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Thursday, February 25, 2021

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California Health Officials Announce Regional Stay at Home Order Lifted

As of January 25th 2021, the stay at home order has been lifted and places Riverside County in the state’s purple tier.  This allows many businesses to resume either indoor or outdoor operations.  Businesses like restaurants and gyms can operate outside, while personal care businesses like hair salons, barber shops and nail salons can operate inside.  It continues to be critical that masks continue to be worn, avoid gatherings, and practice good hygiene.  For more detailed information, see the links below.

►Find the Tier Status of Your County


Regional Stay At Home Order Lifted - January 25, 2021

►Industry Guidance - Reopen Your Business or Facility Safely

►For Body Art Updates click here

What To Do If You Have A Positive COVID-19 Case At Your Food Facility

 

Coronavirus

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). This occurs through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes with the potential of fomite transfer. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby, on surfaces, or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. Every person has a role to play.

  • If you feel sick, stay home.  Do not go to work.  Contact your medical provider.
  • If your children are sick, keep them at home.  Contact your medical provider.
  • If you are an older person or have a serious underlying health condition (for example, a condition that impairs your lung or heart function or weakens your immune system), stay home and away from other people. 
  • Wash your hands, especially after touching any frequently used item or surface.
  • Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible. 
  • Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow.

Riverside County Environmental Health is committed to providing guidance to the public and businesses we serve.  Continue to visit this page for additional information that will be posted here as it becomes available.  

FAQ COVID 19 Information

Current Emergency Public Health Orders supersede all prior Environmental Health guidance

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Regional Stay at Home Order Lifted 25 January 2021

Regional Stay at Home Order Lifted

The State announces regional stay-at-home order lifted, Riverside County businesses to resume within purple tier restrictions. Local officials remind residents to wear masks, avoid gatherings to slow the spread.

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The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is easily transmissible by droplet contamination. It is likely to be transmissible in foods, drinks, and from most surfaces. These preventive guidelines can be applied to all levels of food facilities, from temporary to mobile to fixed. Fortunately, the virus is easy to destroy. The California Retail Food Code (CRFC) regarding cleaning and sanitizing of equipment and utensils, as well as employee health and hygiene, are effective measures against the spread of COVID-19. Unlike bacteria and fungi, viruses are not alive and can persist on surfaces or in food products for up to a few hours. Once in a human host they quickly multiply and cause illness or disease.

The outbreak of coronavirus, or COVID-19, has led to strict requirements for businesses in California. Many businesses have been restricted or decided to close; however, facilities vital to food distribution are critical to communities and can make changes to stay open*. These changes are being enacted to decrease the spread of COVID-19 while also providing the necessary food for our communities. Read these guidelines for detailed information.

As of December 3rd, 2020 indoor pools and hot tubs must remain closed.  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.  Review this guidance, starting on page 19, to learn how to operate your pools and hot tubs safely for your employees and guests.

 

 

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