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Authority and Background
On March 19, 2020, California’s Governor and its State Health Officer collectively issued Executive Order N-33-20, which requires all Californians to “shelter-in-place” by remaining at home or at their place of residence, except as necessary to obtain food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary healthcare, or go to an essential job. Essential jobs are defined as those jobs which are necessary to maintain continuity of operations for “critical infrastructure sectors” identified in CISA’s March 19, 2020 Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce, version 1.0. Those sectors are:
This is a critical intervention to reduce harm from the spread of the coronavirus in our state. The health officers across California jurisdictions are responding to quickly mounting cases and serious illnesses.
Our county borders are porous, and we have quite a bit of traffic and movement across our borders into Placer, Sacramento, Yuba, Sutter and Washoe Counties, and there is increased evidence of community transmission across the state. Although Nevada County still has a small number of cases, we are acting as though community transmission is occurring and taking necessary precautions to protect our most vulnerable residents and to preserve our local health care system.
Now is the time to do everything we can to prevent the situation from getting much worse in a matter of days or weeks. Every hour counts. We need and appreciate the cooperation of everyone who lives and works in Nevada County to act immediately.
While this news may feel alarming, it is a necessary step to prevent a worsening situation. The patterns of the virus around the world, and in our own state, tell us that moving right now to maximize social distancing and restrict people gathering is the best way to fight the virus and save lives.
If everyone works together, we should be able to adjust to the new rules over the next few weeks.
We know that there will be a lot of questions and concerns at the beginning of this new regimen. This is a major change being taken to protect public health. Please be patient and kind to one another. Together, we will get through this, and our community’s health will be protected.
There is not a termination date listed. The Governor will make that determination.
These essential services will remain open:
Other Community-Based Government Operations
While there is no description of this sector, the following specific functions are called out as follows:
Dog parks may remain open if seating areas are closed, hand sanitizer is provided at the entrance/exit (or users bring their own hand sanitizer), and users bring their own water and waste bags. Dog owners should maintain at least six feet of distance from each other; dogs are not required to maintain social distance from their dog peers. [updated 4/27/2020]
If the grooming is for aesthetics, no. If the grooming is for the necessary health and safety of the animal, yes. In addition, any service provider should maintain strict hygiene and social distancing practices. [updated 4/17/20]
It is mandatory. This Order is a legal Order issued under the authority of California law. You are required to comply.
It is critical for everyone to follow the Order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect themselves, their loved ones, friends, neighbors and the whole community.
All persons, businesses, and other entities are required to comply if they do not fall within the exemptions that are specified in the Order.
You can still get your health needs addressed. Contact your health care provider to see if they are providing regular services. Some services, especially elective procedures, may be postponed or canceled. Some doctors are providing tele-medicine – i.e., services by Facetime, Zoom, Skype and other video-chat programs.
If you are feeling sick, please first call your doctor, a nurse hotline, or an urgent care center. Do not go to the emergency room of a hospital unless you are having an actual emergency.
No. For your safety as well as their safety, we need to help each other fight the spread of COVID-19 by staying at home.
Yes. The mail and other delivery services to your home can continue to function, as can food delivery services.
Yes, you can place more orders from online stores. Businesses that deliver goods or services directly to residences are essential businesses that may continue to operate.
Yes, but only for essential travel.
Do you best to take social distancing precautions: cover your mouth and nose if you cough or sneeze, use hand sanitizer, and wash your hands before and after rides, etc. Stay 6 feet or more away from other people you do not live with.
Public transit will continue to operate. When using public transport, you should try to maintain at least 6 feet, two to three steps away, from other riders.
You want to help everyone be able to practice social distancing (staying 6-feet or more away from other people you do not live with). Therefore, it’s important to only take public transportation for essential activities.
People who are experiencing homelessness are encouraged to try to stay with family or friends, identify housing options, or access emergency resources such as shelter that can exercise social distancing. They can also call 211 for resources (also available at 1-833-DIAL211) located throughout Nevada County. 211 can provide clients with safety net services, including for homeless shelter referrals, based on an evaluation of each client’s needs and situation.
Yes. Drug stores and other medical supply stores can operate. When possible, you should have the drug store deliver your prescription medicine to your home.
