California has a Blueprint for a Safer Economy in the state with revised criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on activities.
Every county in California is assigned to a tier based on its rate of new cases and positivity. Check your county’s tier status to see how businesses and activities can open.
Reopen your business or facility safely
Use the Employer Playbook for a Safe Reopening to help plan and prepare for reopening your business.
Review how to respond to COVID-19 cases in your workplace and prevent further spread.
Wearing a mask or face covering is required statewide in public or common spaces. Employers must provide face coverings to workers, or must reimburse workers for the reasonable cost of obtaining them. Find all requirements and exceptions to these rules in the guidance on this page below.
All businesses and facilities must follow the items listed here before reopening:
- Scroll down this page to find the guidance for your industry, business, event, or activity.
- Review it completely.
- Perform a detailed risk assessment and create a worksite-specific protection plan.
- Train employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19. This includes how to screen themselves for symptoms and when to stay home.
- Set up individual control measures and screenings.
- Put disinfection protocols in place.
- Establish physical distancing guidelines.
- Establish universal face covering requirements (with allowed exceptions). See CDPH guidelines (PDF).
- Post your completed checklist so everyone can know the steps you’ve taken. Feel free to add more safety measures to the ones included in your industry’s guidance.
As it starts to get colder, restaurants and other businesses required to operate outdoors may wish to enclose outdoor temporary structures like tents and canopies to contain heat and avoid rain. Find out what qualifies as outdoor operations in the CDPH guidance for temporary structures.
Employer policies and resources
It’s important that employees with COVID-19 know they should stay home. Your sick leave policies need to support that. Workers also need safe and reliable childcare options during the COVID-19 response. See information on:
- Government programs supporting COVID-19 sick leave and workers’ compensation
- Family friendly practices for employers (PDF)
- Support for working families (PDF)
- Find childcare
- CDPH guidance for the use of face coverings (PDF)