Sheriff's Office Covid-19 FAQ

Q: What does Governor Gavin Newsom’s statewide order mean for me?
A: Governor Gavin Newsom issued a stay at home order to protect the health and well-being of all Californians and to establish consistency across the state to slow the spread of COVID-19. You cannot leave your home except to carry out essential activities. For more information on the order, please visit: 

Q: How long is the order for?
A: The order is effective from March 19, 2020 until further notice. 

Q: What if I am being told to go to work?
A: If you are a staff member who works for a critical sector, you may be required to go to work. For a complete list of what business sectors and activities are open in Placer County visit the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy website

Q: What is open right now?

  • Gas stations
  • Pharmacies 
  • Food: Grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, take-out and delivery restaurants 
  • Banks
  • Laundromats/laundry services

Essential state and local government functions will also remain open, including law enforcement and offices that provide government programs and services. For a list of services open within the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, please visit: Blueprint for a Safer Economy website 

 Q: Are the Placer County jails open for visitors?

A: Effective April 2, 2020 the walk-in visiting centers at the Auburn Jail and South Placer Jail will be temporarily closed. For more information please visit: 

Q: Can I travel?
A: 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.

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. We ask people to do their part and honor the directive. Travelling to our smaller communities can overwhelm medical services making treatment harder to obtain than if you stay in your own community. Out-of-state travel is discouraged by the latest travel advisory

 Q:Can I go outside at all?
A: Yes you can, but you must practice the social-distancing rule of being at least six-feet away from one another. 

Q: How is the Sheriff’s Office handling CCW’s?
A: Placer County Concealed Carry Weapons (CCW) permit holders will now have until the end of October to renew their permits due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

Placer County Sheriff Devon Bell has implemented emergency CCW extensions for permits that have expired since the Shelter In Place issued on March 19, 2020. Permits that have been expired since that date will now be extended through October 31, 2020. This extension is valid within Placer County ONLY and may not be recognized by other law enforcement jurisdictions.

Several of the Placer County CCW approved instructors are still providing the required 4-hour course through smaller class sizes in order to comply with social distancing requirements. Our CCW Unit is also processing renewal applications within a timely manner. CCW holders are encouraged to complete the renewal process if they are able.

New CCW permit applications can still be started on the Placer County Sheriff’s website, but the interviews are being delayed due to the COVID-19 restrictions. 

Q: What is the Placer County Sheriff’s Office enforcing currently?
A: While the Sheriff’s Office is not making arrests under the county’s or the statewide orders, nor operating checkpoints to restrict travel, we strongly urge you to follow them to protect our community and the vulnerable population.

Q: I am a business owner in Placer County, and unsure whether I should remain open or closed?
A: Refer to the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy for a full list of what business sectors are open in Placer County. 

Q: There’s a bar or restaurant in my neighborhood that is still allowing customers to dine-in rather than just provide take-out. What are you doing about this?
A: Placer County’s Environmental Health staff is making regular rounds to the region’s businesses to ensure the governor’s executive order is being followed. If staff discovers a non-essential business operating there will be a discussion with the owner to educate them on the need to reduce the spread of the virus and how the executive order is not voluntary.  We are implementing an education campaign.    

Q: What if I see a bar, restaurant with dine-in customers or other non-essential businesses still operating in Placer County?
A: If you have concerns about businesses or activities that are not in line with the state order and guidance, you can call 211 and you will be connected to the appropriate local agency for additional outreach as appropriate.

Price gouging is being handled by the Attorney General’s Office. You can file a complaint at (800) 952-5225.

For more information on the Governor’s order, please visit: