Anaheim and all of Orange County continue under a regional stay home order that took effect Dec. 6 and was extended on Dec. 29.
The regional stay home order requires significant operational changes or shutdowns of businesses and other organizations.
The order is based on hospital intensive-care unit capacity for a state-defined Southern California region, which stretches from San Diego to San Luis Obispo in the west and Mono County in the northeast.
ICU capacity for the region has been at 0 percent for days now.
In Orange County, adjusted ICU capacity, which measures bed availability to care for COVID-19 patients, is at 0 percent, unchanged for several days.
The regional stay home order is in place until a projection looking four weeks out projects a return to 15 percent or higher for ICU capacity.
Our region's projected ICU capacity will be evaluated daily looking at current ICU capacity, rate of cases, rate of transmission and the rate of ICU admissions.
If conditions improve, we could move out of the stay home order sooner. If they don't, we will continue under the order.
Here is a summary of restrictions, with some closures already in place in Anaheim and Orange County under purple Tier 1:
Allowed to stay open:
When we eventually exit the stay home order, we will return to the tier system based on our positivity rate and daily case rate at that time.
Read more about the regional stay home order here.
As a city, we do all we can to visit and cite businesses that are not complying with the stay home order via our code enforcement team. We also report businesses, such as restaurants and bars to the state Department of Alcohol Beverage Control and workplaces to the state Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Feel free to report businesses to us online or at (714) 765-5158.
Unfortunately, as a city we don't have authority to shut a business down. But state agencies do.
If you'd like to take further action, you can file an individual complaint against a business:
Here are the tiers and the criteria for each:
Purple, Tier 1 (Orange County)
For counties with widespread cases and test results coming back at a positivity rate of 8 percent or higher and with seven or more new daily cases per 100,000 residents.
Red, Tier 2
For counties with substantial cases and a positivity rate of 5 percent to 8 percent and four to seven new daily cases per 100,000.
Orange, Tier 3
For counties with moderate cases and a positivity rate of 2 percent to 4.9 percent and growth in new daily cases of 1 to 3.9 per 100,000.
Yellow, Tier 4
For counties with minimal cases and a positivity rate of less than 2 percent and growth in new daily cases of less than 1 per 100,000.
Read more about how the state calculates county data within this framework here.
As of Oct. 6, the state factors in a health equity metric that's intended to help counties advance through tiers while ensuring disadvantaged neighborhoods are receiving the health resources they need to address coronavirus.
The lowest quarter of Orange County's neighborhoods have to see a testing positivity rate close to that of the next tier we're looking to move into.
Businesses currently open need to ensure they are following state guidelines for preventing the spread of coronavirus.
California's Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board in late November approved new rules to help businesses in this effort. Find them here.
You can find a general summary of California guidelines just below followed by industry-specific guidance.
Reopening businesses need to post a checklist indicating they’ve addressed state guidelines for reopening. You’ll find links to checklists by industry below.
Beyond that, we also provide links to reopening guidelines from the federal Centers for Disease Control and from the Orange County Board of Supervisors.
For businesses, California’s guidelines are most important as they supersede or go farther than local and federal guidelines.
Businesses reopening need a reopening plan, worksite changes and a posted checklist.
To help businesses, we have a business reopening plan template that addresses state guidelines.
You are welcome to download this template and use it as a starting point for your reopening plan.
Once you’ve completed a reopening plan, you’ll need to post a reopening checklist at your business.
Ultimately, when businesses reopen comes down to California’s reopening stages and any additional Orange County guidance.
Anaheim’s role is to help businesses understand and meet state and county reopening guidelines and to prepare for reopening when the time is right for their business.
Your business can share reopening details and plans with Anaheim through an easy online form you can access here and just below.