The Virus That Stole Christmas: California’s Regional Stay Home Order

December 4, 2020 10:26 am
Blog post from Doug Larsen:

At noon on Thursday, December 3, 2020, Governor Newsom issued a “Regional Stay Home Order.”  This order applies to any region in which the ICU capacity drops below 15 percent.  It is anticipated that the San Joaquin Valley region will fall below the 15% capacity within days.


This order severely restricts business activities.  We recommend that you review the order and determine whether your business can remain open, and if so, what restrictions have been placed on your operations.


What happens when the ICU Capacity Drops?

Closure of these business sectors:

Playgrounds, indoor recreational facilities; salons and barbershops; personal care services; museums, zoos and aquariums; movie theaters; wineries; bars, breweries and distilleries; family entertainment centers; cardrooms and satellite wagering; limited services; live audience sports; and amusement parks.


Additional modifications to these business sectors while maintaining 100 percent masking and physical distancing:

Outdoor recreational facilities.  No food, drink or alcohol sales; no overnight stays.


Retail & Shopping Centers.  Limited to 20 percent capacity (with metering); no eating or drinking; special hours for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.

Hotels & Lodging.  For critical infrastructure support only.  This means no tourist guests.


Restaurants.  Take-out or delivery only.


Offices.  Remote working only except for critical infrastructure sections where remote working is not possible.


Worship & Political Expression.  Outdoor services only.


Entertainment Production & Professional Sports.  Operations permitted without live audiences.


Remain Open.  Critical infrastructure; schools already open for in-person learning; non-urgent medical and dental care; child care and pre-K.

Private Gatherings are Restricted.

In the purple tier, meaning widespread infection, private gatherings must take place outdoors.  Attendees must wear masks and physically distance.  No more than three separate households may gather.

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