Monterey County Health Officer Issues Order Requiring Businesses to Adhere to State and Local Industry Guidance
On May 26, 2020, the Monterey County Health Officer issued a new Shelter-in-Place Order which aligns the County Health Officer Shelter-in-Place Order with applicable State Orders to fully join the State in Stage 2 and continue to move with the State through Stages 3 and 4 of the State COVID-19 Resilience Roadmap.
In order to continue to reduce the risk of exposure and transmission of COVID-19, the Governor has issued COVID-19 Industry Guidance for businesses to follow when reopening. The Governor’s purpose is to provide guidance on how businesses can resume operations while supporting a safe, clean environment for workers.
It is critical that businesses take all steps necessary to ensure the safety of workers and customers, which includes developing and implementing a COVID-19 prevention plan. Key prevention plan practices include physical distancing to the maximum extent possible, use of face coverings by employees and patrons, frequent handwashing and regular cleaning and disinfecting, and training employees on these and other elements of their COVID-19 prevention plan. In addition, businesses must have in place appropriate processes to identify new cases of illness in workplaces and, when they are identified, to intervene quickly and work with Monterey County Public Health to halt the spread of the virus.
This Order requires that businesses that are allowed to reopen statewide or to reopen with Monterey County attestation and County Health Officer approval must implement California Resilience Roadmap COVID-19 Industry Guidance. Businesses must also adhere to any additional Monterey County Health Department guidance. Adherence to the guidance will continue to limit person-to-person contact and ensure continued social distancing and other infection control measures in the workplace and in the community.
“Countywide efforts to socially distance, use face coverings, wash hands, clean and disinfect surfaces and stay at home as much as possible have slowed the spread of COVID-19,” according to Dr. Edward Moreno, Monterey County Health Officer. “In order to reopen safely, businesses will need to implement State guidance that protects workers and customers,” says Dr. Moreno. “Customers should also respect the efforts of our local business owners and their workers as they establish healthy practices that will protect us all.”
Businesses must review, understand and implement sector specific guidance found at State of California webpages at www.covid19.ca.gov.