Photo of cafe worker illustrating SB 336.

SB 336 requires CDPH and LHO to publish new COVID-19 measures on their websites to ensure that business owners are prepared to make required changes.

Senator Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh (R-Yucaipa) announced her legislation, Senate Bill 336, was signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom. This bill ensures that communities are aware of any changes to the state or local public health orders by requiring them to be posted to relevant websites and distributed via email.

“I am thrilled the Governor agreed that we must create a viable notification structure to ensure our local communities and businesses are aware of all new public health orders in a timely manner,” said Senator Ochoa Bogh.

“During the pandemic, small businesses have struggled to keep up with rapidly changing public health orders. We must make sure struggling employers are not left scrambling to locate, review and implement new health orders that have already been put in place and may significantly impact their daily operations. It is imperative now more than ever the Legislature and the Governor discuss ways to make sure communities are on the same page, SB 336 is a major step in that direction.”

Current law authorizes California’s Department of Public Health (CDPH) to take necessary measures to study and prevent the spread of a communicable disease. Existing law also requires local health officers (LHO) to take similar steps to prevent the spread of the disease. Under existing law, these measures can be made effective immediately and have the force of law.

SB 336 requires CDPH and LHO to publish new COVID-19 measures on their respective websites to ensure that our communities and any impacted industries are aware of and prepared to make any required changes. It also requires CDPH and LHO to create a distribution list for those that would like to sign up for notifications about any change in requirements.

SB 336 would only be effective for the duration of this current public health crisis as caused by COVID-19, while also creating a communication frame work for any future public health crisis. It took effect immediately upon the Governor’s approval.

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