Southern California on Regional Stay Home Order Effective December 6, 2020

By Jacquelyn E. Quinn, Esq.

Late on Friday, December 4, the Southern California region, which includes San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Orange Imperial, Inyo, Mono, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura, triggered a Regional Stay Home Order because it dropped below 15% ICU capacity. Kern County, which is included in the San Joaquin Valley region, also triggered a Regional Stay Home Order.

Regions under a Regional Stay Home Order have 24 hours to comply. Meaning, the Southern California and San Joaquin Valley regions will have until 11:59 p.m. Sunday, December 6 to comply.

In any region that triggers a Regional Stay Home Order because it drops below 15% ICU capacity, the following must close and/or cease operations:

  • Indoor and outdoor playgrounds and tot lots
  • Indoor recreational facilities
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Personal care services, including nail salons and massage services
  • Restaurants closed for all dine-in. Take-out, pick-up, and delivery only
  • All private gatherings of any size

The following sectors may continue with additional modifications and 100% masking and physical distancing:

  • Outdoor recreational facilities: Allow outdoor operation only without any food, drink or alcohol sales. Outdoor pools, hot tubs, tennis, pickleball, and other outdoor recreational facilities may remain open with 100% masking (when not in the water) and physical distancing and following all other existing operational and cleaning/disinfecting guidance.
  • Retail, including libraries: 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, including short term rentals: Allow to open for critical infrastructure support only. No hotel or lodging entity in California shall accept or honor out of state reservations for non-essential travel, unless the reservation is for at least the minimum time period required for quarantine and the persons identified in the reservation will quarantine in the hotel or lodging entity until after that time period has expired.

The Regional Stay Home Order will be in effect for at least 3 weeks after the trigger and will continue until ICU availability projections for the region are greater than or equal to 15%.

Californians are instructed to stay at home as much as possible to limit the mixing with other households that can lead to COVID-19 spread. It allows access to (and travel for) critical services only and allows outdoor activities to preserve Californians’ physical and mental health.

To read more about the Regional Stay Home Order and the status of other regions please click here.


Keywords: COVID-19, Coronavirus