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In support of our business community, Kings County is providing the following information from the State of California.


California's Four-Stage Plan

Stage 1 - Safety and Preparedness

Make workplaces safe for our essential workers.

Stage 2 - Lower-Risk Workplaces

Gradually reopen retail (curbside only), manufacturing and logistics.

Relax retail restrictions, adapt and reopen schools, child care, offices, limited hospitality and personal services. 

NOT in Stage 1 or 2 – Higher Risk Workplaces:

  • Personal services such as nail salons, tattoo parlors, gyms and fitness studios
  • Hospitality services, such as bars and lounges
  • Entertainment venues, such as movie theaters, pro sports, gaming, gambling, and arcade venues.
  • Indoor museums, kids museums and gallery spaces, zoos, and libraries
  • Community centers, including public pools, playgrounds, and picnic areas
  • Religious services and cultural ceremonies
  • Nightclubs
  • Concert venues
  • Festivals
  • Theme parks
  • Hotels/lodging for leisure and tourism

Stage 2 expansion will be phased in gradually. Counties that have met the readiness criteria and worked with the California Department of Public Health can open more workplaces as outlined on the County Variance page. 

Stage 3 - Higher-risk Workplaces

Adapt and reopen movie theaters, religious services, and more personal and hospitality services. 

Stage 4 - End of Stay Home Order

Reopen areas of highest risk: e.g. Concerts, conventions, sports arenas.


Current Stage

Kings County is now in later Stage 2, where retail (curbside and delivery), related logistics and manufacturing, childcare for those outside of the essential workforce, office workplaces (telework remains strongly encouraged), limited personal services, outdoor museums, and essential businesses can open with modifications.  Destination retail (retail stores), including shopping malls and swap meets; dine-in restaurants (other amenities, like bars or gaming areas, are not permitted in Stage 2), places of worship, hair salons and barbershops, and schools with modifications may open with a specific plan for modification.  Sectors not listed here do not fall under Stage 2 and are not allowed to open at this time.

As Kings County moves further into Stage 2 of the Resilience Roadmap, every business should take steps to reduce the risk of COVID-19 and create a safer environment for workers and customers. The link at the bottom of the page has guidelines and checklists for businesses to follow if they are permitted to open per county health rules.  Guidance for counties that have received State approval to move faster into Stage 2 is located on the State’s County Variance page.  Please note that guidance from the County of Kings may be superseded by the State of California. The goal is a safe environment for workers and customers.

Businesses may use effective alternative or innovative methods to build upon the guidelines. 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 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

    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.

The following are not open

The following sectors, businesses, establishments, or activities are not permitted to operate in the State of California at this time:

  • Personal services such as nail salons, tattoo parlors, gyms and fitness studios
  • Hospitality services, such as bars, wineries, tasting rooms and lounges
  • Entertainment venues, such as movie theaters, gaming, gambling, arcade venues, pro sports, indoor museums, gallery spaces, and zoos
  • Community centers, public pools, playgrounds, and picnic areas
  • Cultural ceremonies
  • Nightclubs
  • Concert venues
  • Live audience sports
  • Festivals
  • Theme parks
  • Hotels/lodging for leisure and tourism


Checklists for Businesses

Checklist of Safety Measures for Kings County Business Re-openings

Kings County Health Officer Reopening Guidance