California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

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Update by the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department

The California Department of Public Health issued guidance today lifting the Regional Stay at Home Order due to projected increasing ICU capacity. All California counties will return to the Blueprint for a Safer Economy and color-coded tiers. Santa Barbara County has returned to the Purple Tier and a Health Officer Order outlining the specific restrictions and allowances for Santa Barbara County businesses and residents will be issued. This Health Officer Order will take effect at 8 a.m. on January 26, 2020.

The Limited Stay at Home Order, which limits non-essential activities between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., expires with the Regional Stay At Home Order ending.

“We are pleased the Stay at Home Order has been lifted and that California as a whole is moving in the right direction with decreasing hospitalizations and case counts. Now more businesses will be able to open In Santa Barbara. This is so important for the health of our community. In reference to this virus however, we have more work to do. Our case rates remain high and our ICU capacity is still very low. Please stay the course. Avoid gatherings, wear your face covering, and stay 6 feet from those you do not live with. We are getting closer, but this is not yet over.” states Dr. Henning Ansorg, Public Health Officer for the County of Santa Barbara.

Santa Barbara County will continue to restrict gatherings of any size at this time. All businesses in Santa Barbara County, which are open or will be reopening, must follow all State guidance for their industry and self-certify that they are ready to reopen through completing the Online Self-Attestation.

Some additional businesses, which may reopen outdoors with modifications in the purple tier include personal care services, restaurants, gyms and fitness centers, movie theaters, museums, and zoos and aquariums. For more information about changes in the purple tier, visit https://publichealthsbc.org/purple-tier/


By edhat staff

The State of California ended the Regional Stay at Home Order for all regions on Monday morning allowing more businesses to reopen.

However, the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department is able to keep the county in lockdown if they choose. As of Monday morning, the department stated they are currently reviewing this new guidance, and any changes to businesses permitted to open will be reflected in a local Health Officer Order and shared broadly.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) stated all regions, including San Joaquin Valley, Bay Area, and Southern California that have limited intensive care unit (ICU) availability can reopen. Four-week ICU capacity projections for these three regions are above 15%, the threshold that allows regions to exit the order. The Sacramento Region exited the order on January 12 and the Northern California region never entered the order.

This action allows all counties statewide to return to the rules and framework of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy and color-coded tiers that indicate which activities and businesses are open based on local case rates and test positivity. The majority of the counties are in the strictest purple tier. Tier updates are provided weekly on Tuesdays and individual counties could choose to impose stricter rules.

"Californians heard the urgent message to stay home as much as possible and accepted that challenge to slow the surge and save lives," said Dr. Tomás Aragón, CDPH director and state public health officer. "Together, we changed our activities knowing our short-term sacrifices would lead to longer-term gains. COVID-19 is still here and still deadly, so our work is not over, but it's important to recognize our collective actions saved lives and we are turning a critical corner." 

CDPH maintains that while there are positive signs the virus is spreading at a slower rate across the state, the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over. They assert it is still critical that Californians continue to wear masks when they leave their homes, maintain physical distance of at least 6 feet, wash their hands frequently, avoid gatherings and mixing with other households, follow all state and local health department guidelines and get the vaccine when it's their turn.

The state, in collaboration with local health departments and health care facilities statewide, took a long list of actions to support California's hospitals and slow the surge in cases and hospitalizations.

  • The Regional Stay at Home Order urged Californians to stay home except for essential activities, which helped lower disease transmission levels and reduce burden on the hospital system.
  • California deployed more than 4,100 medical professionals to facilities across the state to ease the burden on frontline health care workers.
  • The state provided assistance within hospitals in the form of personal protective equipment, ventilators and help with oxygen supply.
  • California also helped hospitals expand their capacity by opening 16 alternate care sites, lower-acuity facilities where COVID-19 patients get a bridge from hospital to home as they are recovering.
  • Public health leaders implemented a statewide order to make it easier to transfer patients from over-crowded hospitals to those with more space and staff.
  • The administration of vaccines to health care workers has meant that fewer health care workers are falling ill to the virus, which helps keep staffing levels more stable.

