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New Wave of California and Local Stay-at-Home Orders

Our collective unwanted pandemic “house guest” continues to spur government’s unprecedented measures toward the virus’s permanent eviction.

Beginning November 21 and to December 21, the California Department of Public Health imposed a statewide 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. curfew with certain exceptions for essential services, medical emergencies, etc.

Starting tomorrow, Saturday, December 5, and through December 26, a further Regional Stay Home Order will be in place. Any of five regions in California will be subject to the order’s strict standards if and when that region’s total available adult ICU bed capacity falls to less than 15%.  The regions are:

  • Northern California: Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, Trinity
  • Bay Area: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma
  • Greater Sacramento: Alpine, Amador, Butte, Colusa, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Sierra, Sutter, Yolo, Yuba
  • San Joaquin Valley: Calaveras, Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, San Benito, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tulare, Tuolumne
  • Southern California: Imperial, Inyo, Los Angeles, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura

Once triggered, the regional order substantially limits public and commercial activity, for example including cut-backs of indoor retail and shopping center operation to 20% capacity; hotels and lodging open for critical infrastructure support only; restaurant take-out or delivery only; remote office work only except for critical infrastructure; and worship and political expression outdoors only.

We count 22 counties and one city which have rescinded their previous local orders and now  follow statewide guidances: • Colusa • Calaveras • Culver City • El Dorado • Fresno • Inyo • Kern • Kings • Lake • Mono • Monterrey • Nevada • Placer • Riverside • San Benito • San Bernardino • San Luis Obispo • Santa Cruz • Solano • Stanislaus • Tehama • Tulare and • Yolo.

As of today, December 4, 2020, we list these counties and cities as continuing with “safer at home” or “shelter in place” ordinances supplemental to and stricter than Sacramento’s statewide directives:

City or County Effective Date Expiration Date Resources
Alameda County November 18, 2020 Until further notice Alameda County’s FAQs
Berkeley November 18, 2020 Until further notice City of Berkeley’s website
Contra Costa County November 17, 2020 Until further notice Contra Costa County’s FAQs
Humboldt County November 3, 2020 Until further notice Humboldt County’s FAQs
Imperial County November 20, 2020 Until further notice Imperial County’s FAQs
Long Beach December 2, 2020 Until further notice Long Beach’s website
Los Angeles City December 2, 2020 Until further notice Los Angeles City’s FAQs
Los Angeles County (All unincorporated areas and cities in LA County except for Long Beach and Pasadena)  November 28, 2020 December 20, 2020 Los Angeles County’s website
Marin County October 27, 2020 Until further notice Marin County’s website
Mendocino County November 17, 2020 Until further notice Mendocino County’s FAQs
Merced County August 4, 2020 Until further notice Merced County’s website
Napa County July 18, 2020 Until further notice Napa County’s FAQs
Palm Springs July 31, 2020 Until further notice Palm Springs’s website
Pasadena December 2, 2020 December 20, 2020 Pasadena’s website
Sacramento County November 21, 2020 Until further notice Sacramento County’s FAQs
San Diego County November 21, 2020 Until further notice San Diego County’s FAQs
San Francisco City and County November 29, 2020 Until further notice San Francisco’s website
San Joaquin County September 29, 2020 Until further notice San Joaquin County’s website
Santa Clara County November 30, 2020 December 21, 2020 Santa Clara County’s FAQs
San Mateo County June 17, 2020 Until further notice San Mateo County’s FAQs
Santa Barbara County November 26, 2020 December 25, 2020 Santa Barbara’s website
Sonoma County September 23, 2020 Until further notice Sonoma County’s FAQs
Sutter County October 6, 2020 Until further notice Sutter County’s website
Ventura County October 6, 2020 Until further notice Ventura County ‘s website

Ventura County’s FAQs

Yuba County October 6, 2020 Until further notice Yuba County’s FAQs

Thanks again to our legal assistant Daniska Coronado for these continuing updates. Please use the above links and other online resources for further developments. Requirements of varying strictness continue to change frequently, municipality-by-municipality.

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For further information, please or contact Tim BowlesCindy Bamforth or Helena Kobrin.

Timothy Bowles

Daniska Coronado

December 4, 2020