Reopening Inyo Businesses

Current Update

As of Tuesday, April 13th, Inyo County has moved to the Red Tier of the state's Blueprint for a Safer Economy, indicating that the risk level in this county has decreased from Widespread to Substantial.

For more specific information about your industry or for those industries not mentioned below, see your industry-specific guidelines which can be found here.  See the full Blueprint Activity and Business Tier updates from the State here.

NOTE:  See addendum for loosened restrictions when fully vaccinated persons are present! 

Summary of Industry Guidelines Red Tier Changes:

Industry Modifications:

  • Retail – Max 50% capacity
  • Shopping Centers, Swap Meets – Max 50% capacity
  • Museums – Open indoors with modifications, indoor max 25% capacity
  • Places of Worship – Open indoors with modifications, max 25% capacity
  • Movie Theaters – Open indoors with modifications, max 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer
  • Gyms, Fitness Centers – Open indoors with modifications, max 10% capacity
  • Restaurants – Open indoors with modifications, max 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer
  • Overnight Sleepaway Camps – Effective June 1st , open with modifications

Gatherings: 

  • Indoor - Gatherings strongly discouraged, allowed with modifications 25% capacity with maximum of 3 households
  • Outdoor – Maximum of 25 people

Private Events: 

  • Indoor – If all guests are tested or show proof of vaccination: Max 100 people*
  • Outdoor – Maximum of 50 people; if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination: Max 200 people*

*Required mitigation measures: 

  • Purchased tickets or defined guest list
  • Seating chart/assigned seating
  • Testing and vaccination can increase capacity
  • No intermingling of multiple private events

Indoor Seated Live Events:

  • Venues 0-1,500 people = max 10% or 100 people OR 25% if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination
  • In-state visitors only
  • Weekly worker testing program
  • All tickets delivered digital, advance purchase only
  • Pre-designated eating area – 6ft of distance (no eating/drinking allowed in seats)
  • Suites 25% capacity, max 3 households

Outdoor Live Events:

  • Max 20% capacity
  • In-state visitors only
  • Weekly worker testing program
  • Advanced reservations only
  • Primarily in-seat concessions (no concourse sales)

Fairs:

  • Max 15% capacity (including indoor with additional time restrictions)
  • Small groups – max 10 people or 3 households with no intergroup mixing
  • In-state visitors only
  • Weekly worker testing program
  • Online ticket purchases only
  • No indoor dining
Addendum to Tiers and activities with fully vaccinated persons:
  • Fully vaccinated persons from out of state may visit or attend activities or events that are restricted to in-state visitors.  Fully vaccinated persons should consult the current CDPH Travel Advisory and adhere to any applicable recommendations.
  • Where capacity limits exist, fully vaccinated workers do not count towards any occupancy capacity limit.
  • Fully Vaccinated-only sections must be separate, distinct, and clearly marked from any other section of the venue that is set aside for tested individuals. There must be at least 12 feet of distance between the Fully Vaccinated-only sections and any other section in the venue.
  • Individuals in the Fully Vaccinated-only sections do not have to be physically distanced.  Face coverings required.
  • Fully Vaccinated-only sections may be seated at full capacity (including suites); however, capacity for the venue must not exceed the limits established above.

Testing and Vaccination Status – Definitions and Verification:

  1.  Tested-only section:
    • Definition: Attendees who have tested negative and seated in a section with other attendees who have tested negative. Testing must be conducted within 72 hours before event start time, if using PCR. Antigen tests are acceptable and must be conducted within 24 hours of start of the event. Results of the test must be available prior to entry into the event or venue.
    • Verification: The following are acceptable as proof of a negative COVID-19 test result: printed document (from the test provider or laboratory) OR an email or text message displayed on a phone or electronic device from the test provider or laboratory. The information provided should include name of person tested, type of test performed, and date of negative test result (for PCR, date of negative result must be within prior 72 hours; for antigen, date of negative result must be within prior 24 hours)
  2. Vaccinated-only section:
    • Definition: Fully vaccinated attendees seated in a section with other fully vaccinated attendees. People are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 at ≥2 weeks after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or ≥2 weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson [J&J]/Janssen) Children (> 2 years of age) who are not eligible to be vaccinated may sit with their parent, guardian, or sponsor in the Fully Vaccinated-only sections if they are tested. Children younger than 2 do not need to be tested and may also sit with their parent, guardian, or sponsor in the Fully Vaccinated-only section. Children sitting with the parent, guardian or sponsor in a Fully Vaccinated-only section are considered for purposes of social distancing to be fully vaccinated.
    • Verification: The following are acceptable as proof of full vaccination: Vaccination card (which includes name of person vaccinated, type of vaccine provided and date last dose administered) OR a photo of a vaccination card as a separate document OR a photo of the attendee’s vaccine card stored on a phone or electronic device OR documentation of vaccination from a healthcare provide

Safe Reopening for Businesses

General Guidelines For Business:

According to Resilience Roadmap, before reopening, all facilities must:

  1. Perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan
  2. Train employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19, including how to screen themselves for symptoms and stay home if they have them
  3. Implement individual control measures and screenings
  4. Implement disinfecting protocols
  5. Implement physical distancing guideline

GET certified to reopen: 

  1. Review your industry guidelines (see Industries page)
  2. Prepare your business and complete the checklist
  3. Complete the Inyo County Business Attestation form
  4. Visibly post your completed checklist within your business

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