State Executive Order (March 19) & “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” list (March 20)

Full Placer County Shelter in Place Directive - PDF (Updated March 19)

Spanish PDF (Updated March 19)

Russian PDF (Updated March 19)

FAQs about the state Executive Order/county Directive

As follows, Placer County businesses should refer to the state Executive Order for definitions of essential businesses/essential critical infrastructure workers; individuals and families should continue to heed other portions of the county Directive:  

Basics of Placer County Directive

  1. All individuals currently living within Placer County, including its incorporated cities and town, and the entire unincorporated area, are directed to shelter at their place of residence. This means stay home.
    • In addition to homes and apartments, residences include hotels, motels, shared rental units, and similar facilities.
    • If a residence includes spaces shared with other households, such as a common patio, laundry room, or lobby, persons should stay at least six feet from any other person when using these spaces.
    • Individuals experiencing homelessness are exempt from this section of the Directive, but are strongly urged to obtain shelter, and governmental and other entities are strongly urged to make such shelter available while maintaining six feet of spacing between persons.
  2. All persons may leave their residences only to perform Essential Activities as defined in the county Directive, or to receive or perform Essential Governmental Functions or operate Essential Businesses as defined as Essential Critical Infrastructure by the state Executive Order.
  3. People at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and people who are sick should stay in their residence and limit their activity to seeking medical care.
  4. All public and private gatherings of any number of people who are not part of a single household or living unit should be avoided unless essential for the health, safety, or welfare of those present.
  5. All businesses with a facility in the County, except Essential Businesses defined as Essential Critical Infrastructure by the state Executive Order, are required to cease activities at facilities located within the County except Minimum Basic Operations, as defined below. Businesses may continue operations consisting exclusively of employees or contractors working from home. All Essential Businesses/Essential Critical Infrastructure are strongly encouraged to remain open. Essential Businesses/Essential Critical Infrastructure shall comply with the requirement for six-foot spacing between persons, including, but not limited to, when any customers are standing in line.
  6. All travel, including, but not limited to, travel on foot, bicycle, scooter, motorcycle, automobile, or public transit, except Essential Travel and Essential Activities as defined below, is prohibited. People may use public transit only for purposes of performing Essential Activities or to travel to and from work to operate Essential Businesses/ Essential Critical Infrastructure or maintain Essential Governmental Functions defined as Essential Critical Infrastructure by the state Executive Order. People riding on public transit must maintain six feet of space between persons, to the greatest extent feasible. This Directive allows travel into or out of the County to perform Essential Activities, operate Essential Businesses/Essential Critical Infrastructure or maintain Essential Governmental Functions defined as Essential Critical Infrastructure by the state Executive Order.

Definition of Essential Activities in Directive: 

Essential Activities include:

  1. Maintaining the health and safety of oneself and their family or household members (including pets). This includes, but is not limited to, obtaining medical supplies or medication, visiting a health care professional, or obtaining supplies needed to work from home.
  2. Obtaining necessary services or supplies for oneself and their family or household members, or delivering those services or supplies to others. This includes, but is not limited to, obtaining canned food, dry goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, pet supplies, fresh meats, fish, and poultry, other household consumer products, and products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences.
  3. Engaging in outdoor activity, such as walking, hiking, or running, provided six feet of spacing is maintained between people who are not members of the same household.
  4. Performing work providing essential products and services at an Essential Business or to otherwise carry out activities specifically permitted in this Directive, including Minimum Basic Operations.
  5. Caring for a family member or pet in another household.

Definition of Essential Businesses/Essential Critical Infrastructure in the Executive Order:

Placer County businesses should now refer to the State’s “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” list released following the state Executive Order to determine if their business is essential/critical.

Definition of Minimum Basic Operations in the Directive:

Minimum Basic Operations include the following, provided that employees comply with six-foot spacing between persons while carrying out such operations:

  1. The minimum necessary activities to maintain the value of the business’s inventory, ensure security, process payroll and employee benefits, or for related functions.
  2. The minimum necessary activities to facilitate employees of the business being able to continue to work remotely from their residences.

