The State’s Response to COVID-19 Follows a Local Up Approach
NEW: CGA has partnered with the California Resiliency Alliance in posting additional information on the numerous local emergency orders throughout California. These orders can include mandates about what businesses may be opening, social distancing practices and use of face masks.
Visit our Local Ordinance Database to see all facial covering ordinances in your areas of operation!
June 29, 2020: Bar-Closure Mandates Sweep California
On Sunday, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that all bars must close in seven California counties, including Los Angeles. The state’s Public Health Department also recommended closing bars in eight additional counties.
Today, counties advised to close by the Governor and public health officials, but not mandated to do so, began taking action. Sacramento County will close bars tonight, June 29, and Contra Costa County postponed the reopening of businesses like bars, gyms, and indoor dining, among others. It is likely more counties and cities across California will follow Newsom’s lead on slowing the reopening process.
If your stores utilize on-sale alcohol permits, CGA advises checking with your county or city officials to decide how to best proceed. For questions or concerns, you can also contact Tim James.
What’s perhaps more noticeable about yesterday’s announcement is that it shows elected officials are willing to scuttle their own reopening plans, despite public pressure to return life to some sense of normalcy.
June 23, 2020: Updated Local Orders
The Association continues to work with the California Resiliency Alliance to track the ever-evolving local actions taken to combat the novel coronavirus. An updated list of city and county emergency orders can be found on our website.
June 15, 2020: An Update on Local Stay-at-Home Orders
Gov. Gavin Newsom continues to move the state further into its reopening process. Each phase creates the sense California is returning to business as usual. Despite this sense, local jurisdictions still have the ability to choose stricter standards, and many are maintaining existing stay-at-home orders in at least some form.
CGA has obtained an updated list of local orders. Click here to download these orders in spreadsheet form.
April 29, 2020: Bay Area Counties Formally Extend Stay at Home
As expected, six Bay Area counties have extended their stay at home orders through May 31. The counties include Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara.
The extended order does allow additional opportunities for certain business such as construction and real estate. The only possible impact for grocers is allowing childcare operations for essential employees to be re-open under restricted operations. The language is consistent cross all six counties.
Sacramento County has also extended its order until May 22, with minor adjustments for outdoor activities and food trucks.
CGA believes we will continue to see local jurisdictions extend their stay at home policies with minor adjustments to allow for additional activities.
Monterey County Orders Face Coverings
Monterey County has joined the many other counties that have already required facial coverings. The County’s order applies to all workers and the public.
Under the mandate’s provisions, business owners must take reasonable measures including posting signs to remind patrons about face coverings. Stores are also encouraged not to serve people who are not wearing a facial cover. The order is available here.
April 27, 2020: Tracking New Face Covering Activity
Face covering mandates and guidances continue to remain a dynamic policy arena as cities and counties work to meet the COVID-19 challenge.
As we mentioned in past editions of this newsletter, the field of action for face coverings flows towards small and midsize jurisdictions. For example, this past weekend, Yolo County moved to require face masks be worn when in public.
To help you navigate face covering orders and guidances, we are making daily updates to our Local Ordinance Database. Visit this tool on our website to search for ordinances by location.
April 25, 2020: San Diego County Face Coverings Mandatory for All
San Diego County has amended its emergency order to extend the face-coverings mandate to all residents while in public and within six feet of someone that is not a household member.
The County had already made it mandatory for all essential workers to wear face coverings, and this new requirement goes into effect May 1, 2020.
April 24, 2020: CGA Calls on Cities and Counties to Suspend Bag Ban
With Gov. Gavin Newsom signing an executive order to pause California’s bag ban that did not include grandfathered local actions, the Association sent a letter to local government policymakers requesting they take action to bring their jurisdictions into alignment with new executive order.
CGA also reached out to major media markets with a statement explaining the situation and encouraging counties and cities to follow the Governor’s lead.
April 20, 2020: Alameda County Rounds Out Bay Area Face Covering Expansion
Last week, we updated you on the expanding facial covering mandates coming out of the Bay Area.
Contra Costa, Marin, and San Francisco County moved first and released Emergency Orders requiring the wearing of face coverings for both employees and customers at grocery stores.
These orders were followed by San Mateo County, and a slightly different angle taken by Santa Clara County, which “strongly recommending” use of facial coverings — having decided to not yet mandate through an order.
