Volume 5 | January 29, 2021
Tuolumne County Is Reopening After Stay At Home Order is Lifted
With the Regional Stay at Home Order lifted by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) officials counties are back in the color Tier System. Tuolumne and Calaveras Counties report they are in the Purple Tier as of today, January 25, based on the tier they were assigned last Tuesday. Tomorrow, CDPH will reevaluate the Blueprint tiers, with all but a handful of counties likely to remain in the purple tier. Mariposa has been placed into the red tier.

Under the State’s guidance purple tier means:
  • Restaurants may open for outdoor dining
  • Certain low-risk youth sports competitions and outdoor recreation may resume
  • Nail salons and hairdressers may reopen indoors with modifications
  • Hotels and short term rentals can reopen
  • Gyms may operate outdoors with modifications

The Tiers are updated each Tuesday based on a county’s case rate and test positivity rate.

Event | California-UK After Brexit: Prospects for Partnership

California-United Kingdom relations following the latter’s exit from the European Union will be the focus of an international virtual event hosted by the California Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, February 25 at 2 p.m. (Pacific). The special guest speaker will be Dr. Matt Beech, founding director of the Centre for British Politics at the University of Hull and senior fellow at the Institute of European Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

Sign Up for the Free California Outlook Forum

The premier conference for California’s tourism industry is virtual and free to attend. This year’s agenda is packed with meaningful insights, future trends and best practices that will accelerate the industry’s recovery in 2021 and beyond. Outlook Forum features valuable content for executives and emerging leaders so we encourage you to invite your team to register.

Educators, food workers join California’s priority for vaccines.

Beginning in mid-February, some essential workers will be eligible for vaccines under new standards announced today. According to CalMatters, the next priority group will be based on age, likely people 50+, not health conditions. It is recommended that you check with Vaccinate Tuolumne to get the latest.

COVID19 Tests Now Available in Groveland Each Monday

Tuolumne County has been approved for a traveling testing team. At this time, it is planned for the testing site to be open at the Groveland Community Hall on Mondays from 7 AM to 7 PM. The sites are expected to begin operations late next week. Appointments will be able to be scheduled at the same LHI website. 

Employers Must Post Form 300A Starting February 1st

Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, some things remain the same. According to HR WatchDog, California employers must still post their Form 300A, Annual Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, on February 1, 2021, and keep it posted through April 30, 2021.
Form 300A summarizes all job-related injuries and illnesses from the previous calendar year that were logged on Form 300, Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses. 

Advocates for fish win a round in debate over Tuolumne River flows

Is your business or weekend escapes affected by the water levels on the Tuolumne River? According to the Modesto Bee, the Jan. 19 ruling from the Federal Energy Regulatory drew cheers from environmental and fishing groups that have long sought larger releases from Don Pedro Reservoir into the lower river and set precedence for other rivers across the State.

Community Press Releases
SERVICE SPOTLIGHT | Groveland Trail Heads
Located just outside of Groveland, and less than 20 minutes from Yosemite, is the Ferretti Non Motorized trail system (affectionately called Ferretti Trails). These 500 acres will eventually provide year round mountain biking opportunities to the hundreds of thousands of cycling enthusiasts that live less than 4 hours away.

The International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) sees the value in this trail system and has offered the Groveland Trail Heads the Dig In Grant Matching award to help with construction!

Donate before March 31st and have your donation matched by this incredible organization!

Yosemite National Park Updates

  • Yosemite National Park will remain closed at least until Saturday, January 30. El Portal Road (Highway 140), Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120 from the west), and Hetch Hetchy Road will be open. Areas south of Yosemite Valley (including Badger Pass, Wawona, Mariposa Grove, South Entrance, and Wawona Road will remain closed.
  • Big Oak Flat Road Traffic Delays | On January 14and 15 (Thursday and Friday) between 9AM and 5PM there will be intermittent 15 minute delays on the Big Oak Flat Road at the Longest Tunnel. For these two days a crew will be evaluating the lights and power systems in this northern most (longest) tunnel on the Big Oak Flat Road. For more information contact Michael Pieper at 200-1131
  • El Portal Road Traffic Control |Work on the NPS-owned 70kV transmission line will take place January 13 - March 12 along El Portal Road from the park boundary to the powerhouse. This requires intermittent traffic control 0700-1600 Monday through Friday (no holidays) no longer than 10 min. Please plan accordingly.
  • Bridalveil Fall Parking Lot | The Bridalveil Fall parking lot and trails are closed to visitation to allow for ongoing rehabilitation work. NPS crews are currently constructing a new accessible trail and making other trail and site repairs. Contractor work consisting of utility upgrades and parking lot and bus platform improvements will begin later this summer and will continue through May 2021. 
  • Badger Pass Nordic Opened Thursday | As of 9:00am on Thursday, December 31, the Badger Pass area is accessible for winter recreation and Nordic use. All Yosemite Hospitality services are closed. The Glacier Point Road is accessible for Nordic use as usual, but grooming will be intermittent and rough. Temporary restrooms and trash disposal is available in the parking lot. Please recreate safely and responsibly. 
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