On Thursday, December 3, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom introduced a state-wide Regional Stay-at-Home Order plan to limit the COVID-19 surge and predicted we will soon be under a strict-Stay-At-Home order within the next week. The order prohibits private gatherings of any size, closes sector operations except for critical infrastructure and retail, and requires 100% masking and physical distancing in all others. Governor Newsom said that counties that do not comply with the order will have their funding redirected to other counties.
According to the state's Regional Stay-At-Home Order plan, Governor Newsom divided the state into five regions. One of five regions in the state is Southern California. Orange County is grouped in the Southern California region with Imperial, Inyo, Los Angeles, Mono, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties.
Our Southern California region is tied with the collective hospital health care deliver systems in these counties. When a county reaches its Intensive Care Unit (ICU) hospital bed capacity, it relies on its neighboring counties for ICU capacity assistance. Counties that have reached their ICU capacity will transport ICU patients to counties with available ICU hospital beds.
If the collective ICU capacity in the Southern California Region falls below 15%, it will trigger the state to issue a Stay-at-Home Order throughout the region, including in Orange County, to minimize mixing and exposure to COVID-19. Once the state-issued Regional Order is triggered, it will remain in effect for at least three-weeks. After the initial three-week period, the Southern California Region's ICU capacity will be assessed on a weekly basis. The state-issued Regional Order will lifted when the region’s projected ICU capacity meets or exceeds 15%.
Under the state-issued Regional Stay-At-Home order, you may leave your home to work at any business or other entity that is allowed to open, to engage in in-person worship and protest activities consistent with public health directives, to patronize local businesses, or to care for friends or family members who require assistance (as set forth under Health care). The order allows access to (and travel for) critical services and outdoor activities to preserve our physical and mental health such as:
- Riding a bike
- Taking a hike
- Going fishing
- Walking a dog
- Going to a park
- Going to the beach
Business Sector Closures:
In any region that drops before 15% ICU capacity and triggers a state-issued Regional Stay Home Order, the following sectors must close:
- Indoor and outdoor playgrounds
- Indoor recreational facilities
- Hair salons and barbershops
- Personal care services
- Museums, zoos, and aquariums
- Movie theaters
- Bars, breweries, and distilleries
- Family entertainment centers
- Cardrooms and satellite wagering
- Limited services
- Live audience sports
- Amusement parks
Business Sectors Open:
The following sectors are allowed to remain open when a remote option is not possible with appropriate preventative measures, including 100% masking and physical distancing:
- Critical infrastructure
- Non-urgent medical and dental care
- Child care and pre-K
Business Sectors Open with Modifications:
The following sectors may remain open with modifications in addition to 100% masking and physical distancing:
- Outdoor recreational facilities: Allow outdoor operation only without any food, drink or alcohol sales. Additionally, overnight stays at campgrounds will not be permitted.
- Retail: Allow indoor operation at 20% capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. Additionally, special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
- Shopping centers: Allow indoor operation at 20% capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. Additionally, special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
- Hotels and lodging: Allow to open for critical infrastructure support only.
- Restaurants: Allow only for take-out, pick-up, or delivery.
- Offices: Allow remote only except for critical infrastructure sectors where remote working is not possible.
- Places of worship and political expression: Allow outdoor services only.
Entertainment production including professional sports: Allow operation without live audiences. Additionally, testing protocol and “bubbles” are highly encouraged.