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Current Stage Stage 3 Businesses Reopening Process Update
July 2, 2020 Update:
The California Department of Public Health ("CDPH") has determined that the community spread of the novel coronavirus ("COVID-19") is of increasing concern across the State, and in particular for those counties on the State's "County Monitoring List," which are experiencing high number of new cases and hospitalizations. Beyond the impact on the general population, community spread increases the likelihood of expanded transmission of COVID-19 in congregate settings such as nursing homes, homeless shelters, jails and prisons. Infection of vulnerable populations in these settings can be catastrophic, both in terms of high rates of morbidity and mortality of individual residents, as well as through the high demand such infections place on the hospital delivery system. Higher levels of community spread also increase the likelihood of infection among individuals at high risk of serious outcomes from COVID-19, including the elderly and those of all ages with underlying health conditions who might live or otherwise interact with an infected individual.
Because COVID-19 has infected over 10,000,000 individuals worldwide in 188 countries and is implicated in over 500,000 worldwide deaths, including over I ,229 cases and over 32 deaths of Kings County residents, and because Kings County has been on the State's County Monitoring List for more than 14 days, the following local health restrictions are hereby imposed effective July 2, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.:
l. Brewpubs, breweries, bars, and pubs, shall close until those establishments are allowed to resume operation per State guidance and local permission, unless they offer sit-down, dine-in meals. Alcohol can only be sold in the same transaction as a meal. The California Department of Public Health ("CDPH") Guidance on Bar Closures can be found at: https://www.cdph .ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/Bar-Closure-Guidance.aspx.
2. Dine-in restaurants shall only allow for outdoor or take-out dining until those establishments are allowed to resume indoor operations per State and local guidance.
3. Wineries and tasting rooms shall only allow for outdoor or take-out orders until those establishments are allowed to resume operation per State and local guidance.
4. Family entertainment centers (e.g., bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages, arcades, etc.) shall only allow for outdoor participation until those establishments are allowed to resume indoor operations per State and local guidance.
5. Indoor movie theaters shall close until those establishments are allowed to resume operation per State and local guidance.
6. Indoor zoos and museums shall close until those establishments are allowed to resume operation per State and local guidance.
7. Indoor cardrooms shall close until those establishments are allowed to resume operation per State and local guidance.
View Health Officer order here: Kings County Health Officer Order: July 2, 2020.
On June 28, 2020 update:
The CDPH released further guidance mandating closure of bars in counties on the County Monitoring List, including Kings County which has been listed for more than 14 days. Counties which have been on the list for 14 days or more are required to immediately close bars within the county. Reopening will be subject to county health office approval. The State guidance for the closure of bars does not allow for variances and should be implemented as presented.
The CDPH has stated the bar closures are necessary because:
- Bars are purely social settings where different people and groups mix
- Alcohol consumption impairs judgment and may lead to less compliance with social distancing guidance
- People often spend more time in a bar than other establishments, like restaurants, etc.
- Loud bars require loud conversation/yelling, which can spread droplets more efficiently
- People who may not know each other often congregate in bars, making it more difficult to engage in thorough contact tracing
Kings County is among 15 counties on the County Monitoring List; all of them will have been on the list for three or more days. Seven will have been on the list for 14 days or more.
The scope of this action is defined by CDPH Guidance as follows:
- Brewpubs, breweries, bars, and pubs, should close until those establishments are allowed to resume operation per State guidance and local permission, unless they are offering sit-down, dine-in meals. Alcohol can only be sold in the same transaction as a meal.
- Dine-in restaurants, brewpubs, breweries, bars, and pubs that provide sit-down meals should follow the dine-in restaurant guidance (PDF) and should continue to encourage takeout and delivery service whenever possible.
- Brewpubs, breweries, bars, and pubs that do not provide sit-down meals themselves, but can contract with another vendor to do so, can serve dine-in meals provided both businesses follow the dine-in restaurant guidance (PDF) and alcohol is only sold in the same transaction as a meal.
