Every business needs to support a safe, clean, and low-risk environment. If you own or manage a business, find the guidance for your industry and follow it to protect your workers and customers. 

On this page:

Find out if your business can open

California has a Blueprint for a Safer Economy with revised criteria for tightening and loosening restrictions for businesses and activities. Check your county’s status in the Blueprint for a Safer Economy to see whether your business can open, and if there are restrictions and safety modifications that your business must follow. 

Steps for reopening your business safely

Use the Employer Playbook for a Safe Reopening to help plan and prepare for reopening your business.

All businesses and facilities must follow the items listed here before reopening: 

  1. Scroll down this page to find the guidance for your industry, business, event, or activity.
  2. Review it completely.
  3. Perform a detailed risk assessment and create a worksite-specific protection plan.
  4. Train employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19. This includes how to screen themselves for symptoms and when to stay home.
  5. Set up individual control measures and screenings.
  6. Put disinfection protocols in place.
  7. Establish physical distancing guidelines. 
  8. Establish universal face covering requirements (with allowed exceptions). See CDPH’s guidance for the use of face coverings.
  9. Post your completed checklist so everyone can know the steps you’ve taken. Feel free to add more safety measures to the ones included in your industry’s guidance.

Protect your workers

Prevent worker exposure to COVID-19

Employers are required to follow CalOSHA’s emergency temporary standards to prevent exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace.

Visit the Employers page of saferatwork.covid19.ca.gov to learn more about workplace requirements like:

  • Safety procedures
  • Training for workers on infection prevention
  • What to do in case of an infection or outbreak 

Review how to respond to COVID-19 cases in your workplace and prevent further spread.

Provide masks

Wearing a mask or face covering is required statewide in public or common spaces. Employers must provide face coverings to workers or reimburse workers for the reasonable cost of obtaining them. Find all requirements and exceptions to these rules in the industry guidance for your business. For more about masks, check CDPH’s guidance for the use of face coverings.

Paid leave and other benefits

It’s important that employees with COVID-19 know to stay home. Your sick leave policies need to support that. Make sure your workers know about paid leave and other options available to them.  

Childcare and family-friendly practices

Workers need safe, reliable, and affordable childcare options during the COVID-19 response. 

Ventilation for indoor operations

All businesses permitted to operate indoors must follow the CDPH interim guidance for ventilation, filtration, and air quality. This guidance includes practical steps your business can take to promote better ventilation, filtration, and air quality indoors to reduce the spread of COVID-19. 

Temporary structures for outdoor operations

Restaurants and other businesses operating outdoors may wish to enclose outdoor temporary structures like tents and canopies to contain heat, avoid rain, or provide shade. Follow the CDPH guidance for temporary structures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

Industry guidance

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Agriculture and livestock

Follow this guidance for the agriculture and livestock industry to create a safer environment for workers.

Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for the agriculture and livestock industry in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

Shared transportation in agriculture

Shared transportation is common in agriculture. Employers may provide shared transportation for workers. Workers may arrange a carpool to and from the worksite. Check the additional considerations for shared transportation in agriculture to support a safe, clean environment for passengers and drivers.

Amusement parks and theme parks – updated March 26, 2021

Beginning April 1, 2021, follow this guidance for amusement parks and theme parks. Review the guidance and prepare a plan to support a safe, clean environment for workers and visitors. 

This guidance includes additional considerations for:

  • Admissions, entry, and security
  • Rides and attractions
  • Interactive exhibits and attractions

Auto dealerships

Follow this guidance for the automobile dealerships and rental operators industry to create a safer environment for workers.

Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for the automobile dealerships and rental operators industry in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

Cardrooms and racetracks – updated September 10, 2020

Tier status

Widespread (purple)

  • Outdoor only with modifications
  • Racetracks may resume training and competition without live audiences, subject to approval by county public health officers

Substantial (red)

  • Outdoor only with modifications
  • Racetracks may resume training and competition without live audiences, subject to approval by county public health officers

Moderate (orange)

  • Indoor with modifications
  • Capacity must be limited to 25%
  • Racetracks may resume training and competition without live audiences, subject to approval by county public health officers

Minimal (yellow)

  • Indoor with modifications
  • Capacity must be limited to 50%
  • Racetracks may resume training and competition without live audiences, subject to approval by county public health officers

Outdoor operations of cardrooms and satellite wagering facilities

Cardrooms, satellite wagering facilities, and racetracks with onsite wagering

  • Follow this guidance for cardrooms, racetracks, and satellite wagering to support a safer environment for workers and patrons.
  • Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for cardrooms, racetracks, and satellite wagering in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

Childcare

Follow the guidance for the childcare industry to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for childcare in your facility to show employees and families that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for operation.

Cohorts for children and youth in supervised settings – updated September 4, 2020

A cohort is a stable group of no more than 14 children or youth and no more than two supervising adults in a supervised environment. The group stays together for all activities, including meals and recreation. And this group avoids contact with anyone not in their group.

Kids and adults in supervised care environments must be in groups as small as possible. Kids and supervising adults in one group must not physically interact with:

  • Kids and supervising adults in other groups
  • Other facility staff
  • Parents of kids in other groups

Practicing a cohort structure:

  • Decreases opportunities for exposure to or transmission of the virus
  • Facilitates more efficient contact tracing in the event of a positive case
  • Allows for targeted testing, quarantine, and isolation of a single group instead of an entire population of kids and supervising adults

The guidance related to cohorts of children and youth sets minimum guidelines for providing specialized, targeted support services, necessary in-person child supervision and limited instruction, and facilitation of distance learning in small group environments in ways that maintain the focus on health and safety to minimize transmission. This guidance enables schools to provide specialized services for students with disabilities and English learners, and in-person support for at-risk and high-need students. 

Local educational agencies, nonprofits, or other authorized providers must follow the guidance for cohorts of children and youth in controlled, supervised and indoor environments. These environments include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Public and private schools
  • Licensed and license-exempt childcare settings 
  • Organized and supervised care environments, like “distance learning hubs”
  • Recreation programs
  • Before and after school programs
  • Youth groups
  • Day camps

Guidance and directives related to schools, childcare, day camps, and youth sports are not superseded by this guidance for cohorts of children and youth and still apply to those specified settings.

Communications infrastructure

Follow this guidance for the communications infrastructure industry to create a safer environment for workers.

Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for the communications infrastructure industry in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

Construction

Follow this guidance for the construction industry to create a safer environment for workers.

Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for the construction industry in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

Day camps

Follow this guidance for day camps to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for day camps in your facility to show employees, campers, and families that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for operation. Follow the guidance related to cohorts of children and youth.

Delivery services

Follow this guidance for the delivery services industry to create a safer environment for workers.

Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for the delivery services industry in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

Energy and utilities

Follow this guidance for the energy and utilities industry to create a safer environment for workers.

Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for the energy and utilities industry in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

Family friendly practices for employers

Follow this guidance for family friendly practices for employers to keep employees safe and be responsive to their needs in order to ensure continued productivity. As workplaces reopen, employees will require both child care supports and workplace flexibility. Work-life balance policies will become even more important and continued investment in family-friendly workplace policies by employers is critical.

Food packing

Follow this guidance for facilities that process or pack meat, dairy, or produce to create a safer environment for workers.

Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for facilities that process or pack meat, dairy or produce in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

Gyms and fitness centers – updated January 26, 2021

Tier status

Widespread (purple)

  • Outdoor only with modifications
  • Indoor pools, hot tubs, saunas, and steam rooms must close
    • Drowning prevention classes, including swim lessons with certified instructors, are permitted in indoor and outdoor swimming pools in all tiers, as they are deemed essential

Substantial (red)

  • Indoor with modifications
  • Capacity must be limited to 10%
  • Indoor pools, hot tubs, saunas, and steam rooms must close
    • Drowning prevention classes, including swim lessons with certified instructors, are permitted in indoor and outdoor swimming pools in all tiers, as they are deemed essential
  • Climbing walls can open

Moderate (orange)

  • Indoor with modifications
  • Capacity must be limited to 25%
  • Indoor pools can open
  • Indoor hot tubs, saunas, and steam rooms must close
  • Climbing walls can open

Minimal (yellow)

  • Indoor with modifications
  • Capacity must be limited to 50%
  • Indoor pools, hot tubs, saunas, and steam rooms can open
  • Climbing walls can open

Follow this guidance for gyms and fitness centers, including yoga and dance studios, to support a safe, clean environment for workers, customers, and the public.

