State Ends Regional Stay-at-Home Orders, Returns Counties to Blueprint Tiers

On Monday, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced the end of the state’s Regional Stay-at-Home Order, effectively lifting the order for all regions statewide, including the three regions that had still been under the order (Bay Area, San Joaquin Valley, and Southern California). Four-week ICU capacity projections for the three regions still under the order rose above 15 percent, the threshold allowing a region to exit the order. The Greater Sacramento Region exited the order on January 12 and the Northern California Region never entered the regional order.

With the statewide end of the Regional Stay-at-Home order, counties statewide returned to the guidance and framework of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, including the color-coded tiers indicating which activities and businesses are allowed to reopen based on local case rates and test positivity. The majority of California counties remain in the strictest, widespread (purple) tier. The state has not established criteria for re-entering a Regional Stay-at-Home order.

Additionally, with the end of the Regional Stay-at-Home Order, the state’s Limited Stay-at-Home Order, which limited non-essential activities between 10:00 pm and 5:00 am, has also expired. The state’s Hospital Surge Order remains in effect.

A CDPH press statement on the Regional Stay-at-Home Order is available here.