The Order specifically allows people to leave their home to buy food, purchase medicine, and purchase other necessary items. It also directs businesses selling those items to remain open and allows employees of those businesses to keep working and to ensure those businesses are operating.
If they provide essential services as described in the order, then yes, they can and should continue providing those services. This would include non-profits operating food pantries, providing housing for homeless residents, and many, many other critical services. It does not include arts organizations.
Government employees can continue to go to work if they are designated as essential employees by their employer. Each government is responsible for determining which of its workers are essential.
Yes. Spending time outside improves mood and wellbeing and is particularly beneficial to children. You can go for walks, ride your bike, and engage in other similar activities, but should maintain social distance (i.e. be more than 6 feet away from persons who are not part of your household) when on walks and in parks to avoid spread of the virus. Some cities have decided to close parks and playgrounds to slow the spread of COVID-19. Please respect those closures.
No. Instead, get exercise by taking a walk, going for a jog, or riding your bike. But maintain a social distance of at least six feet from people who are not members of your household when doing so.
No. You will continue to be able to purchase these items whenever you need them, as stores selling necessary items like grocery stores, pharmacies, and hardware stores will remain open.
Continue to buy normal quantities of these items on the same schedule you normally do. This will ensure that there is enough for everyone.
Yes. Be sure that you protect them and you by following social distancing guidelines such as washing hands before and after, using hand sanitizer, maintaining at least 6 feet of distance when possible, and coughing or sneezing into a tissue.
It is strongly recommended that you do not go to a hospital unless you are seeking emergency medical attention or accompanying a minor who is under 18 years old or someone who is developmentally disabled and needs assistance.
Please use alternative ways to communicate with loved ones at nursing homes and residential care facilities. Like facetime and texting. The residents at those locations are the most vulnerable to COVID-19.
If you need to know more, please contact the facility you want to visit by phone before you leave.
This is difficult, but it is necessary in order to protect hospital staff and other patients
If you are showing symptoms of COVID-19, please call your health care provider first before going in. If possible, walk or drive yourself to the healthcare. If someone else in your home is sick and can drop you off, that is another good option. You want to try to avoid exposing others to any germs you have, especially if you are seriously ill.
If you have Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) like a surgical mask or N-95 mask, you can wear that to prevent exposing others. If you don’t have that, you could use a temporary method such as wrapping a clean scarf around your mouth and nose to try to reduce droplets when you cough and sneeze.
Although this is not an approved method, it is something you can do to avoid exposing others. Just do the best you can.
Please contact friends, family, or others you know who can provide support. They are permitted to pick up any of your needs and drop it off at your doorstep. Please also contact 211 (also available at 1-833-DIAL211) if you do not have family or friends who can drop off food and supplies, the operators are available 24/7 and can connect you with a resource that may be able to assist.
Please call 211 (also available at 1-833-DIAL211), for all non-emergency and non-medical inquiries.
Yes, but perform good hygiene practices and social distancing.
Yes, but perform social distancing.
You can be fined or imprisoned. You can get sick. You can make people sick who would not otherwise have gotten ill and some of them might get seriously ill or die.
Yes, if you can maintain at least six feet of distance from non-household members at all times, and you bring all your own equipment. [updated 4/27/20]
No. Places of worship have not been exempted as essential activities under the order. Places of worship can still provide services listed in the order as essential, such as food banks and funerals. Many religious organizations are providing services and spiritual exercises electronically.
Hospitals and medical facilities are exempted from the Order. You are free to go there and get medical attention if you need it.
You will have to work with the host of your event to see if the event is rescheduled or your money will be refunded.
The order contemplates that citizens will adhere to their civic duty and follow the order for the greater good of the community and comply with the order. At this time there is no requirement of proof that you are allowed to be outside your residence.
The courts are under the jurisdiction of the State of California. Please call the number on your jury service form for instructions as to whether you should appear. If required to appear, practice strong hygiene and social distancing. On March 24, 2020 the California Chief Justice issued a statewide order suspending all jury trials for 60 days and allowing courts to immediately adopt new rules to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. You are not likely to be called for jury service and should contact the Court before leaving home to ensure you are needed.
