California Governor, Gavin Newsom, has lifted the regional coronavirus stay-at-home orders across the state as of Monday, January 25, 2021.
The previous order imposed on Dec. 10, 2020, banned gatherings outside a household and shuttered or restricted many businesses. With virus cases and hospitalizations more stable now, the state allows counties to resume outdoor dining and worship services, reopen hair and nail salons and other personal service businesses, and increase capacity at retailers. Gatherings of up to three households are also now allowed.
The new development today impacts the Bay Area, Southern California and San Joaquin Valley regions where the order remained in place due to a surge in coronavirus cases over the holidays.
What Happens Now?
All counties will now return to the colored tier system that assigns local risk levels based on case numbers and rates of positive test results for coronavirus infections. This means that most counties will still be classified under the “widespread” risk tier.
“Today, we can lay claim to starting to see some real light at the end of the tunnel as it relates to case numbers,” Newsom said at a Monday news conference. “Each region’s a little bit different, but we are in a position projecting four weeks forward with a significant decline in the case rates, positivity rates. We are anticipating…still more decline in hospitalizations and more declines in ICU, and that’s why we’re lifting that stay at home effective immediately today.
Is your business COVID-Compliant?
Many emloyers believe they are compliant with the new OSHA guidelines when it comes to having a COVID-19-specific IIPP in place, however, research shows that up to 80% of businesses do not have the correct policies and procedures to avoid citations and fines. To date, OSHA has issued more $3.5 million in COVID-related citations. You can view a full report of those fines from OSHA here.