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Public Health Orders, FAQs and Related Documents​​​​


​Public Health Orders

Upon Statewide Order by the California Department of Public Health and announced by Governor Gavin Newsom, the Sacramento County Public Health Officer has amended the Public Health Order to limit ​operations of certain sectors. The ​Order goes into effect on July 30, 2021, until it is rescinded or amended by the ​Health Officer. The Health Order aligns with previous health orders, but supersedes those of 2020:  March 19, April 7, May 1, May 26, June 12, June 19, June 29, July 2, July 14, August 28 (School Closure), August 31, September 23, September 29, October 13, November 13, December 9; and, those of 2021: January 13, January 25, February 8, March 3, March 10, March 13, March 16, April 15, and June 1. The Public Health Order continues to reinforce the direction that al​l individuals adhere with COVID-19 safety measures and face cove​ring protocols

​For questions about the Public Health Order, call the Public Health hotline at (916) 875-2400.​ For complaints about unsafe practices at businesses, dial 3-1-1 or go to the Sacramento County 311 Connect website: https://311.saccounty.gov/​, or email, SacCo311@custhelp.com​.​​​​

July 30, 2021 Sacramento County Health Order

The Sacramento County Health Office issued a Health Order that is effective July 30, 2021, at 12:01 a.m., and will continue to be in effect until rescinded or amended. The Order reflects the CDPH Guidance for Face Coverings and directs that face coverings are to be worn, regardless of vaccination status, in all Sacramento County indoor public settings, venues, gatherings, and workplaces, such as, but not limited to: offices, retail stores, restaurants and bars, theaters, family entertainment centers, conference centers, and State and local government offices serving the public. Read the July 30, 2021 Sacramento County Health Order for details. ​

​Archived Health Orders

Public Health Order FAQs​​

June 1, 2021 Public Health Order - Expired

Sacramento County’s June 1 Health Order is effective immediately until it expires at 12:01 a.m., on June 15, 2021, unless rescinded or amended by the Health Officer. The Sacramento County Health Order reflects the State’s Orange Tier 3 (moderate) in the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Our Health Order includes the CDPH face-covering mandate and documents the requirement for schools to abide by the CDPH Guidance for K-12 Schools and COVID-19 K-12 In-Person Instruction. Additionally, ordered is that sports programs abide by the CDPH Outdoor and Indoor Youth and Recreational Adult Sports Guidance. Some of the major advancements of moving from the Red Tier 2 (substantial) to the less restrictive Orange Tier 3 (moderate) are that many businesses, sectors,​ and events will have greater indoor/outdoor capacity or can reopen or operate indoors. Dr. Kasirye recognizes that it is still important for the County to reach this lower tier before June 15. This advancement signifies there is lower risk of spreading COVID-19 in the community and will increase capacity that much earlier for businesses. The State of California is slated to expire the tier structure on June 15 and go Beyond the Blueprint



Business Reference: Appendix A with Social Distancing Sign Templates​​

April 15, 2021 Public Health Order

​Effective immediately, the April 15 Sacramento County Health Order has been released which reflects the changes and the alignment with the State of California restrictions and guidance for the Red Tier 2/Substantial in the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Included in the County’s Health Order: 
  • California Department of Public Health (CDPH) face covering mandate that requires all people to wear face coverings in public spaces in California unless exempt. 
  • Requirement for schools to abide by the CDPH Guidance for K-12 Schools and COVID-19 K-12 In-Person Instruction. 
  • Sports programs in Sacramento County must abide by the CDPH Outdoor and Indoor Youth and Recreational Adult Sports Guidance.   
The State announced Sacramento County is allowed to move from the most restrictive Purple/Widespread Tier 1 to the less restrictive tier of Red/Substantial Tier 2 per the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy.  Sacramento County Public Health has issued the March 16, 2021 Health Order to reflect the move to the Red Tier. The summary of changes are:

OUTDOOR operations only with mitigation measures: Cardrooms, satellite wagering; Family Entertainment Centers; Playgrounds, dog parks, skate parks, and recreational facilities; and Wineries, breweries, and distilleries with restrictions. *Bars and pubs may operate indoors (maximum 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer) if they are offering sit-down meals, otherwise they remain closed. 

INDOOR operations with mitigation measures (with restrictions*): All retail*; grocery stores; Critical infrastructure; Entertainment production, studios, broadcast; Gyms and fitness*; Hair salons and barbershops; Hotels and lodging with restrictions; Libraries*; Movie theaters*; Museums, zoos, aquariums*; Nail salons and electrolysis operations; Personal care services; Places of worship*; Professional sports*; Restaurants*; Shopping centers*.

