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Please note the Imperial County Public Health Department will be closed to all walk-in services for the public. Department staff will be available to provide assistance by phone to members of the community who have questions related to any of the Department’s essential services.

Phone assistance will be available Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The office will be closed for lunch from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. This shall remain in effect until further notice.

FAQ - Church & Retail Reopening

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At this time, only outdoor services are allowed.  California state guidance does not specify a set number of attendees at a funeral/burial service, provided all in attendance can maintain at least a 6ft distance between attendees from different households.

The current health officer order allows for reopening in certain industries to open with modifications as specified in the State's Blueprint for a Safer Economy.  For more information about where each California county falls and what activities will be allowable in each county, visit https://covid19.ca.gov/

 

 

 

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, essential shopping or other permitted activities or as otherwise authorized. We highly encourage curbside pick-up or online shopping and delivery to home.  

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.  Please refer to the California  Statewide Industry Guidance  and/or the Imperial County Public Health Department COVID-19 Resources for further information.     

Places of Worship/Religious & Cultural Services are approved for outdoor services at this time. (100 max. has been removed, tarps permitted, no walls or blowers) 

The current health officer order allows for reopening in certain industries to open with modifications as specified in the State's Blueprint for a Safer Economy.  For more information about where each California county falls and what activities will be allowable in each county, visit https://covid19.ca.gov/

Places of Worship/Religious & Cultural Services are approved for outdoor services at this time. (100 max. has been removed, tarps permitted, no walls or blowers) 

Para obtener más información sobre dónde se ubica cada condado de California y qué actividades
estarán permitidas en cada condado, visite covid19.ca.gov.

The following restrictions shall apply to places of worship: 

  1. Places of worship are strongly encouraged to continue offering virtual services and other means of congregating that do not require individuals to appear in person. 

  1. No indoor services or congregations shall be permitted. Outdoor services are permitted, with no limit on number of individuals in attendence.   Physical distancing of a minimum of six (6) feet must be maintained at all times during outdoor services. Tarps permitted.  No walls or blowers.  

  1. Singing and group recitation are strongly encouraged to be done through alternative methods (i.e. internet live and/or recorded streaming, telephone, drive-in, etc.). Face coverings must be worn when singing or performing group recitation. 

  1. Faith traditions that require the kissing of ritual objects, use of common cups, and use of other community property such as preprinted programs and books shall be discontinued. Activities such a communion may continue if provided pre-packaged and placed on seating areas prior to services. Congregates may bring their own books or other worship materials to services or other faith gatherings. 

  1. The passing of offering plates shall be discontinued. Places of worship may set up containers where congregates may place their donations. 

  1. Children must remain with their family group at all times during services or other faith gatherings. Sunday school and other children services shall not be permitted. 

Yes. Outdoor funeral/graveside services are permitted  with no limit on number of individuals in attendance.  Indoor funeral services are not permitted at this time.  Physical distancing of a minimum of six (6) feet must be maintained at all times during outdoor services. Tarps permitted.  No walls or blowers.   

Yes. Everyone in attendance must wear face coverings at all times and must follow all social distancing protocols by maintaining a distance of at least 6ft. from attendees from different households. 

Not at this time. Because singing and group recitation has been linked to increased spread of COVID-19 they are not permitted. Suggested alternatives include audio or video streaming.

The full California Department of Public Health COVID-19 Industry Guidance for Places of Worship and Providers of Religious Services and Cultural Ceremonies can be found at the following link: 

https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-places-of-worship.pdf