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Current Stage Stage 3 Businesses Reopening Process Update

California is experiencing record-breaking increases in the number of new cases and hospitalizations related to the spread of COVID-19.  On July 13, 2020, the California Department of Public Health (“CDPH”) has further mandated the closure of indoor closure operations for additional specific business sectors in counties on the County Monitoring List, including Kings County, in order to slow the spread of the virus.

As directed by the CDPH - pursuant to the authority in Article XI of the California Constitution; California Health and Safety Code sections 101030, 101040, 101085, and 120175; California Government Code Sections 8610, 8630, 8634, and 8665; Title 17 California Code of Regulations Section2501; and Kings County Code of Ordinances Section 6-11 - the Health Officer of the County of Kings has ordered that the following business sectors will close indoor operations and, if possible, move to outdoor services only until further notice:

  • Indoor Dine-in Restaurants
  • Indoor Wineries and Tasting Rooms
  • Indoor Family Entertainment Centers(bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages, and arcades)
  • Indoor Movie Theaters
  • Indoor Zoos and Museums
  • Indoor CardroomsIndoor Fitness Centers and gyms
  • Indoor Worship Services
  • Indoor Offices for Non-Essential Sectors (Those not listed as essential critical infrastructure sectors on the April 28, 2020 “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” document issued by the State.)
  • Indoor Personal Care Services (estheticians, skin care, cosmetology, electrology, nail salons, body art professionals, tattoo parlors, piercing shops, body waxing, and massage therapy in non-healthcare settings)
  • Indoor Hair Salons and Barbershops
  • Indoor Malls
  • Indoor Protests

Additionally, bars, brewpubs, breweries, and pubs must close all operations both indoor and outdoor statewide.

All business sectors listed above must comply with the Health Officer’s Order immediately.  Failure to comply may result in license revocation, fines, legal costs and potential criminal penalties.

For questions or more information, please call Kings County Department of Public Health, Environmental Health Services at (559) 584-1411 or follow the link below for specific CDPH guidance to your industry sector.

The following businesses are not included in Stage 3 and will not be allowed to open until the County is allowed to move into Stage 4:

  • Indoor Playgrounds such as bounce centers, ball pits and laser tag
  • Live Theater
  • Saunas and Steam Rooms
  • Nightclubs
  • Concert Venues
  • Live Audience Sports
  • Festivals
  • Theme Parks
  • Higher Education

Kings County Department of Public Health will be available to assist local businesses throughout the county to help interpret the guidelines and to provide educational assistance, if needed, to businesses wishing to reopen.

Although the stay-at-home order has been modified several times, State law continues to require that all possible steps be taken to ensure the safety of workers and the public from the spread of the virus. Preventative measures include physical distancing, the use of face coverings by employees and customers, frequent handwashing, regular cleaning and disinfection, and training employees on these and other elements of the COVID-19 prevention plan.

As such, all businesses that reopen must follow and implement the Statewide COVID-19 industry guidance specific to your operation and must implement appropriate preventative measures in all the operational aspects of the business.

This requirement includes avoiding situations and actions, such as sales, promotions or other incentives or enticements that can cause mass public gatherings, which will have negative public health and economic impacts that could force businesses throughout the County to close once again. Therefore, businesses that are found incapable of effectively controlling the risk factors for spread of COVID-19 through proper implementation of the guidelines may be subject to closure by order of the Kings County Health Officer.

For any questions, please call us at 559-584-1411.


General Guidance

Information for all employers 




Checklists for Businesses

Information for businesses reopening in Stage 2.





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