Amendment 20-004 Modifying The May 4, 2020 Publid Health Order and Amendments Thereto to Close Bars/Pubs Fully and Closure of Indoor Services for Restaurants, Wineries/Tasting Rooms, Cardrooms, Zoos/Museums, and Family Entertainment Centers (Effective July 12, 2020)
Yuba-Sutter on State watchlist; local Health Order amended to align with State
Sutter County was placed on the State of California’s County monitoring list late Thursday and Yuba County will follow on Saturday, July 11. Bi-County Health Officer Dr. Phuong Luu Friday issued an amended local Public Health Order to align with these new State mandates.
Both counties will remain on the monitoring list for three days for the State to see if metrics change in that time. Public Health officials do not expect that either county will be taken off the list during those three days. After the three-day waiting period, on Sunday, July 12, designated businesses will be state-mandated to alter their operations: bars and brewpubs, must close. Restaurants, card rooms, wineries/tasting rooms, family entertainment centers, movie theaters, zoos/museums, and card rooms must close their indoor operations - outdoor operations are still allowed.
The State will look at Yuba-Sutter’s numbers continually during the next three weeks. If it sees improvement to the point that Yuba-Sutter is meeting all the State's metrics again, the counties will be removed and can phase back in the operations. If Yuba-Sutter continues to exceed the State metrics, the counties will remain on the State monitoring list until improvement.
Metrics to be put onto County monitoring list include having greater than 100 cases per 100,000 people population in a 14-day period and less than 20 percent ICU beds available.
“This is an unfortunate step back in the progress Yuba-Sutter was making in re-opening the community,” Yuba-Sutter Health Officer Dr. Phuong Luu said. “I hope residents will take this time to really practice the safety precautions we all know while at home and when they go out. The only way we can get through this is by working together to stay healthy.”
Local contact investigations show that 50 percent of cases are linked to social gatherings, 5 percent of infections originate from workplace outbreaks, and another 5 percent of infections originate from travel. A staggering 40 percent of cases are of unclear origin. This means Public Health officials cannot say whether someone became infected at a business or elsewhere. These cases are unclear because either contact tracers cannot get ahold of the infected person, the infected person does not remember where they have been or the infected person is not forthcoming with contact tracers.
Adventist Health-Rideout issued a heartfelt letter to the community urging residents to do their part in keeping themselves and others healthy.
“We can choose to reduce the risk of this illness – which results in hospitalizations, breathing tubes, prolonged recovery, lasting deficits, and deaths of our family members and neighbors,” the open letter reads. “We can accept this as our collective responsibility to each other. By reducing the transmission and the impact of this disease, our community will benefit from an open, thriving economy and continuation of its recovery efforts.”
Leaders of other local healthcare facilities have also lent their voice to support a communitywide effort to change the path Yuba-Sutter is currently on.
“We need to be careful to not let our guard down in areas such as wearing facial coverings and social distancing in order to keep everyone safe,” Chief Clinical Services Officer of Ampla Health Cindy Snelgrove said. “There is scientific data that reveals these measures truly do help. I do not view these measures are to impose on anyone’s constitutional rights. Instead, as a nurse, I believe this is a public health issue and we need to count on each other to do their part in protecting our public’s health.”
“We have been collaborating with Dr. Luu since the beginning of the pandemic. I have come to know her as a physician well trained in public health, a leader in the medical community and a person deeply concerned about our community” Peach Tree Chief Medical Officer Dr. Richard Fury said. “Recently, there has been a sharp increase in the number of covid-19 cases and hospitalizations in the bi-county area. To help prevent significant worsening, as has occurred in several communities in California and around the country, I fully support Dr. Luu and her order.”
Amendment of Health Order to Conditionally Allow Multiple Sectors to Reopen with Appropriate Modifications (Effective June 12, 2020)
Press Release: Bi-County Health Officer Issues Amended Order to Align with New State Guidance
Starting today, Friday June 12, more businesses will be permitted to re-open with appropriate precautions under new guidance from the California Department of Public Health. Yuba-Sutter Health Officer Dr. Phuong Luu issued an amended Public Health Order to align with the State, and so residents can see, in one place, all the businesses that are permitted to operate at this point.
Amendment of Health Order to Address Faith Gatherings (Effective May 31, 2020)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Address Barber Shop and Hair Salon Guidance
The State of California issued guidance on faith gatherings and hair services in the last week of May allowing faith gatherings to resume, with modifications. Dr. Luu's May 4 order did not allow large group gatherings, so the amendment aligns the state and local orders. The amendment is effective May 31, 2020.
- Appendix A: COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Places of Worship and Providers of Religious Services and Cultural Ceremonies
- Appendix B: COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Hair Salons and Barbershops
- Appendix C: COVID-19 Operations Protocol
Yuba-Sutter Order (May 4, 2020)
- May 4, 2020 Order Directing Persons in Sutter and Yuba County to Wear Face Coverings
- May 4, 2020 Order Directing Persons in Sutter and Yuba County to Continue to Limit Activities to Reduce the Spread of COVID-19
Collaboration is Key
Dr. Luu praises the collaborative effort that led to the order; local health care community weighs in with support
- Facial Coverings Required in Public
- With New Yuba-Sutter Public Health Orders, More Businesses Could Operate with Safety Protocols; Facial Coverings Now Required in Public
Frequently Asked Questions
Business Toolkit: Complying with the Order
Questions From Business Owners
All questions from business owners regarding the local public health order are being directed to:
All questions about whether a business is in compliance with the local public health order are being directed to:
Based on the location of the business, the compliance questions and complaints will be forwarded to the appropriate local jurisdiction.
