residents over a 14-day period

OR

  • Case rate of more than 25 cases per 100,000 residents over a 14-day period AND a testing positivity rate of greater than 8% of test results over a 7-day period.

As of July 1, Yolo County has a case rate of 87 per 100,000 residents over a 14-day period and a test positivity rate of 7.1%.

To read the full press release, click here.
To read the amended health order for business and activity restrictions (with attachments), click here.
For information about how the State of California tracks County Data Monitoring, click here.

Effective Friday, June 19, Yolo County will begin allowing personal care services, as outlined in the State of California’s guidance and June 12th announcement, to resume operations while also following strict social distancing requirements and the mandatory use of face coverings in accordance with local health orders.

The following activities are allowed to resume effective June 19 under ‘Personal Services’ as long as they 1) follow State and/or County guidance, 2) adhere to the County’s face covering order; 3) comply with strict social distancing protocols:

  • Skin care and cosmetology services
  • Electrolysis
  • Nail salons
  • Body art, tattoo parlors and piercing shops
  • Massage

As of June 18th, most of the recently confirmed cases in Yolo County have been due to social/family gatherings, some workplace exposures, and travel to other counties, states, or countries. There has not yet been evidence of transmission in Yolo County related to recently reopened activities and given this current information, the County will allow personal services to resume as stated by the State.

The State of California announced in a press release on June 5 that additional activities and businesses would be able to resume, either statewide or in variance-approved counties, as early as June 12th. Per the new Yolo County Health Order issued on May 28, 2020, businesses and activities must wait for the County’s Public Health Officer to allow state approved activities to resume. This provides the County with time to assess local conditions and the supporting state guidance.

Effective June 12, the following activities are allowed to resume in Yolo County as long as they 1) follow State and/or County guidance, 2) adhere to the County’s face covering order; 3) comply with strict social distancing protocols:

  • Schools (further details regarding school re-openings will be provided by schools or school districts at a later date)
  • Day camps
  • Music, film and TV production
  • Professional sports (without live audiences)
  • Family entertainment centers (including movie theaters with limited capacity)
  • Bars and wineries
  • Zoos, museums, galleries and aquariums
  • Gyms and fitness facilities
  • Hotels (for tourism and individual travel)
  • Cardrooms and racetracks
  • Campgrounds and outdoor recreation (not including youth sports)
  • Public swimming pools (saunas, spas and hot tubs should remain closed)
  • Wedding ceremonies
  • Youth sports (practices and trainings only; NO games or tournaments)

For guidance documents on any of these listed, please click on the corresponding hyperlink in the yellow column above titled “Stage 2: Lower Risk (Open in Yolo).” All businesses must 1) follow State and/or County guidance 2) adhere to the County’s face covering order and 3) comply with strict social distancing protocols.

The County has amended the appendix of the local Shelter In Place Order (which expires May 28th) to include these modifications and allow the following businesses and activities to resume effective May 29:

  • Places of worship, providers of religious services, and cultural ceremonies

These businesses and activities must follow:

  1. The guidance and checklists provided by the State of California
  2. The local order to wear face coverings
  3. The local protocol on social distancing

To see the amended appendix to the Shelter in Place order, click on the tab titled ‘All Shelter in Place Orders & Amendments.’

The County has amended the appendix of the local Shelter In Place Order (which expires May 28th) to include these modifications and allow the following businesses and activities to resume effective May 28:

  • Hair salons
  • Barbershops
These businesses and activities must follow:
  1. The guidance and checklists provided by the State of California
  2. The local order to wear face coverings
  3. The local protocol on social distancing

In the state guidance for hair salons/barbershops, it states that services for these operations must be
limited to services that can be provided with both the worker and customer wearing face coverings for the entirety of the service. For example, haircuts, weaves and extensions, braiding, lock maintenance, wig maintenance, hair relaxing treatments, and color services can be provided.

Services that cannot be performed with face coverings on both the worker and customer or that require touching the customer’s face, e.g., eyelash services, eyebrow waxing and threading, facials, etc., should be suspended until those types of services are allowed to resume. To read the full state guidance, click here. 

To see the amended appendix to the Shelter in Place order, click on the tab titled ‘All Shelter in Place Orders & Amendments.’

