Madera County Turning the Dimmer Switch

By | May 20, 2020

When the new case rate reaches a certain level, the state will require some business sectors to close – part of what Gov. Newsome refers to as “Turning the Dimmer Switch”.  Madera has been on the state watch list for 3 consecutive days due to the number of new cases, and is requiring  specified sectors to help control COVID spread. .

There has been some confusion around July closures and when Madera County is able to reopen. Madera County remains on the statewide monitoring list. A statewide order is currently in place restricting the operation of businesses with no specified end date. The statewide order supersedes the local Public Health order which was put in place on July 7th for a minimum of 3 weeks and was dependent upon our ability to get off of the monitoring list.

On July 13, 2020 the state of California announced that ALL counties must close bars and restrict indoor operations in the following sectors:

  • Dine-in restaurants
  • Wineries and tasting rooms
  • Movie theaters 
  • Family entertainment centers (for example: bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages and arcades)
  • Zoos and museums
  • Cardrooms

In addition counties on the monitoring list such as Madera County must also restrict indoor operations at

  • Gyms and fitness centers
  • Places of worship and cultural ceremonies, like weddings and funerals
  • Offices for non-critical infrastructure sectors
  • Personal care services, like nail salons and body waxing
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Shopping malls

Again, these statewide orders are still in place. For more information please visit

For more information on how you can help stop the spread of Covid-19 and keep you and your family safe visit the Madera County Health Department website at