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Over the last four months, we have learned a lot about COVID-19 transmission, most notably that people who are infected but are asymptomatic or presymptomatic play an important part in community spread. The use of face coverings by everyone can limit the release of infected droplets when talking, coughing, and/or sneezing, as well as reinforce physical distancing.
This document updates existing CDPH guidance for the use of cloth face coverings by the general public when outside the home. It mandates that face coverings be worn state-wide in the circumstances and with the exceptions outlined below. It does not substitute for existing guidance about social distancing and handwashing.
People in California must wear face coverings when they are in the high-risk situations listed below:
• Inside of, or in line to enter, any indoor public space;1
• Obtaining services from the healthcare sector in settings including, but not limited to, a hospital, pharmacy, medical clinic, laboratory, physician or dental office, veterinary clinic, or blood bank;2
• Waiting for or riding on public transportation or paratransit or while in a taxi, private car service, or ride-sharing vehicle;
• Engaged in work, whether at the workplace or performing work off-site, when:
• Interacting in-person with any member of the public;
• Working in any space visited by members of the public, regardless of whether anyone from the public is present at the time;
• Working in any space where food is prepared or packaged for sale or distribution to others;
• Working in or walking through common areas, such as hallways, stairways, elevators, and parking facilities;
• In any room or enclosed area where other people (except for members of the person’s own household or residence) are present when unable to physically distance.
• Driving or operating any public transportation or paratransit vehicle, taxi, or private car service or ride-sharing vehicle when passengers are present. When no passengers are present, face coverings are strongly recommended.
• While outdoors in public spaces when maintaining a physical distance of six feet from persons who are not members of the same household or
residence is not feasible.
1 Unless exempted by state guidelines for specific public settings
2 Unless directed otherwise by an employee or healthcare provider
The following individuals are exempt from wearing a face covering:
• Persons age two years or under. These very young children must not wear a face covering because of the risk of suffocation.
• Persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a face covering. This includes persons with a
medical condition for whom wearing a face covering could obstruct breathing or who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a face covering without assistance.
• Persons who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for
• Persons for whom wearing a face covering would create a risk to the person related to their work, as determined by local, state, or federal
regulators or workplace safety guidelines.
• Persons who are obtaining a service involving the nose or face for which temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the service.
• Persons who are seated at a restaurant or other establishment that offers food or beverage service, while they are eating or drinking, provided that they are able to maintain a distance of at least six feet away from persons who are not members of the same household or residence.
• Persons who are engaged in outdoor work or recreation such as swimming, walking, hiking, bicycling, or running, when alone or with household members, and when they are able to maintain a distance of at least six feet from others.
• Persons who are incarcerated. Prisons and jails, as part of their mitigation plans, will have specific guidance on the wearing of face coverings or masks for both inmates and staff.
Note: Persons exempted from wearing a face covering due to a medical condition who are employed in a job involving regular contact with others should wear a non-restrictive alternative, such as a face shield with a drape on the bottom edge, as long as their condition permits it.
What is a cloth face covering?
A cloth face covering is a material that covers the nose and mouth. It can be secured to the head with ties or straps or simply wrapped around the lower face. It can be made of a variety of materials, such as cotton, silk, or linen. A cloth face covering may be factory-made or sewn by hand or can be improvised from household items such as scarfs, T-shirts, sweatshirts, or towels.
How well do cloth face coverings work to prevent spread of COVID-19?
There is scientific evidence to suggest that use of cloth face coverings by the public during a pandemic could help reduce disease transmission. Their primary role is to reduce the release of infectious particles into the air when someone speaks, coughs, or sneezes, including someone who has COVID-19 but feels well. Cloth face coverings are not a substitute for physical distancing, washing hands, and staying home when ill, but they may be helpful when combined with these primary interventions.
When should I wear a cloth face covering?
You should wear face coverings when in public places, particularly when those locations are indoors or in other areas where physical distancing is not possible.
How should I care for a cloth face covering?
It’s a good idea to wash your cloth face covering frequently, ideally after each use, or at least daily. Have a bag or bin to keep cloth face coverings in until they can be laundered with detergent and hot water and dried on a hot cycle. If you must re-wear your cloth face covering before washing, wash your hands immediately after putting it back on and avoid touching your face. Discard cloth face coverings that:
• No longer cover the nose and mouth
• Have stretched out or damaged ties or straps
• Cannot stay on the face
• Have holes or tears in the fabric
RTD plans to focus on essential needs and ensure adequate coverage without losing focus on its commitment to provide safe, reliable and efficient transportation for the region.
