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Important Announcements

Announcements are regularly updated. Most recent announcements at the top.

  • 04.03 | San Diego COVID-19 Requirements & Tools | view email
  • 04.02 | County Shelter in Place Requirements & Tools (Bay Area Counties & Berkeley) | view email
  • 04.01 | State tax deferrals granted/April 3rd SBA Loans | view email
  • 03.27 | COVID-19 Restaurant letter to Governor Gavin Newsom and the state legislature | view letter
  • 03.26 | Federal help for businesses is near | view email
  • 03.26 | Action alert re: laid off employees + other LA restaurant news | view email
  • 03.25 | Guidance on WARN Act and new federal law | view email
  • 03.24 | Restaurants, Grocers Work to Meet Food Needs During Coronavirus Crisis | view press release
  • 03.20 | Federal coronavirus bills to know about | view email
  • 03.20 | You can now sell alcohol for takeout, delivery | view email
  • 03.19 | Updated: State & Local Covid-19 Restaurant Restrictions | view information
  • 03.19 | A bit of relief for restaurants | view email
  • 03.18 | Reduction of your Staff under WARN – California to suspend the WARN requirements. Please check back regularly for more updated on this developing topic. Guidelines and more information are scheduled to be released in the coming week. | view document | view legal alert
  • 03.18 | State Postpones Tax Deadlines Until July 15 Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic | view page
  • 03.17 | New Coronavirus Resources from CRA | view email

View earlier Important Anncouments.

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  • Template: Essential Critical Infrastructure Worker Letter (The National Restaurant Association)
    The Restaurant Law Center drafted a letter specifically for restaurant employers that they can amend to give to their essential employees stating that the holder is an “Essential Critical Infrastructure Worker” under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security guidelines. Thus, the worker should be allowed to continue to or from his place of employment.
  • Template: Notification of Reduction in Staff (CRA legal partner Wilson Elser)
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  • Follow the CDC (@CDCgov) and the California Department of Public Health (@CAPublicHealth) on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates.
  • Post hand-washing signs in all of the public and employee-only restrooms and food prep areas of your business.
  • Give employees time off if they show any flu-like symptoms (per the National Restaurant Association).

 

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CA State & Local COVID-19 Restaurant Restrictions

LAST UPDATED: Wednesday, April 01 @ 05:51 PM PST

 

State of California

Thursday, March 19th, Governor Newsom announced a statewide “shelter in place” policy, which will continue to allow restaurants statewide to operate on a limited basis providing take-out, drive thru, and delivery services to consumers.

 https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/

The California Department of Public Health has issued the following resource that indicates:

“Restaurants should be closed for in-restaurant seated dining and should be open only to drive-through or other pick-up/delivery options.”

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/OPA/Pages/NR20-024.aspx

The California Department of Beverage Control has also issued the following:

“For any licensee with on-sale retail privileges, the guidance indicates you should cease exercising those privileges immediately. Further, you should follow the directive from Public Health to cease on-restaurant seated dining.”

The landscape is changing beneath our feet on Virus related limitations literally by the hour. Many California local governments continue to take further action for their counties and cities by adding enforcement provisions.

“Stay home”/”shelter in place” Area Regions:

The Counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Monterey, Napa, Sacramento San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, Yolo.

The Cities of Berkley, Fresno and Palm Springs:

  • Mandatory legal order issued under the authority of California law. You are required to comply and it is a misdemeanor crime not to follow the order.
  • Requiring people to stay home except for essential needs.
  • Among essential services to remain open: restaurants: take-out, delivery and drive thru.  

 

County of Alameda:

http://www.acphd.org/media/563688/health-officer-order-20-04-shelter-in-place-20200331.pdf  

  • Social distancing requirements are mandatory.
  • Before Friday, April 3, 2020, essential businesses that continue to operate facilities in the County must complete, post, and implement a social distancing protocol for each facility that remains open, using the template here: https://www.sccgov.org/sites/phd/DiseaseInformation/novel-coronavirus/Documents/Appendix-A-Social-Distancing-Protocol.pdf
  • Essential businesses must maximize the number of employees who work from home, excepting only those employees who cannot perform their job duties from home.
  • Essential businesses that continue to operate facilities in the County must scale down operations to their essential component only.
  • Order in effect on March 17, 2020 through May 3, 2020.

 

County of Contra Costa:

https://www.contracosta.ca.gov/DocumentCenter/View/64727/2020-0331-Health-Officer-Order-COVID19

  • Social distancing requirements are mandatory.
  • Before Friday, April 3, 2020, essential businesses that continue to operate facilities in the County must complete, post, and implement a social distancing protocol for each facility that remains open, using the template here: https://www.sccgov.org/sites/phd/DiseaseInformation/novel-coronavirus/Documents/Appendix-A-Social-Distancing-Protocol.pdf
  • Essential businesses must maximize the number of employees who work from home, excepting only those employees who cannot perform their job duties from home.
  • Essential businesses that continue to operate facilities in the County must scale down operations to their essential component only.
  • Order in effect on March 17, 2020 through May 3, 2020.

 

County of Lake:

http://health.co.lake.ca.us/Assets/Departments/Health/Public+Health+Division/COVID-19/OrderC20.3.pdf

  • Order in effect on March 19, 2020 through April 10, 2020. 

 

County of Marin:

https://coronavirus.marinhhs.org/sites/default/files/2020-03/marin_final-superseding-shelter-in-place-order.pdf

  • Social distancing requirements are mandatory.
  • Before Friday, April 3, 2020, essential businesses that continue to operate facilities in the County must complete, post, and implement a social distancing protocol for each facility that remains open, using the template here: https://www.sccgov.org/sites/phd/DiseaseInformation/novel-coronavirus/Documents/Appendix-A-Social-Distancing-Protocol.pdf
  • Essential businesses must maximize the number of employees who work from home, excepting only those employees who cannot perform their job duties from home.
  • Essential businesses that continue to operate facilities in the County must scale down operations to their essential component only.
  • Order in effect on March 17, 2020 through May 3, 2020.

 

County of Mendocino:

https://www.mendocinocounty.org/home/showdocument?id=33103

  • Order in effect on March 18, 2020 through April 7, 2020

 

County of Monterey:

https://www.co.monterey.ca.us/home/showdocument?id=87957

  • Order in effect on March 17, 2020 through April 7, 2020

 

County of Napa:

https://www.countyofnapa.org/DocumentCenter/View/16687/3-18-2020-Shelter-at-Home-Order

  • Order in effect on March 20, 2020 through April 7, 2020.         

 

Sacramento County:

https://www.saccounty.net/COVID-19/Documents/20200319_HO_Signed_Stay_at_Home_Order.pdf

  • Order in effect on March 19, 2020 through April 7, 2020.         

 

County of San Francisco:

https://sf.gov/stay-home-except-essential-needs

  • Social distancing requirements are mandatory.
  • Before Friday, April 3, 2020, essential businesses that continue to operate facilities in the County must complete, post, and implement a social distancing protocol for each facility that remains open, using the template here: https://www.sccgov.org/sites/phd/DiseaseInformation/novel-coronavirus/Documents/Appendix-A-Social-Distancing-Protocol.pdf
  • Essential businesses must maximize the number of employees who work from home, excepting only those employees who cannot perform their job duties from home.
  • Essential businesses that continue to operate facilities in the County must scale down operations to their essential component only.
  • Order in effect on March 17, 2020 through May 3, 2020.

 

County of San Luis Obispo:

https://www.emergencyslo.org/en/resources/Current-Emergency-Information/Documents/County-Issues-Order-Shelter-at-Home-4.pdf

  • Order in effect on March 19, 2020 through April 17, 2020. Order shall be reviewed every 14 days to determine the need to continue this order.        