If you’re operating stores in the Bay Area, you can now add Alameda County to the list of counties requiring face masks of grocery shoppers and employees. The County’s new order can be read here.
April 17, 2020: New Facial Covering Mandates Appear in the Bay Area
This afternoon, Contra Costa, Marin, and San Francisco County released Emergency Orders requiring the wearing of face coverings.
These orders include both employees and customers at grocery stores, with enforcement to begin at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, April 22. The orders are similar in their language, and other Bay Area localities may join with similar orders — although none have been confirmed.
The new mandates also require essential businesses, such as grocers, to post signage and remind customers of the face-covering requirement.
Businesses must take reasonable steps to prohibit customers from violating the order, as well as prohibit customers without wearing facial coverings from entering, serve them and seek to remove them from premises.
Information for each county has been listed individually below:
- Marin County Order
- San Francisco County Press Release
- Information Page (We are waiting on official order language, yet expect it to mirror Marin/Contra Costa)
- Contra Costa County Order
April 15, 2020: New Operational and Employee Mandates
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has passed an ordinance requiring several operational and employee mandates. The ordinance goes into effect immediately, Wednesday, April 15.
Several of the motion’s components, which CGA expressed concerns over, were not included in the final ordinance language. Additionally, many of these mandates are already required due to Emergency Orders by the County Health Department, or City of Los Angeles orders.
The full ordinance can be reviewed here while a brief summary of the ordinance language is below:
- Worker means employee at retail location open to the public or who delivers to the public
- Employer must provide:
- Gloves and hand sanitizer, if commercially available
- Disinfecting products
- Face Coverings
- Training on items use
- Dedicated hand-washing/sanitizing stations for employees
- Sanitary and stocked restrooms for use by employees
- Sanitize shopping carts and baskets between each use
- Shall not unreasonably withhold schedule change requests due to family care or COVID-19 symptoms
- Permit employees to wash hands every 30 minutes
- Provide special shopping hours for customers over 60
- Signage informing customers of social distancing
- Allow Food Delivery Platform Workers access to bathrooms
- Mandates in place until Emergency Lifted
April 9, 2020: LA Grocery Worker Protection Ordinance
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has approved the last grocery-related coronavirus ordinance left on his desk, which impacts employee schedule changes and rules around offering hours to existing employees. The ordinance takes effect on Friday, April 10.
Below is a summary of the Grocery Worker Protection Ordinance:
- An employer must approve a change to a work schedule under specific circumstances:
- An employee needs to provide daycare for their own child.
- An employee must take care of an ill immediate family member or member of their household
- If the employee feels ill, or exhibits signs of COVID-19.
- Before hiring a new employee or contracting for service, hours must first be offered to existing employees.
April 8, 2020: City of Los Angeles Emergency Order for Supplemental Paid Sick Leave
Last night, Mayor Eric Garcetti issued an Emergency Order implementing Supplemental Paid Sick Leave while encouraging the Los Angeles City Council to continue to amend its own ordinance.
The order is effective immediately and only applies to the City of Los Angeles.
In summary the Order does the following:
- Applies to businesses with 500 or more employees in the City, or 2,000 or more employees in the United States.
- An employee is considered an individual who performs any work in the geographic boundaries.
- Full-time workers receive 80 hours of supplemental paid sick leave.
- Part-time employees receive an average of two-week period.
- Supplemental paid sick leave shall be provided for:
- Health provider recommendation to isolate or self-quarantine
- Employees who are 65 or older with an existing health condition.
- Care for a family member who is not sick, but requires isolation or self-quarantine.
- Employee needs time off to take care of family member or child whose care provider ceases operation.
- Order expires two weeks after local emergency period
- Exemption for collective bargaining, if it contains COVID-19 leave provisions.
April 7, 2020: LA Mandates Special Shopping Hours
A City of Los Angeles emergency ordinance that requires grocery stores to dedicate special shopping hours for the elderly, disabled and congregate living homes is now in effect.
For grocery stores larger than 10,000 sq. ft., the first hour the store is open must be limited to these special populations. As an emergency ordinance, it goes into effect immediately. The ordinance can be reviewed here.
April 5, 2020: Riverside County Mandates Facial Coverings for All
On April 4, Riverside County mandated that all individuals leaving their homes must wear face coverings. This means all essential employees, including grocery store employees, must wear facial coverings when at work.
This mandate goes into effect midnight on Sunday, April 5. The order also mandates all essential businesses to follow CDC and CDPH guidelines for social distancing and infection control.
