Business Re-opening

We have been staying-at-home except for essentials needs since the start of the statewide stay-at-home order issued on March 19, 2020. As businesses are allowed to reopen the State of California has provided a roadmap with "stages" as guidance for allowing businesses to re-open and to modifying the statewide order. 

What Stage Are We In? 

California is in Stage 3 and will allow movie theaters, campgrounds, RV parks, bars, wineries, fitness facilities, hotels, museums, and zoos to reopen Friday, June 12. These are among several new businesses and activities the State Department of Public Health today announced can reopen in the counties, including San Bernardino County, that have met certain thresholds on the number of cases, testing and preparedness.

Guidance Issued for Gyms, Bars, Museums, and Other Businesses and Activities to Begin Reopening June 12 -- NEW

The state issued new guidance documents for these new sectors that will be allowed to reopen Friday, June 12:

Not included in Friday’s (June 5) announcement were nail salons, tattoo studios, performance venues, and youth sports, which are not authorized to reopen. Most of the new businesses are part of “Stage 3” on the state’s 4-Stage Reopening Plan.

Small businesses that need assistance complying with the guidance should look into the San Bernardino County COVID Compliant Business Partnership Program, Participating small businesses can receive up to $2,500 in funding to pay for improvement, equipment, and supplies needed to comply with safety guidance.

Businesses Must Take Steps Before Re-opening

According to the State of California, every business should take steps to reduce the risk of COVID-19 and create a safer environment for workers and customers.  To assist in understanding how to do that, statewide business guidance is being provided for businesses to follow, if they’re permitted to open. 

Before reopening, all facilities must:

  1. Perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan
  2. Train employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19, including how to screen themselves for symptoms and stay home if they have them
  3. Implement individual control measures and screenings
  4. Implement disinfecting protocols
  5. Implement physical distancing guidelines

How San Bernardino County Businesses Can Ensure a Safe Reopening

The County is looking to owners and managers of businesses and facilities to establish safe reopening guidelines to address the following areas of concern.

  1. Perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan.Every workforce is different, with unique characteristics and challenges. No one is in a better place to know how to conduct operations safely than the owner, managers and employees of an individual facility.
  2. Protect and support worker health and safety. Supply and require use of face coverings and personal protective equipment. Relocate break areas outdoors with physically distant seating.
  3. Ensure appropriate physical distancing. Ease into opening by limiting occupancy initially by 25% capacity in order to evaluate operational protocols. Use floor markings and manage traffic flow to ensure 6-foot distancing between individuals as much as possible. Avoid congregating.
  4. Ensure proper infection control.Follow strict cleaning and sanitation standards, appropriate for your place of work or business. Establish operational procedures to frequently clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces.
  5. Train all employees on new procedures. All workers need to understand your site-specific protection plan. Make sure employees know how to screen themselves for symptoms and stay home if they have them.
  6. Communicate with the public.Post clear signage to communicate your new safety protocols to visitors, including the requirement to wear a face covering when indoors and interacting with workers or strangers.
  7. Offer transactions and services online and at curbside whenever feasible. Accommodate curbside pick-up to keep vulnerable populations safe. Continue to encourage takeout and delivery service.

Emergency Assistance (PDF)

San Bernardino County Covid-compliant Business Partnership Program

The County of San Bernardino has allocated $30 million to support small businesses through their new COVID Compliant Business Partnership Program. You can now apply to  collect up to $2,500 in funding to offset costs and impacts directly related to complying with COVID protocols.  This program is to help small businesses meet public health guidelines when they reopen for business.

Beginning May 14th, you can fill out an application, find out if your business qualifies, and learn more.   FAQ’s

The County estimates that the program will assist 12,000 local businesses, with money being issued to qualified applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the funds are exhausted. The application deadline is August 31, 2020. 
Here are some of the requirements:

✔️Must have less than 100 employees
✔️Must be in business for 1+ years
✔️Must commit to complying with state and county health requirements
✔️Each business is eligible for $2,500 to assist with costs associated with meeting health requirements
✔️Recipients will be issued a window placed indicating their compliance
✔️Applications will be accepted on a first come first served basis

The goal of the program is to enable the re-opening of businesses while supporting the health of our residents.

Learn more about COVID-compliant Business Partnership Program

Wednesday Business Update 

Each Wednesday the County of San Bernardino will provide a COVID-19 business update.  You can visit the for the update.   

SB Co. Readiness & Reopening Plan

Many types of businesses have been allowed to open under certain conditions (curbside only), and the S. B. County Board of Supervisors has adopted a Business and Reopening Plan providing guidelines to help businesses operate while keeping staff and customers safe. 

Chairman Curt Hagman is looking to partner with other Southern California county board of supervisors chairs on seeking a dialogue with the Governor on the criteria for safely reopening additional business sectors.