Yolo County issues new health order, terminates local shelter in place order

As of Thursday afternoon, Yolo County has a new health order in effect until further notice and has terminated the local shelter in place order, according to a release.

The new order maintains the face covering health order, emphasizes the importance of personal responsibility, continues personal health and safety guidance such as social distancing and hygiene and provides additional directives and guidance.

While the county’s shelter in place order, issued on March 18, is no longer active, residents must still comply with the state’s stay at home order.

County officials hope the new document removes public confusion over having multiple orders at the local and state levels while still providing guidance to the community and decreasing the chances of COVID-19 surges, according to the release.

Businesses and activities that have not been approved by the state and Yolo Health Officer Ron Chapman remain prohibited from reopening.

The new order includes language that gives Chapman, set to retire at the end of June, the authority to allow more activities to resume as they are approved by the state and the ability to supplement state guidances with his own protocols.

“The county continues to move rapidly toward streamlining and clarifying processes aimed at approving and implementing the re-opening of select businesses and activities consistent with guidelines issued by the state,” said Board  of Supervisors Chair Gary Sandy. “Underlying these changes will be an enhanced emphasis on the importance of personal responsibility, including the need to make wise health choices and the ongoing value of minimizing risk by sheltering in place.”

Plans discussed earlier in the week at the board meeting included letting the shelter in place order expire on Sunday and replacing it Monday with the new one.

With the COVID-19 pandemic ongoing, members of the public are responsible for adhering to rules and guidelines set by the county and state. Businesses are responsible for enforcing and specifying policies at their establishment for the customers and staff to follow.

Older adults and all individuals with underlying medical conditions are advised to continue to stay at home as much as possible through Stage 4 of the state’s roadmap. Stage 2 is currently in progress.

Beginning Wednesday, individuals could return to non-essential offices though telework is still strongly encouraged. In-store shopping at non-essential retail stores and dining at restaurants also became allowed.

On Thursday, hair salons and barber shops were able to take clients and on Friday, places of worship will be eligible to reopen although remote services are recommended.

For the new health order and to track which activities have been approved by the Chapman, visit

Early Thursday afternoon the county was reporting 205 confirmed cases of COVID-19 including 22 deaths and 44 total hospitalizations.

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