Last week, the State of California announced the Regional Stay At Home Order. This is in response to COVID-19 case rates and hospitalizations that continue to rise at an alarming pace and threaten to overwhelm the healthcare delivery system. If a region of California has less than 15% ICU availability, the region will have 24 hours to implement the Regional Stay At Home Order.
The Southern California region triggered the ICU metric a few days after the announcement. The Regional Stay At Home Order for the Southern California region went into effect on Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 11:59 PM and will remain in place for a minimum of three weeks. In order for the order to be lifted, ICU availability must remain above15%.
Los Angeles County Public Health revised it’s Safer At Home Order on Sunday, December 6, 2020 to align with State’s Regional Stay At Home Order.
Be advised that multiple counties and municipalities have expressed varying responses in the enforcement of COVID-19 health officer orders. Please remember to stay vigilant and practice all necessary safety precautions to protect yourself and the people around you.
The new guidelines are as follows:
- Individuals are instructed to stay at home as much as possible to limit the mixing with other households that can lead to COVID-19 spread.
- Allows access to (including travel for) critical services and allows outdoor activities to preserve one’s physical and mental health.
- The order does not modify existing state guidance regarding K-12 schools.
The following sectors are required to 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
The following sectors are required to implement additional modifications IN ADDITION to 100 percent 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 percent 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 percent 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 or pick-up.
Offices: Allow remote only except for critical infrastructure sectors where remote working is not possible.
Places of Worship: Allow outdoor services only.
Entertainment Production including Professional Sports: Allow operation without live audiences. Additionally, testing protocol and “bubbles” are highly encouraged.
The following sectors are allowed to remain open when a remote option is not possible with appropriate infectious disease preventative measure including 100 percent masking and physical distancing:
- Critical Infrastructure
- Non-urgent medical and dental care
- Child care and pre-K