The County has amended the appendix of the local Shelter In Place Order (which expires May 28th)  to include these modifications and allow the following businesses and activities to resume effective May 27:

  • Non-essential offices (telework strongly encouraged)
  • Non-essential retail for in-store shopping. Including shopping centers and swap meets.
  • Dine-in restaurants

These businesses and activities must follow:

  1. Guidance on our toolkit page for business and restaurants
  2. The local order to wear face coverings
  3. The local protocol on social distancing
  4. Any applicable state guidance/checklists

To see the amended appendix to the Shelter in Place order, click on the tab titled ‘All Shelter in Place Orders & Amendments.’

On May 12, 2020, Governor Newsom announced that new items were now released (with modifications) in Stage 2 of the State’s Resilience Roadmap. In response, the County has reviewed local health data and statistics and discussed these new additions with the Public Health Department and Board of Supervisors. As a result, the County has amended the appendix of the local Shelter In Place Order to include these modifications and allow the following businesses and activities to resume effective May 14:

These businesses and activities must follow:

  1. The guidance and checklists provided by the State of California
  2. The local order to wear face coverings
  3. The local protocol on social distancing

To see the amended appendix, click on the tab titled ‘All Shelter in Place Orders & Amendments.’

NEWLY RELEASED ACTIVITIES 

Effective May 8th, Yolo County is allowing the following activities to resume that have been assessed as low risk for the spread of COVID-19 and are consistent with the State Order, as long as they 1) follow guidelines from the County and its partners and 2) adhere to strict social distancing protocols:

  • Curbside pick-up for retail establishments
  • Manufacturing
  • Warehouses/Logistics

Curbside pick-up and delivery allows retailers to resume operations in a modified contactless format where customers can pre-order, pay for items and either pick up items outside the store or have them delivered to their home. The retail establishments permitted by the state to conduct curbside pick-up include, but are not limited to: clothing stores, bookstores, shoe stores, jewelry stores, home and furnishing stores, sporting good shops, antique stores, music stores, toy stores, and florists.For more complete information, including guidance documents from the state, visit: https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap/.

All manufacturing, logistics, and warehouse industries may also resume operations. Businesses should follow established guidelines from the State as well as adhere to proper social distancing requirements available on the State’s website: https://www.covid19ca.gov/roadmap/.

HEALTH ORDER INFORMATION

Yolo County will extend the countywide health order for residents to shelter in place through May 31. This aligns with the extension timelines of neighboring counties and what is permissible and required under the State Shelter in Place Order, which both informs and limits what the County and residents can do. In addition, the health order is intended to continue to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Under the extension, Yolo County is allowing the following activities to resume, effective May 4th, that have been assessed as low risk for the spread of COVID-19 and are consistent with the State Order, as long as they 1) follow guidelines from the County and its partners and 2) adhere to strict social distancing protocols:

  • Drive-in religious services
  • All construction

DRIVE-IN RELIGIOUS SERVICES

  • Effective May 4, 2020, consistent with the State Orders, to attend faith-based services provided through streaming or other technologies—such as drive-in services that allow attendees to participate from their own vehicles and without touching or being physically close to other non-household member attendees—that are conducted in compliance with Social Distancing Requirements.  All participants in such activities, as well as those organizing such activities, shall comply with applicable provisions of any additional protocols or other guidance (including activity-specific guidance) the Health Officer may issue subsequent to this Order. A copy of the completed Social distancing protocol worksheet shall be posted at the entry (or similar prominent location).

ALL CONSTRUCTION

  • Effective May 4, 2020, construction allowed under the State Orders, as may be revised from time to time, including but not limited to the construction, operation, inspection, and maintenance of construction sites and construction projects (including housing construction), as well as surveyors, inspectors, and other workers conducting site investigations.  All construction work shall be subject to maximum compliance with Social Distancing Requirements and any industry-specific guidance issued by the Health Officer related to COVID-19. A copy of the completed Social distancing protocol worksheet shall be posted at an entry (or similar prominent location).

For more information, please read the entire press release or health order below.

The Shelter In Place Health Extension
English  |  Español (Coming)  |  русский 

The Press Release
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INTRODUCTIONA supporting tactic in the County’s ‘Roadmap to Recovery’ is a new heath order requiring members of the public and workers to wear a face covering. This order will be effective immediately but not enforceable until April 27th, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. The purpose of this order is to provide additional public health protection in settings that present a risk of COVID-19 transmission. With restrictions anticipated to gradually relax over time, this order was implemented as a preventative health measure to reduce the spread of illness as more people are out in public.