“We are ready to be nimble to meet the needs of our community,” said Board Chair Gary Giovanetti. By restricting low ridership routes and continuously monitoring routes to make necessary changes, “RTD is ready to rebuild our business and regain the public’s confidence,” said CEO Gloria Salazar.
Specifically, RTD plans to offer more services to County residents by restructuring Van Go! to a miles-based fare and offering ADA passengers the additional option of subsidized services provided by Transportation Network Companies (TNC) such as Uber and Lyft.
San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) is the regional transit provider for San Joaquin County. RTD’s mission is to provide a safe, reliable, and efficient transportation system for the region. For more information, visit sjRTD.com, follow RTD on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, or call (209) 943-1111.
Tyler Littlefield created a website that offers accessible global, country and state information. Visit the accessible COVID-19 statistics tracker.
Upon Governor Newsom's mandate, we re-engineered operations and jobs to be able to offer tele-remote services along with new programs, keeping our participants connected and informed of daily happenings. We rose to the challenge of this pandemic by implementing an entirely new mode of instruction and information delivery.
We would like to share with you that CCBVI's Executive Director and Board of Directors are working diligently to incorporate the changes necessary to reopen slowly and fulfill even more services. Although uncertain of the exact timeline for reopening the Center (as information changes daily with local, state and federal governments), we assure you we have taken all necessary precautions and put new procedures in place for the safety, care, and well being of all.
We have ordered personal protection equipment (PPE) for CCBVI staff and implemented physical distancing measures as part of our "new normal", along with hand sanitizers in every office and department. If a participant and/or guest is unable to obtain a mask, CCBVI will provide a mask upon entrance to the facility. Restroom faucets and paper towel and soap dispensers will be electronic for everyone's safety and convenience. CCBVI also will conduct daily temperature checks on all who enter the building and sanitize the facility and equipment on an hourly basis.
As we adopt these new protocols, we ask you to use your best judgement when considering a visit to the Center. Should you not feel well or display any COVID-19 symptoms, please notify CCBVI and self-isolate yourself for the sake of others who may be more vulnerable. Together, we will adapt to this "new normal" and be stronger and healthier for our efforts. Thank you for your patience during this pandemic. We are eager to resume full operations for our community, delivering the much needed services for independent living.
Please call us at 209.466.3836, extension 200 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org should you have any questions or concerns.
Advanced Healthcare Directives Zoom Webinar, Wednesday, May 6, 10:30 a.m.
Renters and homeowners may qualify for FREE energy bill assistance and FREE home weatherization through the San Joaquin County Human Services Agency. Eligibility is based on gross monthly income and household size; benefit amounts range from $213.00 to $488.00.
Detailed information and applications are available at San Joaquin County Human Services Agency or www.sjchsa.org.
For free energy bill assistance and free home weatherization, please complete an application available online at www.sjchsa.org or visit the County office at 333 East Washington Street, Stockton, California 95202. Applications are accepted by:
drop box - 333 East Washington Street, Stockton, California
U.S. mail - P.O. Box 201056, Stockton, California 95201
facsimile - (209) 932-2649
e-mail - email@example.com
Renters who qualify for Energy Bill Assistance may also qualify for FREE Home Weatherization which assists with long term energy-saving improvements to the home that may include refrigerator or microwave oven replacement, water heater or heating and air conditioning unit repair or replacement, LED bulbs, shade screens, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors . . . and much more!
In order to process your application, you must include:
All pages of your current electric, gas or propane utility bill;
Proof of income for all household members for the last 30 days;
Proof of U.S. citizenship or legal residency (for the applicant only).
PLEASE SEE THE APPLICATION FOR FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS.
The Warm Line is open daily (excluding holidays) from 11:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Call (209) 468-3685.
DATE OF ORDER: April 14, 2020
Please read this Order carefully. Violation of or failure to comply with this Order is a misdemeanor punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both. (California Health and Safety Code § 120295, et seq.)
UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF CALIFORNIA HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE SECTIONS 101040, 101470, 101475, 101085, 120175, 120200, 120210 AND 120215 THE HEALTH OFFICER OF THE COUNTY OF SAN JOAQUIN (“HEALTH OFFICER”) AND UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF CALIFORNIA GOVERNMENT CODE SECTION 8634 AND SAN JOAQUIN ORDINANCE CODE SECTION 4-3005, THE SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICER and DIRECTOR OF EMERGENCY SERVICES OF THE COUNTY OF SAN JOAQUIN ORDERS:
1. This Order repeals and replaces the order issued by the Director of Emergency Services on March 26, 2020 and incorporates by reference the directive from the California State Public Health Officer designating Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers. For more information on Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers, see https://covid19.ca.gov/img/EssentialCriticalInfrastructureWorkers.pdf. All sections of this order are binding on all businesses and individuals in San Joaquin County. For ease of use those sections containing significant changes from the previous order have been italicized.
2. This Order implements Executive Order N-33-20, issued by Governor Newsom on March 19, 2020, to ensure that the maximum number of people self-isolate in their homes or places of residence to the maximum extent feasible, while enabling essential services to continue, to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the maximum extent possible. When people need to leave their homes or places of residence, whether to obtain or perform vital services, or to otherwise facilitate authorized activities necessary for continuity of social and commercial life, they must at all times comply with Social Distancing Requirements as defined in Section 11 of this Order. All provisions of this Order should be interpreted to effectuate this purpose. Failure to comply with any of the provisions of this Order constitutes an imminent threat to public health.
3. All individuals currently living within the County of San Joaquin (the “County”) are ordered to stay at home or place of residence. To the extent individuals are performing non-recreational Essential Activities using shared or outdoor spaces, they must at all times to the fullest extent possible maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any other person when they are outside their residence. To the extent individuals are participating in recreational Essential Activities using shared or outdoor spaces, they must at all times maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any other person when they are outside their residence. All persons may leave their residences only for Essential Activities as defined in Section 11, or to work as an Essential Critical Infrastructure Worker as defined by the State Public Health Officer. Individuals experiencing homelessness are exempt from this Section, but are strongly urged to obtain shelter. Persons experiencing homelessness that are unable to locate shelter should refrain from being in encampments of more than 10 people, and governmental and other entities are strongly urged to make such shelter available as soon as possible and to the maximum extent practicable (and to utilize Social Distancing Requirements in their operation).
4. This Order is issued based on evidence of escalating occurrence of COVID-19 within the County and throughout Northern California indicating that current efforts are not producing the desired result of reducing spread. Due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus in the general public, which is now a pandemic according to the World Health Organization, there is a public health emergency throughout the County. Making the problem worse, some individuals who contract the COVID-19 virus have no symptoms or have mild symptoms, which means they may not be aware they carry the virus. Because even people without symptoms can transmit the disease, and because evidence shows the disease is easily spread, public activities can result in preventable transmission of the virus. The scientific evidence shows that at this stage of the emergency, it is essential to slow virus transmission as much as possible to protect the most vulnerable and to prevent the health care system from being overwhelmed. While the evidence in San Joaquin County suggests that the individual efforts taken to date are reducing the transmission rate, it is imperative that everyone continues to abide by the Social Distancing Requirements. By reducing the spread of the COVID-19 virus, this Order helps preserve critical and limited healthcare capacity in the County.
5. All businesses with a facility or job site in the County, except Essential Businesses, are required to cease all activities at facilities located within the County except as needed to perform Minimum Basic Operations, as defined in Section 11. Essential Businesses are those businesses falling within the Critical Infrastructure sectors and performing the categories of work identified in the Order of the State Public Health Officer issued March 22, 2020. (https://covid19.ca.gov/img/EssentialCriticalInfrastructureWorkers.pdf). Essential Businesses are directed to maximize the number of employees who work from home. Essential Businesses may only assign those employees who cannot perform their job duties from home to work outside the home. Businesses licensed for retail operations, that prior to March 19, 2020, were selling a significant proportion of essential goods such as food, hygiene, and consumer household products (See Section 11.a.ii.) may remain open to the public and stock the portions of their retail storefronts dedicated to nonessential products. All Essential Businesses and all non-essential businesses remaining open to perform Minimum Basic Operations shall comply with Social Distancing Requirements as defined in Section 11 and implement Social Distancing Protocols as specified in Section 12, below.
6. All public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a household or living unit are prohibited, except for the limited purposes as expressly permitted in Section 11. All bars, tasting rooms, and brewpubs shall close to the public. All in-dining at restaurants shall cease. Restaurants may continue to provide home delivery and takeout. All gyms, bingo halls, golf courses and card rooms shall remain closed to the public. Nothing in this Order prohibits the gathering of members of a household or living unit.
