FAQ - Church & Retail Reopening
Places of worship and faith-based organizations are now open for religious services, as well as all in-store retail shopping in Imperial County.
Effective Tuesday, May 26, 2020, places of worship for religious services and all in-store retail shopping are authorized to re-open in the Imperial County if they choose.
The decision to re-open religious services and in-store retail shopping was based on the release of new guidance by the California Department of Public Health. This new guidance has reprioritized religious services and in-store retail shopping in the State’s re-opening plan with the approval of the local Health Officer.
Yes, prior to re-opening, religious leaders and retailers must ensure certain modifications are in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 and to protect employers, employees, and members of the community. Religious services are limited to worship services and funerals. Additional religious activities such as in-person Sunday school, bible study, and children’s church are not permitted at this time. Please refer to the California Statewide Industry Guidance and/or the Imperial County Public Health Department COVID-19 Resources for further information.
No, the re-opening of religious services and in-store retail shopping can be re-evaluated and amended by the Health Officer depending on the change in variance status of the Imperial County.
No, under the new guidance, places of worship are allowed to hold religious services and funerals at an attendance limit of 25% of the building’s capacity or up to 100 attendees, whichever is less.
Yes. The Stay at Home Order is still in place. Residents are still required to stay home or at their place of residence, except for permitted work, local shopping or other permitted errands, or as otherwise authorized. Although in-store retail shopping is re-opened it is still encouraged for curbside pick-up or online shopping and deliver to home.
No, the amended health officer order does not include the reopening of dine-in restaurant service, hair salons, nail salons, and/or barbershops at this time.