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Mandatory Face Coverings in Yolo County

Date: May 25, 2020
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Yolo County has two new announcements today; a new health order that requires wearing a face covering in public and an amendment to the current Shelter in Place order that now allows certain activities to resume. Both of these are part of an emerging draft ‘Roadmap to Recovery’ response that gradually facilitates a path forward through the current COVID-19 pandemic. The broader Shelter in Place order that ends May 1st will be extended on or before May 1st and shared with the public once finalized. Residents are still required to stay at home and practice social distancing as much as possible.

‘Roadmap to Recovery’ is a proposed strategy to chart a path forward through COVID-19 that is fluid and gradual, continues to protect public health, and allows the County and cities to begin reopening various businesses and organizations. The draft Roadmap to Recovery document was released on Thursday and will be considered by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, April 28th. A multi-agency staff team comprised of the cities, County and Yoche Dehe tribal representatives are helping guide development of the draft document which includes seeking feedback that can be shared with the Board of Supervisors. The intent is to have the Board of Supervisors refine the document at their meeting and then to have it inform future iterations of the Shelter in Place order. The draft document is meant to be a living document which means that it will evolve over time in response to new information, data and feedback. Yolo County will be utilizing guiding principles, key indicators, and continuous evaluation to help guide decision-making in the foreseeable future. Some key indicators include: community-based cases, deaths, hospitalizations, and overall healthcare capacity. There is flexibility in this Roadmap to move forward and release additional services or business (if indicators show improvement) or backwards (if indicators show regression).

A supporting tactic in the County’s ‘Roadmap to Recovery’ is a new heath order requiring members of the public and workers to wear a face covering. This order will be effective immediately but not enforceable until April 27th at 8:00 a.m. The purpose of this order is to provide additional public health protection in settings that present a risk of COVID-19 transmission. This order is informed by the Centers for Disease Control, scientific evidence, and best practices regarding the most effective approaches to slow the transmission of communicable diseases, such as COVID-19. Residents are still required to stay at home as much as possible, practice social distancing of at least 6 feet, and use other public health measures, such as frequent hand washing, covering coughs, and staying home when sick.

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