"California is slowly starting to emerge from the most dangerous surge of this pandemic yet, which is the light at the end of the tunnel we've been hoping for," said California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly. "Seven weeks ago, our hospitals and front-line medical workers were stretched to their limits, but Californians heard the urgent message to stay home when possible and our surge after the December holidays did not overwhelm the health care system to the degree we had feared."

Nearly all the counties exiting the Regional Stay at Home Order today are in the Purple or widespread (most restrictive) tier. Services and activities, such as outdoor dining and personal services, may resume immediately with required modifications, subject to any additional restrictions required by local jurisdictions. See the county map to find the status of activities open in each county.

Because case rates remain high across most of the state, the state's Hospital Surge Order remains in place to prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed. The Limited Stay at Home Order, which limits non-essential activities between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., expires with the Regional Stay At Home Order ending.

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sacjon Jan 25, 2021 10:37 AM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

Great news! But, not sure it will change much. It's not as if people were really even staying home. We went to Home Depot yesterday to get rain gutter repair materials and the whole shopping center was just as crowded as ever before. Farmer's market, kids hanging out in groups, people lining up at restaurants, etc. Oh well, whatever it takes to get my kids closer to getting back in the classroom, I'll take it!

letmego Jan 25, 2021 10:48 AM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

Yep. Instagram told me people have still been taking "essential" travel vacations, hanging out at the beach with friends (unmasked). Some of these people are still complaining about their kids not being back in school.

sacjon Jan 25, 2021 01:09 PM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

11:52 - Yeah, repairing a broken rain gutter before a slew of storms hit is not at all a "necessity." <--- sarcasm. Besides, Home Depot wasn't too busy (or I'd have avoided it). It was the whole center in general. People lined up to get into restaurants, lingering around the farmers market (saw multiple groups sitting close together with no masks and not from same families - I knew them). Don't worry about me trying to avoid damage to my home, worry about those who had no business out there, especially without masks on.

ya-yeetle Jan 25, 2021 11:18 AM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

Little confused. All I've been hearing and reading the last couple of weeks is how much of a bad shape all of southern CA is in. Bodies being stored in the bathrooms of hospitals, crematoriums being shut off to stop smogging up the place, first responders not being able to assist, etc.. and now we're able to "open up"? One week we're all dying and the next they're congratulating us on sticking it through as we're all the sudden magically in a better spot. Messaging from the media is all over the place, not like I trust them to begin with anyways.

sacjon Jan 25, 2021 11:21 AM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

YA-YEETLE - our numbers have been going down for the past week. Still super high, but not in the 400s like a week ago. It's still BAD out there, but the stay at home order was a short-term policy to try to combat the surge. No one really followed it, but somehow the numbers are still going down a little.

NonBidenary Jan 25, 2021 11:35 AM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

Biden gets elected and suddenly states are opening and lockdowns according to Newsweek. Must be a coincidence. Although I’m sure King Gavin is getting a little worried about the recall effort, too.

Voice of Reason Jan 25, 2021 11:40 AM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

Also in coincidental timing they're adjusting the cycle threshold down on the PCR tests as too many were coming back positive when there is no "clinical" infection. The number of "cases" and "deaths' will start dropping from this alone. https://www.who.int/news/item/20-01-2021-who-information-notice-for-ivd-users-2020-05

sacjon Jan 25, 2021 11:53 AM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

NONBIDENARY - the numbers are going down, it has nothing to do with Biden. What are you getting at? You think they pushed for more restrictions only because Trump was president? How does that even matter? I keep seeing people saying "oh it's interesting" or "coincidental" that numbers are going down. What are you all getting at?

Ahchooo Jan 25, 2021 01:10 PM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

What I meant to say is, infections are real, but the bean-counters see infections decreasing somewhat. That’s not political. They’ll probably go up again, and then we’ll have more trouble. It’s not all about Trump.

sacjon Jan 25, 2021 01:17 PM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

AHCHOO - that's just liberal silliness you speak of.... ;) haha! Of course it is ALL about Trump, now Biden, and how the liberals have manipulated the numbers so Biden could win an otherwise unwinnable election against the greatest and most beloved man in US history. Now that Biden "won," the virus will disappear and all those families who lost loved ones will be reunited since it was all fake news. Yup, them's the facts! If you want proof, just check YouTube!

Voice of Reason Jan 25, 2021 01:38 PM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

There isn't nearly enough room on this board to explain how this became political to the detrainment of all Americans. Here in CA a reporter with Bloomberg News asked Gov. Newsom: “Do you see the potential, as many others in the Party do, for a new progressive era and opportunity for additional progressive steps?”

The governor admittedly gave a long-winded answer which culminated in, “yes,” admitting there is political opportunity born out of the pandemic. “There is opportunity for reimagining a progressive era as it pertains to capitalism,” Gov. Newsom said. “So yes, absolutely we see this as an opportunity to reshape the way we do business and how we govern.”

LCP112233 Jan 25, 2021 01:42 PM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

They are still really sick, the virus is till going around with a new strain. Hospitals are still stretched to capacity. CA is not sharing the science and data related to their decision making. It's all over the news.

sacjon Jan 25, 2021 01:43 PM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

VOR - explain how the liberals manipulated the numbers and now that Biden is president, they're allowing everything to open up again. THAT is what I don't believe and was commenting about.

Further and btw, we're not "opening back up," he simply ended the temporary stay at home order. We're still in the purple tier. It's hardly the free for all that so many conservatives are crying about all over social media.

Andrea Smith Jan 25, 2021 01:46 PM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

SACJON I am honestly concerned about what the hell is going on here. LA is easing restrictions on how many bodies can be cremated per day b/c of the intense backlog. Just a day ago here Cottage Health "pleaded" with us to STAY HOME, now this? Another thing, many medical industry friends of mine have said consistently the PCR test is overamplified causing false positives now suddenly, they are reducing amplification which will in fact result in fewer positives. I am staying home regardless of the lifting of any order but if a person is being honest regardless of political BS they have to admit none of this is logical, sensical or straightforward which means there are or may be some lies in there. If so I want to know what those lies are.

a-1611611587 Jan 25, 2021 01:53 PM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

@Andrea: two links to check out

1. https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-factcheck-sequencing-idUSKBN29R2NR

2. https://www.politifact.com/factchecks/2021/jan/22/gateway-pundit/who-did-not-admit-pcr-tests-grossly-inflate-positi/

Ahchooo Jan 25, 2021 02:08 PM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

Andrea, my guess is that it’s less a matter of intentional lies, and more a matter of the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing, and various levels of incompetence in multiple agencies and institutions. Not that most people are incompetent, but a little incompetence can do a lot of damage. It would be nice to get it straightened out and clarified, but I’m not holding my breath.

sacjon Jan 25, 2021 02:19 PM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

ANDREA - nothing really changed, other than the official "stay at home order" and curfew were lifted, which no one was really following any way. We're still deep in the purple zone with hundreds of new cases a day. I guarantee you Cottage is STILL pleading with us to stay home, it's jut no longer state-mandated. I keep hearing about the PCR tests from people trying to spread conspiracies. It doesn't matter. What matters is we still have a TON of new cases a day, people are still getting sick and now more are dying and it's still spreading. Stay home unless you need to be out and keep wearing a mask. No one is lying about the severity of this virus, except well ..... most conservatives. But that's a different story.

Voice of Reason Jan 26, 2021 09:28 AM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

No problem Rinconer. Those also paying attention to what Newsom said “There is opportunity for reimagining a progressive era as it pertains to capitalism,” will realize his response was the exact opposite of progressive; throwing the lower and working classes and small businesses right under the bus, out of a job, and into small, often multi-generation or multi-family apartments to "isolate" while the higher skilled and/or educated workers were able to continue working safely at home. So California's “lockdown” is instead just poor people risking exposure to continue providing goods/services to rich people sheltering in place.

SBsurferlife Jan 25, 2021 11:54 AM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

Oh good I was wondering when the conspiracy theorists would show up and make some connection to national scientists doing this because of their hatred for Trump. CDPH stated they're doing this based on projected numbers that hospitalizations and ICUs should stabilize in the next 4 weeks.

holazola Jan 25, 2021 11:55 AM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

This just means that instead of having BOTH state and local level lockdown orders, we are back to just local orders that yahoos will still ignore because "they're not laws" . Remember kids - it's always way more important to be "right" than to be a good citizen & team player.

sacjon Jan 25, 2021 12:34 PM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

SBSBSB - well, only dangerous if maskless while indoors in close proximity with people outside their homes. We don't need to be wearing masks while out walking along the beach or even the sidewalks, until you come close to someone else. When my family and I are at the beach, we don't wear masks while we're just hanging out. Nothing wrong with that. BUT.... any indoor place or even outdoor when close to others (eg, waiting in line for take out food) we wear masks.

Voice of Reason Jan 25, 2021 12:39 PM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

Sac, only dangerous if maskless while indoors in close proximity with people outside their homes AND have contracted covid AND are asymptomatic/pre-symptomatic (because if they have symptoms they should be isolating at home).

Ahchooo Jan 25, 2021 01:02 PM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

Ah, there’s the rub, Voice. People don’t know when they are asymptomatic. I sure can’t tell when someone else is asymptomatic, so I’d like everyone to wear masks when they might get close to anyone.

sacjon Jan 25, 2021 01:39 PM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

VOR - Exactly. Masks are beneficial during all those times I mentioned BECAUSE you don't know when you're asymptomatic. That's the whole point. Don't forget outdoors as well. Wearing a mask while in line or walking past groups of people can only help.

a-1611692914 Jan 26, 2021 12:28 PM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

7:24 PM -

You need to do a little more critical thinking before spreading lies. SWPRS is a propaganda site:

"The site has been criticised for spreading conspiracy theories, especially relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. Christoph Neuberger, a professor at the Free University of Berlin, stated that while the SPR website attempts to present its message as objective and neutral, it is clearly political, and its content is pseudoscientific ("pseudowissenschaftlich"). The site has been categorized as a propaganda tool. Due to the persistent use of the German letter ß, which is not commonly used in Switzerland, it has been suspected that the creator is not from Switzerland, contrary to what the website title suggests."

Bene Jan 26, 2021 06:01 PM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

Sacjon I used to think the same as you describe--felt safe maskless if no one within 6 feet. But have you read some of the studies being done recently as collaborative efforts with airflow experts and virologists? Outdoor contagion is a more complex issue now that we know we aren't just dealing with droplets, but with aerosols that have been proven to linger in air for 3 hours--even outdoors, under some circumstances. Studies are also showing the virus can travel in outdoor air. So if you don't see anyone, doesn't mean enough virus is not lingering in outside air to get you sick if inhaled. And even if no one is in sight at the moment, who knows who could have been in that airspace before you got there? There was also a study on a virus outbreak among people who live in dense housing and apartments, which resulted in the conclusion that the virus was travelling from unit to unit via outdoor air coming in windows. This is not the kind of thing most people want to hear, but the data makes me less cavalier about outdoor activities and even opening windows if people are too close.

PitMix Jan 25, 2021 12:52 PM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

Hang on for the next surge, B-117whatever. Britain thinks their surge is from keeping their schools open, for what that is worth. https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/25/uk/coronavirus-uk-variant-lockdown-gbr-intl/index.html

dukemunson Jan 25, 2021 02:12 PM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

Kind of scary/crazy that Newsome is keeping virus data secret so as to not "confuse or mislead us".

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has from the start said his coronavirus policy decisions would be driven by data shared with the public to provide maximum transparency.

But with the state starting to emerge from its worst surge, his administration won’t disclose key information that will help determine when his latest stay-at-home order is lifted.

State health officials said they rely on a very complex set of measurements that would confuse and potentially mislead the public if they were made public.

https://apnews.com/article/sacramento-california-coronavirus-pandemic-gavin-newsom-38bb44ea7cb39eab9f6f6c621daeaf10

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