Fresno County issues statement regarding statewide stay-at-home order

county-seal_600-dpi-32bitThe County of Fresno continues to respond to the threat of COVID-19, working in close collaboration with the State of California and the Fresno County Department of Public Health to ensure appropriate measures are in place to help keep our community and region safe.

At the recommendation of the Governor and State health officials, Fresno County continues to adhere to the statewide stay-at-home order, which advises all Californians to maintain adequate physical distancing and hygiene practices, avoid non-essential outings and public gatherings, and offers guidance for the safe operation of essential businesses.

This order applies to all Counties and Cities throughout the state, allowing jurisdictions the flexibility to adopt recommendations to address the specific needs of given communities. This includes implementing additional orders to specifically address areas of concern as a jurisdiction sees fit.

Last week the City of Fresno extended their stay-at-home order through the end of the May. The order only applies to the City of Fresno and not the rest of the county. The County of Fresno maintains that the statewide order provides adequate protective measures and flexibility to protect the health and safety of our region without the need for additional orders at the local level. 

“Guidance provided by the state and supported by our Health Officer and our Department of Public Health have positioned Fresno County to begin a process of re-opening our economy and getting back to a state of normalcy,” says Buddy Mendes, Chairman of the Fresno County Board of Supervisors. “Our community has enough to consider as we work through this pandemic without having to add another layer of bureaucracy. We hope the City of Fresno will consider cancelling its stay-at-home order so that we may all move forward in this recovery together.”

The County of Fresno recognizes the growing urgency to resume business as usual and is currently working on plans that will help businesses to open without posing additional health risks to employees, customers, and the public. The County’s Department of Public Health is developing guidance aimed to help businesses reopen with a focus on measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 including physical distancing practices and recommendations for use of personal protective equipment.

Additionally, the County of Fresno will work with the Fresno County Economic Development Corporation to conduct outreach to local businesses and assist in the efforts to reopen in accordance with state guidelines as it is safe to do so.

We recognize the challenges our region has endured throughout this pandemic. The County remains dedicated to helping our community move forward and recover in a thoughtful manner that maintains public health and safety as our top priority.

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