Effective May 26, the City of Fresno has re-classified all businesses as “Authorized” or and may open to the public following the City of Fresno’s Appendix A: Social Distancing Protocol, except those businesses the State of California says should be closed.
Those businesses include:
- Bars and nightclubs
- Wineries, tasting rooms, and lounges
- Entertainment venues
- Gyms and fitness studios
- Public events and gatherings
- Community centers, public pools, playgrounds, and picnic areas
- Convention Centers
- Concert venues and festivals
- Live audience sport venues
- Theme parks
- Hotels and lodging for leisure and tourism
- Nail salons and tattoo parlors
Those businesses that are not permitted to operate by the State of California at this time may be phased-in as Authorized Businesses through the process described below.
The first phase of Authorized Businesses were those considered to be low-risk businesses, which were allowed to open with Social Distancing Protocols to protect the health and safety of employees and customers on May 11, 2020. The second phase of Authorized Businesses will be allowed to open on Tuesday, May 26, 2020.
We will announce new business openings publicly and post the list on our website at www.fresno.gov.
The Mayor and three City Councilmembers will consult with the Fresno Recovery Committee on which categories of businesses to include within each particular reopening phase and any additional health and safety requirements.
The City Manager acting as the Director of Emergency Services will consult with and receive input from the Mayor and City Council, the Emergency Operations Management Team, public health officials and others and then make a determination of which types of businesses may be considered eligible as Authorized Businesses for each particular phase.
The City Director of Emergency Services will then announce the dates and times when and which types of Authorized Businesses may open.
Each subsequent phase of new Authorized Businesses will be evaluated to measure the impacts on public health indicators. Phases may be rolled back if public health indicators show substantially worsening impacts on public health.