 

County of San Mateo

https://www.smcgov.org/sites/smcgov.org/files/Final%203-31%20Order.pdf ​

  • Social distancing requirements are mandatory.
  • Before Friday, April 3, 2020, essential businesses that continue to operate facilities in the County must complete, post, and implement a social distancing protocol for each facility that remains open, using the template here: https://www.sccgov.org/sites/phd/DiseaseInformation/novel-coronavirus/Documents/Appendix-A-Social-Distancing-Protocol.pdf
  • Essential businesses must maximize the number of employees who work from home, excepting only those employees who cannot perform their job duties from home.
  • Essential businesses that continue to operate facilities in the County must scale down operations to their essential component only.
  • Order in effect on March 17, 2020 through May 3, 2020.

 

County of Santa Clara:

https://www.sccgov.org/sites/phd/DiseaseInformation/novel-coronavirus/Pages/order-health-officer-033120.aspx

  • Social distancing requirements are mandatory.
  • Before Friday, April 3, 2020, essential businesses that continue to operate facilities in the County must complete, post, and implement a social distancing protocol for each facility that remains open, using the template here: https://www.sccgov.org/sites/phd/DiseaseInformation/novel-coronavirus/Documents/Appendix-A-Social-Distancing-Protocol.pdf
  • Essential businesses must maximize the number of employees who work from home, excepting only those employees who cannot perform their job duties from home.
  • Essential businesses that continue to operate facilities in the County must scale down operations to their essential component only.
  • Order in effect on March 17, 2020 through May 3, 2020.

 

County of Santa Cruz:

https://www.santacruzhealth.org/Portals/7/Pdfs/Coronavirus/Shelter%20in%20Place%20Order%20March%2016%202020.pdf

  • Order in effect on March 17, 2020 through April 7, 2020.         

 

County of Solano:

https://www.solanocounty.com/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=31828

  • Order in effect on March 18, 2020 through April 7, 2020.         

 

County of Sonoma:

https://socoemergency.org/order-of-the-health-officer-shelter-in-place/

  • Order in effect on March 17, 2020 through April 7, 2020.         

 

Yolo County:

https://www.yolocounty.org/home/showdocument?id=62366

  • Order in effect on March 17, 2020 through April 7, 2020.         

 

City of Berkley:

https://www.cityofberkeley.info/uploadedFiles/Health_Human_Services/Public_Health/covid19/berkeley-shelter-in-place-order-2020-03-31.pdf

  • Social distancing requirements are mandatory.
  • Before Friday, April 3, 2020, essential businesses that continue to operate facilities in the County must complete, post, and implement a social distancing protocol for each facility that remains open, using the template here: https://www.sccgov.org/sites/phd/DiseaseInformation/novel-coronavirus/Documents/Appendix-A-Social-Distancing-Protocol.pdf
  • Essential businesses must maximize the number of employees who work from home, excepting only those employees who cannot perform their job duties from home.
  • Essential businesses that continue to operate facilities in the County must scale down operations to their essential component only.
  • Order in effect on March 17, 2020 through May 3, 2020.     

 

City of Fresno:

https://www.fresno.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/EMERGENCY-ORDER-2020-02_SHELTER-IN-PLACE-3.18.20.pdf

  • Order in effect on March 19, 2020 through March 31, 2020, unless extended.         

 

City of Palm Springs:

https://www.palmspringsca.gov/home/showdocument?id=72700

  • Order in effect on March 17, 2020 through April 2, 2020.         

All Other Counties and Cities

Culver City:

https://www.culvercity.org/home/showdocument?id=18854

  • All restaurants or businesses that serve food must close on-site dining. Food delivery, pick up or drive-thru is allowed.
  • Order in effect on March 16, 2020 through March 31, 2020.

 

City of Davis:

https://www.cityofdavis.org/Home/Components/News/News/5940/2985?backlist=%2f

  • Consistent with the Governor’s directives, local restaurants can provide drive thru, take-out food and make deliveries. The City encourages residents to support local businesses as they are able to but is asking that residents not gather in groups or use restaurant dining rooms.
  • Consistent with the Governor’s directives, all bar/restaurant entertainment permits are suspended temporarily.

