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Sacramento Under New Regional Stay-At-Home Order

Sacramento Under New Regional Stay-At-Home Order

The Greater Sacramento region’s ICU capacity has dropped below 15%. According to Sacramento County Public Health Officer Dr. Olivia Kasirye, the Greater Sacramento region will be under a new regional stay-at-home order. The order goes into effect at 11:59 Thursday (12/10). Greater Sacramento region counties include Alpine, Amador, Butte, Colusa, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Sierra, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba.

What This Means

A Stay-At-Home Order instructs residents to stay home except to go to an essential job, seek medical care, or shop for essential needs. Sacramento’s joins the San Juaoquin, and Southern California regions under the new regional lock-down. Although not technically under the new regional order, this week parts of the Bay Area proactively underwent lock-downs.

“All gatherings with members of other households are prohibited in the Region except as expressly permitted herein” –

Why Do We Need to Stay Home?

Health officials say restricting the number of residents in a community exposed to the virus at any one time can reduce the rate of spread. This in turn spreads the number of cases over a longer length of time, leading to less critically ill patients needing care at any given time. Ultimately, this gives local hospitals enough time to manage staffing and resources better.

How Long Will It Last

“Current projections show that without additional intervention to slow the spread of COVID19, the number of available adult Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds in the State of California will be at capacity in mid-December”

Erica S. Pan, MD, MPH, Acting State Public Health Officer (CHDP)
California, State of. “About COVID-19 Restrictions.” Coronavirus COVID-19 Response

This week Governor Newsom said once an order is imposed in a region, it will stay in effect for at least 3 weeks. After that, each region will be assessed on a weekly basis. The order will be lifted when a region’s ICU capacity is projected to meet or exceed 15% within four weeks.

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What stays open under the Stay At Home Order?

  • Child care and Preschool
  • Critical infrastructure sectors (such as
  • Medical offices, dentist offices
  • Playgrounds
  • Restaurants (curbside/takeout/delivery) The sale of food, beverages, and alcohol for instore consumption is prohibited
  • Retail (lowers capacity of general retail and shopping centers to 20% and standalone grocery stores to 35% capacity.)
  • Schools that are already open for in-person learning
  • Outdoor Church Services
  • Outdoor Recreations (beaches, parks, and hiking trails)

What closes under the Stay At Home Order?

  • Bars, breweries, distilleries, and wineries
  • Campgrounds (no overnight stays)
  • Cardrooms/Wagering rooms
  • Family entertainment centers
  • Food, drink, or alcohol sales at outdoor recreational facilities
  • Indoor Dining Restaurants
  • Indoor Recreational Facilities
  • Hair salons/Barber Shops
  • Hotels and lodging (for tourism and leisure is prohibited) *Hotels may be used to isolate if someone at your house is self quarantining.
  • Movie theaters
  • Museums, zoos and aquariums
  • Nail salons and other cosmetic personal care services.

How does this new Stay-At-Home order differ from the previous Spring order?

Retail stores are allowed to remain open at no more than 20% capacity. Parks and Beaches will remain open. For more information on the new order visit

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