This guidance includes additional considerations for:

  • Communal restrooms and shower facilities
  • Swimming pools and aquatic venues

Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for gyms and fitness centers in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

One-on-one personal fitness training

A gym can offer personal training for only one person at a time (no more than a total of one trainer and one client permitted at a time per business premises). Follow the guidance for limited services when providing one-on-one personal fitness training.

Hair salons and barbershops – updated October 20, 2020

Follow this guidance for hair salons and barbershops to support a safe, clean environment for workers and customers. Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for hair salons in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

Higher education – updated October 1, 2020

Tier status

Widespread (purple)

  • Closed for indoor lectures and student gatherings
  • Some courses conducted in certain indoor settings, like labs and studio arts, may be open

Substantial (red)

  • Capacity for indoor lectures and student gatherings must be limited to 25% or 100 people, whichever is less
  • Some courses conducted in certain indoor settings, like labs and studio arts, may be open at regular capacity
  • Conduct student activities virtually when possible

Moderate (orange)

  • Capacity for indoor lectures and student gatherings must be limited to 50% or 200 people, whichever is less
  • Some courses conducted in certain indoor settings, like labs and studio arts, may be open at regular capacity
  • Conduct student activities virtually when possible

Minimal (yellow)

  • Capacity for indoor lectures and student gatherings must be limited to 50%
  • Some courses conducted in certain indoor settings, like labs and studio arts, may be open at regular capacity
  • Conduct student activities virtually when possible

This interim guidance for institutions of higher education provides guidelines to help institutions and their communities plan and prepare to resume in-person instruction. It includes interim guidance for collegiate athletics to help plan for and prepare to resume training and competition. Review the guidance and prepare a plan to reduce the risk and support a safer environment for students, faculty, workers, and families.

Hotels, lodging, and short-term lodging rentals – updated January 25, 2021

Tier status

Widespread (purple)

  • Open with modifications
  • Fitness centers can be open outdoors only with modifications
  • Indoor pools, hot tubs, saunas and steam rooms must close
    • Drowning prevention classes, including swim lessons with certified instructors, are permitted in indoor and outdoor swimming pools in all tiers, as they are deemed essential

Substantial (red)

  • Open with modifications
  • Fitness centers can open to 10% capacity
  • Indoor pools, hot tubs, saunas, and steam rooms must close
    • Drowning prevention classes, including swim lessons with certified instructors, are permitted in indoor and outdoor swimming pools in all tiers, as they are deemed essential

Moderate (orange)

  • Open with modifications
  • Fitness centers can open to 25% capacity
  • Indoor pools can open
  • Indoor hot tubs, saunas, and steam rooms must close

Minimal (yellow)

  • Open with modifications
  • Fitness centers can open to 50% capacity
  • Indoor pools, hot tubs, saunas, and steam rooms can open

Follow this guidance for hotels and short-term lodging rentals support a safe, clean environment for workers and customers.

This guidance includes additional considerations for:

  • Short-term rental units
  • Swimming pools and aquatic venues

Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for hotels, lodging, and short-term lodging rentals in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

Life sciences

Follow this guidance for the life sciences industry to create a safer environment for workers.

Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for the life sciences industry in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

Limited services – updated January 26, 2021

Follow this guidance for limited services to support a safe, clean environment for workers and customers. A limited service is one that generally does not require close contact. Examples include:

  • Laundromats
  • Dry cleaners
  • Auto repair shops
  • Car washes
  • Landscapers
  • Door-to-door services and sales
  • Pet grooming
  • Dog walking
  • One-on-one personal fitness training (no more than a total of one trainer and one client permitted at a time per business premises)

This guidance also applies to:

  • Residential and janitorial cleaning services
  • HVAC services
  • Appliance repair
  • Electricians
  • Plumbers
  • Mechanical tradespersons
  • Handypersons
  • General contractors

Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for limited services in your workplace to show clients and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

This guidance is not intended for:

  • In-home healthcare, other in-home care, or assisted living
  • Services that require close customer contact, including:
    • Hair salons
    • Barbershops
    • Nail salons
    • Massage parlors
    • Estheticians
    • Ear piercing
    • Tattoo parlors

See guidance for hair salons and barbershops and guidance for personal care services.

Faith-based counseling can reopen within the following parameters:

  1. Counseling services are permissible in-person where the service cannot reasonably be practiced remotely;
  2. Counseling services should adopt state guidance on Limited Services, where applicable;
  3. This designation does not permit gatherings beyond counseling to members of a single household.