 

Fresno County:

https://www.co.fresno.ca.us/departments/public-health/covid-19

https://www.co.fresno.ca.us/home/showdocument?id=42188

  • The County is aligning with Governor Newsom and the California Department of Public Health on restricted restaurant operations.
  • Requires all employers to do the following:
    • On a daily basis, while conducting business, screen all employees for febrile respiratory illness
    • Exclude from work all employees that report symptoms of febrile respiratory illness for seven days from the day that they are identified as having symptoms
    • Direct employees excluded from work to isolate at home and to notify all close contacts to quarantine themselves for 14 days from the last known contact with the patient.
    • Febrile respiratory illness is defined as “a new or worsening episode of either cough or shortness of breath, presenting with fever (temperature of 110.4 degrees or higher) or chills in the previous 24 hours”

 

Imperial County:

https://www.co.imperial.ca.us/otherpdfs/4386_001.pdf

  • All restaurants or businesses that serve food must close on-site dining. Food delivery, pick-up or drive-thru needs to be done using social distancing or keeping people six feet apart.
  • Order in effect March 20, 2020 through March 31, 2020.  

 

County of Los Angeles:

http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/COVID-19_March%2021-HOOrder-7_00_FINAL2.pdf

  • Temporary prohibition of all events and gatherings.
  • Practice social distancing within the confined space by requiring attendees to be separated by six (6) feet.
  • Provide access to hand washing facilities with soap and water or hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Post a sign in a conspicuous place at the public entry to the venue instructing members of the public to not attend if they are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness, including fever or cough.
  • Adhere to communicable disease control recommendations provided by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, including guidance for cleaning and disinfecting the site. See guidance posted at www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/.

Q&A: LA County Department of Public Health Guidance for Food Facilities PDF

 

City of Los Angeles

https://www.lamayor.org/sites/g/files/wph446/f/page/file/March232020OrderEllisalcoholparking.pdf

  • Delivery and take-out sales of alcoholic beverages by restaurants for off-site consumption are now allowed.
  • Alcoholic beverages must be sold in containers that are fully sealed to prevent consumption without removal of the lid or cap.

 

City of Long Beach:

http://longbeach.gov/globalassets/health/media-library/documents/diseases-and-condition/information-on/novel-coronavirus/lb-health-order—safer-at-home—3-20-20

  • Temporary prohibition of events and gatherings of 10 persons or more.
  • Practice social distancing within the confined space by requiring attendees to be separated by six (6) feet.
  • Provide access to hand washing facilities with soap and water or hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Post a sign in a conspicuous place at the public entry to the venue instructing members of the public to not attend if they are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness, including fever or cough.
  • Adhere to communicable disease control recommendations provided by the Long Beach Department of Public Health and Human Services.

 

City of Malibu:

https://www.malibucity.org/coronavirus

  • All restaurants or businesses that serve food must close on-site dining. Food delivery, pick-up or drive-thru needs to be done using social distancing or keeping people six feet apart.
  • Order in effect March 16, 2020 through March 31, 2020.

 

County of Monterey:

https://www.co.monterey.ca.us/home/showdocument?id=87957

  • All restaurants or businesses that serve food must close on-site dining. Food delivery, drive thru, or carry out allowed.
  • Order in effect March 17, 2020 through April 7, 2020.

 

City of Pasadena

https://www.cityofpasadena.net/city-manager/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/SAFER-AT-HOME-ORDER-FOR-CONTROL-OF-COVID19-REVISED.pdf?v=1584975743574

  • Practice social distancing within the confined space by requiring attendees to be separated by six (6) feet.
  • Provide access to hand washing facilities with soap and water or hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Post a sign in a conspicuous place at the public entry to the venue instructing members of the public to not attend if they are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness, including fever or cough.
  • Adhere to communicable disease control recommendations provided by the City of Pasadena Department of Public Health.

Orange County:

http://www.ochealthinfo.com/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=114363

  • All restaurants or businesses that serve food must close on-site dining. Food delivery, pick-up or drive-thru needs to be done using social distancing or keeping people six feet apart.
  • Order in effect March 17, 2020 through March 31, 2020.

