Sheriff's Office Covid-19 FAQ

A: What does Governor Gavin Newsom’s statewide order mean for me?
A: Governor Gavin Newsom issued a stay at home order to protect the health and well-being of all Californians and to establish consistency across the state to slow the spread of COVID-19. You cannot leave your home except to carry out essential activities.  For more information on the order, please visit: 

Q: How long is the order for?
A: The order is effective from March 19, 2020 until further notice. 

Q: What does new Placer County’s order mean for me?
A: Beginning April 10,2020 at 11:59 p.m., residents in Placer County must remain at home, except to carry out essential activities. The new stay-at-home order will supersede the previous directive. It complements the indefinite statewide stay-at-home order issued by Governor Gavin Newsom on March 19. Where a conflict exists between this order and any state public health order related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the most restrictive provision applies.

Q: What if I am being told to go to work?
A: If you are a staff member who works for a critical sector, you may be required to go to work. A list of essential jobs/sectors is outlined here:

Q: What is open right now?

  • Gas stations
  • Pharmacies 
  • Food: Grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, take-out and delivery restaurants 
  • Banks
  • Laundromats/laundry services

Essential state and local government functions will also remain open, including law enforcement and offices that provide government programs and services. For a list of services open within the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, please visit:

 Q: Are the Placer County jails open for visitors?

A: Effective April 2, 2020 the walk-in visiting centers at the Auburn Jail and South Placer Jail will be temporarily closed. For more information please visit: 

Q: Can I travel?
A: Based on the Governor’s Executive Order dated March 19, 2020, and corresponding guidance, short-term rental units (as defined in County Code) are not permitted to operate for commercial purposes and may continue to operate only for the following limited purposes:

  1. To provide COVID-19 mitigation and containment measures (for example, isolation and quarantine or the housing of displaced persons or the homeless);

  2. To provide housing for essential critical infrastructure workers; and

  3. For use by the property owner and his/her immediate family members.

As defined in the Health Officer Directive issued March 19, 2020, and Placer County’s Health Order, Essential Travel does not include leisure or vacation travel. Residents should shelter at their place of residence and not travel to other communities to shelter there. We ask people to do their part and honor the directive. Travelling to our smaller communities can overwhelm medical services making treatment harder to obtain than if you stay in your own community. 

 Q:Can I go outside at all?
A: Yes you can, but you must practice the social-distancing rule of being at least six-feet away from one another. 

Q: What are non-essential activities, and what is closed?

  • Dine-in restaurants

  • Bars and nightclubs

  • Entertainment venues

  • Gyms and fitness studios

  • Public events and gatherings

  • Convention Centers

Q: How is the Sheriff’s Office handling CCW’s?
A: Placer County Concealed Carry Weapons (CCW) permit holders will now have until the end of October to renew their permits due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

Placer County Sheriff Devon Bell has implemented emergency CCW extensions for permits that have expired since the Shelter In Place issued on March 19, 2020. Permits that have been expired since that date will now be extended through October 31, 2020. This extension is valid within Placer County ONLY and may not be recognized by other law enforcement jurisdictions.

Several of the Placer County CCW approved instructors are still providing the required 4-hour course through smaller class sizes in order to comply with social distancing requirements. Our CCW Unit is also processing renewal applications within a timely manner. CCW holders are encouraged to complete the renewal process if they are able.

New CCW permit applications can still be started on the Placer County Sheriff’s website, but the interviews are being delayed due to the COVID-19 restrictions. 

Q: What is the Placer County Sheriff’s Office enforcing currently?
A: While the Sheriff’s Office is not making arrests under the county’s or the statewide orders, nor operating checkpoints to restrict travel, we strongly urge you to follow them to protect our community and the vulnerable population.

Q: I am a business owner in Placer County, and unsure whether I should remain open or closed?
A: Refer to Placer County’s Health Order for a list of essential businesses. 

Q: There’s a bar or restaurant in my neighborhood that is still allowing customers to dine-in rather than just provide take-out. What are you doing about this?
A: Placer County’s Environmental Health staff is making regular rounds to the region’s businesses to ensure the governor’s executive order is being followed. If staff discovers a non-essential business operating there will be a discussion with the owner to educate them on the need to reduce the spread of the virus and how the executive order is not voluntary.  We are implementing an education campaign.    

Q: What if I see a bar, restaurant with dine-in customers or other non-essential businesses still operating in Placer County?
A: You can email with “Community Concern” in the subject line. Public Health will evaluate and prioritize based on risk level. Again, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office is not currently making arrests under the local directive, or state order.

Price gouging is being handled by the Attorney General’s Office. You can file a complaint at (800) 952-5225.

For more information on the Governor’s order, please visit: