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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dukemunson Jan 25, 2021 09:22 PM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

Umm (awkwardly looking around)... I guess me? Am I not allowed to be disappointed when someone downvotes a quoted article in which our California leader flat out tell us they don’t trust us and won’t tell us what’s actually happening? I guess we have different views on what/who is an idiot...

sblocal1967 Jan 25, 2021 04:42 PM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

so now can we start the process of getting kids back to school - get teachers, school custodians, school bus drivers vaccinated, etc... so they can't claim health risk of returning back to in classroom teaching - if parents do not want their kids to go back, then fine they can stay home an Zoom with any teachers who dig their heals in about not coming back - does CA realize that most of the country has had kids back in school for months with zero cases - we already have the worst schools in the country and are just making the hole bigger - is there not just ONE school principal that has common sense to stand up the School Board - any principal hiding behind his/her union as a scapegoat should be ashamed - how do you people sleep at nite - why are you not demanding to get your staff vaccinated so that you all can go back to work

sacjon Jan 25, 2021 05:30 PM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

SBLOCAL1967 - "most of the country has had kids back in school for months with zero cases" - do you even consider your outrageous claims before typing them? That is just outright wrong. There have been TONS of cases in schools all over the country, including some in our town. I know at least one school that has shut back down due to an outbreak and many others with cases of kids and staff testing positive. Why would you so blatantly lie?

sblocal1967 Jan 25, 2021 05:40 PM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

when I say cases I imply hospitalizations - going crazy because someone tested positive is part of the problem - the liberal media and government has completely politicized this virus to get everyone to be in fear mode - states run by conservatives knew better and kept kids in school - and guess what - nothing bad happened

sacjon Jan 25, 2021 05:51 PM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

SBLOCAL - nice backpeddle, cases means cases. Even if you really meant hospitalizations only, do you really think no one has been hospitalized or died from COVID in schools? Read the news. I did some work for you, I know it's hard. "Going crazy?" When multiple people test positive in a classroom, how do you expect them to react? They shut it down. This thing spreads easily as you might not know. "Nothing bad happened?" My God man, have you ever read the news? Here, call up the families of these people to tell them they're being "crazy" and "nothing bad happened:"

https://www.11alive.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/cobb-county-school-board-under-fire-after-3-teacher-deaths/85-8a585a86-90e1-4228-985e-ae0834866c5d

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/09/10/coronavirus-teacher-deaths-fall/

https://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/2020/11/29/lynn-middle-school-teacher-sylvia-garcia-dies-covid-19-complications/6458658002/

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/29/us/college-student-dies-covid.html

Look, I get you hate liberals and you disagree with any safety precautions, but you're just plain wrong. Schools are definitely more safe than a lot of places, but quit with the BS about "zero cases" and "nothing bad happened."

sblocal1967 Jan 25, 2021 07:10 PM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

Geez Sacjon. I get it. You r a teacher and like getting paid to stay at home. You can pull all of the gear mongering news u want to make u feel better. Fact is teachers have a higher risk of getting killed by the flu each season than Covid. What Covid is revealing at the people who like to suck off society and get free govt checks vs those who want to go back to work. Teacher unions suck. There are a lot of great teachers out there who resent the school administrators that call the shots. The same admin that are in the pockets of the unions.

sacjon Jan 25, 2021 07:21 PM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

SBLOCAL - no, you don't get it. You can keep making up "facts" or changing the subject, but we all know you're wrong. Plus, I'm NOT a teacher, I know plenty of them though. I work from home for one job and the other has been shut down since March due to Covid. It sucks, yeah, but making up your own facts and then switching gears to appear like you didn't just get proven wrong once again doesn't do anyone any good.

Voice of Reason Jan 25, 2021 07:29 PM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

I’m not going to read it now but I’ll wager some of Sacs examples the teachers didn’t get covid from the school. Then there is the Children’s Hospital of Phil’s saying schools are “little islands of safety” and are a lower transmission risk than the greater community ( link below). Most importantly public schools, should be prioritizing the health and well being of the students above all else. Instead it’s the union demands. Do we have public schools for our kids or as means to provide employment for adults? Why did we allow our children, with no voice of their own, our societies most prized possession, to be de-prioritized so severely? .
https://www.google.com/amp/s/whyy.org/articles/chop-doctors-endorse-return-to-in-person-school-in-philly-area/amp/

Alexblue Jan 25, 2021 09:12 PM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

SBLocal--this is really infantile. As if you know who is on welfare--and by the way, lots of people have lost their jobs over the last year in case you haven't noticed, you think they are all just lazy?

Come on. And, no, I'm not on welfare, I'm still working, probably paid more in taxes last year than you earned.

dukemunson Jan 25, 2021 09:32 PM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

Sacjon has been vocally supporting a plan to restart schools and kids sports since June! It’s an anonymous forum so you never really know of course but Sac has been adamantly pushing for a long time a safe return to school... and like me was wildly disappointed when the schools didn’t restart under their planned hybrid model in September. So your on the wrong track there...

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

VOR - so if you aknowledge my point as true, why dispute it? I could say the sky is blue and you'd respond "while I have no proof otherwise, haven't read Sac's evidence and it's too hard to explain why, Sac is wrong."

MountainMan4865 Jan 25, 2021 10:49 PM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

SBLocal? Wow. Just wow. Texting on your phone as fast as your little fingers can. All the short cuts and little help from spell check. Are you one of those kids that Homeland Security recruited from high school theater departments that I read about 10 years ago? Or are one of the myriad of paid trolls - must be a cush job.

a-1611662088 Jan 26, 2021 03:54 AM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

Sacjon, I sure agree with your criticism except for one thing--while out of line,, biased, and nutso, ( and you Do have kids also, right?) the comment wasn't necessarily also racist. He didn't indicate the race of welfare collectors. Sorry, I'm just a stickler for empirical evidence, and since there could be “lazy welfare collectors,” of all colors, maybe he wasn’t indicating race.

sacjon Jan 26, 2021 10:25 AM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

3:54am - Ah yes, correct. However, he has made multiple, severely racist posts lately on other articles blaming "certain subsets" that "don't care about their lives," so I had to let him have it for that. I appreciate that point, but rest assured, my comment was not without merit.

Alexblue Jan 26, 2021 04:54 PM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

SAIL380--thanks homie. I care about all the little people, I just don't have much compassion for the people with little brains.

This means that anyone who is a conspiracy theory chugging Q-tard deserves nothing from me but mockery and trolling--I know that my mention of paying six figures in taxes will trigger certain types of people and, frankly, it's amusing.

Sail380 Jan 26, 2021 06:11 PM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

ALEXBLUE Congratulations are in order. You must know as well as anyone. Earning lots of money doesn't equal intelligence. Look at the Kardashians!!!!!!!!!!!!! Only smart one was the dad. Are you a trust fund baby like his daughters?

LooseCannon Jan 25, 2021 05:38 PM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

Good. I'm tired of living under solitary confinement. Let's open the restaurants and bars, for outdoor service. None of this ever caused the spike in cases, anyway. Just stupid people congregating indoors over Thanksgiving and Christmas, and people refusing to wear masks in the workplace, because of machismo or whatever.

Newsom is going to be recalled. He badly bungled the COVID crisis, with his stupid overly-broad lockdowns, his French Laundry faux-pas, and sending his privileged brats to private school while the rest of us had to keep out public school students at home doing horrible Zoom classes.

He deserves to be recalled. A Republican won't succeed him. Someone more progressive will.

Now, let's get the vaccine show on the road. Trump, worst President ever, is out and BIden now owns it. He'd better not mess up and California needs to get its act together and get people immunized.

People at Casa Dorinda were vaccinated weeks ago, when vaccines were supposed to be for medical personnel only. In case you don't know of it, Casa Dorinda is a retirement home in Montecito where the pampered residents live in luxury and have their own kitchens.

In the meantime, the folks at Friendship Manor, a converted student dorm now used for warehousing low-income seniors haven't even been given any information on when a vaccine will be available for them.

