What You Need to Know
STATE STAY-AT-HOME-ORDER LIFTED
On January 25th, the California Department of Public Health announced the end of the state Stay at Home Order, which returns each county to the tiered reopening structure and the state’s “Blueprint for a Safer Economy.”
While this action removes the state’s prohibition on outdoor dining, it is important to note that this action returns authority to each local health department to determine if they will align with the state or be more restrictive.
To see the status of activities in your county as determined by the state of California, click here: https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/
Note: Even if the state allows onsite dining, your individual county can place its own limits on this activity, and several have done so in the past.
The CRA continues to tirelessly fight for the safe reopening of all restaurants.
STATE GUIDANCE: TAKE OUT, DRIVE THRU, & DELIVERY
ONSITE DINING GUIDANCE
INDUSTRY GUIDANCE: Restaurants, Bars, and Wineries COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Restaurants, Bars, and Wineries PDF
This checklist (https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/checklist-dine-in-restaurants.pdf) is meant to assist dine-in restaurants in implementing their plan to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace and is a supplement to the “INDUSTRY GUIDANCE: Restaurants, Bars, and Wineries.”
STATEWIDE FACIAL COVERINGS MANDATE
The State Department of Public Health requires restaurant employees and ALL individuals statewide to wear face coverings when out in public or in/at a private business.
For details of the statewide face mask order, please see the link here:
WHAT TO DO?- COVID-19 POSITIVE WORKPLACES
Last summer, Governor Newsom released the “COVID-19 Employer Playbook” for a safe re-opening.
The document contains guidance on how to handle incidents of COVID-19 positive employees in the workplace, including:
- Mandatory Outbreak Preparedness Actions
- Communication Expectations to Local Health Director of COVID-19 Cases
- Protocols for Testing & Preventing Spread in the Workplace
- Procedures for Allowing Employees to Return to Work
- Reporting COVID-19 Cases to CAL/OSHA
It is critical to be aware that local Health Departments, can also have their more specified procedures on what to do in the case of a COVID-19 positive workplace.