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California Now on Stage 2 of Resilience Roadmap toward State Reopening

The State of California has updated its Resilience Roadmap page to announce its progress to “early Stage 2” of the 4 stages of reopening.

Safety and preparedness

Lower-risk workplaces

Higher-risk workplaces

End of Stay Home Order

The lower-risk workplaces

At the current stage, these establishments can open with modifications:

  • Retail
  • Related logistics and manufacturing
  • Office workplaces
  • Limited personal services
  • Outdoor museums
  • Child care
  • Essential businesses

At Stage 2, people should limit the time they spend outside the home. Travel is restricted to permissible activities—e.g., health care, food, outdoor exercise and recreation (individuals and households only).

During Stage 1 and 2, work and local shopping or other activities related to open sectors, are allowed.

Critical indicators will be closely monitored, and the scope of reopening can be altered if needed to protect public health and safety.

Industry guidance

To help workplaces reopen safely, the state has issued a statewide industry guidance to reduce the risk for COVID-19.

In general, all facilities are required to do the following before they reopen:

  • 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

Employees who need to self-isolate because of COVID-19 should stay at home to prevent further infection in their workplace. Sick leave policies should support these employees who are unable to report for work.

County variance

Counties may move at different speeds through stage 2, following guidelines laid out on the county variance page. Some may maintain more restrictive public health measures according to their respective levels of risk.

To move past the initial parts of Stage 2, counties much be able to meet the following requirements:

  • No more than one new COVID-19 case per 10,000 people for 14 days.
  • No COVID-19 deaths in the county for 14 days.
  • Testing capacity to conduct 1.5 daily tests per 1,000 residents.
  • At least 15 contact tracers per 100,000 residents.
  • Ability to temporarily house at least 15 percent of county residents experiencing homelessness.
  • Ability to accommodate at least a 35-percent surge in COVID-19 patients in local hospitals, in addition to usual care for non-COVID-19 patients.
  • Skilled nursing facilities must have at least a two-week supply of personal protective equipment for workers. They also must have the ability to obtain more as supplies run low.

To ensure compliance, you should also be aware of shelter-place-orders in both city and county levels.

Many counties and cities observe their own social distancing protocols for businesses that are open. If you are seeking to reopen your establishment, see to it that you are in full compliance with both state and local requirements.

After that, you can scale your own protocols and implement modified measures that factor in specific areas in your operation to maximize the safety of your employees, your customers, and your community.

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