HEALTH OFFICER: Almost all companies can reopen now (as long as they get certified); Movies, gyms and even bars cleared for takeoff | Lost Coast Outpost

Humboldt County Joint Information Center Press Release:

Dr. Teresa Frankovich, Humboldt County Health Officer, announced today that companies in industrial sectors with state-provided guidance may begin to reopen after their reopening plan has been certified by the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) of Humboldt County.

At today’s Board of Supervisors meeting, Dr. Frankovich noted that some high-risk companies currently operate without meeting state and county guidelines. “At this point, it is more important to open safely and ahead of schedule than to open businesses before there is a plan to protect the health and safety of customers and employees,” he said.

Industry sectors now authorized to reopen with EOC certification include:

  • Gyms and Gyms
  • Zoos and museums
  • Wineries, Breweries and Bars
  • Cinemas and family entertainment centers.

Reopening plan applications for these sectors will be available at before the close on Friday, June 26. The review and certification process takes two to three business days, and companies can start reopening with security measures in place after receiving EOC certification.

“Personal responsibility has never been more important. The success of our community in the future is largely in the hands of our businesses and community members, ”said Dr. Frankovich. “We have the tools we need to limit transmission and keep us, our families, and our neighbors safe. By choosing to follow safety measures such as physical distancing, wearing face covers, avoiding group gathering outside of our home as much as possible, and using good hygiene practices, we can limit COVID-19 transmission and help us stay safe.

The following businesses and activities are not allowed by the state to reopen and remain closed throughout the state:

  • Indoor playgrounds like bounce centers, ball pits and laser tag
  • Live theater
  • Saunas and steam baths.
  • Nightclubs
  • Concert halls
  • Festivals
  • Theme parks
  • Higher education (in person), except when supporting essential workforce activities, including but not limited to providing housing solutions, COVID-19 response, and training and instruction for the essential workforce.

For more information on the reopening process and to submit a plan, visit See a list of all certified businesses listed by sector at Some companies may choose not to reopen the services in person. Call ahead before visiting any business to inquire about hours of operation and current security measures.

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