7. All travel is prohibited, including, but not limited to, travel on foot, bicycle, scooter, motorcycle, automobile, or public transit, except for Essential Travel as defined in Section 11. People must use public transit only for purposes of performing Essential Activities. People riding on public transit must comply with Social Distancing Requirements as defined in Section 11, to the greatest extent feasible. This Order allows travel into or out of the County only to perform Essential Activities.
8. This Order also is issued in light of the existence, as of April 13, 2020, of 288 cases of COVID-19 in the County, and likely further significant increases in transmission. This Order is necessary to slow the rate of spread. The County will re-evaluate it as further data becomes available.
9. This Order is issued in accordance with, and incorporates by reference, the March 4, 2020 Proclamation of a State of Emergency issued by Governor Order of the San Joaquin Public Health Officer and County Director of Emergency Services to Stay at Home or Place of Residence Page 4 of 8 Gavin Newsom, the Declarations of Local Health Emergency issued by the Health Officer on March 12, 2020, Governor Newsom’s March 12, 2020 Executive Order N-25-20, the March 17, 2020 Resolution of the Board of Supervisors of the County of San Joaquin Ratifying the Declarations of Local Health Emergency, the Declaration of a Local Emergency on March 17, 2020, Governor Newsom’s March 19, 2020 Executive Order N-33-20, the designation by the State Public Health Officer of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers issued March 22, 2020, and the March 24, 2020 Resolution of the Board of Supervisors of the County of San Joaquin Ratifying the Declaration of Local Emergency.
10. This Order comes after the release of substantial guidance from the County Health Officer, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the California Department of Public Health, and other public health officials throughout the United States and around the world, including a variety of prior orders to combat the spread and harms of COVID-19. The Health Officer will continue to assess the quickly evolving situation and may modify or extend this Order, or issue additional Orders, related to COVID-19.
11. Definitions and Exemptions.
a. For purposes of this Order, individuals may leave their residence only to perform “Essential Activities.” But people at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and people who are sick are urged to stay at home or place of residence to the extent possible except as necessary to seek medical care. “Essential Activities” are limited to the following:
i. To engage in activities or perform tasks essential to their health and safety, or to the health and safety of their family or household members (including, but not limited to, pets), such as, by way of example only and without limitation, obtaining medical supplies or medication, visiting a health care professional, or obtaining supplies they need to work from home.
ii. To obtain necessary services or supplies for themselves and their family or household members, or to deliver those services or supplies to others, such as, by way of example only and without limitation, canned food, dry goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, pet supply, fresh meats, fish, and poultry, and any other household consumer products, and products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences.
iii. To engage in outdoor activity, provided the individuals comply with Social Distancing Requirements as defined in this Section, such as, by way of example and without limitation, walking, hiking, biking, running or equestrian activities. Do not use park or playground equipment.
iv. To perform work as an Essential Critical Infrastructure Worker. (https://covid19.ca.gov/img/EssentialCriticalInfrastructureWorkers.pdf)
v. To perform Minimum Basic Operations at a non-essential business. For the purposes of this Order, “Minimum Basic Operations” means the following activities for businesses, provided that owners, employees, and contractors comply with Social Distancing Requirements as defined in this Section while carrying out such operations:
vi. To care for a family member or pet in another household.
b. For purposes of this Order, Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers are those individuals providing the services designated by the State Public Health Officer listed here https://covid19.ca.gov/img/EssentialCriticalInfrastructureWorkers.pdf.
c. This Order applies to all businesses in the County including for profit, non-profit, or educational entities, regardless of the nature of the service, the function they perform, or its corporate or entity structure.
d. For the purposes of this Order, “Essential Travel” is limited to travel for any of the following purposes. Individuals engaged in any Essential Travel must comply with all Social Distancing Requirements as defined in this Section below.
i. Any travel related to the provision of or access to Essential Activities or Essential Governmental Functions.
ii. Travel to care for elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable persons.
iii. Travel to or from educational institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance learning, for receiving meals, and any other related services.
iv. Travel to return to a place of residence from outside the jurisdiction.
v. Travel required by law enforcement or court order.
vi. Travel required for non-residents to return to their place of residence outside the County. Individuals are strongly encouraged to verify that their transportation out of the County remains available and functional prior to commencing such travel.
e. For purposes of this Order, residences include hotels, motels, shared rental units and similar facilities.
f. For purposes of this Order, “Social Distancing Requirements” includes maintaining at least six-foot social distancing from other individuals, washing hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds as frequently as possible or using hand sanitizer, covering coughs or sneezes (into the sleeve or elbow, not hands), regularly cleaning highly touched surfaces, and not shaking hands.
