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Sacramento County Health Order Amended for New Tier System

A new tiered system of county monitoring and for re-opening of business sectors was announced on Aug. 28, 2020, by the Governor of California that is based on specific COVID-19 indicators.

The revised criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on activities to reduce the number of COVID-19 cases has placed Sacramento County in RED/Tier 2 , last updated September 29, 2020.

Counties are required to remain in an assigned tier for a minimum of three weeks and must meet the criteria for the next tier for two consecutive weeks before being able to advance to the next tier.

To learn more about the State’s Tier system and specific allowable activities for Sacramento County, visit the State of California's COVID-19 Blueprint for a Safer Economy website.

Red Tier allows the following sectors to open for “INDOOR operations with modifications.” Industry Guidance can be found here

  • All retail (maximum 50% capacity)
  • Critical infrastructure (
  • Gyms and fitness centers (maximum 10% capacity)
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Movie theaters (maximum 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer)
  • Museums, zoos, aquariums (maximum 25% capacity)
  • Nail salons and physician-ordered electrolysis operations
  • Personal care services (e.g. body waxing, estheticians)
  • Places of worship (maximum 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer)
  • Professional sports (without live audiences)
  • Restaurants (maximum 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer)
  • Shopping centers (e.g. malls, destination centers, swap meets, excluding food courts and common areas) (maximum 50% capacity)


The following sectors are permitted for “OUTDOOR operations only*” until further notice: 

  • Family Entertainment Centers (e.g. bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages and arcades)
  • Cardrooms, satellite wagering
  • Wineries
  • Bars, pubs, brewpubs, breweries and distilleries may operate outdoors, only if they offer sit-down, outdoor meals


*Outdoor operations may be conducted under a tent, canopy or other sun shelter with no more than one side closed.

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