Shelter at Home Order

The State of California has further ordered that counties on the State Monitoring List, including Napa County, are required to close the following sectors on July 13, 2020 unless they can be operated outside or by curbside pick-up:

  • Fitness Centers
  • Worship Services
  • Protests
  • Offices for non-essential sectors  (list of essential sectors here:
  • Personal care services including nail salons, waxing, massage therapy, day spas and tattoo parlors
  • Hair salons and barber shops
  • Malls

This is in addition to businesses ordered closed on July 9, 2020, including:

  • Indoor dine-in restaurants
  • Indoor wineries and tasting rooms
  • Indoor movie theaters
  • Indoor family entertainment centers (bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages, etc)
  • Zoos and museums
  • Indoor card rooms
  • Bars, brewpubs, breweries and public must close both indoor and outdoor operations. 

Government operations are considered an essential services and Napa County offices will remain open. The exception to this is the Napa City-County Library that will begin curbside services on Tuesday, July 14th.

Napa County is awaiting further details from the State of California, including how long these closures will last. It is anticipated that this order will last a minimum of three weeks.  The timing for when these sectors can reopen will be made by the State, not Napa County. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Businesses, working with their city/town chambers of commerce, are being asked to organize themselves by sector and develop Best Management Practices in preparation of future State guidance. 

When does this Modified Health Order become effective and when does it expire? 

This Order supersedes the Health Officer Order issued on April 22, 2020 directing all individuals to shelter at home. This Order is effective immediately and similarly has no end date. The Order will continue to be in effect until it is rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing by the Health Officer. This order modifies certain requirements to be consistent with the State of California’s “Roadmap to Modify the Stay At Home Order.” 

The changes to this Order include the allowance of outdoor recreation sports that can comply with physical distancing requirements; however, person-to-person contact sports are still prohibited. Drive-in activities that can comply with physical distancing requirements are now also allowed. 

Businesses will be permitted to reopen within the State of California’s framework that identifies four-stages to reopening. 

Finally, this revision requires wearing cloth face coverings when inside places of business and in workplaces when interacting with any person where six feet of physical distancing cannot be maintained. The face coverings requirement provides for exclusions, such as when you are engaged in outdoor activities, and exceptions for certain populations. 

What does this Order do? 

It requires that people continue to shelter in their places of residence to slow the spread of COVID-19 unless they are engaged in the activities allowed by the Order, which are discussed more below. When people need to leave their homes for the purposes allowed by this Order, they must comply with physical distancing requirements and wear a cloth face covering when seeking services inside a business or when in an indoor work space and within six feet of other people.