New Public Health Order Allows Additional Businesses and Activities to Reopen

Sacramento County amended its Public Health Order to allow additional businesses and activities to reopen, with modifications. The Order is consistent with the direction of the State of California, to move further into Stage 3 of the state’s Resilience Roadmap. The Public Health Order became effective at 11:59 a.m. today, June 12.

The following activities and venues are now allowable in the amended Public Health Order as listed in Appendix B of the Order, provided they follow strict social distancing and implementation of the required health and safety protocols outlined in Appendix A of the Order:
 
  • Bars and wineries
  • Hotels, lodging, and short-term rentals
  • Campgrounds, RV parks, and outdoor recreation
  • Gyms and fitness facilities
  • Pools
  • Museums, galleries, zoos, and aquariums
  • Family entertainment centers
  • Movie theaters
  • Day camps
  • Tribal casinos
  • Cardrooms, satellite wagering facilities, and racetracks
 
Additionally, businesses must include a policy for face coverings in their protocol and provide face coverings to staff when six feet of social distance is not possible.
 
“In spite of recent re-openings, the virus risk is still here,” said Sacramento County Director of Health Services Dr. Peter Beilenson. “We have seen an increase in COVID cases and hospitalizations recently, in large part due to social gatherings, and to keep these cases down we need to remember to be sensible while we’re being sociable.”

The Health Order supersedes previous orders and is in effect until it is rescinded or amended by the Sacramento County Health Officer.
 
The best defense against COVID-19 continues to be: 
 
  • Staying at home and physical distancing 
  • Wearing a face covering wherever possible
  • Washing hands frequently
  • Avoiding touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoiding being around people with COVID-19 symptoms

For questions about the Public Health Order, call the Sacramento County Public Health hotline at 916-875-2400. Learn more about the County’s social distancing protocols and allowable activities.

For information about Sacramento County COVID-19 cases and public health directives, visit covid19.SacCounty.net. To learn more about the City of Folsom’s response to slow the spread of COVID-19, visit www.folsom.ca.us/covid-19.

City Reopens Recreational Amenities and Activities
The City of Folsom Parks & Recreation Department announced recreational amenities and activities will begin reopening. All activities are allowable only with strict social distancing and other industry-specific public health guidelines.

  • The Steve Miklos Aquatic Center will open Tuesday, June 16 for scheduled lap swim, Mondays through Saturdays. Visit the website for details and additional programming announcements in the coming weeks. Please note that the play pools and play structures are closed at this time due to a planned renovation.
  • Spray parks at Livermore, Kemp, and Nisenan parks will open by early July.
  • The Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary will reopen Friday, July 17. New temporary hours of operation will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Advance online ticket purchase is required. Visit the Zoo Sanctuary website for additional details.
  • Three-day Zoo Sanctuary Junior and Senior Zookeeper Camps will be offered July 21-23, July 28-30, and August 4-6. Registration opens Wednesday, June 17.  
  • The Andy Morin Sports Complex remains open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday for table tennis, batting cages, and pickleball. Face coverings and masks are required for anyone entering the complex.
  • The Cummings Skate and Bike Park remains open from 1 to 7 p.m. daily.

Folsom Public Library Set to Reopen June 18
The Folsom Public Library will begin a phased reopening beginning Thursday, June 18. The library will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, for a limited number of visitors to browse, check out books, and use computers. Each visitor will be able to use the library for no more than one hour at a time. Programming will not be offered at this time, and children’s computers will not be available. Curbside library services will continue. To promote a safe environment, visitors are highly encouraged to wear face coverings at the library. For the safety of library patrons and staff, borrowed books and other materials will continue to be held for a minimum of three days after they are returned. Hours and services are subject to change. Please check the library website before your visit. 

Water Line Flushing Before Business Resumes
Businesses that are reopening after an extended shutdown should consider flushing plumbing fixtures of stagnant water before resuming normal operations. Flushing the water lines moves old water out of the plumbing system and brings in fresh, high-quality water.

Face Coverings Available for Folsom Businesses
The City of Folsom is distributing free face coverings to Folsom businesses to assist with reopening efforts.

Businesses can pick up face coverings from the Folsom Public Library at 411 Stafford Street from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, by appointment only. Businesses must be eligible, complete a  registration form, and schedule a pickup time . Face coverings will be distributed to local businesses as supplies last.

The face coverings were provided by the California Department of Public Health for businesses unable to obtain p erson al protective equipment. This onetime allocation is available as supply chains stabilize. Businesses will be asked to provide their Employer Identification Number (EIN) and attest that they have been unable to obtain face coverings directly from vendors and suppliers. Learn more and register at www.folsom.ca.us/BusinessFaceCoverings . 

Supporting a Phased Reopening of Businesses
The City of Folsom stands ready to support the reopening of local businesses. Here are some of the tools available to help businesses reopen. We encourage you to plan and prepare in advance for a safe and prosperous reopening. 


Folsom Lake State Recreation Area Update
California State Parks is working on a phased approach to increase access to the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area.

What is open now?
  • Beals Point Campground will open at limited capacity to maintain social distancing and avoid large group gatherings starting June 12. For more information about camping, visit www.parks.ca.gov/COVID19Camping. To make a reservation, visit www.ReserveCalifornia.com or call 800-444-7275. Walk-ins will not be allowed.  
  • Park entrances at Folsom Lake SRA are open to vehicular traffic at Granite Bay, Rattlesnake Bar, and Beals Point in Placer County; Darrington Trailhead, Skunk Hollow, Salmon Falls, Old Salmon Falls, Brown’s Ravine including Folsom Lake Marina, Peninsula and Mormon Island in El Dorado County; Folsom Point, Negro Bar, Willow Creek, Nimbus Flat, Park Shore, Nimbus Dam Overlook and Shadow Glen in Sacramento County. The day-use facilities, restrooms and boat launching facilities at these locations are open.
  • A limited number of concessions have begun reopening.

Stay informed about the latest updates on the California Department of Parks and Recreation website.

The City of Folsom is deeply committed and stands ready to support our businesses during this challenging time. City Hall remains open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more City of Folsom COVID-19 information and business resources, visit www.folsom.ca.us/businessresources or contact business@folsom.ca.us or 916-461-6210.