Mendocino County Enters the State’s Red Tier
Effective March 14, 2021, Mendocino County has been given the green light to enter the Red Tier according to the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. With this new Red Tier, comes an ease of some COVID-19 precautions.
“I am thrilled that we can open our economy up further as a result of our dwindling COVID-19 case numbers,” said County Health Officer Dr. Andy Coren. “We have worked hard as a county to accomplish this. To those who ask me what they can do to continue to remain safe from this virus, I say this: Please get vaccinated for COVID-19 when it is your turn. Do not turn down a vaccine unless for medical reason. Continue to avoid large gatherings, and please remain masked while in public. The biggest thing anyone can do to keep others around them safe is to continue to get tested for COVID-19 at least once per month. This helps our county open up further, and it ensures that you are not asymptomatically spreading the virus to others. Those who have been vaccinated should still get tested monthly, since you can still spread the virus even if vaccinated.”
COVID-19 precaution status of business sectors as mandated by the state (as of 3/14/21):
Grocery Stores: May now admit 100% capacity.
Retail: May now admit a max of 50% capacity.
Shopping Centers: May now admit a max of 50% capacity.
Museums: May now have indoor activities with a max of 25% capacity.
Places of Worship: May continue to have indoor activities with a max of 25% capacity.
Movie theaters: May now have indoor activities with a max of either 100 people OR 25% capacity, whichever is fewer.
Gyms: May now have indoor activities with a max of 10% capacity.
Restaurants Including Wineries, Breweries and Distilleries serving meals: May now have indoor activities with a max of 100 people OR 25% capacity, whichever is fewer.
Wineries, Breweries, Distilleries (where no meal is provided): May continue to operate outdoors with the following modifications: Patrons must make reservations and sit at tables, staying for a max of 90 minutes, and all serving of alcoholic beverages must end at 8 PM.
Bars (where no meal is provided): Must remain closed.
Long-Term Care Facilities: May restart in-person visits, while carefully maintaining specific COVID-19 precautions, such as COVID-19 screenings for both residents and visitors, facial covering usage, etc. This will likely take a few days to put in place. Please contact the facility before going in person and review the state’s guidance concerning Long-Term Facilities here: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CHCQ/LCP/Pages/AFL-20-22.aspx
For a detailed overview of business-specific mandates, please visit: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/COVID19CountyMonitoringOverview.aspx (Under “Risk Criteria” – “specific tier based on risk-based criteria”)
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Today Square Online Store released the option for curbside pickup, and later this week a local delivery feature will be available for all businesses so that you can quickly adapt to this changing environment. They are also waiving curbside pickup and delivery fees for the next three months. Square Online Store already offers online orders for in-store pickup with no monthly fee. They are refunding all software subscription fees for the month of March.