Regional Stay at Home Order

On December 3rd, Governor Newsom signed into effect a "Regional Stay at Home Order". The state was broken into five hospital regions. Mariposa County is in the San Joaquin Region, which is based on hospital regions. The order is based on the available ICU capacity within a Region. If a region drops below 15% the shutdown order would go into place within 24 hours. 

The San Joaquin Region fell below the threshold on December 6th, 2020. The terms of the shutdown were as followed:

1. CDPH will evaluate public health based on Regions, responsive to hospital capacity for persons resident in those Regions.

Mariposa County was placed in the San Joaquin Region which is made up of 12 counties, including Mariposa. These counties are Calaveras, Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced, San Benito, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tulare, and Tuolumne. 

2. CDPH will evaluate the adult ICU bed capacity for each Region and identify on covid19.ca.gov any Regions for which that capacity is less than 15%. When that capacity is less than 15%, the following terms (the Terms of this Order) will apply.

What does this mean? Our Region went into the "Regional Stay at Home Order" on December 6th, 2020. We were reevaluated after the minimum three weeks on December 27th, 2020. The projection for our Region is still currently below the threshold and we remain in the "Regional Stay at Home Order". Your County COVID-19 Team is continuously monitoring the situation and will release details as they come in. 

a. All gatherings with members of other households are prohibited in the Region except as expressly permitted herein.

What does this mean? An individual should not be mingling with other individuals outside their home, unless it is to perform essential duties in which case masks and social distancing should be used to protect each person.

b. All individuals living in the Region shall stay home or at their place of residence except as necessary to conduct activities associated with the operation, maintenance, or usage of critical infrastructure,as required by law, or as specifically permitted in this order. All individuals living in the Region shall stay home or at their place of residence except as necessary to conduct activities associated with the operation, maintenance, or usage of critical infrastructure,as required by law, or as specifically permitted in this order.

What does this mean? An individual should not be traveling outside of their county unless their travel is for essential needs or to perform an essential duty.

On January 6th, 2021, Governor Newsom issued a new Travel Advisory that supercedes the advisory from November 13, 2020. This travel advisory expressed that Californias should not travel more than a 120 miles radius from the residence unless it is for essential travel/essential needs. This will help reduce the exposure and possible introduction of new strains into our community. It is also asked that those who do travel impose a self "Post Travel Quaruntine" in which once an individual travels, they should self-quarantine for a minimum of 10 days. Non-Essential Travel is discouraged as in non-california residents traveling to California. 

c. All individuals living in the Region shall stay home or at their place of residence except as necessary to conduct activities associated with the operation, maintenance, or usage of critical infrastructure,as required by law, or as specifically permitted in this order.

d. Worship and political expression are permitted outdoors, consistent with existing guidance for those activities.                                   

What does this mean? Churches are not permitted to hold service inside the building. Church service can be held outside however singing is not permitted. Masks and social distancing should be enforced.

For guidance on churches please click here 

e. Critical infrastructure sectors may operate and must continue to modify operations pursuant to the applicable sector guidance.

Each critical infrastructure has specific guidelines which can be located in the link above The essential workforce includes. 

  • Healthcare/Public Health 
  • Emergency Services
  • Food and Agriculture
  • Restaurants can operate as long as it is pick-up or delivery ONLY. Dining indoor/outdoor is currently not permitted. 
  • For guidance on restaurants please click here
  • Energy
  • Water and Waste Water
  • Transportation and Logistics
  • Communications and Information Technology
  • Government Operations and other community based essential functions
  • Critical Manufacturing
  • Financial Services
  • Chemical and Hazardous Materials
  • Defense Industrial Base
  • Industrial, Commercial, Residential and Sheltering Facilities and Services 

f. Guidance related to schools remain in effect and unchanged. Accordingly, when this Order takes effect in a Region, schools that have previously reopened for in-person instruction may remain open, and schools may continue to bring students back for in-person instruction under the Elementary School Waiver Process or Cohorting Guidance.

For guidance on schools please click here

g. In order to reduce congestion and the resulting increase in the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in critical infrastructure retailers, all retailers may operate indoors at no more than 20% capacity and must follow the guidelines for retailers. All-access to retail must be strictly metered to ensure compliance with the capacity limit. The sale of food, beverages, and alcohol for in-store consumption is prohibited.

