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State of California Extends Southern California Region's Stay Home Order

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STAY HOME ORDER EXTENDED

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced on December 29, 2020, that the Southern California Region will remain under the State of California’s Regional Stay-at-Home Order. The County of Orange, along with 10 other Southern California Counties, were originally placed under the State’s Regional Stay-at-Home Order on December 3, 2020. As a result, Orange County residents will continue to be required to stay at home as much as possible and not gather with other households to reduce exposure due to our region’s available intensive care unit (ICU) capacity being under 15%. The Southern California Region may come out of the Stay Home Order if, at such time, hospital ICU capacity projected four weeks out reaches above or equal to 15%.

Original ORder

On Saturday, December 5, Southern California's Intensive Care Unit (ICU) capacity dropped below 15%, triggering the State of California’s Regional Stay Home Order as was announced on December 3, 2020, by Governor Gavin Newsom. As a result, Orange County residents, along with residents of the other 10 Southern California Region counties will be required to stay at home as much as possible and not mix with other households to reduce exposure due to our regional ICU capacity reaching 12.5 percent.


As a result of the State’s Regional Stay Home Order, the following sectors have been closed since 11:59 p.m. Sunday, December 6, 2020, in all counties of the Southern California region, which includes Orange County:

  • Indoor Playgrounds (Outdoor Playgrounds are permitted to stay open);
  • Indoor Recreational Facilities;
  • Hair 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.


The following sectors will have additional 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; and
  • Entertainment production including professional sports: Allow operation without live audiences. Additionally, testing protocol and “bubbles” are highly encouraged.


The State's Stay Home Order does not modify existing state guidance regarding K-12 schools. The following sectors are allowed to remain open in the Southern California Region when a remote option is not possible with appropriate infectious disease preventative measures including masking and physical distancing: 

  • Critical infrastructure;
  • Non-urgent medical and dental care; and
  • Childcare and pre-K.


Stay Home Orders for individual regions will be in effect for at least three weeks, but Regions can only exit Stay Home Order status if, at that time, hospital ICU capacity projected four weeks out reaches 15 percent. Then, individual counties such as Orange County will return to our Blueprint for a Safer Economy tier determined by their case rate and test positivity.


For more information about this order, what business/activities must close, and more, please visit the State's website at covid19.ca.gov.

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