On December 3, the State announced a “Regional Stay at Home Order” which will be triggered by ICU capacity. Health officials are now tracking the state by five regions:

Northern California: Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, Trinity

  • Bay Area: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma
  • Greater Sacramento: Alpine, Amador, Butte, Colusa, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Sierra, Sutter, Yolo, Yuba
  • San Joaquin Valley: Calaveras, Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, San Benito, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tulare, Tuolumne
  • Southern California: Imperial, Inyo, Los Angeles, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura

Per the announcement, Regions will remain in the Regional Stay at Home Order status for at least three weeks once triggered. Counties are eligible to come off the Regional Stay at Home Order after three weeks if their hospital ICU capacity projected four weeks out reaches 15 percent. As of now, no counties are subject to the Order, but many are approaching the 15 percent triggering level:

Actual ICU capacity remaining as of December 3, 2020 for the 5 regions:

Northern California 18.60%
Bay Area 25.30%
Greater Sacramento 22.20%
San Joaquin Valley 19.70%
Southern California 20.60%

As with the prior Stay at Home Order, critical infrastructure is allowed to remain open when a remote option is not possible with infectious disease preventative measures—including mask wearing and physical distancing. As with before, critical infrastructure includes farmers, farm and ranch workers. The Order takes effect December 5, 2020.

A copy of the Order is available here.


As with all things 2020, this is a moving target for employers. Regions will fall in and out of “Stay at Home” status as ICU capacity changes. If you have questions regarding compliance, contact the experts at The Saqui Law Group.

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