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Posted on: May 20, 2020

MONO COUNTY APPROVED TO PROCEED INTO EXPANDED STAGE 2 OF REOPENING

Earlier today, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) approved Mono County’s Variance request to advance into Expanded Stage 2 (Lower-risk workplaces) of the State of California Resilience Roadmap.  

To expedite the submittal of the CDPH COVID-19 County Variance Attestation Form, the Mono County Board of Supervisors met on May 19 to endorse the application with a letter of support. Mono County had to attest to several readiness criteria such as trending hospitalizations, cases per population and test positivity rate. 

These can be viewed online at www.cdph.ca.gov/covid19. After posting the Mono County Variance Attestation Form the evening of May 19, the County received official notification from CDPH at 12:17 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. 

Both the state and the county have provided guidelines for modifications that businesses will need to apply in order to reopen under Expanded Stage 2. The final version of these guidelines, (dated May 19, 2020), including Frequently Asked Questions can be found online at MonoHealth.com/Coronavirus under the “Business” tab. It is expected that additional business guidance will be forthcoming.

Additionally, all businesses that are now permitted to reopen or expand their operations must certify that they have met the required public health/safety protocols as outlined in the business guidelines. This can be done through the Self-reporting Business Portal which will be available online at MonoHealth.com/Coronavirus under the “Business” tab. 

Expanded Stage 2 Acceptable Activities

  • Destination retail (retail stores), including shopping malls and swap meets;
  • Dine-in restaurants (other amenities, like bars or gaming areas, are not permitted in Stage 2); and,
  • Schools with modifications.

On May 8, California transitioned into Early Stage 2 to gradually reopen some lower-risk workplaces with some adaptations. These businesses with curbside pickup and delivery included:

  • Retail: jewelry, toy clothing shoe home and furnishing, sporting goods, antique, music and florists; 
  • Supply chains supporting the above businesses, in manufacturing and logistical sectors;
  • Childcare for those outside of the essential workforce;
  • Office-based businesses (telework remains strongly encouraged);
  • Select services: car washes, pet grooming, and landscape gardening, and;
  • Outdoor museums, and open gallery spaces and other public spaces, with modifications.

The goal of CDPH continues to be to open the state in a way that minimizes the risk for COVID-19 to the extent possible, which includes: 

  • Limiting non-essential movement and mixing of populations, especially within jurisdictions with higher confirmed cases; and, 
  • Delaying the opening of environments in which there is prolonged and close contact as part of the way business must operate.

The following activities are still not permitted under Stage 2. These activities may be permitted once the state authorizes counites to move into Stage 3 of the reopening:

  • Personal services such as nail salons, tattoo parlors, gyms and fitness studios;
  • Indoor museums, kids museums and gallery spaces, zoos and libraries;
  • Community centers, including public pools, playgrounds, and picnic areas;
  • Limited-capacity religious services and cultural ceremonies;
  • Nightclubs;
  • Concert venues;
  • Live audience sports;
  • Festivals;
  • Theme parks;
  • Hotels/lodging for leisure and tourism – non-essential travel; and,
  • Higher Education

For additional information regarding business reopening guidelines, please send an email to: COVID19Help@mono.ca.gov or contact the Emergency Operations Center (760) 932-5650. 


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