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Northern California County Expands Stage 2 Reopening for Lower-Risk Workplaces

NEVADA COUNTY, CALIF. — Nevada County has received approval from the State of California to move further into Stage 2 reopening related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Located east of Sacramento and just across the state border from Reno, Nevada, the county is among the first in California to receive approval of its readiness plan.

County businesses are encouraged to prepare to safely reopen, if they fit into the Stage 2 sectors in the California Recovery Plan outlined in the Resilience Roadmap.

Lower-risk workplaces that are outlined in the first step of Stage 2 include retail, childcare, manufacturing, logistics and essential businesses. An expansion of Stage 2 reopenings includes relaxed retail restrictions and the adaptation and reopening of schools, offices and limited hospitality and personal services. While schools are included in the next phase of Stage 2 reopenings, Nevada County does not anticipate schools reopening until August.

Prior to reopening, each business must complete its industry-specific checklist for modifications and safety. Businesses must perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan; train employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19, including how to screen themselves for symptoms and stay home if they have any symptoms; and implement individual control measures and screenings, disinfecting protocols and physical distancing guidelines.

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