MADERA — In Madera County, many local business owners have been excitedly and anxiously waiting for their opportunity to reopen since the COVID-19 pandemic started, as several counties have begun transitioning to encouraging business to reopen in early July.
However, according to Brian Gamble, Senior Administrative Analyst at Madera County Department of Public Health, Madera County was put on the statewide monitoring list due to high numbers of COVID-19 being reported when compared to population density. The local Public Health order for Madera County was put into place on July 7 for a minimum of three weeks. The Public Health order was, “… dependent upon our ability to get off of the monitoring list,” says Mr. Gamble.
On July 13, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom made the announcement of a state wide order, in an attempt to reduce COVID-19 spread, that supersedes what Madera County Public Health Order had previously been in place. With the Governor’s announcement, all counties within California must close all bars and restrict any of the following indoor operations: dine-in restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers (i.e. miniature golf, batting cages, bowling allies, and arcades) zoos, card rooms, and museums. Currently, the statewide order for California has no specified end date.
In addition to bars and restricted indoor operations, the counties on the monitoring list must also restrict the indoor operations of shopping malls, hair salons as well as barbershops, personal care services (e.g., body waxing and nail salons), places of worship, cultural ceremonies (e.g., weddings and funerals), as well as gyms and fitness centers.
For more information about how Madera County can get off of the state monitoring list, please refer to Madera County’s Public Health Website, www.maderacounty.com/covid19.