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Coronavirus: Read the Yuba County and Sutter County Stay-at-Home Orders, issued April 7, 2020

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Yesterday, Yuba County and Sutter County issued a stay-at-home order which exempts most construction. We have included the relevant section of the order below, as well as a link to the order in its entirety.

Content Courtesy of Sutter County:

4. All businesses with a facility in the County, except Essential Businesses as defined below in Section 13, are directed to cease all activities at facilities located within the County except Minimum Basic Operations, as defined in Section 13. For clarity, all businesses may also continue operations consisting exclusively of employees or contractors performing activities at their own residences (i.e., working from home). All Essential Businesses are strongly encouraged to remain open. But Essential Businesses are directed to maximize the number of employees who work from home. Essential Businesses may only assign those employees who cannot perform their job duties from home to work outside the home. Businesses that include an Essential Business component at their facilities alongside non-essential components must, to the extent feasible, scale down their operations to the Essential Business component only; provided, however, that mixed retail businesses that are otherwise allowed to operate under this Order may continue to stock and sell non-essential products. To the greatest extent feasible, Essential Businesses shall comply with Social Distancing Requirements as defined in Section 13 below, including, but not limited to, when any customers are standing in line.

13. Definitions and Exemptions. a. For purposes of this Order, individuals may leave their residence only to perform any of the following "Essential Activities." But people at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and people who are sick are urged to stay in their residence to the extent possible except as necessary to seek medical care. Essential Activities are:

 c. For purposes of this Order, individuals may leave their residence to provide any services or perform any work necessary to the operations and maintenance of "Essential Infrastructure," including, but not limited to, public works construction, construction of housing, airport operations, water, sewer, gas, electrical, oil refining, roads and highways, public transportation, solid waste facilities(including collection, removal, disposal and processing), cemeteries, mortuaries, crematoriums, internet, and telecommunications systems (including the provision of essential global, national, and local infrastructure for computing services, business infrastructure, communications, and web-based services), provided that they carry out those services or that work in compliance with Social Distancing Requirements as defined in this Section, to the extent possible.
xii. Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the habitability, safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences and not for cosmetic or other purposes, Essential Activities, and Essential Businesses;
xiv. Construction, but only of the types listed in this subparagraph below: 1. Projects immediately necessary to the maintenance, operation, or repair of Essential Infrastructure and housing; 2. Projects associated with Healthcare Operations, including creating or expanding Healthcare Operations, provided that such construction is directly related to the COVID-19 response; 3. Construction of new housing; 4. Public works projects if specifically designated as an Essential Governmental Function by the City/County Administrator in consultation with the Health Officer; 5. Shelters and temporary housing, but not including hotels or motels; 6. Projects immediately necessary to provide critical noncommercial services to individuals experiencing homelessness, elderly persons, persons who are economically disadvantaged, and persons with special needs; 7. Construction necessary to ensure that existing construction sites that must be shut down under this Order are left in a safe and secure manner, but only to the extent necessary to do so; and 8. Construction or repair necessary to ensure that residences and buildings containing Essential Businesses are safe, sanitary, or habitable to the extent such construction or repair cannot reasonably be delayed;

To learn more and read the rest of the order, click here.