ESSENTIAL BUSINESS TYPES
COVID-19 ECONOMIC INTERUPTION
Only certain business operations and activities are exempt from the interruption of in-person activities as outlined by the State of California Safer-At-home guidelines. This is to assist in providing services that are recognized to be critical to the health and well-being of the City.
June 11, 2020
for Owners of Commercial Buildings
Protocol for Community Gardens
Protocol for Car Washes
Reopening Checklists for Golf Courses
Protocol for Gyms and Fitness Establishments
Protocol for Hair Salons and Barbershops
Protocol for Music, Television and Film Production
for Places of Worship
for Public Demonstrations
for Retail Establishments - Opening for In-person Shopping
Protocol for Warehousing, Manufacturing and Logistic Establishments
May 12, 2020
Click here - Reopening Protocol for Use of Public Beaches
Click Here - Reopening Protocol for BMX areas and Bike Parks
Click Here - Reopening Protocol for Community Gardens
Reopening Protocol for Tennis and Pickleball Courts
May 8, 2020
Click Here - Order of the Public Health Officer - Limited Reopening of Certain Lower Risk Retail Businesses
Click Here - Order of the Public Health Officer - Reopening Protocol of Retail Establishments
Click Here - Order of the Public Health Officer - Reopening Protocol for Golf Courses
Click Here - Order of the Public Health Officer - Reopening Protocol for Public Trails
Click Here - Order of the Public Health Officer - Reopening Protocol for Car Dealerships
Essential business activity include:
- All healthcare operations, including hospitals, clinics, dentists, pharmacies, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, medical and scientific research, laboratories, healthcare suppliers, home healthcare services providers, veterinary care and pet day care providers (excluding pet grooming and training), mental and behavioral health providers, substance use providers, physical therapists and chiropractors, cannabis dispensaries, or any related and/or ancillary healthcare services, manufacturers and suppliers. Healthcare operations does not include fitness and exercise gyms and similar facilities.
- Grocery stores, water retailers, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, convenience stores, warehouse stores, food banks, certified farmers’ markets and other establishments engaged in the retail sale of canned food, dry goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, pet food and medication supply (but not grooming or training), fresh or frozen meats, fish, and poultry, any other household consumer products (such as construction supplies, cleaning and personal care products). This includes stores that sell beer, wine, and liquor, groceries and other non-grocery products, and products necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences. The portions of wineries, breweries and taprooms that provide tastings to the public are closed.
- Food cultivation, including farming, livestock, and fishing.
- Organizations and businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals (including gang prevention and intervention, domestic violence, and homeless services agencies).
- Newspapers, television news, radio, magazine, podcast and journalism.
- Gas service stations, auto part supply, mobile auto repair operations, auto repair shops (including, without limitation, auto repair shops that operate adjacent to or otherwise in connection with a used or retail auto dealership), bicycle repair shops and related facilities. No auto dealership may operate, with the exception of its auto service and part stores. Fully automated or self-service car washes are permitted to operate; car washes that require personnel are not permitted to operate.
- Banks, credit unions, financial institutions, insurance companies and pawn shops.
- Hardware and building supply stores, day labor centers, and nurseries.
- Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, custodial/janitorial workers, handyman services, funeral home workers and morticians, moving services, HVAC installers, carpenters, day laborers, landscapers, gardeners, property managers and leasing agents, private security personnel and other service providers who provide services to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation to properties and other essential activities discussed in this subsection.
- Businesses providing mailing and shipping services, boxes and packaging, and post office boxes.
- Educational institutions -- including public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities – may operate for purposes of facilitating distance learning or performing essential functions, if social/physical distancing of six-feet per person is maintained.
- Laundromats, dry cleaners, and laundry service providers.