 

 

Riverside County:

https://www.rivcoph.org/Portals/0/Documents/CoronaVirus/MessagetoFoodfacilitiesregardingoccupancy.pdf

  • Prohibiting gatherings of more than 10 people.
  • Should restaurant be able to meet the conditions of no more than 10 people inside a building (including employees), and still maintain a minimum 6-foot separation between them, they are not required to close their dining rooms.  If restaurant has exterior patio and able to maintain the minimum 6-foot separation between parties and meet the conditions of no more than 10 people they are not required to close their dining rooms.
  • Order in effect March 16, 2020 through April 30, 2020.

 

San Benito County:

https://hhsa.cosb.us/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/SAN-BENITO-COUNTY-ISSUES-PUBLIC-HEALTH-ORDERPR031720VF.pdf

  • Restaurants are limited to take out, drive thru, and delivery only.
  • Order in effect March 17, 2020 through April 7, 2020.

 

County of San Diego:

https://www.countynewscenter.com/county-widens-ban-on-gatherings-covid-19-cases-reach-55/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=county-widens-ban-on-gatherings-covid-19-cases-reach-55

  • All public and private gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited. Non-essential gatherings of any size are strongly discouraged.
  • All restaurants or businesses that serve food must close on-site dining. Food delivery, pick-up or drive-thru needs to be done using social distancing or keeping people six feet apart.
  • Order in effect March 17, 2020 through March 31, 2020. 

 

City of San Luis Obispo:

https://www.slocity.org/home/showdocument?id=25833

  • All restaurants in the City of San Luis Obispo shall be closed for indoor or outdoor seated dining and may be open only for drive thru, pick-up or delivery.
  • Bars, breweries, pubs or other alcohol establishments that include full meals provided by a full kitchen shall follow restaurant guidance and may provide only for pick-up or delivery options.
  • Coffee shops fall under restaurants and may continue to offer pick-up service, but shall not provide indoor or outdoor seating for customers.
  • All pick up areas shall limit customer waiting areas in a manner that provides adequate space for a six (6) feet of separation between waiting customers and provides for hand sanitation.

 

County of San Bernardino:

http://www.sbcounty.gov/Main/Pages/CountyNews.aspx

  • The County is aligning with Governor Newsom and the California Department of Public Health on restricted restaurant operations.

 

Santa Barbara County:

https://publichealthsbc.org/covid19/bars-nightclubs-pubs-wineries-and-breweries-should-close-immediately-restaurants-should-move-to-take-out-delivery/

 

City of Santa Monica:

https://www.santamonica.gov/press/2020/03/16/city-of-santa-monica-issues-emergency-order-for-temporary-business-closures-to-the-public-the-slow-the-spread-of-novel-coronavirus-covid-19

  • All restaurants or businesses that serve food must close on-site dining. Food delivery, pick-up or drive-thru needs to be done using social distancing or keeping people six feet apart.
  • Order in effect March 16, 2020 through March 31, 2020.

 

County of Sutter:

https://www.yuba.org/SignedDirective.pdf

  • Essential services includes restaurants that prepare food only for delivery, drive thru, or carry out.
  • Order in effect March 19, 2020 through April 9, 2020.

 

Ventura County:

http://www.vchca.org/images/public_health/Press_Release/3.20.20_STAYWELLATHOMEVC_2.pdf

  • Mandatory legal order issued under the authority of California law. It is against the law to violate this Order, and you may be punished by a fine or imprisonment for doing so.
  • Requiring people to stay home except for essential needs.
  • Among essential services to remain open: take-out, drive-thru and delivery restaurants.
  • Restaurants at malls that have their own public entrance will still be able to operate in a limited capacity, through take-out and delivery.
  • Order in effect on March 20, 2020 through April 19, 2020.

 

City of West Hollywood:

https://www.weho.org/#Search

  • All restaurants or businesses that serve food must close on-site dining. Food delivery, pick-up or drive-thru needs to be done using social distancing or keeping people six feet apart.
  • Order in effect March 16, 2020 through March 31, 2020.

 

County of Yuba:

https://www.yuba.org/SignedDirective.pdf

  • Essential services include restaurants that prepare food only for delivery, drive thru, or carry out.
  • Order in effect March 19, 2020 through April 9, 2020.