CSAC Bulletin Article

California Counties, State Advance To Phase 2 of Resilience Roadmap

May 15, 2020

At the time of this writing, 20 California counties have received the go-ahead to allow dine-in restaurants, office spaces, and some outdoor spaces to reopen with proper safety precautions under Stage 2 of the Governor’s Resilience Roadmap. The CSAC map below/above shows each county and links to their variance plans.

These counties were able to attest to local epidemiological milestones and preparedness, as well as develop a containment plan to quickly respond if COVID-19 cases rose in their jurisdictions. Many counties have also contacted the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) for technical assistance with reopening, preparedness, and containment plans. Each plan must include a signed attestation by the county health officer and letters of support from the Board of Supervisors and local hospitals and health care systems.  Below are resources for information on the requirements and process for developing county requests for variances within Stage 2:

CDPH Memo to Counties on County Variance for Stage 2 Attestation
Guidance for Businesses
CA Resilience Roadmap
CA Recovery Roadmap Survey
Statewide Daily Data Update

These 20 county approvals follow Governor Newsom’s announcement of additional statewide guidance to move the state further into Stage 2 of his Resilience Roadmap plan. Counties that have not been approved to move forward more quickly through attestations will move forward through the Resilience Roadmap with the rest of the state. The entire state is currently in the early part of Stage 2, with certain retail establishments like flower shops, booksellers, and sporting goods equipment stores, operating with curbside pickup or delivery, and restaurants that can offer to-go options, are allowed to open with safety precautions.

Not included in Stage 2 are personal care businesses such as hair stylists, nail salons, and barbers. These services are still prohibited from operating under the state’s modified public health order and local county health orders where indicated.

CSAC continues to encourage the Governor to work with counties on a case-by-case basis, as local health officers are best positioned to identify and meet the unique needs of their communities. Counties are also appreciative of the state’s efforts to boost testing and tracing capacity in rural and underserved areas.

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