If you followed a link here and want to keep up with local issues affecting Murphys businesses, please e-mail us at info@visitmurphys.com and let us know who you are and the best e-mail address for you.

Because our members indicated they were having difficulty locating information we are now providing more direct links to documents & information of interest to our local businesses.

Murphys Insider Resources:

Social Media Package

Printable Posters/Signs:

8.5 x 11 covid notice (printable poster with basic measures – letter size)

11 x 17 covid notice2 (printable poster with basic measures – 11×17)

CWA Safety First Campaign Flyer final 03182021 (printable flyer/small poster – letter size)

January 6, 2022 Updates:

Covid 19 ABC Updates
https://www.abc.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/forms/ABC-389-N.pdf (downloadable & printable sign)

June 15, 2021:



May 5, 2021:


January 11, 2021:

EDD Covid Regs: https://www.safeatworkca.com/safety-articles/covid-19-emergency-regulations/
Assembly Bill 685, etc:  https://www.safeatworkca.com/news/legislative-covid-19-laws/
Help for Employees & Employers at Motherlode Job Training: https://www.mljt.org/
Contact Emily Graham directly at 209-754-4242, 209-536-4702 or egraham@mljt.org
Covered California (deadline extended to Jan 31): https://www.coveredca.com/

December 15, 2020 Summary of COVID Resources:

SBDC Covid Resources:
SBDC Upcoming Webinars and Calls:
Link to California Rebuilding Fund Pre-Application:
Link to Calaveras County Economic Development’s Covid Business Resource page:
Link to Calaveras County Chamber of Commerce Covid Resource page:
December 7, 2020 (Regional Stay Home Order)
The San Joaquin region, including Calaveras County, had less than 15% ICU capacity on Friday of last week and was ordered to comply with the Regional Stay Home Order as of Sunday night at midnight.  These new orders will remain in effect for a minimum of 21 days.

December 3, 2020 (Purple Tier Guidelines)

The Governor announced expanded Stay at Home orders for regions (not counties, but regions, there are 5, we are in the San Joaquin region) that have less than 15% of their ICU beds available.  No region currently is in that position but they are anticipating increases in hospitalizations over the coming days and weeks.

If a region goes on to the Stay at Home list, the region will remain on the list for at least 3 weeks.  Counties will return to the tier that their then-current statistics support when their region’s stay at home order is lifted.

If the new order is triggered in a region, retail businesses may remain open at 20% capacity and restaurants will be limited to take out and delivery only. Other businesses that would be required to close include bars, wineries, personal services like hair salons and barber shops, museums, movie theaters, playgrounds, amusement parks and indoor recreation facilities.

Travel will be prohibited except as necessary for permitted activities.

The good news is that the Governor expects this is the last time that a stay-at-home order will be needed during the pandemic.
The Stay at Home orders page has been updated to include the new Regional Stay at Home Order: https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/#regional

Restaurants, Wineries & Tasting Rooms:

Updated Restaurant, Winery & Tasting Room Guidance: https://covid19.ca.gov/industry-guidance/#restaurants

Widespread (purple)

  • Restaurants: Outdoor only with modifications
  • Wineries and tasting rooms: Outdoor only with modifications
  • Bars, breweries, and distilleries: Closed

Follow this guidance for restaurants to support a safe, clean environment for workers and customers. Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for restaurants in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

Wineries and tasting rooms

Follow this guidance for wineries and tasting rooms that do not serve meals to support a safe, clean environment for workers and customers. Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for wineries in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business. Establishments that serve meals must follow the guidance and checklist for restaurants.

Bars, breweries, and distilleries

Follow this guidance for bars, breweries, and distilleries that do not serve meals to support a safe, clean environment for workers and customers. Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for bars in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business. Establishments that serve meals must follow the guidance and checklist for restaurants.


