Today, the State of California announced that the Greater Sacramento region has met the ICU availability criteria of 15 percent or less to trigger the State’s Regional Stay at Home Order. Once triggered, these orders will remain in effect for at least three weeks. After that period, they will be lifted when a region’s projected ICU capacity meets or exceeds 15 percent. The State will assess the region’s ICU capacity on a weekly basis after the initial three week period.
The Stay at Home order will take effect Thursday, Dec. 10, at 11:59 p.m., Sacramento County Public Health has issued an updated Dec. 9, 2020, Sacramento County Health Order that aligns with the State’s Regional Stay at Home Order.
In alignment with the Regional Stay At Home Order, Sacramento County residents are required to stay at home as much as possible and minimize mixing with other households in order to slow the surge in cases and hospitalizations to help prevent overwhelming regional ICU capacity.
Per the Order, all individuals living in the Region are to stay home unless for essential activities and cease all gatherings with members of other households.
In alignment with the Regional Stay At Home Order, the following sectors must close all operations until further notice:
- Amusements parks
- Bars, breweries, distilleries, and wineries
- Cardrooms and satellite wagering
- Family Entertainment Centers (e.g. arcades, batting cages, bowling alleys, and kart racing)
- Hair salons and barbershops
- Indoor playgrounds
- Live audience sports
- Museums, zoos, and aquariums
- Personal care services (e.g. body piercing, body waxing, estheticians, massage therapy, nail salons, and tattoo)
In alignment with the Regional Stay At Home Order, the following sectors are permitted for OUTDOOR operations only until further notice. These sectors must still maintain mitigation measures (social distancing, face coverings, and sanitization) and specific modifications in parenthesis below:
- Drive-in movie theaters (maximum 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer)
- Gyms and fitness centers
- Places of worship (maximum 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer)
- Recreational facilities (e.g. athletic fields, playgrounds, tennis courts, golf courses, skate parks, etc.; onsite sales or consumption of food or beverages is prohibited)
In alignment with the Regional Stay At Home Order, the following sectors are permitted for INDOOR operations. These sectors must still maintain mitigation measures (social distancing, face coverings, and sanitization) and specific modifications in parenthesis below:
- All retail (maximum 20% capacity)
- Standalone Grocery Stores (maximum 35% capacity; the sale of food or beverages for in-store consumption is prohibited)
- Child care
- Critical infrastructure
- Hotels/lodging (for critical infrastructure workers or to provide housing solutions for homeless)
- Libraries (maximum 25% capacity)
- Medical and dental care
- Movie production, professional sports (without live audiences)
*Restaurants may operate for takeout and delivery only. Any dine-in (indoor or outdoor) is prohibited.
Counties included in the Greater Sacramento Region Stay at Home Order include:
Alpine, Amador, Butte, Colusa, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Sierra, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba.
In alignment with CDPH School requirements, schools (all grade levels) that reopened for in-person instruction, either under a waiver or while Sacramento County was in Red Tier 2 (Sep. 29 – Nov. 10, 2020) on the California Blueprint for a Safer Economy, are permitted to continue to conduct in-person instruction. Schools conducting in-person instruction must maintain mitigation measures, including social distancing, face coverings, and sanitization, in compliance with schools guidance from CDPH and Sacramento County Public Health.
Schools that had not reopened must wait until they are eligible again, either by acquiring a waiver from Sacramento County Public Health (grades TK-6 only) or by waiting until Sacramento County returns to Red Tier 2 for at least two weeks.
Please review the California Department of Public Health updated face covering mandate, which requires all people in California to wear face coverings when they are outside of the home, with specific exemptions. As part of the Sacramento County Health Order, it continues to align the County face covering Order with the State mandate.
Also in effect is the California Department of Public Health issued a Curfew that was put into effect on Nov. 19, for all counties in Purple Tier 1. This Order requires that all gatherings with members of other households cease between 10 p.m. – 5 a.m., except for critical infrastructure activities.
“It is important that everyone take it upon themselves for at least the next three weeks to comply with the updated Sacramento County Health Order in an effort that can be effective in relieving pressure on our health care workers and hospital resources,” said Sacramento County Health Officer, Dr. Olivia Kasirye.
As happened in the other regions under the State’s Regional Stay at Home Order, the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) could send a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) notification for the Greater Sacramento region soon to alert residents that they are now will be under the stay at home order effective at 11:59 p.m. Dec. 10.