Dine-In Restaurants, Malls, Schools Can Reopen In Napa County

NAPA COUNTY, CA — Not unlike counties across California, businesses such as dine-in restaurants and retail stores, including shopping malls and swap meets, have been shuttered since mid-March in Napa County. Effectively immediately, however, Napa County is the first in the Bay Area where such businesses are allowed to reopen provided they make certain adaptations, the county announced Thursday evening.

“The State of California has approved Napa County’s self-attestation that the County meets the State’s Public Health Officer’s readiness criteria, a requirement for any county applying to gradually open additional businesses and services under the State’s ‘Expanded Stage 2’ of its four-stage reopening process,” Napa County Spokeswoman Elizabeth Scott said.

“This State approval allows Napa County’s businesses and services listed in Expanded Stage 2 to open, within industry guidelines, immediately,” Scott said.

The state of California is further permitting the county to reopen schools effective June 1.

Unfortunately for world-renowned Napa County wineries, the State’s “Roadmap to Recovery” does not allow wineries and/or tasting rooms to reopen at this time. Wineries are currently classified by the state as eligible for reopening when California, statewide, moves into Stage 3 of the gradual reopening process.

The Napa County businesses that are allowed to reopen now are required, at a minimum, to meet the state’s standards, and may follow best management practices that exceed state standards.

In addition to meeting the state standards, Napa County requires businesses, upon reopening, to:

“Businesses are encouraged to work with and through their local Chamber of Commerce or industry group to answer questions,” Scott said.

The county also made it clear Thursday that Napa County’s Shelter at Home Order remains in effect, and requires residents to shelter in their place of residence unless they are engaged in activities allowed by the order.

Under the county’s order, people are still required to wear a face covering when inside places of business or workplaces, and when interacting with any other person where 6 feet of physical distancing cannot be maintained. The face covering requirement does provide for certain exclusions and exceptions, such as for children under 2 and persons with difficulty breathing.

Businesses not included in Stage 2 and therefore not permitted to open at this time in Napa County include:

  • Bars

  • Gaming areas

  • 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

This article originally appeared on the Napa Valley Patch

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