Updated Retail Guidance: https://covid19.ca.gov/industry-guidance/#retail

Widespread (purple)

  • Open with modifications
  • Retail capacity must be limited to 25%
  • Grocery store capacity must be limited to 50%

Office Workspaces:

Widespread (purple): Remote work

Hotels, Lodging, & Short Term Rentals:

Widespread (purple):

  • Open with modifications
  • Fitness centers can be open outdoors only with modifications
  • Indoor pools, hot tubs, saunas and steam rooms must close
    • Drowning prevention classes, including swim lessons with certified instructors, are permitted in indoor and outdoor swimming pools in all tiers, as they are deemed essential

Personal Care

Personal care services can open indoors with modifications in all tiers. Follow this guidance for personal care services like nail salons, tattoo parlors, and body waxing to support a safe, clean environment for workers and customers. This guidance applies to services that require touching a client’s face, like facials, electrolysis, and waxing. It also applies to esthetic services, skin care, and massage therapy. Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for personal care services in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

This guidance and checklist include additional considerations for:

  • Esthetic and skin care services
  • Electrology services
  • Nail services
  • Body art professionals, tattoo parlors, and piercing shops
  • Massage services (in non-healthcare settings)

Office Workspaces:

Widespread (purple): Remote work

November 20, 2020

Limited Stay at Home Order for Purple Tier: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/limited-stay-at-home-order.aspx

November 2, 2020

Temporary Tent Permits FAQ

Tents & Canopies: https://www.mastertent.com/en-us

October 14, 2020:


August 31, 2020:

use the last link to check the current status of individual industries and activities in any county with a link to the guidance documents
the above is a direct link to the updated guidance page where you may have to scroll a bit and expand to find your industries’ specifics

August 10, 2020:

Guidelines for Agriculture: https://files.covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-agriculture–en.pdf
Checklist for Agriculture: https://files.covid19.ca.gov/pdf/checklist-agriculture.pdf

Get all the statewide guidance documents here: https://covid19.ca.gov/industry-guidance/#top
Additional information for counties with attestations (that’s us): https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap-counties/

California Public Health Department: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019.aspx

August 3, 2020:

The Board of Supervisors will be discussing the possibility of instituting provisions for the enforcement of the County Public Health Officer’s orders at their meeting on August 11th, 2020.  You may watch online, call in to comment, or send your comments in advance to the Supervisors through their website.  The agenda and additional information should be available soon.  We highly recommend that you share your comments with “all supervisors” rather than simply e-mailing Merita.  Merita will be unable to join us at our Zoom meeting this week but encourages you to share your thoughts and ideas with her and the other supervisors.

The Calaveras Chamber of Commerce has posted a handy calendar showing many of the upcoming SBDC webinars and other educational and networking events.

July 27, 2020 Update with Fire Department Requirements for Outside Operations on Main Street:

  • No parking signs posted at the fire hydrants
  • Tents and canopies meet the State Fire Marshal or CPAI-84 requirements for flame resistance
  • No cooking allowed beneath tents or canopies
  • A 12-foot “fire break” shall be required between tents in excess of 700 square feet, aggregate area.
  • A permit shall be required for tents or canopies in excess of 400 square feet
  • Fire extinguishers shall be within 75 feet of tent or canopy area, readily visible, and easily accessible.
  • Egress routes shall not be blocked from within buildings and walking paths shall be maintained for public travel.
  • Address signs shall remain visible from the street or signs shall be affixed to the tents or canopies. Signs shall be semi-permanent in nature, meaning they shall be laminated or other approved methods. Lettering on signs shall be a minimum of 4 inches with 1/2 inch stroke and contrast with the background.

July 22, 2020 Updates:

The Board of Supervisors adopted an Urgency Resolution which will enable businesses to apply for a no-fee permit to allow outdoor operations within certain parking, patio, and other exterior spaces adjacent to their existing business operations during the time in which state Covid-19 related regulations are prohibiting certain indoor operations.  This opportunity is available to restaurants, tasting rooms, and other businesses and includes parking within the public right of way under certain conditions.  The resolution and applications are available on the county website here: https://planning.calaverasgov.us/COVID19#gsc.tab=0

The ABC application to modify boundaries is here: https://www.abc.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/forms/ABC-218%20CV19.pdf

Additional ABC information is available here: https://www.abc.ca.gov/law-and-policy/coronavirus19/

July 13, 2020 Updates:

All counties are now subject to additional closures of indoor operations and the closing of all bars, both indoor and outdoor operations unless they also providing outdoor sit-down dining.
071320 Press Release Closure of Businesses Due to COVID FINAL

Calaveras County  Covid Page
Calaveras County Public Health Press Releases

July 1, 2020 Updates:

063020 Press Release 8 cases FINAL
https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap-counties/ (on July 1 our neighboring counties to the west have all had some indoor operations closed including restaurants, wineries, family entertainment centers, museums, and more.  In addition, they must close all bars even if operating outdoors.)

