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Posted on: December 5, 2020

Anaheim, Southern California under regional stay-at-home order

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (Dec. 15, 2020) —  Anaheim, Orange County and all of Southern California are under a regional stay-at-home order as of 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6.

The state-defined Southern California region, which stretches from San Diego to San Luis Obispo in the west and Mono County in the northeast, fell below the state threshold for available intensive-care unit beds in area hospitals on Dec. 5, triggering the stay-at-home order.

Regions at lower than 15 percent fall under the new stay-at-home order due to a shortage of beds in our state's hospitals. Since Southern California hit the threshold on Dec. 5, our ICU availability has continued to decrease rapidly.

The Southern California region's available ICU capacity is at 1.7 percent as of Dec. 15.


Here is a summary of pending restrictions, with some closures already in place in Anaheim and Orange County under purple Tier 1 restrictions:

  • No gatherings with those outside your household
  • Closure of bars, wineries, breweries, distilleries
  • Closure of nail, hair salons, barbers, other personal care services
  • Closure of playgrounds
  • Closure of indoor recreation facilities
  • Museums, zoos, aquariums
  • Family entertainment centers
  • Limited services
  • Theme parks
  • No nonessential travel

Allowed to stay open:

  • Non-urgent healthcare, including dentists, optometrists
  • Schools already open
  • Childcare
  • Restaurants: takeout only, no more outdoor dining
  • Stores, shopping centers: 20 percent capacity with entry metering
  • Hotels and lodging: essential travel and lodging only
  • Offices: remote except for critical operations where remote is not possible
  • Churches, temples, mosques: outdoor only
  • Critical infrastructure and services (water, power, government)
  • Parks, trails, beaches, other outdoor recreation

The stay-at-home order will be in effect for a minimum of three weeks, through Dec. 28. After the three week period, we'll be assessed for projected ICU bed capacity in the next month. If our situation has changed for the better, we'll come out of the stay-at-home order and go back to the previous color-coded tier system.

We'll be assessed as a county at that point, and will be put into a tier based on our positivity rate and daily case rate at that time.

Note: We will not be required to start at the lowest, most restrictive purple Tier 1. It's possible that if numbers improve, after the stay-at-home order is lifted we could go into a less restrictive tier and see more businesses able to reopen.

Read more about the regional stay-at-home order here.

For more, see Anaheim.net/reopening.


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