Live events and performances – updated April 1, 2021

Beginning April 1, 2021, follow this guidance for outdoor live events, entertainment, and performances with seated audiences. Review the guidance and prepare a plan to support a safe, clean environment for workers, performers, volunteers, and patrons.

This guidance includes additional considerations for:

  • Entry and security
  • Production departments

This guidance does not apply to convention-style events, general admission venues, and events where the central activity allows patrons to move around shared space.

Performances that take place in non-performance venues (like restaurants, bars, or places of worship) must also follow that type of venue’s industry guidance.

Professional sports

This guidance applies to outdoor professional sports events with live audiences. This guidance does not apply to semi-professional, amateur, or recreational sports.

Professional sports may resume training and competition without live audiences, subject to approval by county public health officers. Athletes, coaching staff, medical staff, broadcasting staff, and others at sporting facilities or events should refer to COVID-19 protocols approved by county public health officers and agreed to by labor and management.

Logistics and warehousing facilities

Follow this guidance for businesses operating in the logistics/warehousing industry to create a safer environment for workers.

Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post  the checklist for the logistics/warehousing industry in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

Manufacturing

Follow this guidance for the manufacturing industry to create a safer environment for workers.

Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for the manufacturing industry in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

Mining and logging

Follow this guidance for the mining and logging industries to create a safer environment for workers.

Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for the mining and logging industries in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

Movie theaters and family entertainment centers – updated October 20, 2020

Tier status

Widespread (purple)

  • Movie theaters: Outdoor only with modifications
  • Family entertainment centers: Outdoor only with modifications for activities like kart racing, mini golf, batting cages
  • Playgrounds: Outdoor only with modifications

Substantial (red)

  • Movie theaters: 
    • Indoor with modifications
    • Capacity must be limited to 25% or 100 people, whichever is less
  • Family entertainment centers: Outdoor only with modifications for activities like kart racing, mini golf, batting cages
  • Playgrounds: Outdoor only with modifications

Moderate (orange)

  • Movie theaters: 
    • Indoor with modifications
    • Capacity must be limited to 50% or 200 people, whichever is less
  • Family entertainment centers: 
    • Outdoor with modifications for activities like kart racing, mini golf, batting cages
    • Indoor with modifications for naturally distanced activities, like bowling alleys, and escape rooms
    • Capacity must be limited to 25%
  • Playgrounds: Outdoor only with modifications

Minimal (yellow)

  • Movie theaters: 
    • Indoor with modifications
    • Capacity must be limited to 50%
  • Family entertainment centers: 
    • Outdoor with modifications for activities like kart racing, mini golf, batting cages
    • Indoor with modifications for naturally distanced activities, like bowling alleys, and escape rooms
    • Indoor with modifications for activities with increased risk of proximity and mixing, like arcade games, ice and roller skating, and indoor playgrounds
    • Capacity must be limited to 50%
  • Playgrounds: Outdoor only with modifications

Movie theaters

  • Follow this guidance for movie theaters to support a safe, clean environment for workers and customers. This guidance includes additional considerations for indoor movie theaters and drive-in movie theaters. Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for movie theaters in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

Family entertainment centers

  • Follow this guidance for family entertainment centers, like bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages, and arcades, to support a safe, clean environment for workers and customers. Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for family entertainment centers in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

Outdoor playgrounds

Museums, zoos, and aquariums – updated October 20, 2020

Tier status

Widespread (purple): Outdoor only with modifications

Substantial (red)

  • Indoor with modifications
  • Indoor activities must be limited to 25% of capacity

Moderate (orange)

  • Indoor with modifications
  • Indoor activities must be limited to 50% of capacity

Minimal (yellow): Indoor with modifications

Follow this guidance for zoos, museums, galleries, botanical gardens, aquariums, and other similar spaces to support a safe, clean environment for workers and customers. Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for zoos, museums, galleries, and aquariums in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

Music, film, and TV production – updated February 22, 2021

This industry can open with modifications. Music, TV, and film production may resume, subject to approval by county public health officers. To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, productions, cast, crew and other industry workers must abide by safety protocols agreed by labor and management, which may be further enhanced by county public health officers. Live audiences are not allowed. Back office staff and management must follow the guidance for office workspaces.

Office workspaces

Tier status

Widespread (purple): Remote work

Substantial (red): Remote work

Moderate (orange): Indoor with modifications, encourage telework

Minimal (yellow): Indoor with modifications, encourage telework

Follow this guidance for office workspaces to create a safer environment for workers.

Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for office workspaces in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

Faith-based office workspaces can reopen within the following parameters:

  1. Faith-based facilities are considered “offices” only for those employed by the organization and where the facility is their regular place of work.
  2. The employer should implement state guidance relating to offices before reopening the facility for employees.
  3. This designation does not permit gatherings of non-employees, such as the organization’s congregation.

Outdoor recreation, including campgrounds, playgrounds, and ski resorts – updated December 3, 2020

Follow this guidance for campgrounds, RV parks, ski operations, and other outdoor recreation to create a safer environment for workers and patrons.

Review the guidance and prepare a plan for your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

Outdoor playgrounds can open with modifications in all tiers. See requirements for outdoor playgrounds to keep them safe and fun for everyone.

Outdoor skateparks can open with modifications in all tiers. Attendees must adhere to physical distancing requirements and mask wearing as outlined in the outdoor playground guidance.

Drowning prevention classes, including swim lessons with certified instructors, are permitted in indoor and outdoor swimming pools in all tiers, as they are deemed essential.

Personal care services – updated October 20, 2020

Personal care services can open indoors with modifications in all tiers. Follow this guidance for personal care services like nail salons, tattoo parlors, and body waxing to support a safe, clean environment for workers and customers. This guidance applies to services that require touching a client’s face, like facials, electrolysis, and waxing. It also applies to esthetic services, skin care, and massage therapy. Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for personal care services in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

This guidance and checklist include additional considerations for:

  • Esthetic and skin care services
  • Electrology services
  • Nail services
  • Body art professionals, tattoo parlors, and piercing shops
  • Massage services (in non-healthcare settings)

Places of worship and cultural ceremonies – updated April 1, 2021

In response to recent judicial rulings, the interim capacity limits below are effective immediately. The linked guidance is in the process of being updated. All other restrictions in the guidance remain in place. 

Tier status

Widespread (purple)

  • Outdoor or indoor with modifications
  • Indoor activities are strongly discouraged and must be limited to 25% of capacity

Substantial (red)

  • Indoor with modifications
  • Indoor activities must be limited to 25% of capacity

Moderate (orange)

  • Indoor with modifications
  • Indoor activities must be limited to 50% of capacity

Minimal (yellow)

  • Indoor with modifications
  • Indoor activities must be limited to 50% of capacity

Singing, chanting, and playing wind instruments

Singing, chanting, playing wind instruments, and similar activities are permitted subject to the restrictions below. Workers or volunteers who are providing vocal, instrumental, or other music for a service or ceremony but sit or stand separately from the visitors or congregants are “performers.” Additional or alternative modifications for performances may be required by the forthcoming Live Performances guidance. 

For outdoor activities:

  • Performers must follow the guidance for outdoor live events and performances
  • Use of face coverings is mandatory except when actively eating and/or drinking. Exemptions identified in CDPH’s guidance for the use of face coverings are allowed.
  • Discourage audience members from singing, chanting, and similar practices that may increase the likelihood of transmission from contaminated exhaled droplets and aerosols.

Widespread (purple)

  • Performers singing, chanting, playing a wind instrument, or engaging in similar activities indoors must wear face coverings at all times. 
  • Such performers must maintain at least 12 of physical distance from other performers and 24 feet of physical distance from visitors or congregants.  
  • During a single service or ceremony before a live audience, no more than 10 performers may sing, chant, play wind instruments, or engage in similar activities.  
  • Performers are counted toward the occupancy capacity limit. 
  • Performers are strongly recommended to obtain a negative PCR test within 72 hours prior to the service.
  • Houses of worship should improve ventilation as much as possible.  

Substantial (red), Moderate (orange), and Minimal (yellow) 

  • Performers singing, chanting, playing a wind instrument, or engaging in similar activities indoors must wear face coverings at all times 
  • Performers must maintain physical distancing from congregants or spectators and other performers. 
  • Performers are counted toward the occupancy capacity limit. 
  • Performers are strongly recommended to obtain a negative PCR test within 72 hours prior to the service
  • Houses of worship should improve ventilation as much as possible.  