From California Q&A Section – Are Gatherings Permitted as of July 1, 2020?: On May 25, 2020, in an effort to balance First Amendment interests with public health, the State Public Health Officer created an exception to the prohibition against mass gatherings for faith-based services and cultural ceremonies as well as protests. Those types of gatherings are now permitted indoors so long as they do not exceed 100 attendees or 25% of the capacity of the space in which the gathering is held, whichever is lower. State public health directives now do not prohibit in-person outdoor faith-based services or protests as long as face coverings are worn and physical distancing of 6 feet between persons or groups of persons from different households is maintained at all times. All other gatherings are prohibited until further notice, except as otherwise specifically permitted in state public health directives (including in applicable industry guidance).

According to state and local public health folks, live music and other entertainment are not yet allowed.  Don’t risk your liquor license by failing to comply with all the guidelines for reopening!

Link to article on Governor’s Task Force on Enforcement.

June 24, 2020 Updates:

8.5 x 11 covid notice (printable poster with basic measures – letter size)

11 x 17 covid notice2 (printable poster with basic measures – 11×17)

guidance-restaurants-bars (page 13 contains the language prohibiting music and dancing that could attract a crowd which is what I’ve seen referenced when people talk about live music not being allowed – there is also some guidance specific to tasting rooms now)

June 19, 2020 Updates:

061520 Press Release Calaveras Stage 3 Reopening FINAL Guidance-for-Face-Coverings_06-18-2020

061520 Press Release Calaveras Stage 3 Reopening FINAL

June 12, 2020 Calaveras County Updates:




June 10, 2020 Calaveras County Reopening Information:



June 8, 2020 Additional Links – Guidance for June 12, 2020 below:

June 12 Planning Guidance for Counties with Attestations
The California Department of Public Health also released new guidance on how local jurisdictions with attestations to readiness should modify behavior and operations to reduce risk for infection. All guidance is effective as of June 12 and should only be implemented with local health official approval following their review of local epidemiological data including cases per 100,000 populations, rate of test positivity, and local preparedness to support a health care surge, vulnerable populations, contact tracing and testing.

More information about the state’s COVID-19 guidance is on the California Department of Public Health’s Guidance web page.

More information about reopening California and what individuals can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19, visit  Coronavirus (COVID-19) in California.

May 27, 2020 Additional Links:
052620 Press Release 15th Case COVID-19 FINAL


This guidance for the hotels and lodging provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers. Under the current statewide Stay-at-Home order, hotels should only open for COVID-19 mitigation and containment measures, treatment measures, providing accommodation for essential workers, or providing housing solutions, including measures to protect homeless populations. Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for Hotels and lodging in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

All childcare facilities can open with necessary modifications. The guidance for childcare industry provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers.

And here are this week’s webinars:

May 20, 2020 Covid Flyers for Posting in Businesses
Murphys RETAIL covid notice
Murphys RESTAURANT covid notice

May 18, 2020 Additional Links:
This is a link to a reopening checklist developed by CWA specifically for Wineries & Tasting Rooms.  You will definitely want to keep an eye on their website for additional resources: https://www.calaveraswines.org/member-reopening-checklist-resource
These are links to video replays of Chamber hosted virtual presentations discussing the requirements for retail and dine-in reopenings – both videos were recorded last Friday afternoon:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebPIGPMFavY&feature=youtu.be (retail)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=964G4llgFoU&feature=youtu.be (dine in)

May 13, 2020 Updates & Additional Links:
Calaveras Public Health Press Release re Submittal of Readiness Plan to State
***5 pm – Calaveras is now able to move into full Stage 2 which will allow for limited dine-in and limited retail in accordance with the posted guidance – download the guidance and checklist for your business and make sure you are ready to rock and roll!  Don’t forget to visit the Chamber of Commerce’s website and Calaveras County’s Covid-19 pages.  If you are a winery or tasting room, make sure to connect with the Calaveras Wine Alliance:

https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap-counties/ (for counties who have met the criteria)
051320 Press Release Attestation Accepted FINAL (Calaveras County)


The guidance for the hotels and lodging provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers.  Under the current statewide Stay-at-Home order, hotels should only open for COVID-19 mitigation and containment measures, treatment measures, providing accommodation for essential workers, or providing housing solutions, including measures to protect homeless populations. Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for Hotels and lodging in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

This guidance for retailers provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers. Retailers and shopping malls can re-open for delivery or curbside pickup, along with the manufacturing and logistics sectors that support retail. Retail does not include personal services such as beauty salons but does include the sale of goods, such as: Bookstores
Jewelry stores
Toy stores
Clothing and shoe stores
Home and furnishing stores
Sporting goods stores

Retail stores identified in the essential workforce list can open for in-store shopping. They include:
Retail facilities specializing in medical goods and supplies
Grocery stores, pharmacies, convenience stores, and other retail that sells food or beverage products, and animal/pet food
Fuel centers such as gas stations and truck stops
Hardware and building materials stores, consumer electronics, technology and appliances retail

Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for retail in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

Not all businesses qualify for re-opening as part of advancing in Stage 2. Only the following businesses can re-open in Stage 2:

  • Retail Sector
  • Logistics Sector
  • Manufacturing Sector
  • Destination retail, including shopping malls and swap meets.
  • Personal services, limited to: car washes, pet grooming, tanning facilities, and landscape gardening.
  • Office-based businesses (telework remains strongly encouraged)
  • Dine-in restaurants (other amenities, like bars or gaming areas, are not permitted)
  • Outdoor museums and open gallery spaces

A business not listed under Stage 2 is not allowed to reopen according to the State.

See May 12, 2020 Updates below for links to additional guidance and checklist documents.

May 12, 2020 State of California & Local Updates:
https://covid19.ca.gov/ (main page)
https://covid19.ca.gov/industry-guidance/ (statewide)
https://covid19.ca.gov/recovery-input/ (survey of industry members)
http://calaveras.org/covid-19-chamber-resources/ (main page)
https://calaveras.org/back-to-business/ (back to business toolkit)
https://covid19.calaverasgov.us/ (no new postings as of noon on May 12, 2020)
http://calaverascountyca.iqm2.com/Citizens/Default.aspx (Board of Supervisors Meeting Portal)


May 8, 2020 County of Calaveras Updated Guidance should be available by the end of the day Thursday or Friday morning:
**May 8, 2020 Calaveras County Press Release**
**May 8, 2020 Video by Morgan Gace of the Calaveras Chamber of Commerce::
Great video addressing the new guidelines:

May 7, 2020 State of California Updated Road Map & Guidance Documents: https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap

May 6, 2020 Reference Documents for Modified Stage 2 Reopening (Final Guidance Documents will be posted when available):
5.6.2020 press release
Tuolumne Guidelines for Stage 2 ReOpening – Draft
Governor Newsom Announced Four Stage Plan
050120 Health Officer Order FAQ FINAL
Guidance for Businesses Operating during the COVID

State & Federal Guidelines for Future Modification of Stay at Home Orders / Open for Business:

SBA Loans:
CARES Act Small Business Loans FAQ 3-25-20
CARES Act SB Provisions One Pager 3-25-20
Paycheck Protection and Loan Forgiveness 3-25-20

Calaveras Community Foundation:
CCF Offers COVID-19 Grants

Local, State, & Federal Guidance:

Misc: Information:

Medical Guidance:

Mental & Physical Health:
Advice From A Psychologist (this article was forwarded from a friend of Tonja’s)
Tai Chi on YouTube (a favorite of Louise’s Stay Vertical program)

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