Steps to Reopen Business during Stage 2

California will move into Stage 2 of modifying the state’s Stay-at-Home order on May 8, 2020. The goal is a safe, clean environment for workers and customers. Businesses may use effective alternative or innovative methods to build upon the guidance. Please review the appropriate state-provided industry guideline for your establishment and complete the checklist provided. If your industry guidelines are not posted, you may not open yet. If your industry is listed, please confirm that your establishment is able to open in Stage 2. Please refer to the California Department Public Health website for guideline updates or contact Tuolumne County Public Health for technical assistance.

Stage 2 - Lower Risk

as of May 8, 2020 these establishments may open with modifications:

  • Curb-side Retail

  • Manufacturers

  • Logistics

  • Childcare for those outside of the essential workforce

  • Office-based businesses (telework remains strongly encouraged)

  • Select services: car washes, pet grooming, and landscape gardening

  • Outdoor museums, and open gallery spaces and other public spaces with modifications

Later in Stage 2

Expanded Stage 2 with Attestation: Upcoming changes in the Stay-at-Home Order will move the entire state methodically through opening further. Those counties with variation attestation may progress to open these sectors more rapidly, according to their county-specific plan for modification.

  • Destination retail, including shopping malls and swap meets

  • Dine-in restaurants (other amenities, like bars or gaming areas, are not permitted in Stage 2)

Not Permitted in Stage 2

  • Personal services such as nail salons, tattoo parlors, gyms and fitness studios

  • Entertainment venues with limited capacities, such as movie theaters, gaming, gambling, and arcade venues, and pro sports

  • Indoor museums, kids museums and gallery spaces, zoos and libraries

  • Community centers, including public pools, playgrounds, and picnic areas

  • Limited-capacity religious services and cultural ceremonies

  • Nightclubs

  • Concert venues

  • Live audience sports

  • Festivals

  • Theme parks

  • Hotels/lodging for leisure and tourism – non-essential travel

  • Higher Education

Before reopening, all facilities must follow these steps:

 Step 1. Review the guidelines relevant to your business - 

  • Using those guidelines, conduct a risk assessment of your establishment and prepare a plan. If your sector guidance is not listed, then your business sector has not yet been approved for reopening. The guidelines and checklists for Early Stage 2 can be found HERE:  

  • The guidelines and checklists for counties that have submitted approved attestation documentation for movement into Late Stage 2 can be found HERE:


 Step 2. Complete the industry-specific checklist provided, post in your workplace and please submit the checklist to  


 Step 3. Train employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19: including how to screen themselves for symptoms and stay home if they have them. It is critical that employees needing to self-isolate because of COVID-19 are encouraged to stay home, with sick leave policies to support that, to prevent infection in your workplace, please visit the website for more information on government programs regarding COVID-19 sick leave and worker’s compensation.

 Step 4. Implement your plans: individual control measures and screening, disinfecting protocols, and physical distancing plans.

 Step 5. Continue to monitor local updates for any changes in local Stage progress that may affect your establishment. Updates will be provided on this website.

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