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Health & Safety



With Governor Newsom’s announcement that Butte County can reopen quicker under Phase 2 and Phase 3 guidelines due to local variance, more Butte County businesses are starting to serve customers again. If you find yourself in Butte County during this phase, we want to make sure that when you do visit, you do so safely.

What Businesses Across the County Are Doing

  • Posting a local self-certification window placard in a visible location once all reopening measures have been met
  • Requiring employees to wear face coverings when working in places accessible to the public when physical distancing of at least 6 feet cannot be maintained.
  • Maintaining a log if possible, including: customer or participant name, contact information, and time of visit when practical that may be provided to Butte County Public Health to assist in contact tracing.

How People Can Protect Themselves

The Butte County Public Health Department has the latest information on how to help limit and slow the spread of COVID-10 in our county. Starting June 18, Californians must wear face coverings in common and public indoor spaces and outdoors when distancing is not possible.

Cloth Face Covering Safety Measures:

  • Wash your hands before putting on a face covering
  • Don’t touch your face or the face covering during usage
  • Wash the face covering before using it again
  • Face coverings are not a substitute for staying home or social distancing, especially when ill.
  • The purchase of N95 respirator masks should be reserved for healthcare workers and first responders.

And as always, you should follow best practices when visiting:

  • Continue physical distancing
  • Maintain good hygiene practices
  • Don’t travel unless you have to
Health & Safety

Every person has a role to play. Protecting yourself and your family comes down to common sense:

  • Stay home unless necessary to go out for essential trips, such as to the grocery store
  • When you are out, practice physical distancing, maintaining at least 6 feet between you and people outside of your household
  • Avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth; if you do so, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer immediately afterwards
  • Cover a cough or sneeze with your sleeve, or disposable tissue. Wash your hands afterward.
  • Following guidance from public health officials.

The health and safety of our visitors, employees, and our community is our top priority. Our lodging properties are open to welcome you and are taking all recommended precautions to make sure your stay here is healthy. You can also enjoy a warm meal from one of the many restaurants that offer pick-up and delivery options.

With your help, we can keep Butte County safe for everyone for when the time comes for an unrestricted re-opening. Until then, we’ll be thinking of you and we’ll keep sharing content to help you plan for a future trip to the area so you can successfully #ExploreButteCounty.

How to Recreate in the Era of COVID

With an emphasis on outdoor recreation, Mammoth Lakes has a lot in common with Butte County, and we know everyone from here to there is itching to get outside.

Mammoth Hospital put together a great video on how to recreate in the era of COVID that is excellent information for any outdoor recreation haven.

Make sure to stay healthy and recreate safely by following these guidelines.

Local Hospitals

Should you find yourself filling ill while in Butte County, you'll want to seek care from one of the area's local hospitals: