On January 25, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom lifted the regional stay-at-home order that had been in effect in Southern California since November 2020. The Limited Stay at Home Order, which limited activities between 10 pm and 5 am, has also expired.
Riverside County has returned to the Purple tier, which means that many businesses may reopen effective immediately, with required modifications. For example, outdoor dining is now permitted, along with indoor operations at hair and nail salons, outdoor gyms, and limited retail. For a full list of what's open and what's not, visit the State website HERE.
The decision was made based on four-week ICU capacity projections, which show a forecast capacity of 15%, although current ICU capacity is limited.
“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.”
During the stay-at-home order, State, County, and local authorities took several actions to help stem the spread of the disease:
- More than 4,100 additional medical professionals were added to the field across the state.
- Hospitals received additional PPE, ventilators, and oxygen supplies.
- The State opened 16 alternate care sites for recovering patients.
- State officials issued an order to help transfer patients across the state, depending on capacity.
- Health care workers received initial doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
State officials cautioned that although the pandemic is slowing, it still poses a great risk to our community. They are recommending that Californians continue to wear masks, social distance, wash hands, avoid gatherings, and obtain the COVID-19 vaccine when possible.
Further tier updates will be announced on Tuesdays.
Stay tuned to our Coronavirus Updates page for more information.