Businesses that can keep their office or place of business open should consult these links for advice on how to slow the spread of disease and protect their workers:
The California Department of Industrial Relations clarifies state regulations around sick leave and employers' responsibilities in this period:
If your business includes healthcare, or caring for other people, these state agency bulletins may apply.
Food businesses: The shelter in place Order of March 16 allows restaurants, food trucks, and cafeterias to stay open provided they follow the regulations in the link below. Grocery stores and food pantries may also stay open if they follow the regulations listed for those activities.
Advice for food service workers, and for people afraid that coronavirus might spread through food (not likely, if precautions are taken):
Please note: On March 13, 2020, a bulletin from the Santa Clara County Department of Public Health stated, in part, that:
The County Superintendent of Schools and all district superintendents in the County have decided to close schools to students for three weeks beginning Monday, March 16, 2020.
However, since then nearly all the schools, colleges, and universities in the state have closed indefinitely. In a press release on March 17, Governor Newsom warned that public schools in California might not be able to re-open for face-to-face education before the next school year begins in the fall.
Some childcare centers are still open, however; and these documents still apply to them:
Guidelines for schools during this pandemic:
In an executive order on March 13, Governor Newsom announced that schools that close due to the pandemic will continue to be funded (and staff continued to be paid) so that they can explore online teaching and other ways to continue to meet educational needs.
If a business or organization cares for other people on-site, these bulletins from government agencies may apply.
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