COVID-19 Business Reopening Plans

This website is your guide to achieving compliance for reopening.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the State of California and Mendocino County have modified their Shelter-in-Place Orders to allow for limited reopening under “Stage 2,” effective May 15, 2020.

Mendocino County’s Public Health Officer has successfully applied for attestation to the readiness of the county to increase the pace of moving through Stage 2 of California’s Resilience Roadmap to modify the Stay Home Order.

BEFORE businesses can reopen they must comply with State and County of Mendocino guidelines and submit a self-certification to the County of Mendocino. The County recommends businesses review this site on a regular basis for updates to industry best practices.

Follow the simple steps below to achieve compliance:

  1. Review the required Mendocino County Safe Operations Business Checklist
  2. Review and implement the appropriate Business Reopening Plan worksheet for your industry
  3. Complete the Self-Certification (Business License required)
  4. Download your Certificate of Compliance to post at your business

The State guidelines for reopening in Stage 2 are here.

Businesses not permitted to operate in Mendocino County during Stage 2 reopening, per State rules:

  • Personal services: nail salons, tattoo parlors, gyms and fitness studios
  • Wellness services: non-medical massage, chiropractic
  • Bars, winery tasting rooms, lounges, nightclubs
  • Entertainment venues: movie theaters, gaming, gambling, arcades, live audience sports, indoor museums and gallery spaces,  concert venues, convention centers, festivals, theme parks
  • Hotels/campgrounds/lodging for tourism

Industry Best Practices

The ability for the County to open up safely depends upon the responsible conduct of all of our local businesses, which engagement and cooperation will help the County make the case for expanding more quickly to future phases of reopening as permitted by the State. Even a single business can stall the County from further reopening and possibly cause the County to revert backwards to more restrictive shelter-in-place orders.

Automobile Dealerships

Child Care Facilities


Hair Salons/Barbershops Cut & Color ONLY


Office Spaces

Restaurants (Limited Dine-In Only)


Business Self Certification

Step 1 of 4

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