Although wearing a face covering is one tool for reducing the spread of COVID-19, doing so is not a substitute for sheltering in place, physical distancing of at least 6 feet, or frequent hand washing.

FACE COVERINGS

A “face covering” means a covering made of cloth, fabric, or other soft or permeable material, without holes, that covers the nose and mouth.  A face covering may be factory made, handmade, or improvised from ordinary household materials.

Face coverings can be handmade, factory made, or improvised and made of a variety of cloth materials, such as:

  • Bandanas
  • Scarves
  • T-shirts
  • Sweatshirts
  • Towels

Members of the public should not purchase medical grade masks, such as N95 and surgical masks, as they are in short supply and need to be reserved for health care providers and first responders.

Cloth face coverings should:

  • Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops
  • Include multiple layers of fabric
  • Allow for breathing without restriction
  • Be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape
When A Face Covering is Required When A Face Covering is Not Required
Waiting in line to go inside a store At home. But if you or someone at home is sick, you can use a face covering to reduce exposure.
Shopping at a store In your car alone or if you’re only with members of your household
On public transportation (or waiting for it) Exercising outdoors, like walking, hiking, bicycling, or running. Must still comply with social distancing.
In a taxi or rideshare vehicle If it will create a safety or health hazard at work.
Seeking healthcare If advised not to by your healthcare provider.
Going into facilities allowed to stay open, like government buildings If you have certain health conditions, like difficulty breathing or can’t take off a face covering without help
While working an essential job that interacts with the public If you have a physical disability that prevents you from wearing one or are deaf and use face/mouth movements as part of communication
Picking up food from a restaurant If you are younger than 2 yrs old due to risk of suffocation. Children 2 years and older should be encouraged to wear a mask and must be supervised by an adult. 

 

For a complete list of when to wear a face covering and who’s exempt, click on the health order below.

The Face Covering Health Order
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Face Covering Guidance Document 
English  |  Español  |  русский  

Face Covering Infographic (Public)
English  |  Español

Face Covering Infographic for Businesses (Do’s and Don’ts)
English  |  Español

Face Covering Infographic for Businesses (Simple)
English  |  Español

INTRODUCTION 

Yolo County is adding an amendment to the current Shelter in Place order allowing minimal outdoor activities to resume that have been assessed and specifically selected because they are low-risk for the spread of COVID-19. Each of these activities are not strictly prohibited by the State Order. County staff and law enforcement will closely monitor outdoor activities over the first 14 days to ensure adherence to the public health order.

It must be noted that any and all activities, dates, and/or roll backs may be altered at any stage if there are indications of an increase in public health risk due to these activities. Indicators being monitored include: community-based cases, deaths, hospitalizations, and overall healthcare capacity. Gatherings still not allowed.

SELECT ACTIVITIES ALLOWED TO RESUME

These community activities are allowed to resume as they have been assessed to be low-risk for the spread of COVID-19 and are not strictly prohibited by the State Order. These activities still require social distancing measures unless conducted with another member of the same household.

County staff and law enforcement will monitor outdoor activities over the first 14 days closely to ensure adherence to the public health order is being maintained. The following activities will now be allowed effective immediately, as long as activities adhere to social distancing, face covering guidance (if applicable), and good hygiene practices:

Click here for the social distancing protocol that all businesses must follow. For more complete information on these activities, please read the Health Order Amendment by clicking on the tab ‘All HealthOrders and Amendments.’

Our Three Guiding Principles:

  1. Allowable activities shall only include those not prohibited by the California Shelter in Place Order
  2. Allowable activities shall inherently incorporate social distancing in the activity, naturally; and
  3. Allowable activities shall minimize the use of shared or communal property or equipment.

The first guiding principle is subject to the alteration of the current California Shelter in Place Order and may be changed to reflect an updated Order. The other Guiding Principles may change over time as restrictions are lifted.

An online form has been developed to capture feedback during the shelter-in-place order. Visit: https://arcg.is/aCSDv to submit a question, report an issue, or share a story of a person, a business, or an organization that is an example of #YoloKindness.

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