- Venues that are currently authorized to provide off-sale beer, wine, and spirits to be consumed off premises and do not offer sit-down, dine-in meals should follow the guidance for retail operations (PDF) and offer curbside sales only, until local and/or statewide rules allow additional retail activity.
- Producers of beer, wine, and spirits should follow the guidance for manufacturing operations (PDF).
On May 29, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that California counties with published variance attestations could begin to move into Stage 3 of the State’s Resilience Road Map reopening plan. He further stated this expansion of the reopening would require eligible businesses to follow guidance consistent with operational protocols developed and issued from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). On June 5, 2020, the CDPH released its COVID-19 Industry Guidance for those specific sectors that can start moving into Stage 3 with a recommended effective date of no sooner than June 12, 2020.
The CDPH guidance documents provide direction on how local jurisdictions with attestations to readiness – which Kings County has – should monitor and modify business behaviors and operations to reduce risk for infection. The specific COVID-19 protocols include establishing a workplace-specific plan, training employees, implementing screening and control measures, cleaning and disinfecting and social distancing best practices. These protocols can be found by visiting the CDPH COVID-19 website at www.Covid19.Ca.Gov/Roadmap-Counties.
Please note, even though all of these guidance documents contain best practices and processes currently understood to slow the spread of COVID-19, all they can do is slow the spread of the virus. Until we reach herd immunity, generate a vaccine or create a therapeutic treatment, the virus will continue to spread. Implementing these mitigation practices will not “stop” the virus from getting into the businesses or spreading in the community. The State guidance for all Stage 3 sectors will be effective on June 12th, does not allow for variances, and should be implemented as presented.
The Kings County Board of Supervisors has elected to allow the following Stage 3 sectors to reopen so long as they meet the State protocols:
- Campgrounds, RV Parks, and Outdoor Recreation
- Hotels, Lodging, and Short-Term Rentals (for tourism)
- Satellite Wagering Facilities and Racetracks
- Family Entertainment Centers (bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages, arcades and movie theaters)
- Fitness Facilities
- Museums, Galleries, Zoos, Botanical Gardens and Aquariums
- Indoor Museums, Kids Museums, Gallery Spaces, Zoos and Libraries
- Entertainment Venues (professional sports without live audiences) - follow Office Workspace and Retail guidelines
- Film, Television, and Music production
- Day Camps
- Casinos operated by sovereign tribal nations
- Hair Salons and Barbershops
The following additional businesses are now included in Stage 3 and will be allowed to reopen on June 19, 2020 so long as they meet the State protocols:
- Expanded Personal Care Services such as estheticians, skin care, cosmetology, electrology, nail salons, body art professionals, tattoo parlors, piercing shops, body waxing, and massage therapy (in non-healthcare settings).
The following businesses are not included in Stage 3 and will not be allowed to open until the County is allowed to move into Stage 4:
- Indoor Playgrounds such as bounce centers, ball pits and laser tag
- Live Theater
- Saunas and Steam Rooms
- Concert Venues
- Live Audience Sports
- Theme Parks
- Higher Education
Kings County Department of Public Health will be available to assist local businesses throughout the county to help interpret the guidelines and to provide educational assistance, if needed, to businesses wishing to reopen.
Although the stay-at-home order has been modified several times, State law continues to require that all possible steps be taken to ensure the safety of workers and the public from the spread of the virus. Preventative measures include physical distancing, the use of face coverings by employees and customers, frequent handwashing, regular cleaning and disinfection, and training employees on these and other elements of the COVID-19 prevention plan.
As such, all businesses that reopen must follow and implement the Statewide COVID-19 industry guidance specific to your operation and must implement appropriate preventative measures in all the operational aspects of the business.
This requirement includes avoiding situations and actions, such as sales, promotions or other incentives or enticements that can cause mass public gatherings, which will have negative public health and economic impacts that could force businesses throughout the County to close once again. Therefore, businesses that are found incapable of effectively controlling the risk factors for spread of COVID-19 through proper implementation of the guidelines may be subject to closure by order of the Kings County Health Officer.
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