Essential government functions are determined by the government entity that has jurisdiction. In this case, the federal government will determine whether citizenship tests are going forward. Please contact the appropriate government agency administering the test to determine whether you should appear. If required to appear, practice strong hygiene and social distancing.
Yes, when providing rides for essential activities or providing rides to people performing essential government functions, essential infrastructure, or essential business.
Yes, you can go to a laundromat and other laundry service providers.
Call your plumber. This Order allows service providers like plumbers, electricians, and exterminators to keep working and providing their services to the public. To obtain supplies for a DIY solution, you can also visit your hardware store, which is allowed to stay open under this Order.
There is effort on the federal level to grant relief to small businesses. https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/6201/text. The Small Business Administration is accepting loan applications. Please visit the below resources for more information:
Yes, real estate transactions and services can continue. However, public open houses are not allowed. Real estate agents and consumers need to work directly, and on a case-by-case basis, while adhering to social distancing guidelines.
Yes. Child custody arrangements can continue but individuals must adhere to social distancing guidelines.
Cleaning services are only considered essential and allowed if they are for a location where no other means of cleaning is available or if it is for an essential sector.
Construction is allowed unless the construction work that is solely for cosmetic purposes, and provided that the construction workers carry out all work while in compliance with social distancing requirements, to the extent possible. This includes hand washing for at least 20 seconds or use of hand sanitizer, six feet of distance between individuals, not shaking hands, sanitizing high-touch surfaces. Please see the guidance from the Health Officer for construction, which is available as an addendum to the Stay-at-Home Order. If the construction work is for cosmetic purposes, it is deemed nonessential and not allowed. [updated 4/27/20]
Yes, however, only permanent residences may shelter in place at these locations. Traveling and using RV Park accommodations for non-permanent residents, is not permissible.
Trail maintenance and land management activities are only allowed to continue for public safety, fire prevention and other regulatory requirement efforts.
Environmental activities are only allowed to continue for public safety, fire prevention and other regulatory requirement efforts.
Yes, if the proper precautions are taken. Golf is permitted if the additional requirements provided by the County Health Officer are strictly followed by both the courses and the players themselves. That includes practices by the golf courses, such as no seating, increased distance between tee times, no equipment rentals, among others. The golfers themselves must also engage in updated practices, such as no shared equipment, no high fives or hugs, 6’ between players at all times, no groups larger than four people, among others. Please review the guidelines in full prior to planning your game.Physical activities performed for health purposes are permitted if social distancing can be maintained at all times. This includes exercise by taking a walk, going for a jog, or riding your bike. But maintain a social distance of at least six feet from people who are not members of your household when doing so.
A number of other activities that allow for social distancing are now allowed. For example, disc golf courses may remain open if no contact is made with baskets. Tennis, pickleball, basketball, and volleyball courts may remain open for use by members of the same household only. So your volleyball team can’t meet and practice, but you can play a game with your children or siblings. Games that require balls or other equipment can only be played if the equipment isn’t shared outside of household members. In addition, golf courses and outdoor shooting and archery ranges may remain open if they follow guidance provided by the Health Officer in the Stay-at-Home order.
In addition, boat ramps can be open, if the boat ramp owner determines they can open it safely, with appropriate precautions in place. Those precautions should include signage, closure of other areas (like picnic areas), appropriate sanitizing or elimination of high-touch surfaces, and any other practices appropriate to an individual environment to protect the public and staff. Boating can be done by solo boaters, for instance in a kayak or stand-up paddle board, or by a stable household group. Individuals who are not part of a stable household group cannot go boating on the same boat, cannot share equipment, and should not travel to the recreation areas together. Any picnic areas near boat ramps must remain closed.
Short-term lodging facilities (including hotels, motels, condominiums, campgrounds and other units) can only remain open or operate which are a) used for COVID-19 mitigation and containment measures, and b) used to house workers performing functions that are essential to maintain the continuity of operations for critical infrastructure, as listed in the State Public Health Officer’s Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers Guidance. To help provide clarification, please see the Nevada County Public Health Officer Order: Clarification of Governor’s and State Health Officer’s “Stay-at-Home” Order as Related to Lodging Facilities.