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COVID-19 Update: Social Distancing Protocols Required by California City and County Health Departments

April 16, 2020

In recent weeks, many California city and county health departments have issued or amended public health orders to require essential businesses to implement written social distancing protocols to protect county residents during the COVID-19 emergency.

While the orders vary, generally they require that: essential businesses prepare, post and implement social distancing protocols at each facility where they are maintaining operations. The protocols explain what measures a business is taking to achieve the following:

  • Protect employee health
  • Prevent crowds from gathering
  • Keep people at least 6 feet apart
  • Prevent unnecessary contact
  • Increase sanitization

All essential businesses, including schools and hospitals, should regularly check the websites of the city and county public health officials in their jurisdiction to ensure that they are in compliance with the latest public health mandates.

The following is not an exhaustive list, but a sample of city and county orders regarding social distancing protocols.

City of Long Beach
http://longbeach.gov/globalassets/health/media-library/documents/diseases-and-condition/information-on/novel-coronavirus/4-10-20---lb-health-order---safer-at-home

Los Angeles County
http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/HOO_Safer_at_Home_for_COVID_04102020_APPA.pdf

San Diego County
https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/dam/sdc/hhsa/programs/phs/Epidemiology/covid19/SOCIAL_DISTANCING_AND_SANITATION_PROTOCOL_04022020_V1.pdf

Sacramento County
https://www.saccounty.net/news/latest-news/Pages/SacCountyHealthOfficerExtendsCOVID-19Order.aspx

City and County of San Francisco
https://www.sfdph.org/dph/alerts/files/HealthOfficerOrder-C19-07b-ShelterInPlace-03312020.pdf


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