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Posted on: May 10, 2020

Business Reopening - Dine-In Allowed

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The City Council held a special meeting on Friday, May 8 regarding the opening of businesses in Kingsburg.  The Council reiterated to staff what Governor Newsom said when issuing the original Stay-At-Home order – that local law or code enforcement is not charged with enforcement of the statewide restrictions. The City Council stressed that they do not expect Kingsburg staff to intervene or enforce. To date no fines have been levied against any resident or business for non-compliance with the Governor’s Executive Order. 

Recent actions by Governor Newsom have placed the significant burden of “next steps” on the county public health officers throughout the state, to be ratified by their boards of supervisors. The Governor has provided details to county public health officers that will allow a move to what the State considers “Stage 2”. This will include expanded retail business activity with curbside pickup, following specific operational modifications. Counties will have an opportunity to move through Stage 2 toward Stage 3 (a broader scope of business reopenings) if the county attests that they meet the State’s “readiness criteria.”

UPDATE:
On May 21, Fresno County indicated they have been approved to move through to Stage 2.5, which means restaurants can operate with dine-in available.  Restaurants should follow State guidelines and submit a document to Fresno County in order to operate. 

The ability to reopen your business is a decision you must make while considering all factors of individual operations.  Staff is available to answer questions, and would direct business owners to review guidance as issued by the State and CDC when deciding to reopen.  

  1. California Roadmap
  2. Reopening Checklist
  3. CDC Guide to Reopening Workplaces 
  4. Council Letter to Governor Newsom (5/7/2020)
  5. COVID-19 Information - Kingsburg

All residents are reminded to continue to follow social distancing guidelines as set by the State, including keeping gatherings under 10 or less.

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