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Sacramento County Allows Some Additional Businesses To Resume Operations While Extending Stay-At-Home Order


The Health Officer for the County of Sacramento just extended the County’s stay-at-home order through May 22, 2020. The order was set to expire on May 1, but county officials believe that individuals and businesses need to continue social distancing practices and reduce person-to-person contact in order to further slow the transmission of COVID-19. What do employers need to know about the extended stay-at-home order and the changes to the prior order?

Essential Business Activities Under The Sacramento County’s Stay-At-Home Order

Sacramento County’s prior stay-at-home order, which was issued on April 7, 2020, included a lengthy list of those businesses that are considered “essential” and thus may continue operating. Essential businesses include the following:

Some Businesses Are Now Deemed “Essential” And May Resume Operations

Details about the extended stay-at-home order can be found here, which was issued on May 1, 2020. The Health Officer modified the prior order to allow some businesses to resume operations:

What Are An Essential Business’ Responsibilities?

While essential businesses are encouraged to remain open, such businesses are directed to maximize the number of employees who can work remotely. Essential businesses may only assign those employees who cannot perform their job duties from home to work outside the home.

In addition, all essential businesses must prepare, post, and implement a “Social Distancing Protocol” at each of their facilities in the County that are frequented by the public or employees. The Social Distancing Protocol must be substantially the same in form to Appendix A of the stay-at-home order and a copy must be provided to each employee performing work at the facility. The Social Distancing Protocol must explain how the business is achieving the following, if applicable:

When Does The Stay-At-Home Order End?

This new stay-at-home order became effective at 11:59 p.m. on May 1, 2020 and will continue to be in effect until 11:59 p.m. on May 22, 2020, or until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing by the Health Officer for the County of Sacramento.

What Should Employers Do?

As you begin the process of reopening, you should familiarize yourself with our alert: 5 Steps To Reopen Your Workplace, According To CDC’s Latest Guidance. You should also keep handy our 4-Step Plan For Handling Confirmed COVID-19 Cases When Your Business Reopens in the event you learn of a positive case at your workplace. For a more thorough analysis of the many issues you may encounter from a labor and employment perspective, we recommend you review our FP BEYOND THE CURVE: Post-Pandemic Back-To-Business FAQs For Employers and our FP Resource Center For Employers.


Fisher Phillips will continue to monitor the rapidly developing COVID-19 situation and provide updates as appropriate. Make sure you are subscribed to Fisher Phillips’ Alert System to get the most up-to-date information. For further information, contact your Fisher Phillips attorney, any attorney in our Sacramento office, or any member of our Post-Pandemic Strategy Group Roster.

This Legal Alert provides an overview of a specific developing situation. It is not intended to be, and should not be construed as, legal advice for any particular fact situation.


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