Here’s What Lifting California’s Stay-at-Home Orders Mean

Photo via Unsplash, Lili Popper

Effective immediately, all regions are no longer in California’s stay-at-home order, Governor Gavin Newsom announced during a press conference Monday afternoon.

Five weeks after the stay-at-home order began in regions where ICU availability is less than 15%, the same regions are seeing some form of “normalcy” as orders are lifted due to a 4 week projection of ICU capacity meeting or exceeding 15%. The entire state is lifting its 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew and restaurants in approved regions can resume outdoor dining. The regions affected are the Bay Area, San Joaquin Valley and Southern California, covering a majority of the state’s counties.

“Each region’s a little bit different, but we are in a position projected four weeks forward with a significant decline in the case rates positivity rates, we are anticipating decline,” Governor Newsom said. “Still more decline hospitalizations and more declines in ICU, and that’s why we’re lifting that stay at home, order effective immediately.”

The Bay Area’s projected ICU capacity is 25%. Projected capacity depends on 4 variables:

  • Current estimated ICU capacity available
  • Current community transmission
  • Current regional case rates
  • Proportion of cases admitted to the ICU

Currently, 54 out of California’s 58 counties are in the purple tier of Newsom’s color-coded tier system, which is notably more relaxed than the stay-at-home order, but does not allow non-essential businesses to open.

Purple (widespread) Tier Allows:

  • Restaurants may open for outdoor dining with modifications
  • Nail & hair salons may reopen indoors with modifications including limited capacity, 100% masking
  • Certain youth sports competitions may resume

Newsom shared an updated on coronavirus numbers:

Sadly, California lost 328 lives on January 24th, averaging 504 deaths over a 7 day average and 7,062 over a 14 day average.

Newsom explained the best way to end the coronavirus pandemic is through the vaccine. Newsom laid out the California’s steps to “Vaccinate all 58”.

Watch the full press conference here.



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