Sacramento County health officer extends countywide COVID19 order until May 22, some restrictions eased

Sacramento County Public Health Order Extended

In a statement released this afternoon, Sacramento County said the public health orders over the COVID19 virus are being extended until May 22.

The statement, issued by Dr. Peter Beilenson, Director of Health Services said the May 22 date will be reevaluated as health data and more testing becomes available.

“While there has been some relaxation of rules as they relate to recreational activities, it is absolutely vital that we maintain social distancing,” Beilenson said in the statement announcing the extension. "The intent of the order is to ensure that the maximum number of people stay home as much as possible while enabling essential services to continue, and that has been a significant factor in reducing the spread of COVID-19 in Sacramento County."

While the order remains in effect, the standards have been modified to allow some additional businesses to be classified as essential and the expansion of recreational activities.

The order has been modified to include the following provisions:
  • Essential Activities now allow for visiting a health care professional for medical or dental care for chronic conditions or preventive services.
  • Allowing non-contact recreational facilities and activities that include the use of shared equipment, including shooting and archery ranges, disc golf, tennis courts and boating, provided that activities are in conformance with social distancing requirements and appropriate disinfectant processes.
  • Contact sports or activities, including basketball, football and soccer are prohibited outside of residences.
  • Healthcare providers and hospitals may reschedule appointments for care that was considered non-urgent and canceled when the Public Health Order was first issued. This includes elective procedures, preventive services such as immunizations and other care for chronic conditions.
  • Residential viewings for rentals, leases and home sales are now allowable when the occupant is still residing in the residence. The requirement is still in place that the visit must be by appointment with no more than two visitors at a time residing within the same household or living unit and one individual showing the unit.
  • Food trucks have been added to Essential Businesses.
For questions about Essential Businesses/Services/Activities relating to the Public Health Order, call the Public Health hotline at (916) 875-2400. For more information about the County’s response to COVID-29, visit Sacramento County’s COVID-19 webpage​.

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