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STATEMENT:  May 21, 2020

City of Porterville Update

At its meeting on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, the Tulare County Board of Supervisors took action in the County’s reopening guidelines to immediately advance to Stage 3 of the State of California’s Resilience Roadmap for State Reopening. The action taken by the County as described in its media release is inconsistent with the State’s shelter in place order that was issued by Executive Order N-33-20 on March 19, 2020.  Additional information regarding the action taken by the County can be found on their website.

As stated in the County’s media release, businesses should be aware that the action taken by the County may not be honored by State agencies that issue licenses required for the operation of some businesses, such as the California Office of Alcoholic Beverage Control and the California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology, which could result in adverse actions taken by the State agencies against license holders if they are not in compliance with State Orders. It is also recommended business owners contact their insurance providers in consideration of making a decision to operate outside of the State Orders to determine any potential implications to policy coverage.

In these unprecedented times, the City of Porterville would like to remind the community to follow all federal, state, and local rules and regulations to ensure the health, safety and well-being of the community. The State is currently in Stage 2 of the Resilience Roadmap for State Reopening, which includes retail (curbside and delivery only, related logistics and manufacturing, office workplaces, limited personal services, outdoor museums, child care, individual outdoor recreational activities, and essential businesses to be operational with necessary modifications. The State’s Resilience Roadmap for State Reopening and the Tulare County Roadmap to Recovery guide can be accessed online. These guides provide details on the categories of businesses activating permitted in relation to the stage and phase of reopening.

Stage 3 includes the opening of higher risk environments with the adaptations and limits of the size of gatherings. This includes personal care businesses such as gyms, as well as hair and nail salons; entertainment venues, which includes movie theatres and sporting events without live audiences; and in-person religious services, including churches and weddings. Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency issued the guide that businesses should adhere to for the safety of their employees and the community.

The City of Porterville urges the community to continue to take the necessary precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19 in accordance with State Orders, including leaving your home only for essential activities, practice social distancing of six feet per person when able to do so, wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, wear face coverings when in public (such as scarves, bandannas or other fabric coverings), and follow all other guidance from public health officials.


Press Releases

4/21/20-Disposal Day
4/9/20- Stay Home, Stay Healthy Porterville
3/26/20- City of Porterville to offer free lunch program starting March 27
3/24/20- City of Porterville Operations and Services Update
3/19/20- Porterville City Council approves resolution declaring local emergency

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