The vaccine is available for people with money and connections. This is supposed to be a progressive state, but it's all about cronyism and a tale of two cities.

letmego Jan 26, 2021 01:29 PM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

The school thing - he sent his kids to private school when most of the state was in red or better and schools could have opened. The not-opening of public schools rests on the individual school districts.

Voice of Reason Jan 26, 2021 01:47 PM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

Letmego, to finish the rest of your sentence, "not-opening of public schools rest on the individual school districts" who are behooved to the teachers/unions over the children. Why are we not putting our children's interests above everyone else's interests?

PitMix Jan 25, 2021 09:48 PM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

Join the Proud Boys and QAnon nuts and other white supremacy groups leading the recall! https://ktla.com/news/california/recall-newsom-effort-has-ties-to-far-right-movements-including-qanon-and-virus-skeptics/

PitMix Jan 26, 2021 10:16 AM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

Sail, did you read the article? Proud Boys hold a rally and get everyone to sign the recall petition. Personally I'm more upset about how the State handled the EDD fiasco than how they are handling the pandemic. People who need the money are still not getting their checks! But the prisoners are!

Sail380 Jan 26, 2021 11:42 AM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

PITMIX I did read it. I almost always read opposing opinions without prejudice on important topics. That's how I can make an informed decision. We recalled Gray Davis without extremists and it will happen again.

ChemicalSuperFreak Jan 25, 2021 09:47 PM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

Apparently Newsom discovered a magic "algorithm" in order to justify lifting the stay-at-home order. Is this the same magic algorithm that's already been signed by over 1.2 million Californians? What's even dumber is that Newsom is lifting the order just in time for the Lunar New Year. Get ready for the case rates to go back up.

yiannis93101 Jan 25, 2021 09:56 PM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

For our non stop whining restaurants.....great news! You can open and serve outside now. Great timing too. You all can open tomorrow, when it’s a lovely 46 degrees outside. And Wednesday, make sure you’re open when we have that 100% chance of rain in the form of the atmospheric river......keep those outdoor heaters on, and give everyone a rain coat.....hope you’re all happy so we can have people spread cooties, again, and we’ll be told to close everything again for 7 weeks. I’m so tired of restaurants whining.

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

VOR: Regional shutdown began on Dec. 4, when our 7-day average case rate was 17.7. Two weeks later (12/18), the case rate was 47.3. Six weeks later (1/15), the case rate was 102.7. This will never make sense to science-deniers, like @ 10:28 PM, who probably also hates math because it's racist.

Thomas John Jan 26, 2021 07:39 AM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

I still wonder what percentage of the population paid any attention to any of the stay at home orders. From what the people I know and what my eyes saw going on around town I'd think there were very few people giving it any heed at all.

Sail380 Jan 26, 2021 07:53 AM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

The cycle will be repeated until we achieve herd immunity.. Go way back to the beginning of this when scientist said were all going to get it and lots of people will die. Masks were recommended to flatten the curve not eliminate the virus.

Voice of Reason Jan 26, 2021 08:22 AM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

We should have never left the flatten the curve mentality. I don't who was whispering in Newsom's ear that they can mandate the virus away, whoever it was wasn't a doctor and they weren't whispering science. Most likely political advisors or Aunt Nancy had his ear whispering sweat nothings of political science.

sacjon Jan 26, 2021 10:21 AM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

THOMAS JOHN - exactly. I see people praising the stay at home order being lifted so they can go out and "live their lives" again. It didn't stop anyone from doing what they want, other than eating outdoors and getting nails and hair done. People were still at the beach, wandering around downtown, going to visit friends and family, etc. Nothing has changed for anyone except the restaurateurs. That's good for them though. Outdoor dining should be allowed, as long as it is done safely. That's the problem though, hardly anyone was doing it right. Countless #s of restaurants jammed together tables within feet of each other with multiple households (unless multiple families are all roomies together) sitting together. Do it right this time!

sea dog Jan 26, 2021 08:47 AM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

If they change the cycles on the PCR test from 40 to 20 - 2/3s of the positive tests at 40 would not be positive at 20 - The PCR test is the reason for positive people that have no symptoms ... They will not tell us how many cycles they are using now ??

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