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Should You Stay or Should You Go? A New Stay Home Order

On December 6, 2020, a new Regional Stay at Home Order (“Order”) took effect to keep hospitals and intensive care capacity from becoming overburdened amid the increase of Covid-19 cases throughout California.

The new Order divides California into 5 large geographic regions (“Regions”) as follows:

  • 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

If a certain Region’s available intensive care unit (ICU) capacity falls below the 15% threshold, counties located in the geographic region must comply with the order. Residents in the affected counties will be required to stay at home except for essential activities and outdoor exercise, and certain businesses will be required to close or alter their operations to be done outside.

Counties that fall into the specific Region whose ICU capacity falls below 15% will be required to comply with this Order within 24 hours and will remain in effect for at least three weeks.

Be advised that some counties are preemptively implementing county-specific orders, prior to following below the 15% ICU threshold, that are equivalent, if not more restrictive to the state’s requirements.  To learn more about this Order and your county-specific Covid-19 requirements, please contact the Employer Lawyers at Chauvel & Glatt.


The material in this article, provided by Chauvel & Glatt, is designed to provide informative and current information as of the date of the post. It should not be considered, nor is it intended to constitute, legal advice or promise similar outcomes.  For information on your particular circumstances, please contact Chauvel & Glatt at 650-573-9500. (photo credit: 123rf.com)


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