Bay Area Temporarily Avoids New Restrictions
State of California Issues New Regional Stay Home Order to Address Surge in COVID-19 Cases
California Governor Gavin Newsom today announced a new regional-based framework for applying restrictions on activities and non-essential travel to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Under the state’s “Regional Stay Home Order,” new restrictions go into effect within 48 hours in regions with less than 15% intensive care unit (ICU) capacity. The new order does not immediately impact the Bay Area region, which includes the counties of San Mateo, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano and Sonoma.
The state, however, projects the Bay Area region could fall below the 15% threshold by mid- to late-December, which would prompt the Regional Stay Home Order to take effect. The other four regions of the state (defined as Northern California, Greater Sacramento, San Joaquin Valley and Southern California) are projected to fall below the ICU threshold possibly within days.
Once triggered, the order would be in effect for 3 weeks and instructs Californians to stay at home as much as possible to limit the spread of COVID-19. It prohibits private gatherings of any size and closes or imposes capacity restrictions at many businesses except for critical infrastructure.
It allows travel for critical services such as visiting the doctor and shopping for groceries and allows most outdoor activities to preserve Californians’ physical and mental health. This limited closure is intended to stop a statewide surge in COVID-19 cases and prevent overwhelming regional ICU capacity.
County Health and other local officials are closely monitoring the situation and will update residents if the region’s status changes.
For more information on all COVID-19 restrictions and for updates, visit the State's dedicated web page here.