- Restaurants and retail food facilities that prepare and offer food to customers, but only via delivery service, to be picked up, or drive-thru. For those establishments offering food pick-up options, proprietors are directed to establish social distancing practices for those patrons in the queue for pick-up. This includes maintaining a distance of at least six-feet away from others. Schools and other entities that typically provide free food services to students or members of the public may continue to do so on the condition that the food is provided to students or members of the public on a pick-up and carry out basis only. Schools and other entities that provide food services under this exemption shall not permit the food to be eaten at the site where it is provided, or any other gathering site. Cafeterias, commissaries, and restaurants located within hospitals, nursing homes, or similar facilities are also exempt from the Order. Social distancing shall be maintained at a distance of at least six-feet away from others.
- Businesses that supply or provide storage for products needed for people to work from home.
- Businesses that supply other essential businesses with the support, services, or supplies necessary to operate, provided that strict social distancing is maintained. This includes, without limitation, utility companies.
- Individuals and businesses that ship, truck, transport, or provide logistical support to deliver groceries, food, goods, or services directly to residences or businesses, engaged in essential activities or essential infrastructure.
- Airlines, taxis, ride sharing services, car rental companies, and other private transportation services providing transportation services necessary for essential activities and other purposes expressly authorized in the Order.
- Home-based care for disabled persons, seniors, adults, or children.
- Residential facilities and shelters for homeless residents, disabled persons, seniors, adults, children and animals.
- Professional services, such as legal, leasing and real estate transactions, payroll or accounting services, when necessary to assist in the permitting, inspection, construction, transfer and recording of ownership of housing, and when necessary to achieve compliance with legally mandated activities. Vacant units and real property may be shown, provided that appointments and other residential viewings must 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).
- Childcare facilities providing services that enable employees exempted to work as permitted. To the extent possible, childcare facilities must operate under the following mandatory conditions:
(1) Childcare must be carried out in stable groups of 12 or fewer (“stable” means that the same 12 or fewer children are in the same group each day),
(2) Children shall not change from one group to another,
(3) If more than one group of children is cared for at one facility, each group shall be in a separate room. Groups shall not mix with each other,
(4) Childcare providers shall remain solely with one group of children.
- Hotels, motels, shared rental units and similar facilities.
- Military/Defense Contractors/FFRDC (Federally Funded Research and Development Centers). Essential personnel may leave their residence to provide any service or perform any work deemed essential for national security including, without limitation, defense, intelligence, and aerospace development and manufacturing for the Department of Defense, the Intelligence Community, and NASA and other federal government, and or United States Government departments and agencies. Essential personnel include prime, sub-prime, and supplier contractor employees, at both the prime contract level and any supplier level at any tier, working on federal United States Government contracts, such as contracts for national intelligence and national security requirements.
- Businesses that manufacture or sell personal protective equipment or cloth or fabric face coverings, and businesses that sell materials for purposes of assembling such face coverings, subject to the following conditions: for manufacturers, at least 50% of daily production must consist of personal protective equipment, cloth or fabric face covering or other essential products; for retail businesses, their products may be available to purchasers by delivery or pick-up but may not be open to the public. Otherwise non-essential businesses may not render themselves essential for purposes of the Safer at Home Order by adopting similar sales protocols.
- Businesses qualify as essential if they provide any services or goods or perform any work necessary to build, operate, maintain or manufacture essential infrastructure, including without limitation construction of public health operations, commercial, office and institutional buildings, residential buildings and housing; airport operations, food supply, concessions, and construction; port operations and construction; water, sewer, gas, electrical, oil extraction and refining; roads and highways, public transportation and rail; solid waste collection, removal, and recycling; flood control and watershed protection; internet and telecommunications systems (including the provision of essential global, national, and local infrastructure for computing services, business infrastructure, communications, phone retail sales and servicing, and web-based services); and manufacturing and distribution companies deemed essential to the supply chains of the industries referenced in this paragraph.
- The “Safer at Home” Order does not apply to employees of government agencies working within the course and scope of their public service employment.
- All first responders, gang and crisis intervention workers, public health workers, emergency management personnel, emergency dispatchers, law enforcement personnel, and related contractors and others working for emergency services providers are categorically exempt from the “Safer at Home” Order