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Posted on: June 15, 2020

Merced County Revises Stay-at-Home Order into the Stay Safe Order

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Merced County Health Officials have issued a revised Health Officer Order which is effective immediately. This order is based on state guidance for further reopening of business sectors and will allow additional activities to reopen in Merced County following industry-specific guidelines released under the Statewide Resilience Roadmap to reopen. Further information on specific guidance can be found at:

The revised order does the following:

  • Recommends all members of the public wear face coverings where social distancing is difficult (i.e., during worship, while conducting business, when surrounded by groups of people, etc.) as recommended by the CDC.
  • Allows for the reopening of the following sectors, with appropriate safety modifications:
    • Day camps and youth activities
    • Campgrounds, RV parks, and outdoor recreation (including public pools)
    • Hotels for tourism (including public pools)
    • Casinos, cardrooms, and racetracks (without spectators)
    • Film, TV, and music production
    • Professional sports without spectators
    • Gyms and fitness centers (including public pools)
    • Family entertainment centers including bowling, mini-golf, batting cages, and movie theaters
    • Bars and wineries
    • Zoos and museums

On 6/19/2020, the reopening of the following additional sectors will be permitted guidance issued from the state: aestheticians, skin care, and cosmetology services; electrology, waxing, and threading; nail salons; tattoo parlors and piercing shops; and massage therapy.

Private gatherings of over 10 people and mass gatherings remain prohibited. “The Department is committed to the community’s well-being in all aspects of health, including economically. Everyone plays a role in this recovery process and we can do our part by adhering to the preventative safety measures. Our collective action will help keep one another safe and keep Merced County open,” says Dr. Sandoval, County Health Officer.

As a general reminder, EVERYONE SHOULD:

  • Wear a cloth face covering while out and about in the community;
  • Practice social distancing, making sure to maintain at least 6 feet between you and others;
  • Limit your social gatherings. The fewer the people, the lower the likelihood of spread and last, but certainly not least;
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often.

If you are a Merced County resident who would like to be tested for COVID-19, please register for an appointment by calling 1-888-634-1123 or online at

For more information on COVID-19 and the Stay Safe Order, please visit the Department’s resource website at or call the Department’s information line at (209) 381-1180 (English, Spanish, Hmong).

Printable Press Release, Order, and Guidelines
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