Applying to all cities and unincorporated areas of Riverside County, the County’s definition of face coverings is very broad and includes scarves, masks, bandanas, or any other type of cloth covering. They discourage use of N95 masks and other medical masks.
April 3, 2020: San Diego County Mandates Face Coverings for Grocers
Yesterday, we wrote that we expected to see face covering recommendations expand from a few cities and counties to many throughout the state.
At the time of publishing, San Diego County had yet to join the fray, but was believed to have its own version coming. Released late in the afternoon, the County’s addendum to its existing emergency declaration includes two updates: a “Safety and Sanitation Protocol” and a face-covering mandate for public-facing grocery store employees.
The “Safety and Sanitation Protocol” is a facsimile to what several Bay Area counties have already established, and it requires a worksheet, which must be followed, filled out, and made available to the public for viewing.
Among the protocols is disallowing consumers from bringing reusable items, including carryout bags, to the store. The worksheet must be implemented in all cities and unincorporated portions of San Diego County, completed and posted publicly no later than midnight, April 7.
The addendum’s second component is a mandate that all grocery store employees, who have contact with the public, shall wear a cloth face covering as described in CDPH Face Covering Guidelines.
This mandate is effective Saturday, April 4 at 12 a.m. It does not mandate that face coverings be provided by the employer.
While grocers are committed to the safety of our workers and customers, CGA continues to press San Diego County supervisors for either an implementation delay or resources to comply with the face-covering mandate, due to its very short compliance window.
April 2, 2020: Cloth Face Coverings
This week marks another turning point for the cadence being set by local governments seeking to combat COVID-19.
Last night, April 1, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a new recommendation that City of Los Angeles residents use cloth face coverings to enhance physical distancing.
At the county level, Riverside County health officials are recommending its residents use face coverings when leaving the home for essential outings, like visiting a grocery store or pharmacy. Other county announcements are likely to come.
The new recommendations around face coverings appear to be following a quicker cadence than we have seen with other COVID-19 safety measures. CGA advises its members to begin working towards implementation in anticipation that face covering recommendations will be released more widely throughout California.
The California Department of Health Services has released a face coverings guidance that should be reviewed to help inform your company’s implementation strategy. The guidance can be viewed here.
It’s important to note face coverings are not considered medical-grade masks, like N95 respirators, which should be reserved for health professionals.
March 31, 2020 (Evening): Bay Area Social Distancing Mandates
Today, County Health Directors from six San Francisco Bay Area counties have extended their stay-at-home order and added more and stricter social distancing mandates, which impact grocery stores. The counties making this order include Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara.
The new order requires essential businesses, which includes grocery stores, to develop, implement and post a social distancing protocol before April 3. These required protocols include specific measures to protect employee health, prevent crowds, prevent unnecessary contact and to increase sanitization standards. Social Distancing Protocol requirements are linked below.
The stay-at-home order goes into effect at 11:59pm on Tuesday, March 31. The “Social Distancing Protocol” for each essential facility must be posted at the entrance of each facility and visible to the public and employees no later than 11:59pm on April 2, 2020.
It is expected that other Bay Area Counties beyond the initial six will also mirror this order. It could also serve as a template for other counties and cities across California.
Please note the links below are specific to Santa Clara County, but the orders are exactly the same across all six counties.
March 31, 2020 (Evening): Los Angeles County Grocery Ordinances
March 31, 2020 (Morning): City of Los Angeles Grocery Ordinances
CGA will continue to keep you updated on these pending local laws. Contact Tim James for questions or additional information via email or at 916-832-6149.
March 27, 2020: League of Cities Tool
The California League of Cities has created a map for tracking city COVID-19 emergency responses. While CGA is also tracking local government orders, this too from the League is a great additional way to stay up to date on the latest ordinances. Visit their website here.
March 18, 2020: Local Government Orders
Several local governments in California have made orders regarding gatherings, essential services and sheltering in-place. While these orders will impact grocery operations in some manner, every order and mandate to date has recognized that grocery stores are essential services and will remain open. Due to the critical role grocery stores serve in society full closures of stores is not expected.
There have been several significant orders in the City and County of Los Angeles and the counties compromising the San Francisco Bay Area. These orders include restrictions on in-store dining, social distancing within stores and removal of trucking curfews. CGA has posted currently available local orders on its webpage.