The Sacramento County Public Health Officer has issued a new Public Health Order effective at 11:59 p.m., May 1, and will be in effect until 11:59 p.m., May 22, 2020, or until it is extended, rescinded, superseded or amended in writing by the Health Officer.
The Public Health Order reinforces the direction for all individuals to stay home and extends the terms of the order to continue social distancing and reducing person-to-person contact to further slow transmission of COVID-19.
“While there has been some relaxation of rules as they relate to recreational activities, it is absolutely vital that we maintain social distancing,” said Dr. Peter Beilenson, Director of Health Services. “The intent of the order is to ensure that the maximum number of people stay home as much as possible while enabling essential services to continue, and that has been a significant factor in reducing the spread of COVID-19 in Sacramento County.
“We will continue to look at the health data and the availability of testing, and those factors will inform our decisions about modifying the Public Health Order in the future.”
The new Public Health Order has clarified some essential activities and allowable recreational activities from the previous Order. Those include:
- Essential Activities now allow for visiting a health care professional for medical or dental care for chronic conditions or preventive services.
- Allowing non-contact recreational facilities and activities that include the use of shared equipment, including shooting and archery ranges, disc golf, tennis courts and boating, provided that activities are in conformance with social distancing requirements and appropriate disinfectant processes.
- Contact sports or activities, including basketball, football and soccer are prohibited outside of residences.
- Healthcare providers and hospitals may reschedule appointments for care that was considered non-urgent and canceled when the Public Health Order was first issued. This includes elective procedures, preventive services such as immunizations and other care for chronic conditions.
- Residential viewings for rentals, leases and home sales are now allowable when the occupant is still residing in the residence. The requirement is still in place that the visit must be 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.
- Food trucks have been added to Essential Businesses.
“As we’ve made clear all along since responding to this pandemic, Sacramento County will continue to take a thoughtful, measured approach to the ‘stay at home’ order and any adjustments we make,” said Board Chair and District 1 Supervisor Phil Serna. “I’m extremely proud of the work performed by our dedicated public servants who’ve been instrumental in saving lives while carefully considering the civil liberties of those we serve.”
For questions about Essential Businesses/Services/Activities relating to the Public Health Order, call the Public Health hotline at (916) 875-2400.
For more information about the County’s response to COVID-19, visit Sacramento County’s COVID-19 webpage.