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.

As Butte County begins to reopen from restriction in place from the Governor's "Stay at Home" order for both residents and low-risk and high-risk businesses, the following information is important to limit and slow the spread of COVID-19 in our county.

The State outlined a resilience roadmap for modifying the Stay-at-Home Order. Butte County is moving further into Stage 2 and Stage 3 based on local conditions for COVID-19. The charts below outlines the businesses and activities that may reopen, the timeline, and the measures that must be in place before reopening. 

Reopening businesses in these sectors means individuals 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 should not take place at this time.

Workplaces and Facilities:

NEW! View Clarification Letter from CDPH Regarding Moving into Stage 3 of Reopening
View local self-certification placard.


Workplaces and Activities                
 Sector Opening Timeline Mitigation Measures
(prerequisites for reopening)
Office Workspaces May 9, 2020 Refer to State Guidance
Retail May 9, 2020 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 May 12, 2020 Refer to State Guidance
See Butte County Food Safety Reopening Checklist
Paddle Sports / Paddle Sport Rental Facilities May 29, 2020 Refer to State Guidance
Religious Services & Cultural Ceremonies May 25, 2020  Refer to State Guidance
Hair Salons & Barbershops  May 26, 2020  Refer to State Guidance
Schools TBD in coordination with local schools 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 Card Rooms, and Racetracks June 12, 2020
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 June 12, 2020 Refer to State Guidance 
Bars & Wineries June 12, 2020 Refer to State Guidance 
Fitness Facilities June 12, 2020 Refer to State Guidance 
Museums, Galleries, Zoos & Aquariums June 12, 2020 Refer to State Guidance
Personal Care Services  June 19, 2020 Refer to State Guidance 

Opening Further into Stage 3

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.

What should remain closed

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

  • Outdoor playgrounds
  • 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
  • Higher education

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!


Continued Social Distancing

As we reopen parts of the community, including low-risk and medium-risk businesses, social distancing remains an important step to limiting and slowing the spread of COVID-19. 

Social distancing requires the creation of physical space between individuals who may spread certain infectious diseases. The key is to minimize the number of gatherings as much as possible and to achieve space between individuals when events or activities cannot be modified, postponed, or canceled:

  • Maintain space between individuals of approximately six feet or more.
  • Create space between individuals who have come together on a one-time or rare basis and who have very different travel patterns such as those coming from multiple countries, states or counties
  • Create space in work settings for essential workers.
  • It people must wait in line to purchase items, make sure there is space for social distancing.

Mass Gatherings

The State recommend postponing Mass gatherings. As information changes, we will provide updates here. A “gathering” is any event or convening that brings together people in a single room or single space at the same time, such as an auditorium, stadium, arena, large conference room, meeting hall, cafeteria, or any other indoor or outdoor space.

School Graduation Drive-In Guidance

As we close out the school year, we understand the strong desire to recognize graduating students for their accomplishments. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has provided guidance stating that in-person graduation is still not allowed at this time. CDPH has noted that drive-in only services are permissible as long as all public health precautions and social distancing is maintained. 

View Drive-In Graduation Guidance

COVID-19 and Funerals

Funeral services are permitted and allow for 10 or fewer people.
View the State Guidance for Funeral Establishments

Examples of mass gatherings disallowed by the Governor's order:

  • Concerts
  • Conferences
  • Sporting event with live audience (professional, college and school)
  • Theaters

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