Blueprint for a Safer Economy

CA Safe Reopening

A new blueprint for business sector re-opening was unveiled by Governor Newsom on August 28, 2020, which includes a color-coded, tiered system that will use two metrics to measure the novel coronavirus: spread rate and test positivity percentage.
The tiers are designated by four colors: purple (widespread), red (substantial), orange (moderate) and yellow (minimal with the lowest restrictions). Orange County is currently in the red tier.

CDPH Blueprint Framework as of 9/8/20.
Counties must remain at each tier for a minimum of 21 days. The State’s new website,, will track the metrics, show an interactive map and list business sectors open by each county.

Additionally, the blueprint includes a health equity metric which will be used (along with other metrics) to determine a county's tier. The purpose of this metric is to ensure California reopens its economy safely by reducing disease transmission in all communities. The equity metric and requirements will be effective October 6, 2020. Learn more at

As California reopens, every business will need to create a safer, low-risk environment. If you own or manage a business, follow the guidance below to protect your workers and customers.

Follow the Employer Playbook for a Safe Reopening to help plan and prepare for reopening your business.

The playbook includes detailed information on:

  • When and how an employer must report a COVID-19 positive employee.
  • What is defined as an outbreak.
  • Guidance for employers who may be considering whether to suspend operations due to COVID-19 spread in the workplace.

Wearing a mask or face covering is required statewide in public or common spaces. Employers must provide face coverings to workers, or must reimburse workers for the reasonable cost of obtaining them. Find all requirements and exceptions to these rules in the guidance on this page below.

The industry-specific guidance applies to businesses statewide. All businesses and facilities must follow the items listed here before reopening.

Visit the CDPH website HERE to find the guidance for your industry, business, event, or activity.

  • Review it completely.
  • Perform a detailed risk assessment and create a worksite-specific protection plan.
  • Train employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19. This includes how to screen themselves for symptoms and when to stay home.
  • Set up individual control measures and screenings.
  • Put disinfection protocols in place.
  • Establish physical distancing guidelines.
  • Establish universal face covering requirements (with allowed exceptions). See CDPH guidelines (PDF).
  • Post your completed checklist so everyone can know the steps you’ve taken. Feel free to add more safety measures to the ones included in your industry’s guidance.