2020-03-04

COVID-19 State of Emergency Proclamation

In December 2019, an outbreak of respiratory illness due to a novel coronavirus (a disease now known as COVID-19), was first identified in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, and has spread outside of China, impacting the United States;... Read more
In December 2019, an outbreak of respiratory illness due to a novel coronavirus (a disease now known as COVID-19), was first identified in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, and has spread outside of China, impacting the United States; and experts anticipate that while a high percentage of individuals affected by COVID-19 will experience mild flu-like symptoms, some will have more serious symptoms and require hospitalization, particularly individuals who are elderly or already have underlying chronic health conditions; and if COVID-19 spreads in California at a rate comparable to the rate of spread in other countries, the number of persons requiring medical care may exceed the locally available resources; and I find that conditions of Government Code section 8558(b), relating to the declaration of a State of Emergency, have been met, and under the provisions of Government Code section 8625(c), I find that local authority is inadequate to cope with the threat posed by COVID-19. Read less
Sacramento, CA ( State)
March 4, 2020
Submitted by: Gavin Newsom

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I set out California's path forward from this Stay-at-Home Order in California's Pandemic Roadmap that identifies four stages of the pandemic: safety and preparation (Stage 1), reopening of lower-risk... Read more

I set out California's path forward from this Stay-at-Home Order in California's Pandemic Roadmap that identifies four stages of the pandemic: safety and preparation (Stage 1), reopening of lower-risk workplaces and other spaces (Stage 2), reopening of higher-risk workplaces and other spaces (Stage 3), and finally an easing of final restrictions leading to the end of the stay at home order (Stage 4). 

As State Public Health Officer, I have determined that the statewide data now supports the gradual movement of the entire state from Stage 1 to Stage 2 of California's Pandemic Resilience Roadmap.  Gradual movement into Stage 2 is intended to reintroduce activities and sectors in a phased manner and with necessary modifications, in order to protect public health and result in a lower risk for COVID-19 transmission and outbreak in a community. Such deliberate phasing is critical to allowing the State to protect the public, and to mitigate and manage the impact of the re-openings, such that our health care delivery system has the capacity to respond to potential increased demands. Differences across the state in the prevalence of COVID19, as well as testing rates, containment capability, and hospital capacity, have resulted in differences among local health jurisdictions' ability to safely progress through the various stages. The low and stable data reported by some local health officers in their local health jurisdictions, combined with sufficient COVID19 preparedness, justifies allowance for some variation in the speed with which some local health jurisdictions will be able to move through the phases of Stage 2.

NOW, THEREFORE, I as State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health, order:

1. All local health jurisdictions in the state may begin gradual movement into Stage 2, as set forth in this Order, effective on May 8, 2020; however, a local health jurisdiction may implement or continue more restrictive public health measures if the jurisdiction's Local Health Officer believes conditions in that jurisdiction warrant it.

2. I will progressively designate sectors, businesses, establishments, or activities that may reopen with certain modifications, based on public health and safety needs, and I will add additional sectors, businesses, establishments, or activities at a pace designed to protect public health and safety. Those sectors, businesses, establishments, or activities that are permitted to open will be designated, along with necessary modifications, at https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap/, as I announce them.

3. To the extent that such sectors are re-opened, Californians may leave their homes to work at, patronize, or otherwise engage with those businesses, establishments, or activities and must, when they do so, continue at all times to practice physical distancing, minimize their time outside of the home, and wash their hands frequently. To prevent further spread of COVID-19 to and within other jurisdictions within the State, Californians should not travel significant distances and should stay close to home. 

My March 19, 2020, Order otherwise remains in full effect.

The California Department of Public Health has set forth criteria to help local health officers assess the capacity of their local health jurisdictions to move through Stage 2. Local health jurisdictions that meet the criteria and follow the process set forth will be permitted to move through Stage 2 more quickly than the State as a whole and reopen additional low-risk businesses before the rest of the state, if they choose to do so. A list of the sectors, businesses, establishments, or activities, and any necessary modifications, that such a qualifying jurisdiction may choose to reopen will be available, and may be expanded if I deem it to be in the interest of public health and safety. 

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Gavin Newsom

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March 4, 2020

NOW THEREFORE I, GAVIN NEWSOM, Governor of the State of California, in accordance with the authority vested in me by the State Constitution and statutes, including the California Emergency Services Act, and in particular, Government Code section 8625, HEREBY PROCLAIM A STATE OF EMERGENCY to exist in California.

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Sonia Angell

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March 19, 2020

To protect public health, I as State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health order all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence except as needed to maintain continuity of operations of the federal critical infrastructure sectors. ... Read more

March 19, 2020

To protect public health, I as State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health order all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence except as needed to maintain continuity of operations of the federal critical infrastructure sectors. 

The federal government has identified 16 critical infrastructure sectors whose assets, systems and networks, whether physical or virtual , are considered so vital to the United States that their incapacitation or destruction would have debilitating effect on security, economic security, public health or safety, or any combination thereof.  I order that Californians working in any of these 16 critical infrastructure sectors may continue their work because of the importance of these sectors to Californians' health and well-being.  In addition, in consultation with the Director of the Governor's Office of Emergency Services, I may designate additional sectors as critical in order to protect the health and well-being of all Californians.

The California Department of Public Health looks to establish consistency across the state in order to ensure that we mitigate the impact of COVID-19.  Our goal is simple, we want to bend the curve, and disrupt the spread of the virus.  

The supply chain must continue, and Californians must have access to such necessities as food, prescriptions and health care.  When people need to leave their homes or places of residence, whether to perform the functions above or to otherwise facilitate authorized necessary activities, they should at all times practice social distancing.  

The Office of Emergency Services is directed to take necessary steps to ensure compliance with this Order.

This order shall be enforceable pursuant to California law, including but not limited to Government Code section 8665.

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Sonia Angell

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July 1, 2020

As COVID-19 transmission rates continue to rise, this guidance instructs counties that have been on the County Monitoring List for three consecutive days or more to close indoor operations for certain sectors which promote the mixing of populations beyond households and make adherence to physical distancing with face coverings... Read more

July 1, 2020

As COVID-19 transmission rates continue to rise, this guidance instructs counties that have been on the County Monitoring List for three consecutive days or more to close indoor operations for certain sectors which promote the mixing of populations beyond households and make adherence to physical distancing with face coverings difficult. Within those sectors, those that are not able to continue their business through outdoor operations must close that portion of their business effective immediately for at least three (3) weeks, in order to further mitigate the spread of the virus. 

CDPH is requiring closure, within counties on the county monitoring list for three or more consecutive days, of indoor operations, while allowing outdoor operations with appropriate modifications, including physical distancing and face coverings, for the following sectors:

•Dine-in Restaurants

• Wineries and Tasting Rooms

• Movie Theaters

• Family Entertainment Centers

• Zoos and Museums

• Cardrooms

All industry or sector guidance documents that have been issued to date, including all infectious control measures outlined in those guidance documents, apply in outdoor settings, and thus must be adhered to. 

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Governor Newsom Declares State of Emergency to Help State Prepare for Broader Spread of COVID-19

2020/03/04 - California Governor

Order of the State Public Health Officer

2020/03/19 - California Department of Public Health

Identifying Critical Infrastructure Sectors

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COVID-19 Orders

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Outdoor Playgrounds and other Outdoor Recreational Facilities

2020/09/28 - California Department of Public Health