• Additional Business OK’d to Reopen in Latter Stage 2

    May 21, 2020
    Additional Business OK’d to Reopen in Latter Stage 2
    More Santa Maria businesses can resume operations now that the County has moved into the latter phase of Stage 2 reopening during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Everyone is encouraged to continue physical distancing and hygiene guidelines so we can move toward further reopening.
    The types of businesses allowed to reopen in this latter phase of Stage 2 include dine-in restaurants (with modifications), schools and child care, retail stores and shopping malls, and some offices. Higher risk businesses, such as hair and nail salons, gyms, churches and hotels for non-essential stays, are identified to reopen in Stage 3, but not before Governor Newsom declares eligible counties can move into Stage 3. 
    Stage 1: Safety & Preparedness
    Stage 2: Lower Risk Workplaces
    Stage 3: Higher Risk Workplaces 
    Stage 4: End of Stay-at-Home Order
    “Getting people back to work is an exciting step, after so many businesses were forced to close for about nine weeks,” Mayor Alice Patino said. “But the pandemic is not over. Everyone must continue efforts including washing hands, sanitizing surfaces, wearing masks, and social distancing.”
    The City and the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce are assisting local businesses with the process of safely and successfully reopening. The Chamber offers numerous resources online. Mayor Patino and City Manager Jason Stilwell have so far participated in dozens of discussions with State, County, and local business leaders. The City also is working toward safely reopening its facilities, some with modifications, to the public. The City’s Utilities Department reminds building owners and operators that all facilities that have been dormant should have their plumbing properly flushed to bring fresh water into the system.
    Before any business can reopen, it is required to review State guidance and local guidance, complete a COVID-19 Prevention Plan, and self-certify that it can put into place specific health care, sanitation, and spacing rules to keep customers and workers safe during the ongoing pandemic. Read the County Health Officer Order posted online.