Tuesday, June 23, 2020

More Businesses Set to Reopen Friday with Certified Reopening Plan

Posted By on Tue, Jun 23, 2020 at 12:35 PM

click to enlarge Humboldt County Public Health Officer Teresa Frankovich and Sheriff William Honsal talk COVID-19 at last night's virtual town hall meeting. - COURTESY OF DHHS
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  • Humboldt County Public Health Officer Teresa Frankovich and Sheriff William Honsal talk COVID-19 at last night's virtual town hall meeting.
Humboldt County Public Health Officer Teresa Frankovich announced that businesses in industry sectors with state-provided guidance, gyms and fitness centers, zoos, museums, wineries, breweries, bars, movie theaters and entertainment venues can begin reopening on Friday once their reopening plan is certified by the Emergency Operations Center.

According to the release, at the Board of Supervisors meeting today, Dr. Frankovich noted that some high-risk businesses are operating without following state and county safety guidelines. 

“At this point, it’s more important to open safely and ahead of schedule than to have businesses open before a plan is in place to protect the health and safety of customers and employees,” Frankovich said.

Indoor playgrounds, live theaters, saunas and steam rooms, nightclubs, concert venues, festivals, theme parks and in-person higher education schools remain closed and are still not permitted to reopen by the state. 

“Personal responsibility has never been more important. Our community’s success going forward is largely in the hands of our businesses and community members,” Frankovich said. “We have the tools we need to limit transmission and keep ourselves, our families and our neighbors safe. If we choose to follow safety measures like physical distancing, wearing facial coverings, avoiding gathering in groups outside of our household as much as possible and using good hygiene practices, we can limit transmission of COVID-19 and help keep each other safe.”

Read the full release below.
June 23, 2020 - Most Sectors Cleared to Reopen With EOC-Certification

Humboldt County Health Officer Dr. Teresa Frankovich today announced that businesses in industry sectors with state-provided guidance can begin to reopen after their reopening plan has been certified by the Humboldt County Emergency Operations Center (EOC).

At today’s Board of Supervisors meeting, Dr. Frankovich noted that some high-risk businesses are currently operating out of compliance with county and state guidelines.

“At this point, it’s more important to open safely and ahead of schedule than to have businesses open before a plan is in place to protect the health and safety of customers and employees,” she said. Industry sectors now cleared to reopen with EOC-certification include:
  • Gyms and Fitness Centers
  • Zoos and Museums Wineries,
  • Breweries and Bars
  • Movie Theaters and Family Entertainment Centers.

Reopening plan applications for these sectors will be available at humboldtgov.org/covidreopening by the close of business Friday, June 26. The review and certification process takes two to three business days, and businesses may begin to reopen with safety measures in place after they receive EOC certification.

“Personal responsibility has never been more important. Our community’s success going forward is largely in the hands of our businesses and community members,” Dr. Frankovich said. “We have the tools we need to limit transmission and keep ourselves, our families and our neighbors safe. If we choose to follow safety measures like physical distancing, wearing facial coverings, avoiding gathering in groups outside of our household as much as possible and using good hygiene practices, we can limit transmission of COVID-19 and help keep each other safe.”

The following businesses and activities are not permitted by the state to reopen and remain closed statewide:
Indoor playgrounds such as bounce centers, ball pits and laser tag
Live theater
Saunas and steam rooms
Nightclubs Concert venues
Festivals
Theme parks
Higher education (in person), except where supporting essential workforce activities, including but not limited to providing housing solutions, COVID-19 response and training and instruction for the essential workforce.

To learn more about the reopening process and to submit a plan, go to humboldtgov.org/covidreopening. View a list of all certified businesses listed by sector at humboldtgov.org/covidcertified. Some businesses may choose not to reopen in-person services. Please call ahead before visiting any business to ask about hours of operation and any safety measures in place.

For the most recent information about COVID-19, visit CDC.gov or CDPH.ca.gov. For local information, visit humboldtgov.org, call 707-441-5000 or email covidinfo@co.humboldt.ca.us. Follow us on Facebook: @HumCoCOVID19, Instagram: @HumCoCOVID19, Twitter: @HumCoCOVID19, and Humboldt Health Alert: humboldtgov.org/HumboldtHealthAlert
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