California COVID Training for Businesses

California's Blueprint for a Safer Economy program assigns each county a tier based on its daily case rate: Widespread, Substantial, Moderate, or Minimal. Currently, 60% of counties are in the Widespread tier, which comes with the tightest COVID requirements, while only two counties are in the Minimal tier with the loosest restrictions. Businesses are required to review the state's industry-specific COVID guidelines by tier.

To reopen safely, all businesses are required to "train employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19" and create a workplace protection plan that complies with local requirements. This required COVID training is not limited to work protocols, and must cover topics like how to screen yourself at home. Fines for non-compliance start at $100 for a first offense.

Opus has developed COVID training programs that comply with both California COVID requirements and OSHA safety guidelines. Opus's text-based training is accessible to your employees and enables you to promote a safe workplace for your staff and customers.

CA COVID Requirements

California's COVID requirements and guidelines vary by industry. The following protocols are required for all food services and essential services workers.

Health & safety

PPE provided by employer to employees

Masks worn by employees to enter

Masks worn by customers to enter

Temperature check for employees to enter

Temperature checks for customers to enter

Health screening for employee

Illness reporting by employee

Illness reporting by customer

Planning & procedure

Social distancing (at least 6 ft) by employees and customers

COVID training for employees

COVID preparedness plan

Visible signage about COVID protocols

Contact tracing plan

Indoor dining

For restaurants

Indoor dining varies based on the risk level assigned to each county.


  • Widespread: Indoor dining is prohibited
  • Substantial: Indoor dining is limited to 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is less
  • Moderate & Minimal: Indoor dining is limited to 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is less
Data as of 9/14/2020

COVID Citations in California

Governor Newsom put into place fines ranging from $100 for a first offense and up to $500 and a 30-day permit suspension for multiple offenses for all businesses not following California COVID requirements.

39 businesses in California have already received fines for COVID citations

As of 9/9/2020

Opus COVID Training

Opus provides high-impact COVID training for employees delivered over text message. Our COVID training program is based on the latest OSHA, CDC, and WHO guidelines and directly addresses California COVID requirements, with trainings on:

Face coverings and gloves

Social distancing at work

Customer service during COVID

Health screenings

Reporting illness

Personal hygiene & coming to work

How it works

Sign Up Quickly and Securely

Managers invite employees to training via mobile. Employees sign up over text message or WhatsApp.

Get Micro-Lessons Daily

At the start of each workday, employees complete 3-minute micro-lessons.

Acknowledge and Reward

Your team learns quickly and gets personalized, digital certificates. So does your business!

Supporting businesses through reopening

"Opus was an integral resource in our reopening. The ability to get our staff trained and up to speed quickly was critical in this uncertain and ever changing environment. The seamless use of text as a training and educational format is effective and efficient for employees from all parts of our business."

Aldy, Owner
Perry's Restaurants, San Francisco Bay Area

Training Thousands of Employees Up and Down the Supply Chain

Prioritize safe reopening

$4 per employee/month billed annually

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