Definition of Essential Travel in the Directive:

Essential Travel includes travel for any of the following purposes, and must comply with six-foot spacing between persons:

  1. Any travel related to the provision of or access to Essential Activities, Essential Governmental Functions or Essential Businesses defined as Essential Critical Infrastructure by the state Executive Order, or Minimum Basic Operations.
  2. Travel to care for elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable persons.
  3. Travel to or from educational institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance learning, for receiving meals, and any other related services.
  4. Travel to return to a place of residence from outside the jurisdiction.
  5. Travel required by law enforcement or court order.
  6. Travel required for non-residents to return to their place of residence outside the County. Individuals are strongly encouraged to verify that their transportation out of the County remains available and functional prior to commencing such travel.

** March 24:  The Placer County Health Officer is providing the following clarifications regarding recently issued stay-at-home directions:

Based on the Governor’s Executive Order dated March 19, 2020, and corresponding guidance, short-term rental units (as defined in County Code) are not permitted to operate for commercial purposes and may continue to operate only for the following limited purposes:

  1. To provide COVID-19 mitigation and containment measures (for example, isolation and quarantine or the housing of displaced persons or the homeless)
  2. To provide housing for essential critical infrastructure workers; and
  3. For use by the property owner and his/her immediate family members.

As defined in the Health Officer Directive issued March 19, 2020, Essential Travel does not include leisure or vacation travel. Residents should shelter at their place of residence and not travel to other communities to shelter there.

Additional Recommendations For All Residents:

  • Stay home except as outlined in the above directive.
  • Regularly wash hands with liquid soap and water, and rub for at least 20 seconds. Use alcohol-based sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces touched by many people at least daily.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • If you are well, wearing a facemask is not necessary. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of masks is crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

Sick Persons:

  • Everyone should stay home if they are sick until:
    • At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); AND,
    • At least 7 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
  • Individuals with cold-like symptoms should manage their symptoms at home with over-the-counter drugs whenever possible, regardless of whether they have a cold, the flu, or COVID-19.
  • Individuals who develop difficulty breathing, feel extremely tired, or were feeling better but then feel a lot worse should call their health care provider. If they will be going to the provider’s office or urgent care center, they should call ahead so that the health care provider can be prepared to care for them.
  • People should only call 911 or go to an emergency department if they believe that their life is in imminent danger. Other emergencies are still occurring, and emergency resources must be available to address all of them, not just COVID-19.

Exposed Persons: 

  • If someone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19, the entire household should stay home for at least two weeks.
  • If you were in close contact (within six feet for about 10 minutes or more) with a person confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19, you should stay home for at least two weeks and monitor yourself every day for fever or respiratory symptoms.

An exception to this voluntary quarantine would be a health care worker or first responder. These critical workers are being closely monitored by their employers for symptoms.

Vulnerable Populations: 

The risk of severe disease from COVID-19 escalates as age increases, with persons over the age of 65 at higher risk of complications and severe disease. Regardless of age, people with chronic health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, heart disease, or lung diseases such as COPD, as well as those with weakened immune systems are also at high risk of severe illness.

People at higher risk should stay home and away from other people. Ask someone at lower risk to bring groceries, medical supplies and other necessities to avoid going out in public. Follow CDPH’s guidance for those at elevated risk.


Testing for COVID-19 is now available through commercial labs. However, just because a test is available does not mean that it is necessary for most people.

Until testing capacity increases and more health care facilities are able to collect specimens while protecting patients and health care workers from exposure, people who have mild symptoms do not need to get tested. See guidance under “Sick Persons” above.

Other CDC, State and Local Guidance

Resources for Travelers

Resources for Mass Gatherings: 

Resources for Schools and Child Care Facilities

Resources for Law Enforcement & Emergency Responders

Resources for Businesses and Employers

Resources for Other Populations

Resources for Cleaning/Disinfecting