Reopening Inyo Businesses

Current Update

Modified re-opening

As of Tuesday October 6th, Inyo County has moved to a less restrictive tier (Moderate - orange) and more businesses are allowed to reopen! 

However, the recent uptick in cases is concerning, so we need your help!  Please continue to distance, use face coverings, and wash your hands to keep us safe and from moving backwards a tier.  

Please visit Blueprint for a Safer Economy, select Inyo and your industry for details of changes.  For an overview of how the tiers impact business reopening, check out this handy chart: Blueprint Activity and Business Tiers

Affected industries with capacity restrictions and modifications are as follows:

  • Newly Opened:
    • Bars & Breweries - Open outdoors with modifications; indoors alcohol may be served with food and following restaurant guidelines
    • Family Entertainment Centers - Includes our Bowling Alley! - Indoors with modifications
    • Offices - Open indoors with modifications, telework is still encouraged
  • Increase capacity from 10% to 25% with modifications:
    • Gyms & Fitness Centers/Classes, including those in Hotels and Lodging, and indoor pools permitted to open with modifications
  • Increase capacity from 25% to 50% or 200 people, whichever is fewer with modifications:
    • Restaurants (dine-in)
    • Movie Theaters
    • Places of Worship
    • Cultural Ceremonies (ceremony only)
    • Higher Education
    • Museums, Zoos and Aquariums (50% and no capacity limit of 200)
  • Capacity limits lifted as long as modifications can be met:
    • Personal Care Services
    • All Retail
    • Malls, Destination Centers and Swap Meets (common areas still closed)

The County will be required to stay at this level for three weeks, and if our number and percent of positive cases stays low, we will move to the next level on October 27th.  

As of Monday August 31st, hair salons and barbershops were able to resume indoor operations with modifications.

Blueprint for a safer economy

On August 28th the Governor unveiled the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, a statewide plan for living with COVID-19 for the long haul. Each county will fall into one of four colored tiers based on how prevalent COVID-19 is in each county and the extent of community spread - Purple (Widespread), Red (Substantial), Orange (Moderate), and Yellow (Minimal).  For more information, and to find the status of activities in our county, visit:  Blueprint for a Safer Economy

Some key points are as follows:

  • The plan imposes risk-based criteria on tightening and loosening COVID-19 allowable activities. 
  • It expands the length of time between changes to assess how movement affects the trajectory of the disease.
  • At a minimum, counties must remain in a tier for at least 3 weeks before moving to a less restrictive tier.
  • Additionally, a county must meet the next tier's criteria for 2 consecutive weeks.  
  • If a county's metrics worsen for 2 consecutive weeks, it will be assigned a more restrictive tier.

Employer playbook for safe reopening

Governor Newsom released new supports for California's workforce which provides guidance for employers to support a safe, clean environment for workers and customers: Click here for the Employer Playbook

    rEVISED Masking Order: 

    The Inyo County Health Officer has updated the local face covering order to incorporate the CDPH guidance and to clarify that Inyo County businesses are responsible to adhere to, and ensure their employees and customers are following the mandatory face covering guidance. All businesses and indoor facilities shall strictly enforce the face-covering requirements of this order with respect to their employees, contractors, customers, visitors, and volunteers while they are on the business or facility premises and shall refuse admission and service to any person who fails or refuses to wear facial coverings on the premises in full compliance with this order. For more information visit: Inyo County Universal Face Coverings Revised Order


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    Safe Reopening for Businesses

    The State of California has released a Resilience Roadmap allowing certain businesses to reopen with modifications or restrictions.  

    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

    The county is following the Governor's four stage plan for reopening. At this time only Stage 1 and Stage 2 industries are approved for reopening. 

    Stage 3 industries should prepare to reopen by reviewing the guidelines and implementing the checklist. 

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