NEVADA CITY, Calif. May 8, 2020 – Nevada County held a press briefing today to provide updates on moving into Stage 2 of Reopening. The briefing was held on short notice, but your local media was present to ask some questions.

In short, Nevada County and the cities are moving jointly towards reopening local businesses, as of today Phase 1 of Stage 2 is in effect.

Phase 1 of Stage 2: <– We are here now

Can open with modifications

  • Curbside retail, including but not limited to: Bookstores, jewelry stores, toy stores, clothing stores, shoe stores, home and furnishing stores, sporting goods stores, antique stores, music stores, florists. Note: this will be phased in, starting first with curbside pickup and delivery only until further notice.
  • Supply chains supporting the above businesses, in manufacturing and logistics sectors

Can open later in phase 2 of Stage 2:

  • Destination retail, including shopping malls and swap meets.
  • Personal services, limited to: car washes, pet grooming, tanning facilities, and landscape gardening.
  • Office-based businesses (telework remains strongly encouraged)
  • Dine-in restaurants (other facility amenities, like bars or gaming areas, are not permitted)
  • Schools and childcare facilities
  • Outdoor museums and open gallery spaces

Phase 2 of Stage 2 requirements:

· County Public Health Officer must review criteria and identify areas of need
and discuss with the State Department of Public Health.(Call scheduled for Monday)
· Public Health Officer must attest to the veracity of the plan
· County Board of Supervisors must submit letter of support for the plan (on the BOS’ agenda for Tuesday)
· Local and/or regional hospitals and health systems must submit letter(s) of
support for the plan
· Plans must be reviewed by CDPH and posted online

From the California Resilience Roadmap website:

Below are guidance for each early Stage 2 business to follow. The goal is a safe, clean environment for workers and customers. Businesses may use effective alternative or innovative methods to build upon the guidance.

Review the guidance that is relevant to your workplace, prepare a plan based on the guidance for your industry, and put it into action. 

When complete, you can post the industry-specific checklist (below) in your workplace to show your customers and your employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

Before reopening, all facilities must:

  1. Perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan
  2. Train employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19, including how to screen themselves for symptoms and stay home if they have them
  3. Implement individual control measures and screenings
  4. Implement disinfecting protocols
  5. Implement physical distancing guidelines

To provide your input on future industry guidance, fill out the California Recovery Roadmap survey.

It is critical that employees needing to self-isolate because of COVID-19 are encouraged to stay at home, with sick leave policies to support that, to prevent further infection in your workplace. See additional information on government programs supporting sick leave and worker’s compensation for COVID-19.