12. Social Distancing Protocols.
a. All Essential Businesses that remain open for operations must prepare and post by no later than 11:59 p.m. on April 17, 2020 a “Social Distancing Protocol” for each of their facilities in the County frequented by the public or employees.
b. All Non-Essential Businesses must prepare and post by no later than 11:59 p.m. on April 17, 2020 a “Social Distancing Protocol” for each of their facilities in the County frequented by employees. Nonessential businesses shall remain closed to the public.
c. The Social Distancing Protocol must be substantially in the form attached to this Order as Appendix A. The Social Distancing Protocol must be posted at or near the entrance of the relevant facility/job site, and shall be easily viewable by the public and employees. A copy of the Social Distancing Protocol must also be provided to each employee performing work at the facility/job site. All Essential Businesses and non-essential business conducting Minimum Basic Operations shall implement the Social Distancing Protocol and provide evidence of its implementation to any authority enforcing this Order upon demand. The Social Distancing Protocol must explain how the business is achieving the following, as applicable:
i. Limiting the number of people who can enter into the facility/job site at any one time to ensure that people in the facility/job site can easily maintain a minimum six-foot distance from one another at all times, except as required to complete the business activity;
ii. Where lines may form at a facility/job site, marking six-foot increments at a minimum, establishing where individuals should stand to maintain adequate social distancing;
iii. Providing hand sanitizer, soap and water, or effective disinfectant at or near the entrance of the facility/job site and in other appropriate areas for use by the public and employees, and in locations where there is high-frequency employee interaction with members of the public (e.g., cashiers);
iv. Providing for contactless payment systems or, if not feasible to do so, the providing for disinfecting all payment portals, pens, and styluses after each use;
v. Regularly disinfecting other high-touch surfaces; and
vi. Posting a sign at the entrance of the facility/job site informing all employees and customers that they should: avoid entering the facility/job site if they have a cough or fever; maintain a minimum six-foot distance from one another; sneeze and cough into one’s elbow; not shake hands or engage in any unnecessary physical contact.
vii. Any additional social distancing measures being implemented (see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019- ncov/community/guidancebusiness-response.html).
13. Real Estate: Service providers that enable residential transactions (including rentals, leases and home sales), including, but not limited to, real estate agents, escrow agents, notaries and title companies, are permitted to operate provided that they adhere to all of the requirements for Essential Businesses contained in this order, and provided that appointments and other residential viewings must only occur virtually or, if a virtual viewing is not feasible, by appointment with no more than two visitors at a time residing within the same household or living unit and one individual showing the unit (except that in person visits are not allowed when the occupant is still residing in the residence). In person “Open Houses” are prohibited. These services must be carried out in compliance with Social Distancing Requirements as defined in this Order. Realtors are encouraged to follow the guidelines published by the California Association of Realtors (https://www.carcovidupdates.org/bestpractices-guidelines).
14. Golf Courses: All public and private golf courses are to remain closed for play. Golf courses may engage in Minimum Basic Operations. Golf Clubs that provide food service may continue to do so by delivery or through pickup. Golf Clubs that are licensed to, and elect to serve food for pick-up or delivery shall prepare, post and implement a Social Distancing Protocol at each facility where food is served, as specified in Section 12. Social distancing shall be required for persons picking up food on site.
15. Pursuant to Government Code sections 26602 and 41601 and Health and Safety Code section 101029, the Health Officer requests that the Sheriff and all chiefs of police in the County ensure compliance with and enforce this Order. The violation of any provision of this Order constitutes an imminent threat to public health. Consistent with the views expressed by the Governor and after consulting with the San Joaquin County Sheriff, the Director and Public Health Officer believe that enforcement through education is preferable but that other means of enforcement may be employed, as deemed appropriate by the law enforcement agency.
16. This Order shall become effective at 11:59 p.m. on April 14, 2020, and will continue to be in effect until it is rescinded in writing by the Health Officer.
17. Copies of this Order shall promptly be: (1) made available at the County Administration Building at 44 N. San Joaquin, Stockton 95202, First Floor; (2) posted on the San Joaquin County Home page (sjgov.org); and (3) provided to any member of the public requesting a copy of this Order.
18. If any provision of this Order to the application thereof to any person or circumstance is held to be invalid, the remainder of the Order, including the application of such part or provision to other persons or circumstances, shall not be affected and shall continue in full force and effect. To this end, the provisions of this Order are severable.