UPDATE: 12:52 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - Gov. Gavin Newsom on May 12 announced that Butte County has been approved to move further into stage 2 of the state's reopening plan.
View the outlined plan from Butte County Public Health officials that was submitted to the state and approved.
BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Governor Gavin Newsom gave some counties the go-ahead to accelerate through Phase 2. Butte County is one of those 24 counties.
The County submitted its plans to expedite Phase 2 to the state on Friday, May 8.
“We all need to understand that with reopening businesses and activities, it also comes with the need to put in place mitigations and modifications to limit the spread of COVID-19,” said Dr. Andy Miller.
Once mitigation procedures are met, the state will give the county the green light to reopen the following:
- General business, office
- Personal services, limited to car washes, pet grooming, tanning facilities, and landscape gardening
- Child care
- Parks/walking paths/trails/dog parks
- Athletic fields and other outdoor congregate settings
“Butte County has had low and relatively stable case counts of this virus and has had over 1,700 tests performed on Butte County residents,” said Dr. Miller.
A panel of medical experts said loosening the restrictions was okay.
Dr. Miller also adds the county has the ability to meet Newsom’s requirements with sufficient testing, contact tracing, a plan to reinstate restrictions and more if needed.
Gym, pools, and salons will not be included in Phase 2, but Dr. Miller says the county is advocating to open those before Phase 3.
Mitigations for dine-in restaurants will be released on Tuesday.
Schools will not be allowed to open during this accelerated Phase 2 plan.
Butte, Glenn, Tehama, Modoc and Trinity counties all are among the 24 counties that meet the qualifications for reopening early, according to Los Angeles Times data analysis. Shasta County does not.