Recorded performances

When making a recording without a live audience for later use at a service or ceremony, performers may sing, chant, play wind instruments, or engage in similar activities without face coverings if the following conditions are met:

  • Each performer has taken a laboratory-based PCR diagnostic test (i.e., not a rapid test) that yielded a negative result within 72 hours prior to the recording session.
  • Performers must maintain six feet of physical distance.
  • Any additional individuals involved in making the recording must wear face coverings at all times.

Follow this guidance for places of worship and providers of religious services to support a safe, clean environment for congregants, visitors, workers, and volunteers. Places of worship include:

  • Churches
  • Mosques
  • Synagogues
  • Temples

This guidance also applies to cultural ceremonies like weddings and funerals.

Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for places of worship and cultural ceremonies to show everyone that you’ve reduced the risk.

Ports

Follow this guidance for the port industry to create a safer environment for workers.

Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for the port industry in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

Public transit and intercity passenger rail – updated October 20, 2020

Follow this guidance for public transit agencies to support a safe, clean environment for workers and customers. This guidance includes additional considerations for passenger carriers, like taxis, rideshare vehicles, shuttles, and limousines.

Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for public transit agencies in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

Shared transportation in agriculture

Shared transportation is common in agriculture. Employers may provide shared transportation for workers. Workers may arrange a carpool to and from the worksite. Check the additional considerations for shared transportation in agriculture to support a safe, clean environment for passengers and drivers.

Real estate transaction

Follow this guidance for businesses operating in the real estate industry to create a safer environment for workers.

Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for the real estate industry in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

Restaurants, wineries, and bars – updated March 11, 2021

Restaurants

Tier status

Widespread (purple): Outdoor only with modifications

Substantial (red)

  • Indoor with modifications
  • Capacity must be limited to 25% or 100 people, whichever is less

Moderate (orange)

  • Indoor with modifications
  • Capacity must be limited to 50% or 200 people, whichever is less

Minimal (yellow)

  • Indoor with modifications
  • Capacity must be limited to 50%

Follow this guidance for restaurants to support a safe, clean environment for workers and customers. Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for restaurants in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

Wineries, breweries, and distilleries (where meals are not served) – effective March 13, 2021

The interim capacity limits below are effective March 13, 2021. The guidance is in the process of being updated. Check CDPH’s activity and business tiers table for information about these changes.

Tier status

Widespread (purple)

  • Outdoor only with modifications
  • Reservations required
  • 90-minute time limit
  • Seating/tables only
  • Limited hours (service for on-site consumption close by 8:00 pm)

Substantial (red)

  • Outdoor only with modifications
  • Reservations required
  • 90-minute time limit
  • Seating/tables only
  • Limited hours (service for on-site consumption close by 8:00 pm)

Moderate (orange)

  • Indoor with modifications
  • Capacity must be limited to 25% or 100 people, whichever is less

Minimal (yellow)

  • Indoor with modifications
  • Capacity must be limited to 50% or 200 people, whichever is less

Follow this guidance for wineries and tasting rooms that do not serve meals to support a safe, clean environment for workers and customers. This guidance also applies to breweries and distilleries and is in the process of being updated.

Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for wineries and tasting rooms, which also applies to breweries and distilleries, in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business. Establishments that serve meals must follow the guidance and checklist for restaurants.

Bars (where meals are not served) – effective March 13, 2021

The interim capacity limits below are effective March 13, 2021. Check CDPH’s activity and business tiers table for information about these changes.

Tier status

Widespread (purple): Closed

Substantial (red): Closed

Moderate (orange): Outdoor only with modifications

Minimal (yellow)

  • Indoor with modifications
  • Capacity must be limited to 25% or 100 people, whichever is less

Follow this guidance for bars that do not serve meals to support a safe, clean environment for workers and customers.

  • This guidance does not apply to breweries and distilleries. Breweries and distilleries must follow the guidance for wineries. 
  • Establishments that serve meals must follow the guidance for restaurants.
  • When alcohol is being served with a meal, follow the guidance for restaurants.

Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for bars in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

Retail – updated February 24, 2021

Tier status

Widespread (purple)

  • Open with modifications
  • Retail capacity must be limited to 25%
  • Grocery store capacity must be limited to 50%

Substantial (red)

  • Open with modifications
  • Retail capacity must be limited to 50%
  • Grocery stores can operate at full capacity

Moderate (orange): Indoor with modifications

Minimal (yellow): Indoor with modifications

Follow this guidance for retailers to support a safe, clean environment for workers and customers. Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for retail in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

Retailers and libraries can re-open, along with the manufacturing and logistics sectors that support retail.

Libraries should follow the guidance for retailers. The State Library has also released guidance for the re-opening of libraries for in-person services. See the State Library’s COVID-19 website for more information. Find resources for public libraries by the California Library Association and the State Library.

Drive-in and movie theaters can re-open with additional considerations. Check the guidance for movie theaters and family entertainment centers for details.

Retail doesn’t include personal services such as beauty salons, but does include the sale of goods such as:

  • Bookstores
  • Jewelry stores
  • Toy stores
  • Clothing and shoe stores
  • Home and furnishing stores
  • Sporting goods stores
  • Florists

Retail stores identified in the essential workforce list can open for in-store shopping. They include:

  • Retail facilities specializing in medical goods and supplies
  • Grocery stores, pharmacies, convenience stores, and other retail that sells food or beverage products, and animal/pet food
  • Fuel centers such as gas stations and truck stops
  • Hardware and building materials stores, consumer electronics, technology and appliances retail

Schools – updated March 20, 2021

California has updated the guidance and framework for reopening K-12 schools for in-person learning for the 2020-2021 school year. Learn more in the K-12 schools reopening framework and guidance. Check the questions and answers about the K-12 schools reopening framework and guidance.

For school-sponsored youth sports, follow the guidance for youth sports.

Visit Safe Schools for All for the latest information and resources about COVID-19 and schools.

Shopping centers – updated October 20, 2020

Tier status

Widespread (purple)

  • Open with modifications
  • Indoor capacity must be limited to 25% for shopping malls, destination shopping centers, and swap meets
  • Closed common areas
  • Closed food courts

Substantial (red)

  • Open with modifications
  • Indoor capacity must be limited to 50% for shopping malls, destination shopping centers, and swap meets
  • Closed common areas
  • Reduced capacity food courts (see restaurants)

Moderate (orange)

  • Open with modifications
  • Closed common areas
  • Reduced capacity food courts (see restaurants)

Minimal (yellow)

  • Open with modifications
  • Reduced capacity food courts (see restaurants)

Follow this guidance for shopping malls, destination shopping centers, and swap meets to support a safe, clean environment for workers, customers, and the public. 

Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for shopping centers in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

Support for working families

The support for working families guidance provides information to help you locate child care, find assistance to pay for child care, and connect you to additional supports for your family. As stay-at-home orders are lifted for additional industries to promote California’s economic recovery, the need for child care and other supports for working families increases.

Youth and adult recreational sports – updated March 16, 2021

Follow this guidance for youth and adult recreational sports, both indoor and outdoor. It shows which sports are allowed to return to play in which tiers, based on level of contact and risk of COVID-19 transmission. It also includes limitations for competitions and tournaments.

This guidance applies to all organized youth sports, including:

  • K-12 school programs
  • Community-sponsored recreational programs
  • Private clubs and leagues

This guidance also applies to adults playing recreational sports. It does not apply to collegiate or professional sports. 

Find more information in the California Department of Public Health’s questions and answers about youth sports.

Competitions

Competitions for some sports can resume. They must be between only two teams. A team can participate in only one game per day. Out-of-state tournaments are not permitted. Competitions can occur when both teams are located:

  • In the same county and the sport is permitted in that county’s current tier
  • In bordering counties and the sport is permitted in both counties’ current tiers

Multi-team competition is permitted for sports where individual competitors from multiple teams is routine, such as:

  • Track and field
  • Cross-country
  • Golf
  • Ski and snowboarding
  • Tennis
  • Swimming, diving, and surfing
  • Biking
  • Equestrian events

The local health department where the event is being held and each of the local health departments that teams are traveling from must authorize the competition.

Check the guidance for youth and adult recreational sports for complete details.

Teams following college sports requirements

If a team follows the stricter requirements in place for college teams, they can return to competition at any time for any sport, including indoors. These requirements include:

  • Rigorous testing requirements for each competition
  • Contact tracing protocols
  • Coordination with local health authorities

Find complete details about these requirements in the guidance for youth and adult recreational sports.