State Executive Order          State Face Covering Mandate (Updated Nov. 16)          State Reopening Guidance (Aug. 28) 

On Aug. 28, the State of California released the new Blueprint for a Safer Economy: a blueprint for reducing COVID-19 in the state with revised criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on activities. This replaces the state’s previous COVID-19 County Monitoring List framework. To learn more about what this means for COVID-19 reopening guidance meanwhile, please visit the Blueprint for a Safer Economy website here. For a summary of permitted activities under each tier of the new Reopen Placer Opens in new windowblueprint, click here

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

FAQs on the state order as it relates to the county

Additional Guidance For All Residents:

COVID-19 guidance flowchart-thumb

Exposure Guidance Flowchart

Guidance for Contacts (English) (Spanish) (Russian) (Other languages) & Quarantine Guidance for Fully Vaccinated Persons

Guidance for Confirmed COVID-19 Cases (English) (Spanish) (Russian) (Other languages)

*Going forward, Public Health is unable to provide individualized return to work clearance letters.  Please refer to the above documents page 4) for details on when you may self-release from isolation or quarantine.

  • Anyone who is feeling ill should stay home. 
  • Vulnerable (high risk) individuals are encouraged to stay at home.
  • Starting June 18, all Californians must wear face coverings in common and public indoor spaces and outdoors when distancing is not possible. Learn more about the guidance and limited exceptions here. 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.


Guidance on navigating COVID-19 in the workplace, including outbreak management and reporting, can be found here

Find reopening guidance on the Reopen Placer website and other supportive resources, including loan and grant information, on the Business Resource Center website

Sick Persons:

People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Everyone should stay home if they are sick until:

  • At least 1 day (24 hours) has passed since recovery defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in symptoms; 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. Individuals who test positive should follow isolation guidance

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 you were in close contact (within six feet for about 15 minutes or more) with a person confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19, and you remain symptom-free, you may end quarantine after 10 days from the date of your last close contact. You must monitor yourself for symptoms, wear a face covering at all times around others, wash hands and stay at least 6’ from others for 14 days after exposure. If you develop symptoms during this time, self-isolate and contact your medical provider or health department to get tested. Follow this guidance

*There are additional exceptions for healthcare workers; emergency response personnel and social service workers who work face to face with clients in the child welfare system or in assisted living facilities. View the full CDPH guidance here. For those who have been fully vaccinated, find quarantine guidance here.


Individuals with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should access testing through medical providers or other community sites, even if symptoms are mild. 

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

Outdoor and Indoor Youth and Recreational Adult Sports

  • Per guidance from the California Department of Public Health: “No tournaments or events that involve more than two teams to occur. Exceptions may be made, with authorization from the local health department where the event is being held and each of the local health departments where teams originate from, for sports where individual competitors from multiple teams are routine such as: track and field; cross-country; golf; skiing/snowboarding; tennis; swimming/diving/surfing; biking and equestrian events.” 
The following form may be submitted to Placer County Public Health for approval of events in these categories. Please read instructions carefully before submitting. Events must adhere to state guidance around face coverings, observers, hygiene etc.

Placer County Multi-Team Sport Approval Request Form

Resources for Childcare 

Resources for Law Enforcement & Emergency Responders

Additional Resources for Businesses and Employers

Resources for Nursing Facilities

Resources for Other Populations

Resources for Cleaning/Disinfecting

Resources for Travelers


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
June 15 - Adapted Guidance for Distanced/Non-Contact Athletic Drills and Conditioning (superseded by state guidance)