COVID-19 Updates May 18, 2020

COVID-19 (Update May 18, 2020)
Posted on 05/18/2020

State Resilience Roadmap and Business Information

In Ripon, we are required to follow both the State and County Stay at Home Orders, which have been in place since March 19, 2020.  These orders have been modified and updated based on the State of California Resilience Roadmap, which allows gradual reopening in four stages by county, based on key factors and thresholds established by Governor Newsom:

  • Stage 1 - Safety & Preparedness
    • Make workplaces safe for our essential workers
  • Stage 2 - Lower-risk workplaces
    • Beginning by gradually reopening retail (curbside only), childcare, manufacturing & logistics.
    • Later relaxing retail restrictions, adapt & reopen schools, offices & limited hospitality, personal services.
  • Stage 3 - Higher-risk workplaces
    • Adapt & reopen movie theaters, religious services & more personal and hospitality services.
  • Stage 4 - End of Stay at Home Order
    • Reopen areas of highest risk, for example, concerts, conventions, sports arenas.

San Joaquin County Public Health has set up a dashboard to track the progress of San Joaquin County meeting the state defined factors and thresholds.  

Beginning of Stage 2   We are here.

On May 8, 2020, Governor Newsom authorized the beginning of Stage 2 reopening, and on May 12, 2020, additional beginning Stage 2 openings were announced.  With modifications made following State of California Guidance and completing the associated Checklist, the following may be open: 

  • Retail stores, including those at malls, strip malls and shopping outlets - curbside or delivery only;
  • Manufacturing and logistics operations that support these retail operations;
  • Childcare for those outside essential workforce;
  • Office-based businesses (where telework is not possible); and
  • Limited business, such as car washes, pet grooming, and landscape gardening, outdoor museums and open gallery spaces. 


Requirements for cleaning and physical distancing are applicable to all operations. State guidance for  industries is available at, along with checklists that can be posted to ensure customers and employees that actions have been taken to reduce risk, and to indicate that the business is open. 

Before Reopening

Before reopening, each business and all facilities should:

  1. Review the guidance above for your workplace;
  2. Prepare a plan based on the guidance;
  3. Put the plan into action; and
  4. Post an industry-specific checklist to show customers and employees the actions taken to reduce the risk, including, but not limited to:
    • Perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan.
    • Train employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19, including how to screen themselves for symptoms and stay home if they have symptoms.
    • Implement individual control measures and screenings.
    • Implement disinfecting protocols.
    • Implement physical distancing guidance.

San Joaquin County Stay at Home Order

The San Joaquin County April 24, 2020, Stay at Home Order was repealed and replaced on Friday, May 8, 2020, allowing certain outdoor recreational activities and, consistent with the State of California reopening plan, to provide for retail operations curbside or by delivery. These changes also include manufacturing and logistics operations that support retail business:

Outdoor Activities - Effective May 8, 2020

San Joaquin County has also authorized reopening certain outdoor recreational activities: boat ramps; disc golf (no using nets); fishing; gun ranges; hunting clubs/archery; marinas; and parks.

  • City parks are only available for passive use.  
    • Social distancing required, from those who are not members of your household.
    • No organized activities.
    • Certain parks equipment remains closed, including picnic tables, playground equipment, and restrooms.

 San Joaquin County COVID-19 Data

The number of cases of COVID-19 is reported by San Joaquin County Public Health Services. County-wide information is updated daily. Data is available using the Dashboard available on the San Joaquin County Public Health website:

COVID-19 Testing

There are two testing sites available in San Joaquin County: One is located in French Camp, near San Joaquin General Hospital, and the second is located in Lodi, at the Lodi Public Library. Both sites require an appointment.  Please use links below.

Baseline COVID-19 Testing Program (Verily) - French Camp

The State of California Baseline COVID-19 Testing Program, developed by Verily, is provided in French Camp, near San Joaquin General Hospital, just off of Interstate 5. Please use the following link to request an appointment:

OptumServe Testing - Lodi

This is one of 80 testing sites provided through a partnership with OptumServe, the federal government health services business of Optum, a leading health services innovation company.  

  • Appointments made online at or by calling (888) 634-1123.
  • Fees will be covered by insurance or the State of California.

Ripon Recycling Center Information

Starting April 28, 2020, the Ripon Recycling Center will be open for limited operations between the hours of 7:30 am to 1:00 pm on Tuesdays for residents with an even street address and Thursdays with an odd street address.
The limited operations at this time will be for Ripon residents only. City staff will be evaluating the operation moving forward to explore the possibility of expanding this to businesses, commercial, and non-residents in the future.
In order to comply with the Stay at Home Orders, City of Ripon staff will be on-site to direct individuals to ensure all distancing requirements are maintained. The following are the rules that will be in place during the current Stay at Home Orders:

  • Enter at the northern driveway
  • Remain in your car until it is your turn to unload your recyclable material
  • Residential loads only, no businesses or commercial sized truck/loads at this time
  • Residents must unload all material into proper container
  • The following are recyclables that are accepted at this time:
  • Cardboard, must be clean and free of trash
  • TVs & Screens, must be loaded directly into container
  • Plastics, no changes
  • Glass, no changes
  • Mixed Paper, no changes
  • Newspaper, no changes
  • Styrofoam, not accepted at this time
  • CRV (Aluminum Cans and Plastic Bottles) not accepted at this time

Illegal dumping items at the Recycling Center outside of the posted hours of operation will result in a citation for violating the Ripon Municipal Code.   

Solid Waste Disposal

Effective 5/13/2020, the Lovelace Materials Recycling Facility and Transfer Station is open to the public, resuming normal business hours.  Customers are strongly encouraged to wear facial coverings and gloves when visiting sites.

Credit, debit and business checks only will be accepted - NO CASH transactions.

Please expect longer wait times at County solid waste facilities due to required social distancing and Health Orders. 

Lovelace Materials Recycling Facility and Transfer Station:  (209) 982-5770 

External Links

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