Coronavirus Central Valley: Updates on shelter-in-place orders, response to COVID-19 pandemic

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- As the state of California and the Central Valley continue to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, some cities are handling their shelter-in-place orders differently.

On May 7, Gov. Gavin Newsom laid out the state's plan for "Phase 2" of California's re-opening of the economy and certain business sectors, including guidelines for retail and manufacturing, which can be viewed here.

RELATED: Gov. Newsom details rules for businesses opening in California on Friday


The city of Fresno has extended its shelter-in-place order through May 31 and is requiring residents to wear face masks when out in public.

RELATED: Mayor Brand announces Fresno's shelter-in-place order extended to May 31

City officials have continued to clarify which essential businesses can remain open, and listed out business sectors that are part of the category "authorized businesses," which can begin to re-open under certain guidelines on May 11.

That list of authorized businesses includes auto, truck, boat, motorcycle and RV and mobile home sales, new construction, furniture stores, electronic and camera stores, spa and pool stores, lawn and garden equipment stores, building and remodeling supply stores and auctions.

Businesses that WILL remain open:

  • Accounting, bookkeeping, payroll
  • Agriculture
  • Airlines
  • Alarm and security companies
  • Animal boarding
  • Appliance sales, repair, in home only
  • Auto repair and service
  • Auto sales (provided transactions are handled electronically and delivery of vehicles is to the customers' home; showrooms and vehicle lots shall not be open to customers; no test drives)
  • Banks and other financial services
  • Beauty and health supply stores
  • Bed and breakfasts
  • Blood donation centers
  • Businesses that supply essential businesses with necessary supplies (e.g., office or restaurant supply stores)
  • Businesses that supply items required to work from home
  • Businesses that provide training and/or certification for employment, or to maintain or renew a government approved license or permit, but solely for those purposes (not for recreation)
  • Buses
  • Car washes (exterior only, customer remains in vehicle)
  • Cell Phone Only Stores
  • Cemeteries
  • Childcare facilities*
  • Churches (only for counseling, providing relief, and broadcasting religious services permitted - but no congregations of more than 10 people)
  • Community garden
  • Construction - all construction in progress may continue
  • Construction - emergency housing and care facilities
  • Construction supplies
  • Convenience stores
  • Counseling and behavioral health
  • Craft and fabric stores (only to fulfill orders curbside, or providing limited selection in the front 20% of floor space for fabric and supplies to be used for COVID-19 relief)
  • Distribution and delivery of essential consumer or business goods
  • Distribution centers (no customers are allowed at the center)
  • Domestic violence shelters
  • Drug stores
  • Dry cleaners
  • Electricians
  • Essential government services (each public agency to make its own determination - minimize employees and congregations of people)
  • Exterminators
  • Farmer's markets
  • Farming (all agriculture)
  • Florists (only to supply funerals)
  • Food and goods delivery services
  • Food banks and other organizations that provide assistance to the disadvantaged
  • Food preparation facilities
  • Food trucks (but no tables/chairs for customers)
  • Funeral parlor and interment services
  • Gas stations
  • Golf courses and driving ranges (subject to the City's Golf Social Distancing and Safety Plan available online)
  • Government agencies and facilities as necessary to maintain critical infrastructure
  • Grocery stores
  • Hardware stores
  • Healthcare providers - doctors, dentists, mental health professionals, nurses
  • Home-based care for all
  • Home repair and maintenance (landscaping, pool service, repairs)
  • Homeless service providers
  • Hospitals and clinics
  • Hotels and motels
  • HVAC services
  • Laundromats
  • Law firms
  • Mailing and shipping services
  • Malls, if certain businesses within the mall may remain open
  • Manufacturing of essential consumer and business goods
  • Media
  • Pawn shops
  • Pet grooming
  • Pet supply
  • Pharmacies
  • Phone centers
  • Plumbers
  • Produce stands
  • Professional services - legal, accounting, payroll, etc. (as needed to assist with legally mandated activities)
  • Property management
  • Real estate sales**
  • Railroads
  • Recyclers, including electronics recyclers
  • Re-entry/rehabilitation facilities
  • Rental cars, trucks, trailers
  • Residential facilities for all
  • Restaurants (take-out, delivery, drive thru only)
  • Rideshare
  • Schools - public and private*** (online, admin, and food only)
  • Shooting ranges (only for CCW or other license renewals; recreational shooting is not permitted)
  • Sporting goods
  • Storage facilities
  • Taxis
  • Towing
  • Trucking and truck stops (but no dining in)
  • Tutoring (one-on-one school curriculum and students with Individualized Education Programs only)
  • Utility companies - water, power, cable, internet, cell service
  • Veterinarians

  • Businesses that WILL NOT remain open:

  • Amphitheaters
  • Amusement and theme parks
  • Amusement arcades
  • Archery ranges
  • Arenas
  • Art galleries
  • Arts
  • Banquet halls
  • Barbers and hair salons
  • Bars
  • Bookstores
  • Botanical gardens
  • Bowling alleys
  • Casinos and cardrooms
  • Clothing stores
  • Craft and fabric stores (may fulfill orders curbside for fabric to be used for COVID-19 relief)
  • Dances
  • Fitness Centers
  • Furniture stores
  • Gymnasiums
  • Health clubs
  • Historical sites
  • Ice rinks
  • Industrial and manufacturing not expressly permitted
  • Libraries
  • Liquor stores (grocery and convenience stores permitted)
  • Massage parlors
  • Miniature golf courses
  • Motorcycle clubs
  • Movie theaters
  • Museums
  • Music events
  • Nightclubs
  • Performing arts centers
  • Pool and billiards lounges
  • Private social clubs
  • Public swimming pools
  • Riding stables
  • Roller skating rinks
  • Second hand/thrift stores
  • Sports stadiums and facilities - all
  • Swap meet/flea market
  • Tasting rooms
  • Tattoo and body piercing
  • Tennis clubs
  • Trampoline and bounce houses
  • Water parks
  • Zoos
  • All other retail or recreational facilities not listed under "May Remain Open"

  • *Childcare facilities providing services that enable employees exempted in this Order to work as permitted. To the extent possible, childcare facilities must operate under the following mandatory conditions: (1) Childcare must be carried out in stable groups of 10 or fewer ("stable" means that the same 10 or fewer children are in the same group each day); (2) Children shall not change from one group to another; (3) If more than one group of children is cared for at one facility, each group shall be in a separate room. Groups shall not mix with each other; (4) Childcare providers shall remain solely with one group of children.

    **Sales Offices and Model Homes can be open by appointment only. An appointment consists of one sales associate and one family (defined as immediate family who currently lives in the same residence and less than 9 individuals) at a time in the sales office or any model home. Have enough hand sanitizers for the employees and the customers. Disinfect the sales offices and model homes prior to opening each day.

    ***Schools for purposes of facilitating distance learning or performing essential functions (including but not limited to administration and provision of community meal programs), observing social distancing and hand cleaning.


    Coalinga is declaring all businesses in the city 'essential', in defiance of California Gov. Gavin Newsom's emergency 'shelter in place' order.

    RELATED: Coalinga declares all its businesses 'essential' in defiance of Gov. Newsom's order

    A resolution passed by the city said that all businesses in the city are allowed to stay open and operate 'for the duration of the local and state emergency'.


    The city of Selma says they are following state guidelines for all businesses.

    Curbside ordering and pickup from retailers is now allowed for both essential and non-essential businesses. Customers are not allowed to shop in the stores but can make selections via phone, online, or place orders from parking spaces. Lines and parking lot sales/pickup sites must observe social distancing and businesses are encouraged to review the industry guidelines available at

    The city is urging residents to respect one another and wear masks when out in public. This is highly encouraged to help stop the spread of coronavirus as symptoms are not always present in affected people.

    Barbershops, hairdressers, tattoo parlors, and dine-in restaurant services are to remain closed as they are categorized as high risk for transmission and will not be able to open until Phase Three begins. Areas of the economy requiring state licenses risk the termination of their license due to non-compliance

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