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It was announced today that the Southern California Region has less than 15% of its ICU capacity available and as announced by the Governor during his December 3, press conference, a Regional Stay at Home Order will go into effect at midnight on Monday morning, December 7. During the San Diego County briefing today, it was noted that while San Diego County has 20.6% of its ICU capacity available, the region as a whole has only 13.4% remaining.  As of today, San Diego County has not updated its Public Health Order, which was last updated on November 20, but has announced it will comply with the State’s Regional Stay at Home Order.

Our local Southern California region consists of Imperial, Inyo, Los Angeles, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties

Enforcement Of COVID-19 related violations will continue to be conducted by the San Diego County Safe Reopening Compliance Team, who have been assigned Sheriff Deputies and San Diego County Code Enforcement Officers specifically for that task.  Complaints of violations of the State or County Public Health Order should be directed to the team by calling (858) 694-2900 or by email at [email protected], rather than calling 211. 

The order will remain in effect for at least 3 weeks and after that period will be monitored.  The Stay at Home Order will be lifted when our region’s projected ICU availability increases to at least 15% capacity. This will be assessed on a weekly basis during and after the initial 3-week period. 

The following link directs you to the State’s website which provides extensive information including much of what will be found below.   https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/

The Order prohibits private gatherings of any size, closes sector operations except for critical infrastructure and retail, and requires 100% masking and physical distancing in all others.  Further, the Order instructs Californians to stay at home as much as possible to limit the mixing with other households that can lead to COVID-19 spread. It allows access to (and travel for) critical services and allows outdoor activities to preserve Californians’ physical and mental health.

As a result of our region meeting these criteria the following sectors must close: 

  • Indoor and outdoor playgrounds
  • Indoor recreational facilities
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Personal care services
  • Museums, zoos, and aquariums
  • Movie theaters
  • Wineries
  • Bars, breweries, and distilleries
  • Family entertainment centers
  • Cardrooms and satellite wagering
  • Limited services
  • Live audience sports
  • Amusement parks

The following sectors will have additional modifications in addition to 100% 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% 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% 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, pick-up, or delivery.
  • Offices: Allow remote only except for critical infrastructure sectors where remote working is not possible. 
  • Places of worship and political expression: 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 measures including 100% masking and physical distancing:

  • Critical infrastructure 
  • Schools that are already open for in-person learning
  • Non-urgent medical and dental care
  • Childcare and pre-K

All non-essential travel is now temporarily restricted statewide.