What does this mean for retail shops? Retail shops can be open however, they need to operate at 20% capacity. Masks, social distancing as well as sanitization need to be followed and enforced. We want your business to succeed, however, we need to continue using protective measures to ensure the safety of our community and the patrons of your retial shop.

For guidance on retial shops please click here

h. To promote and protect the physical and mental well-being of people in California, outdoor recreation facilities may continue to operate. Those facilities may not sell food or drink for on-site consumption. Overnight stays at campgrounds are not permitted.

i. Nothing in this Order prevents any number of persons from the same household from leaving their residence, lodging, or temporary accommodation, as long as they do not engage in any interaction with (or otherwise gather with) any number of persons from any other household, except as specifically permitted herein.

j. Terms (a) and (b) of this section do not apply to persons experiencing homelessness

3. Except as otherwise required by law, no hotel or lodging entity in California shall accept or honor out of state reservations for non-essential travel, unless the reservation is for at least the minimum time period required for quarantine and the persons identified in the reservation will quarantine in the hotel or lodging entity until after that time period has expired.

What does this mean for Mariposa County Short Term Lodging owners?  Vacation rentals should not be rented out unless for essential workforce actively performing essential duties. To verify this information we recommend that you ask for a letter or document from the employer of the renter, explaining why and what essential business they are here for. If you rent to non-essential travelers, you risk losing your TOT Certificate. More information on short term lodging can be found here.

4. This order shall take effect on December 5, 2020, at 12:59 pm PST.

5. For Regions where the adult ICU bed capacity falls below 15% after the effective date of this order, the Terms of this Order shall take effect 24 hours after that assessment.

6. The Terms of this Order shall remain in place for at least three weeks from the date the order takes effect in a Region and shall continue until CDPH’s four-week projections of the Region’s total available adult ICU bed capacity is greater than or equal to 15%. Four-week adult ICU bed capacity projections will be made approximately twice a week unless CDPH determines that public health conditions merit an alternate projection schedule. If after three weeks from the effective date of the Terms of this Order in a Region, CDPH’s four-week projections of the Region’s total available adult ICU bed capacity is greater than or equal to 15%, the Terms of this Order shall no longer apply to the Region.

What does this mean for Mariposa County? As Mariposa County is in the San Joaquin Region, to come out of the Regional Stay at Home Order, our region must have a four-week projection greater than or equal to ICU Capacity of 15%. Our minimum three-week period ended December 27th, however our region is still far below a 15% ICU capacity and therefore remain under the order. While it is undetermined when we will hit that mark, our region will remain under the order until the projected capacity is 15% or above. These projections are looked at daily and can be found on the Regional Stay Home Order page.

7. After the termination of the Terms of this Order in a Region, each county within the Region will be assigned to a tier based on the Blueprint for a Safer Economy as set out in my August 28, 2020 Order, and the County is subject to the restrictions of the Blueprint appropriate to that tier.

What does this mean? When we are released from the Regional Stay Home Order our county will return to the Blueprint for a Safer Economy tiered system. This is the "Yellow, Orange, Red, and Purple" tiered system we were in prior to the Regional Stay Home Order. 

8. I will continue to monitor the epidemiological data and will modify this Regional Stay-at-Home Order as required by the evolving public health conditions. If I determine that it is necessary to change the Terms of this Order, or otherwise modify the Regional Stay-at-Home Order, these modifications will be posted at covid19.ca.gov.

9. When operative in a Region, the Terms of this Order supersede any conflicting terms in other CDPH orders, directives, or guidance. Specifically, for those Regions with ICU bed capacity triggering this order, the Terms of this Order shall supersede the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy and all guidance (other than guidance for critical infrastructure sectors) during the operative period. In all Regions that are not subject to the restrictions in this order, the Blueprint for a Safer Economy and all guidance shall remain in effect.

10. This order is issued pursuant to Health and Safety Code sections 120125, 120130(c), 120135, 120140, 120145, 120175,120195, and 131080; EO N-60-20, N-25-20, and other authority provided for under the Emergency Services Act; and other applicable law.

Our County COVID-19 Team is dedicated to getting Mariposa County back open and thriving. We will continue to update our community daily on the Region's ICU capacity as well as new guidance that emerges. We are in this together, it will take us all being safe and using the prescribed protective measures to emerge from this shut down as well as this pandemic.