State tells Sacramento County to back off on allowing gatherings, fitness studios to open

It turns out Memorial Day weekend will not be quite the big economic and social reopening moment that Sacramento residents and businesses owners had hoped.

Sacramento County health chief Peter Beilenson on Thursday reversed his approval from earlier this week for fitness centers to reopen, saying state health officials had stepped in to tell him it’s too soon.

Beilenson said state health officials also told him to back off of his plans to allow groups of up to 10 get together, with social distancing, starting this weekend.

The county still intends to issue a revised coronavirus “stay home” directive on Friday that will immediately allow restaurants to reopen for both indoor and outdoor dining. Tables must be six feet apart. And, for now, people should only dine at the same table with members of their household.

That order, approved by the state, also will allow stores to reopen for

Read More

Sacramento County pulls plug on fitness studios, small gatherings after state intervenes

Gov. Gavin Newsom's orders don't currently allow gym and fitness studios to reopen in the state. <span class="copyright">(Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)</span>
Gov. Gavin Newsom’s orders don’t currently allow gym and fitness studios to reopen in the state. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

Sacramento County has walked back its decision to allow the opening of fitness studios and plans for small gatherings after state public health officials said both are still not allowed under relaxed stay-at-home orders.

Shortly after giving the green light for small exercise facilities to reopen, the county was forced to backtrack when the state intervened.

“The Department of Health Services was willing to work with small fitness studios to reopen based on significant restrictions and requirements that ensured ample space between customers and staff and disinfecting shared equipment in order to protect public health,” Sacramento County Director of Health Services Dr. Peter Beilenson said in a statement.

“However, we have received feedback from the state Department of Public Health that no gyms or small fitness studios of

Read More