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New Public Health Order Takes Sacramento County into the Orange Tier

Today, a new June 1, 2021 Sacramento County Health Order has been released that reflects the corresponding announcement by CDPH that Sacramento County has immediately qualified to enter the State’s Orange Tier 3 (moderate) in the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. The State of California is slated to expire the colored-tier structure for counties on June 15, 2021 and go Beyond the Blueprint.

Some of the major advancements of moving from the Red Tier 2 (substantial) to the less restrictive Orange Tier 3 (moderate) are:

  • Many places can allow more people, for example, restaurants can have 50% capacity indoors compared to 25%. 
  • Events are opening back up (indoor and outdoor) with capacity limits. If all attendees show a negative COVID-19 test or their vaccination card, more people can attend. 
  • Bars, where no meals are served, can open outdoors.
  • Indoor swimming pools can open.
  • Many more youth sports and adult recreational sports are now open, including basketball, football, ice hockey, lacrosse, rowing/crew, rugby, soccer, water polo, badminton, bowling, gymnastics, dance (no contact), swimming and diving, tennis singles, track and field, pickleball singles, individual ice skating.
  • Cardrooms, satellite wagering can open indoors. 
  • Remote work is still encouraged.

The County’s June 1 Health Order is effective immediately until it expires at 12:01 a.m. on June 15, 2021, unless rescinded or amended in writing by the Health Officer prior to its expiration. Our Health Order includes the CDPH face-covering mandate that requires all people in California to wear face coverings when they are outside of the home, with specific exemptions. Also documented is the requirement for schools to abide by the CDPH Guidance for K-12 Schools and COVID-19 K-12 In-Person Instruction. Additionally, it is ordered that sports programs in Sacramento County abide by the CDPH Outdoor and Indoor Youth and Recreational Adult Sports Guidance.  

“It is still important for Sacramento County to reach this lower tier before June 15, which signifies there is lower risk of spreading COVID-19 in the community and will increase capacity that much earlier for businesses.”

SACRAMENTO COUNTY HEALTH OFFICER DR. OLIVIA KASIRYE.

Dr. Kasirye reminds us that vaccination remains our most powerful tool to end the pandemic. Below are a few of the activities for those fully vaccinated:

  • Spend time with fully vaccinated people, including indoors, without wearing masks or physical distancing.
  • Spend time with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing.
  • Refrain from wearing face coverings outdoors except when attending crowded outdoor events, such as live performances.
  • Refrain from quarantine and testing following a known exposure if asymptomatic.
  • Do not need to quarantine with known exposure if asymptomatic.
  • Continue to maintain physical distancing and wear a mask when visiting unvaccinated people who are at high risk for severe COVID-19 disease.

If you haven’t been vaccinated or need your second dose, it is safe, easy, and free to everyone in order to protect yourself as well as your friends and loved ones from severe COVID-19 disease. To find a vaccination location near you, go to MyTurn.ca.gov or call 2-1-1 (or 7-digit number: 916-529-4519). Vaccinations are available days, evenings, and weekends, and walk-ins are accepted at most sites. Learn more on the Sacramento County COVID-19 Vaccination Webpage.​

John Toddhttps://www.riolindamessenger.com
Born and raised in Rio Linda, graduate of Rio Linda High School, and resident for most of the last 50 years. Committee Chair for the Rio Linda Elverta Visions Committee, announcer for the Rio Linda Little League Parade, Keeper of the Archway Lights, and outspoken advocate for the community.
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