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County receives state approval for phased reopening

UPDATED: at 2:28 PM clarifying Phase 2, and adding directives.

After nearly two hours of deliberation for a motion to reopen the Colusa County, officials received an email stating that the local variance attestation for the County of Colusa has been approved. 

Wednesday morning, the County Board of Supervisors voted to accept the approval of the attestation and to move forward. 

The approval from the California State Department of Public Health allows the County of Colusa to begin opening with their local variance of Phase 2.

Tov view the County’s phased reopening plan, click here.

To view the County’s submitted attestation form, click here.

To view the County’s approved attestation form, click here.

“We are extremely proud of the effort that the community has put forth to get us to this point,” said Denise Carter, Chair of the Colusa County Board of Supervisors. “However, the work continues… Community support and personal responsibility are critical components of the Plan, and we need your help in following the actions and guidelines to keep yourself, your family, and our community healthy.”

The Plan includes proactive measures and actions for residents and businesses to mitigate a large spike in positive COVID-19 cases. In addition, should an increase in community spread of illness be significant, the Plan will require a return to stricter protocols.

Phase 2 Actions

Individuals

  • Continue isolating when ill: Anyone feeling ill should stay home for 10 days after symptoms start, and 3
    days after fever ends and respiratory symptoms are improving.
  • Continue physical distancing: When in public, maintain physical distance from others (at least six feet).
  • Continue good hygiene practices: Wash hands, use hand sanitizer, clean frequently touched surfaces, and
    cover coughs & sneezes.
  • Limit gathering: Gatherings should be limited to 10 people or less.
  • Wear face coverings: When in public, wearing a face covering (i.e. bandana, cloth face mask) is encouraged.
  • Vulnerable (high risk) individuals: Vulnerable and high-risk individuals are encouraged to stay at home.
    Households with vulnerable members should be aware that other members of the household may increase
    risk of transmission if resuming normal activities. Precautions should be taken to protect the vulnerable
    household members.
  • Travel: Travel may resume.
  • Congregate settings: Some congregate settings may open with appropriate physical distancing and hygiene
    protocols:

    • Schools (in collaboration with the Superintendent of Schools and the California Department of Education).
    •  Camps
    • Organized youth activities.
    • Childcare facilities.
  • Restaurants: Restaurants may open for limited dine-in options:
    •  Tables must allow for appropriate physical distancing;
    • No more than half the capacity should be reached to promote physical distancing;
    • Take-out options should continue to be promoted; and,
    • Frequent cleaning and sanitation must occur.
  • Destination retail: Destination retail may reopen
  • Curbside pick-up is encouraged.

Businesses

  • Return to work and business should be phased, provide appropriate physical distancing measures,
    and ensure sick employees do not come to work.

    • Meeting rooms, break rooms and other common areas should remain closed or be limited in capacity to provide physical distancing between employees.
    • Protection and accommodations should be provided to employees who are high risk for COVID-19.
    • Surfaces should be cleaned frequently.
    • Sick employees should remain at home or go home immediately if they become ill at work.
  • Outdoor recreation may open with the following guidance:
    • Physical distancing should be promoted and maintained.
    • Equipment should be cleaned and sanitized after use (example: golf course providing golf clubs or golf carts).
  • Elective surgeries may resume, as clinically appropriate. * Licensed providers such as cosmetology, bars, dental, medical etc. should refer to State Licensing Board and
    National Associations for guidelines, provisions, requirements, and timelines for reopening related to their particular profession. Please refer to the listing below for those businesses that may not re-open.

What Remains Closed

  • Bars.
  • Senior residential and care facilities should be closed to non-essential visitors.
  • Personal services such as hair and nail salons, tattoo parlors, gyms and fitness studios.
  • Community pools.
  • Large, congregate settings such as:
    • Churches, synagogues, mosques, temples;
    • Theaters; and,

Activity during Phase 2 will be monitored and evaluated by local officials, and should the increase in the spread of illness be significant, the public will be asked to return to stricter protocols.

Lloyd Green Jr, Editor
Lloyd Green Jr, Editorhttps://williamspioneer.com
Lloyd Green Jr. is the Owner and Publisher of the Williams Pioneer Review. He is dedicated in publishing the news and informing the community of Colusa County. Lloyd has been with the publication since 2008, and purchased the business in 2010. Under his ownership the newspaper has grown significantly in subscriptions, publishes weekly, and obtained the title of Newspaper of General Circulation by the Superior Court of Colusa County in Sept. 2017. Lloyd is also the director of advertising, classified manager, legal notice clerk, and circulation manager. To contact Lloyd, email him at lloyd@colusacountynews.net or call (530) 458-4141 ext. 100.

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