Public Health

The mission of the Butte County Public Health Department (BCPHD) is to protect the public through promoting individual, community, and environmental health. 

Butte County Reopening

PLEASE NOTE:  This page is an active information page. As information is provided by the local work groups, health professionals and the State, it will be updated and added here.

The State outlined a resilience roadmap for modifying the Stay-at-Home Order. The chart below outlines the businesses and activities that may reopen, the timeline, and the measures that must be in place before reopening. The chart also indicates businesses and activities that must be closed to indoor operations for counties on the State's monitoring list.

Businesses and individulas should continue taking steps to reduce exposure and limit the spread of COVID-19 as shown in the list below.


Individuals Actions:

  • Anyone who is feeling ill should stay home.
  • Vulnerable (high risk) individuals – should continue to follow the State’s Stay-at-Home Order.
  • Wear face coverings – individuals are required to wear a face covering when in public. See face covering guidance.
  • Continue physical distancing – When in public, maximize physical distance from others (at least six feet).
  • Maintain good hygiene practices – Washing hands, use hand sanitizer, cleaning frequently touched surfaces, covering coughs and sneezes.
  • Social Settings – Gatherings of any size should not take place at this time.

Workplaces and Facilities:

(click to view) Employer Playbook for Safe Reopening

(click to view) Returning to Work/School Following COVID-19 Diagnosis

(click to view) Guidance for Employers Regarding COVID Exposure

(click to view) COVID FAQs for Employers

(click to view) COVID Exposure: What Should I Do?

(click to view) Local Self-Certification placard.



Workplaces and Activities                
 Sector Opening Timeline Mitigation Measures
(prerequisites for reopening)
Offices for Non-critical infrastructure sectors Closed per State Refer to State Guidance
Retail Open with modifications Refer to State Guidance
Limited Personal Services, such as: laundromats, dry cleaners, auto repair shops, car washes, landscapers, pet grooming, dog walking, etc. May 9, 2020 Refer to State Guidance
Manufacturing May 9, 2020

Refer to State Guidance

Restaurants - closed for indoor operations Outdoor only with modifications Refer to State Guidance
See Butte County Food Safety Reopening Checklist
Paddle Sports / Paddle Sport Rental Facilities May 29, 2020 Refer to State Guidance
Places of Worship & Cultural Ceremonies Outdoor only with modifications Refer to State Guidance
Hair Salons & Barbershops  Open with modifications Refer to State Guidance
Schools - Closed for in-person classes TBD in coordination with local schools Refer to State guidance.
Youth Sports - school, club, & recreation August 4, 2020 Refer to State Guidance 
Day Camps June 12, 2020 Refer to State Guidance
Childcare (revised guidance) June 12, 2020
Refer to State Guidance 
Casinos and Racetracks June 12, 2020
Refer to State Guidance 
Card Rooms
Outdoor only with modifications Refer to State Guidance  
Film, TV & Music Production  June 12, 2020 Refer to State Guidance 
Pro Sports (no live audience)  June 12, 2020 Refer to State Guidance 
Campgrounds, RV Parks & Outdoor Rec. June 12, 2020 Refer to State Guidance
Hotels, Lodging & Short Term Rentals  June 12, 2020 Refer to State Guidance
Movie Theaters & Family Entertainment Centers Outdoor only with modifications Refer to State Guidance 
Bars/Pubs/Brewpubs/Breweries -  must close all operations both indoor and outdoor statewide, unless they are offering sit-down, outdoor dine-in meals. Alcohol can only be sold in the same transaction as a meal. Closed per State Refer to State Guidance 
Gyms & Fitness Centers Outdoor only with modifications Refer to State Guidance 
Museums, Galleries, Zoos & Aquariums Outdoor only with modifications Refer to State Guidance
Personal Care Services Outdoor only with modifications Refer to State Guidance 

What should remain closed in Butte County

The following sectors, businesses, establishments, or activities are not permitted to operate in the State of California at this time:

  • Outdoor Playgrounds
  • Adult Recreational sports
  • Athletic Fields
  • Indoor playgrounds such as bounce centers, ball pits and laser tag
  • Live theater
  • Saunas and steam rooms
  • Nightclubs
  • Concert venues
  • Festivals
  • Theme parks

When Reopening in Butte County:

As the State announces reopening guidance for new sectors permitted to reopen Statewide and additional sectors that may reopen in counties with a local variance once approved by the local Health Officer, the County reminds businesses that in addition to the State reopening guidance all businesses and facilities should also:

  • Post a local self-certification window placard in a visible location once all reopening measures have been met.
  • Require employees to wear face coverings when interacting with members of the public, working in any space visited by members of the public, working in any space where food is prepared or packaged for sale or distribution to others, working in or walking through common areas, such as hallways, stairways, elevators, and parking facilities,  and in any room or enclosed area where other people (except for members of the person’s own household or residence) are present when unable to physically distance. 
  • Maintain a log if possible, including: customer or participant name, contact information, and time of visit when practicle that may be provided to Butte County Public Health to assist in contact tracing.

Face Coverings REQUIRED in all Public Spaces

Cloth face coverings help reduce the spread of coronavirus especially when combined with physical distancing and frequent hand washing. Starting June 18, Californians must wear face coverings in common and public indoor spaces and outdoors when distancing is not possible. 

View Face Covering Guidance

A significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms.This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms.

Cloth Face Covering Safety Measures:

  • Wash your hands before putting on a face covering
  • Don’t touch your face or the face covering during usage
  • Wash the face covering before using it again
  • Face coverings are not a substitute for staying home or social distancing, especially when ill.
  • The purchase of N95 respirator masks should be reserved for healthcare workers and first responders.

A cloth face covering is a material that covers the nose and mouth. It can be secured to the head with ties or straps or simply wrapped around the lower face. It can be made of a variety of materials, such as cotton, silk, or linen. A cloth face covering may be factory-made or sewn by hand, or can be improvised from household items such as scarfs, T-shirts, sweatshirts, or towels.

If you don't have a cloth face covering, you can make your own!


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202 Mira Loma Drive
Oroville, CA 95965

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Danette York, M.P.H., Director
Robert Bernstein, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., Health Officer
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