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April 1, 2023

Summary of San Benito County’s new stay at home order, rules

With San Benito County significantly updating its shelter in place order requirements earlier this week, below is a summary of major provisions included in the order such as allowable activities and what are defined as essential businesses. 

The order is effective until 11:59 p.m. May 3 or until it is extended, rescinded, superseded or amended.

General provisions include: 

Residents may leave for essential activities only or to work for essential businesses

Residents must strictly comply with social distancing practices

All essential businesses must prepare and post social distancing protocol

People may use public transit only for essential purposes

Essential activities include: 

Healthcare services

Government and first responder services deemed necessary

Delivery of essential food and other supplies

Outdoor recreation in compliance with social distancing requirements

Work for essential businesses and workplaces

Providing care for someone else or a pet who doesn’t have a source of care

Attending a funeral with no more than 10 people present

Moving residences

Limitations on outdoor recreation include: 

Avoiding crowds

Prohibited use of recreation areas with high-touch equipment such as those in parks

Use of shared recreation facilities outside residences

Sports with use of shared equipment used outside of household members

Allowable essential maintenance infrastructure services include work at or for: 

Airports, utilities, oil refining, roads and highways, public transportation, solid waste facilities, cemeteries, mortuaries, crematoriums, telecommunications systems

Essential businesses include: 

Healthcare operations

Grocery stores, farmers markets, produce stands, food banks, convenience stores and other establishments involved in food prep or sales – including liquor stores that also sell a significant amount of food

Cultivation of products for personal consumption such as farming, ranching, fishing, processing, cooling, storing

Businesses that provide food, shelter and other social services

Construction limited to projects “immediately necessary” toward essential infrastructure; projects associated with healthcare operations provided it’s related to the COVID-19 response; housing developments with an affordable component with written approval by the Resource Management Agency; public works projects; shelters and temporary housing; projects to provide services to the homeless, elderly, economically disadvantaged or special needs residents; construction to ensure existing construction sites that need to be shut down are handled in a safe manner; construction necessary to ensure residences and buildings with essential businesses are safe and habitable

Newspapers, television, radio and other media services

Gas stations and auto supply, auto repair and auto dealerships but only to provide auto supply and repair services (but not car sales or car washes)

Bicycle repair and supply shops

Banks and other financial institutions

Service providers that enable residential transactions such as rentals, leases, home sales

Hardware stores

Plumbers, electricians, exterminators and other services to maintain a habitable home, but not for cosmetic purposes

Arborists, landscapers, gardeners and similar service professionals, but only to maintain sanitation, habitability and operation of businesses or residents – not for cosmetic purposes. A sole gardener can provide work on a home exterior without any contact with a homeowner. 

Businesses providing mailing and shipping services

Educational institutions for purposes of facilitating distance learning or essential functions

Laundromats, dry cleaners and other laundry services

Restaurants but only for delivery or carry out

Funeral homes and related services

Businesses that supply other essential businesses, including shippers for groceries

Airlines, taxis, rental car companies, rideshare services and other private transportation providers but only for essential activities

Home-based care for people and pets

Residential facilities

Professional services such as notaries or accounting services

Services to help others find unemployment

Moving services for moves allowed in the order

Childcare facilities with restrictions including: groups of 12 or fewer, children can’t change from one group to another, groups in separate rooms, childcare providers remain solely with one group

More on requirement to post social distancing mandates: 

Protocol must be posted by 11:59 p.m. Thursday near the entrance and easily viewable by the public and employees

Protocol must explain limits on numbers of people able to enter, where lines form while marking six-foot increments where individuals should stand

Provide hand sanitizer, soap and water or effective disinfectant at or near the entrance and in locations with high-frequency interactions

Provide non-contact payment systems or disinfectant for all payment portals or stationary after use

Regularly disinfecting other high-touch surfaces

Posting a sign at the entrance telling people not to enter if they have a cough or fever; maintain six feet from others; sneeze or cough into one’s elbow; not shaking hands or unnecessary physical contact

Other allowable travel information: 

Travel related to essential functions listed above

Travel to return to a residence from outside the county

Travel required by law enforcement or the courts

Travel for non-residents to return to residence outside the county

Travel to manage after-death arrangements

Travel to avoid homelessness

Travel to avoid domestic, child abuse

Travel for parental custody arrangements

Travel to a temporary residence to avoid exposing others to COVID-19