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 does Placer County’s directive mean for me?
A: Beginning March 20,2020 at 12:01 a.m., residents in Placer County must remain at home, except to carry out essential activities. However, this directive is superseded by Governor Gavin Newsom’s statewide order, which went into effect on March 19, 2020.

 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. A list of essential jobs/sectors is outlined here:

 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:

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.

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. 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. 

 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: What are non-essential activities, and what is closed?

  • Dine-in restaurants

  • Bars and nightclubs

  • Entertainment venues

  • Gyms and fitness studios

  • Public events and gatherings

  • Convention Centers

Q: How is the Sheriff’s Office handling CCW’s?
A: We are still accepting online applications, but not currently conducting in-person interviews. Existing interviews will be rescheduled for a later date. We are processing renewals and modifications online. If you are renewing your CCW and are unable to get into a firearms class, you can complete the process within six months of your expiration date without having to start the process over.

NOTE: You cannot carry your CCW past your expiration date, until you have received your renewed license in the mail.

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 directive or statewide order, 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: Essential businesses may stay open and their employees may leave home to go to work. Placer County businesses can refer to the state executive order linked below, to determine if their business is considered essential/critical.

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: You can email [email protected] with “Community Concern” in the subject line. Public Health will evaluate and prioritize based on risk level. Again, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office is not currently making arrests under the local directive, or state order.

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: