YUBA-SUTTER, Calif. – Yuba-Sutter Health Officer Dr. Phuong Luu Monday issued a more stringent stay-at-home order effective at 11:59 p.m. April 6 through May 3.
Dr. Luu issued a stay-at-home order on March 18, one day before California issued a statewide order. Dr. Luu said this order restricts outdoor activities that have impeded mass social distancing efforts.
Local law enforcement was given the green light from public health to enforce the regulations as they deem necessary. Public Health Officer Dr. Luu requested the sheriffs and police chiefs to enforce social distancing requirements.
“Violation of any provision of this order constitutes an imminent threat to public health, constitutes a public nuisance, and is punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both,” Dr. Luu said.
Dr. Luu added that they understand the disruption and anxiety that comes with these efforts. But public health officials said they feel that the more residents strictly follow these orders, the sooner life can get back to normal.
The updated local order has several differences that now include, the restriction of fishing, automotive sales lots, parks and barbecue areas.
The order differs from the previous directive in many ways. Below is information directly from Yuba-Sutter health officials. For instance, the order:
- Now requires employers in essential businesses to maximize the number of people who work from home. Businesses may only assign those employees who cannot perform their job duties from home to work outside the home.
- Clarifies that auto repair and auto supply operations are essential, but auto sales must be limited to online and delivery only.
- Removes fishing as an essential activity.
- Clarifies that funeral homes and mortuaries are essential businesses.
- Adds clarifications regarding what construction is considered essential.
- Clarifies that businesses that include an essential business component alongside non-essential components must, to the extent feasible, scale down their operations to essential businesses components only.
- Clarifies that mixed retail businesses may continue to stock and sell non-essential products alongside essential products (i.e., liquor stores that also sell a significant amount of essential products.)
- Clarifies people may use public transit for travel for essential work or activities only.
- Authorizes local governments to limit or block recreational access to parks, rivers, lakes and other open spaces to reduce crowding.
- Requires the closing of playgrounds, outdoor gym equipment, picnic areas, dog parks, and barbecue areas outside of residences.
- Requires the closing of golf courses, tennis and pickle ball courts, rock parks, climbing walls, pools, spas, gyms, disc golf, and basketball courts.
- Clarifies that any sport or activity that includes the sharing of equipment may only be engaged in by members of the same household or living unit.
- Clarifies that gatherings for a funeral must be limited to no more than 10 individuals.
- Clarifies that moving from one residence to another is essential, but only if it cannot be deferred, or if the move is necessary for purposes of safety, sanitation, or habitability reasons, or to preserve access to shelter.
- Clarifies that services to assist individuals finding employment with essential businesses are essential services.
- Clarifies that volunteering for “health care” operations is an essential activity.
- Clarifies that gun stores are essential businesses.
- Clarifies that personal storage (mini-storage) facilities are essential businesses.
- Clarifies that travel for the following are also considered essential travel—to manage after-death arrangements and burial; to arrange for shelter or avoid homelessness; to avoid domestic violence or child abuse; for parental custody arrangements; and to temporarily reside in a residence or other facility to avoid potentially exposing others to COVID-19.
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