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Update on Governor’s Stay Home Order

Date: December, 04 2020 Category: COVID-19

Santa Ana and Orange County are not currently in a Stay Home order, but that could change soon if the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) bed capacity in the region continues to decline.

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday announced a Regional Stay Home Order that will go into effect within 24 hours in regions that reach less than 15% ICU bed availability. It 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.

Orange County is grouped with 10 other counties in the Southern California Region for determining the ICU status and Stay Home Order.

Orange County’s ICU was at 17% availability as of Thursday; however, other counties are lower, which could cause a Stay Home Order for Southern California. It would last a minimum of three weeks.

The further restrictions include no outdoor dining, no gatherings, retail capacity reduced to 20% and closing of personal service businesses.  Outdoor activities would still permitted when observing social distancing, but activities like the Santa Ana Zoo would be closed.

Masks are required statewide when around others outside of the home.

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