State Executive Order 

Placer County is now in late Stage 2 of California’s four-stage plan, after the Placer County COVID-19 Variance Attestation submission was officially posted on the CDPH website.

Businesses that are permitted to open may find guidelines and checklists for safety measures on the Reopen Placer website.Reopen Placer Opens in new window

FAQs on the state order as it relates to the county


Placer County Health Officer Directive (issued March 19; expired April 10 at 11:59 p.m.)

Placer County Health Officer Order (issued April 10; amended April 16; expired May 1 at 11:59 p.m)

Physical Distancing Protocol template for businesses plus signage example for essential businesses 

Supplemental physical distancing plans for golf courses and outdoor shooting and archery ranges

Additional Guidance For All Residents:

  • Anyone who is feeling ill should stay home. 
  • Vulnerable (high risk) individuals are encouraged to stay at home.
  • Individuals are strongly recommended to wear a face covering when in public, if maintaining six feet of physical distance from others is not possible. Read some Face Covering FAQs here.
  • When in public, maximize physical distance from others (at least six feet). 
  • Maintain good hygiene practices by washing hands, using hand sanitizer, cleaning frequently touched surfaces, and covering coughs and sneezes. 
  • Gathering with others who are not part of your household is not allowed. 
  • Non-essential travel is not allowed. 

Sick Persons:

Symptoms of COVID-19 may include:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or at least two of these symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

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 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

Individuals with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should access testing through medical providers or upcoming OptumServe test sites, even if symptoms are mild. Testing capacity in Placer County has grown to support testing for mildly symptomatic individuals. However, at this time, there is no treatment specifically approved for people who have COVID-19. Most people have mild illness and can recover at home without medical care

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.

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. Follow this guidance

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.


Individuals with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should access testing through medical providers or upcoming OptumServe test sites, even if symptoms are mild. Testing capacity in Placer County has grown to support diagnostic testing for mildly symptomatic individuals. OptumServe sites can now test all individuals, regardless of symptoms.

Antibody (serologic) tests should not be used as the only way to diagnose someone as being currently sick with COVID-19. These types of tests are slowly becoming available through healthcare providers, but only some are FDA-approved. Check with your healthcare provider to see if they offer serologic (antibody) tests. A positive test result shows you have antibodies that likely resulted from an infection with SARS-CoV-2, or possibly a related coronavirus. It’s unclear if those antibodies can provide protection (immunity) against getting infected again. This means that we do not know at this time if the antibodies detected make you immune to the virus. Click here for more information.

Other CDC, State and Local Guidance

Resources for Travelers

Resources for Schools and Child Care Facilities

Resources for Law Enforcement & Emergency Responders

Resources for Businesses and Employers

Resources for Nursing Facilities

Resources for Other Populations

Resources for Cleaning/Disinfecting