March 11, 2021 Blueprint for a Safer Economy Tier Business Sector Chart

Schools: In alignment with CDPH requirements (all grade levels) may reopen for in-person instruction after publicly posting their COVID-19 Safety Plan and mitigation measures.

Youth Recreational Sports: All organized youth and adult recreation sports, including school- and community-sponsored programs, and privately-organized clubs and leagues must abide by youth and adult sports guidance from CDPH and Sacramento County Public Health.​


March 12, 2021 Public Health Order

The State of California has made adjustments to a business sector in the Blueprint ​for a Safer Economy. To align with the changes, Sacramento County Public Health is issuing an updated Public Health Order, effective Saturday, March 13. Under Sacramento County’s current tier designation of Purple/Widespread Tier 1, the Order allows wineries, breweries and distilleries in Sacramento County to operate outdoors with specific mitigation measures (with reservations, 90-minute time limit, table seating, onsite consumption, closed by 8pm).  

March 10, 2021 Public Health Order​

On March 10, 2021, Sacramento County Public Health issued an updated health order to account for a recent change by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) that now allows indoor sports with specific measures in place, including COVID-19 testing as a provision in the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy Purple/Widespread Tier 1.  The specific changes in are in section #8 of the March 10 Sacramento County Health Order: Removal of the word “outdoor”; and link added to updated Sacramento County local sports guidance, which aligns with the newest CDPH guidance.

March 3, 2021 Public Health Order​​

Summary of changes: Sacramento​ County is in Purple/Widespread Tier 1, but this week has met criteria of fewer than 14 per 100,000 new COVID-19 cases. This new benchmark allows elementary schools (grades K-6) that hadn’t already, to now reopen with County and State approval based on specified safety plans and mitigation measures for in-person instruction. This criteria also qualifies youth and adult sports activities for outdoor low-contact, moderate-contact, and high-contact sports with specific mitigation measures and requirements in the sports guidance. Inter-team competitions are permitted for allowable sports. However, tournaments or competitions involving more than two teams are prohibited.

February 8, 2021 Public Health Order​

On Feb. 6, the State of California updated its Blueprint for a Safer Economy​​ tier structure purple tier criteria to allow indoor operations for places of worship – at a 25 percent capacity maximum with modifications that prohibit singing/chanting. In order to coincide with the State’s tier structure, Sacramento County has updated its public health order. Effective immediately, Sacramento County’s Feb. 8 Health Order aligns with Purple/Tier 1 Widespread to continue some indoor and outdoor operations under reduced operational capacity, and supersedes the Jan. 25, 2020, Order.

For schools, counties must reach a COVID-19 adjusted case rate threshold established by the State of California (currently an adjusted case rate of less than 25 cases per 100,000 for grades K-6) before additional schools may reopen for in-person instruction. Inter-team competitions are permitted for outdoor low-contact sports. Tournaments or competitions involving more than two teams are prohibited.​

January 25, 2021 Public Health Order​​ ​​

On Jan. 25, the State of California announced that all regions are permitted to exit the State’s Regional Stay at Home Order based on four-week ICU availability projection of greater than 15 percent and ended the State's Nov. 21, 2020 curfew order. Counties can resume operating under the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy tier structure. Based on the State’s tier criteria, Sacramento County will be in Purple/Tier 1 Widespread. The Sacramento County January 25 Health Order aligns with Purple/Tier 1 Widespread to reopen some indoor and outdoor operations under reduced operational capacity, removed the State's Nov. 21 curfew and supersedes the Jan. 13, 2020 Order.​

Summary of order:

  • OUTDOOR operations only with mitigation: Cardrooms; Family Entertainment Centers; Gyms and fitness centers; Movie theaters (includes max capacity); Museums, zoos, aquariums; Places of worship (includes max capacity); Playgrounds, parks and rec; Restaurants; and Wineries. *Bars, pubs, breweries, and distilleries may operate outdoors only if offering outdoor, sit-down meals. 

    INDOOR operations with mitigation: All retail/shopping centers (max 25% capacity) excludes food courts/common areas; Grocery Stores (max 50% capacity) Critical infrastructure; Hair salons and barbershops; Libraries (max 25% capacity); Nail salons and electrolysis operations; Personal care services; and Professional sports (no live audiences). ​

    Removed the State's Nov. 21 Limited Stay at Home Order Curfew
  • Appendix A - Social Distancing Protocol with Signs
  • State’s Tier system and specific allowable activities
  • Schools: In alignment with CDPH requirements, schools (all grade levels) that have reopened for in-person instruction, either under a waiver or while Sacramento County was in Red Tier 2 (Sept. 29 – Nov. 10, 2020), are permitted to continue to conduct in-person instruction with mitigation measures in compliance with CDPH and Sacramento County Public Health.  Schools that had not reopened must wait until they are eligible again, either when Sacramento County returns to Red Tier 2 for at least two weeks or through State of California approved processes for school reopening. All organized youth and adult recreation sports, including school- and community-sponsored programs, and privately-organized clubs and leagues must abide by CDPH youth and ​adult sports requirements and guidance. Inter-team competitions are not permitted until authorized by the State of California. Review​ ​County's​ *waiver application for Elementary​​​​​​​ schools to apply for in-person learning while Sacramento County remains in the Tier 1 Purple.​ (12/23/2020 - *Waivers are on hold due to the high case rate in Sacramento County)​​
  • Review the updated guidance on the wearing of face coverings

Review the differences between the Regional Order and Purple Tier 1. ​​

January 13, 2021 Public Health Order​​

On Jan. 12, the State of California announced that the Greater Sacramento region is permitted to exit the State’s Regional Stay at Home Order with a four-week ICU availability projection of greater than 15 percent. Counties in the Greater Sacramento region can resume operating under the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy tier structure. Based on the State’s tier criteria, Sacramento County will be in Purple/Tier 1 Widespread. The Sacramento County January 13 Health Order aligns with Purple/Tier 1 Widespread to reopen some indoor and outdoor operations under reduced operational capacity but retains the State's curfew order and supersedes the December 9, 2020 Order.

Summary of order:

  • OUTDOOR operations only with mitigation: Cardrooms; Family Entertainment Centers; Gyms and fitness centers; Movie theaters (includes max capacity); Museums, zoos, aquariums; Places of worship (includes max capacity); Playgrounds, parks and rec; Restaurants; and Wineries. *Bars, pubs, breweries, and distilleries may operate outdoors only if offering outdoor, sit-down meals.

    INDOOR operations with mitigation: All retail/shopping centers (max 25% capacity) excludes food courts/common areas; Grocery Stores (max 50% capacity) Critical infrastructure; Hair salons and barbershops; Libraries (max 25% capacity); Nail salons and electrolysis operations; Personal care services; and Professional sports (no live audiences). ​
  • Appendix A - Social Distancing Protocol with Signs
  • State’s Tier system and specific allowable activities
  • Schools: In alignment with CDPH requirements, schools (all grade levels) that have reopened for in-person instruction, either under a waiver or while Sacramento County was in Red Tier 2 (Sept. 29 – Nov. 10, 2020), are permitted to continue to conduct in-person instruction with mitigation measures in compliance with CDPH and Sacramento County Public Health.  Schools that had not reopened must wait until they are eligible again, either when Sacramento County returns to Red Tier 2 for at least two weeks or through State of California approved processes for school reopening. All organized youth and adult recreation sports, including school- and community-sponsored programs, and privately-organized clubs and leagues must abide by CDPH youth and ​adult sports requirements and guidance. Inter-team competitions are not permitted until authorized by the State of California. ​

 Review the differences between the Regional Order and Purple Tier 1. ​

December 9, 2020 Public Health​ Order
​Today, the State of California announced that the Greater Sacramento region has met the ICU availability criteria of 15 percent or less to trigger the State’s Regional Stay at Home Order​. Sacramento County Public Health has issued an updated Dec. 9, 2020 Sacramento County Health Order that aligns with the State’s Regional Stay at Home Order. The Health Orders will take effect Thursday, Dec. 10, at 11:59 p.m. Once triggered, these orders will remain in effect for at least three weeks. After that period, they will be lifted when a region’s projected ICU capacity meets or exceeds 15 percent. The Health Order restricts all operations of certain sectors such as hair salons, bars and personal care services. While other sectors are only permitted to operate outdoors, such as gyms, and places of worship.  Some essential operations are allowed to operate but may have reduced capacity, such as retail at 20 percent and grocery at 30 percent. Finally, restaurants are only allowed to provide take-out and delivery - no dining indoors or outdoors. The Health Order includes the State's curfew for counties in the Purple Tier 1 and the updated face coverings guidance.​

November 21, 2020 Public Health Order

Sacramento County’s Public Health Order has been amended, effective 10 p.m., Saturday, November 21 to align with the State of California’s new limited “Stay at Home Order” as well as updated guidance on the wearing of face coverings.

November 19, the State of California announced new limited “Stay at Home” order that set a curfew from 10 p.m. – 5 a.m. for counties that are in the Tier 1 Purple on the Blueprint for a Safer Economy tier system. The curfew is effective at 10 p.m. on Saturday, November 21 and remains in place for one month. Sacramento County moved to Tier 1 Purple on November 10 due to increased daily cases and higher positivity rates – therefore under the curfew restrictions for residents and businesses not deemed essential or critical infrastructure.  ​

The state also issued updated guidance on the wearing of face coverings. People in California must wear face coverings when they are outside of the home, unless one of the exemptions applies. Exemptions include:

  • Driving in a vehicle or working in a room alone
  • When actively eating or drinking, provided that six feet of distance can be maintained
  • Outdoors when at least six feet of distance can be maintained at all times
  • Medical exemptions ​​

Public Health has reopened its *waiver application for Elementary​​​​​​​ schools​ to apply for in-person learning while Sacramento County remains in the Tier 1 Purple.​​ (12/23/2020 - *Waivers are on hold due to the high case rate in Sacramento County)​​​

November 13, 2020 Public Health Order

On Nov. 10, the State of California announced new COVID-19 Tier assignments for counties. Due to increasing case rates, Sacramento County will move back to the more restrictive Tier 1 Purple. Effective at noon on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, the amended Sacramento County Health Order will align with the State’s Purple Tier 1 for allowable activities, which closes certain indoor operations or reduces operational capacity. Learn more on the Sa​cCountyNews
  • ​Summary of primary updates to the Nov. 13 Sacramento County Health Order:

    OUTDOOR operations only with mitigation measures: Cardrooms, satellite wagering; Family Entertainment Centers; Gyms and fitness centers; Movie theaters (includes maximum capacity); Museums, zoos, aquariums; Places of worship (includes maximum capacity); Playgrounds and recreational facilities; Restaurants; and Wineries.  *Bars, pubs, brewpubs and breweries may operate outdoors only if offering sit-down, outdoor meals.

    INDOOR operations with mitigation measures: All retail ​(maximum 25% capacity); Critical infrastructure; Hair salons and barbershops; Libraries (maximum 25% capacity); Nail salons and electrolysis operations; Personal care services; Professional sports (no live audiences); and Shopping centers (maximum 25% capacity) excludes food courts/common areas.

    • Appendix A - Social Distancing Protocol with Signs

    • State’s Tier system and specific allowable activities​​​

    • Schools:  In alignment with CDPH requirements, schools (all grade levels) that have reopened for in-person instruction, either under a waiver or while Sacramento County was in Red Tier 2 (9/29 – 11/10), are permitted to continue to conduct in-person instruction. Schools that have not reopened must wait until they are eligible again, either by waiver (grades TK-6 only) or when Sacramento County returns to Red Tier 2 for at least two weeks. See Order for additional details. ​​

October 13, 2020 Public Health Order​

  • Primary updates to the Oct. 13 Sacramento County Health Order:

    ​Schools - All school grade levels in Sacramento County are permitted to conduct in-person instruction with required mitigation measures maintained (social distancing, face coverings, and sanitization) in compliance with California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and Sacramento County Public Health. 

    Gatherings - To align with the Oct. 9 CDPH private gatherings guidance​, Sacramento County Public Health continues to discourage social gatherings of non-household members. However, people who choose to attend gatherings should limit the size to the same members and no more than t​hree different households with specific requirements.

  • Appendix A - Social Distancing Protocol with Signs

  • State’s Tier system and specific allowable activities​​​

September 29, 2020 Public Health Order

September 23, 2020 Public Health Order

August 31, 2020 Public Health Order​

Schools

August 28, 2020 Public Health Order for Sacramento County Schools

​August 20, 2020 Public Health Order for Sacramento County Schools

July 14, 2020 Public Health Stay at Home Order 

July 2, 2020 Public Health Stay at Home Order

June 29, 2020 Public Health Stay at Home Order

June 19, 2020 Public Health Stay at Home Order

June 12, 2020 Public Health Stay at Home Order

May 26, 2020 Public Health Stay at Home Order

May 22, 2020 Public Health Stay at Home Order

​May 1, 2020 Public Health Stay at Home Order​

*NOTE: Where a conflict exists between this Order and any state public health order related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the most restrictive provision controls. ​​

April 7, 2020 Public Health Stay at Home Order​

March 19, 2020 Public Health Order 

Archived Mitigation Information and Documents

​Emergency Proclamation Documents​