San Bernardino County Lifts Health Order Restrictions

San Bernardino County has lifted its health orders. No longer mandatory are face coverings in public. They however are still encouraged. While the county order has been lifted, that state order still remains in effect which bans gatherings and requires social distancing. Short-term rentals are also still banned.

“The County strongly urges everyone to continue wearing face coverings in public to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and businesses may still require face coverings for customers and employees,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “But repealing the local health orders and deferring to the less-restrictive state orders will allow the County to reopen businesses more quickly as the governor continues to relax standards.”

The County of San Bernardino has allowed businesses to reopen under the first part of Governor Gavin Newsome’s Phase 2 plan. The county is offering businesses a $2,500 check and a placard to become “COVID Compliant”. Businesses that meet the requirements can apply online at the San Bernardino County website.

The county will also send a letter to Gavin Newsome asking permission to open low risk businesses not on the phase 2 plan. The county is asking Newsome for more local control. Businesses identified in the letter will include churches who have submitted plans to meet the guidelines.

According to supervisor Hagman, San Bernardino County is able to meet half of the criteria set by Newsome.