- Frequently Asked Questions (Punjabi)
- Business/Organization Operations Protocol (Punjabi)
- Face Covering FAQs (Punjabi)
Yuba-Sutter Order Restricting Activities (April 6, 2020)
Answering Your Questions
About the "Stay at Home" Order
On March 18, 2020, the Yuba-Sutter Health Officer issued a directive limiting activity, travel, and business functions to the most essential needs. We refer to that Directive as the “Prior Shelter Directive.” This Order replaces the Prior Shelter Directive.
Yuba-Sutter Health Officer Issues Extended "Stay Home" Order
In order to continue flattening the curve and slowing the spread and severity of COVID-19, Yuba-Sutter Health Officer Dr. Phuong Luu today issued a more stringent “stay at home” order through May 3, effective tonight at 11:59 p.m.
Dr. Luu initially issued a “stay at home” directive on March 18, one day before California State Public Health Officer Dr. Sonia Angell issued a statewide order. Today’s order further restricts outdoor activities that have impeded mass social distancing efforts.
While many Yuba-Sutter residents have taken the directives seriously – halting their day-to-day lives for the greater good of the community’s health – there are also those who continue to put themselves and others at risk. Education has been key in local efforts, but it hasn’t been enough. For this reason, Dr. Luu’s order gives local law enforcement the tools needed to enforce the regulations as they deem necessary.
“Without this tailored set of restrictions that further reduces the number of interactions between people, scientific evidence indicates that the public health crisis in the area will worsen to the point at which it may overtake available healthcare resources,” Dr. Luu said.
This order is in conjunction with other Yuba-Sutter efforts to fight this pandemic: this weekend, staging at two alternate care sites (Yuba City High School and River Valley High School) began in the event of a spike in medical need to support our healthcare system; Public Health officials continue to push for more test kits to ensure broader testing of residents; and both counties are working with area nonprofits to ensure residents in need have access to food and housing.
The local order has several differences from the directive, including the restriction of fishing on boats in groups, automotive sales lots, parks and barbecue areas. For a comprehensive list, see below.
Yuba and Sutter counties understand the disruption and anxiety that comes with these efforts. While there is still much to learn about the novel coronavirus – which has been infecting humans for only four months – Public Health officials feel that the more residents strictly heed these orders, the sooner life can get back to normal.
The bi-county Emergency Operations Center, in coordination with the Department Operations Center, and local healthcare facilities, stand united and dedicated to doing everything possible to protect the Yuba-Sutter community from the most severe consequences, learning lessons from around the country and the world.
Further Restrictions on Activities
The Public Health Officer requested the sheriffs and police chiefs enforce social distancing requirements. “Violation of any provision of this order constitutes an imminent threat to public health, constitutes a public nuisance, and is punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both.
The order becomes effective at 11:59 p.m. on April 6, 2020, and will remain in effect, unless extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended by the Health Officer, until May 3 at 11:59 p.m.
The order differs from the previous directive in many ways. For instance, the order:
- Now requires employers in essential businesses to maximize the number of people who work from home. Businesses may only assign those employees who cannot perform their job duties from home to work outside the home.
- Clarifies that auto repair and auto supply operations are essential, but auto sales must be limited to online and delivery only.
- Clarifies that landscapers, gardeners, and similar service professionals are essential, but only to the limited extent necessary to maintain the operation of businesses or residences, or the safety of residents, employees, or the public; a sole gardener may provide work on the exterior of a home without any contact with a homeowner.
- Removes fishing as an essential business activity.
- Clarifies that funeral homes and mortuaries are essential businesses.
- Adds clarifications regarding what construction is considered essential.
- Clarifies that businesses that include an essential business component alongside non-essential components must, to the extent feasible, scale down their operations to essential businesses components only.
- Clarifies that mixed retail business may continue to stock and sell non-essential products alongside essential products (i.e., liquor stores that also sell a significant amount of essential products.)
- Clarifies people may use public transit for travel for essential work or activities only.
- Authorizes local governments to limit or block access to recreational access to parks, rivers, lakes and other open spaces to reduce crowding.
- Requires the closing of playgrounds, outdoor gym equipment, picnic areas, dog parks, and barbecue areas outside of residences.
- Requires the closing of golf courses, tennis and pickle ball courts, rock parks, climbing wall, pools, spas, gyms, disc golf, and basketball courts.
- Clarifies that any sport or activity that includes the sharing of equipment may only be engaged in by members of the same household or living unit.
- Clarifies that gatherings for a funeral must be limited to no more than 10 individuals.
- Clarifies that moving from one residence to another is essential, but only if it cannot be deferred, or if the move is necessary for purposes of safety, sanitation, or habitability reasons, or to preserve access to shelter.
- Clarifies that services to assist individuals finding employment with essential businesses is are essential services.
- Clarifies that volunteering for “health care” operations is an essential business activity.
- Clarifies that gun stores are essential businesses.
- Clarifies that personal storage (min-storage) facilities are essential businesses.
- Clarifies that moving services that facilitate residential or commercial moves allowed.
- Clarifies that government entities and their contractors must employ all necessary emergency protective measures to prevent, mitigate, respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic to the greatest extent feasible.
- Clarifies that travel for the following are also considered essential travel—to manage after-death arrangements and burial; to arrange for shelter or avoid homelessness; to avoid domestic violence or child abuse; for parental custody arrangements; and to temporarily reside in a residence or other facility to avoid potentially exposing others to COVID-19.
- Clarifies that 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, 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).
- Yuba-Sutter Health Officer Issues Extended "Stay Home" Order - Translation