Napa County logoOn May 19, 2020, Napa County announced the State of California is permitting additional Napa County businesses and services to open with adaptations, including:

  • Retail stores, including shopping malls and swap meets
  • Dine-in restaurants
  • Schools – effective June 1, 2020

The State of California has approved Napa County’s self-attestation that the County meets the State’s Public Health Officer’s readiness criteria, a requirement for any county applying to gradually open additional businesses and services under the State’s ‘Expanded Stage 2’ of its four-stage reopening process. This State approval allows Napa County’s businesses and services listed in Expanded Stage 2 to open, within industry guidelines, immediately.

The State’s Roadmap to Recovery does not allow the opening of wineries and tasting rooms at this time. They are currently listed by the State of California as eligible for reopening when California, statewide, moves into Stage 3 of the gradual reopening process.

Napa County businesses, upon reopening, are required to, at a minimum, meet the State of California standards, and may follow best management practices that exceed State standards.

In addition to meeting State standards, Napa County requires businesses, upon reopening, to:

  • Post the State’s industry-specific checklist in the workplace to show customers and employees that the establishment has reduced the risk and is open for business
  • Prepare and post signage of their social distancing protocol at entrance of each location

Businesses are encouraged to work with and through their local Chamber of Commerce or industry group to answer questions.

Napa County’s Shelter at Home Order remains in effect, and requires residents to shelter in their place of residence unless they are engaged in activities allowed by the Order. Most individuals are required to wear a face covering when inside places of business or workplaces, and interacting with any person where six feet of physical distancing cannot be maintained. The face covering requirement provides for certain exclusions and exceptions, such as for children under two and persons with difficulty breathing.