Placer County was given the green light by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to begin moving further into Stage 2 of the 4 Stages that Governor Newsom has detailed for the reopening of California. Thank you to the Placer County staff members that worked diligently to put together our attestation request. In that request, Placer was able to detail our readiness to handle openings due to our preparedness with additional testing capacity, hospital surge capacity, and support for vulnerable populations.  You can view the Placer County COVID-19 Variance Attestation submission that is posted on the CDPH website to get more information.

Business sectors in Placer County that will be allowed to resume operations once they have implemented state reopening guidance- include shopping centers and all in-store retail, and dine-in restaurants — although bars, breweries and wineries will not be permitted to reopen beyond takeout and delivery at this time unless they provide in-house dining. Other businesses like car washes, pet grooming, landscape gardening, and outdoor venues like museums and open gallery spaces with modifications can also now open as well.

If you are business that is looking to reopen, you are urged to review guidance and post readiness checklists at your establishment to self-certify your commitment to reopen safely. These materials are now available for review and preparation on the new Reopen Placer website.

I know there is still concern from many residents and businesses as we head into summer and have increases in visitors to parts of our county. There are several required and voluntary steps we will take to strike that balance between public health and personal economic impacts as businesses begin to reopen. They include:

1.    Monitor the number of COVID-19 cases, as required by the state, and develop plans to scale back reopening should our monitoring efforts reveal a need to do so.

2.    Monitor our testing capabilities and hospital bed availability to ensure we are prepared for any increase in cases.

3.    Develop and distribute messaging with our community and agency partners emphasizing physical distancing, face coverings and other COVID-19 related guidance throughout the region.

4.    Work with our business partners on public health messaging to visitors before they arrive in the region.

We will continue to take a careful and balanced approach as we reopen. Education for everyone is still of utmost importance. Please continue to wear a face mask, maintain a six-foot distancing whenever possible, stay home when sick, and increase sanitation measures like washing hands frequently. If you need a COVID-19 test, additional sites are now available in Kings Beach, Grass Valley, and Roseville and appointments can be made HERE.

Thank you for your great work helping Placer County flatten the curve and to be one of the first counties in California to be able to enter the rest of Stage 2.

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