California Stay At Home Order and Curfew Lifted


California governor Gavin Newsom discussing new COVID-19 policies. Photo courtesy of: The Guardian

After almost a full year in quarantine, California governor Gavin Newsom announced last week that he has rescinded the stay-at-home order and curfew.

“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 reported during a news conference held last Monday. He further explained how the stay-at-home order is applied in the region when ICU capacity falls below 15%. According to, the state is to return to the “four-tier reopening system,” which determines the safety of being exposed to a certain region based on cases and positivity rate.

Before the stay-at-home order was revoked, a curfew was established to ensure that any “non-essential businesses” didn’t stay open past 10 P.M. Restaurants will be allowed to offer outdoor dining while keeping the occupancy limit and usual regulations in place, (social distancing, wearing facial coverings, etc.,)

“This is not the time for people to think we can get back to our normal business and our normal ways of interacting with each other. If we’re not careful, the metrics that are headed in the right direction will quickly change,” reports LA County public health director Dr. Barbara Ferrer.

Although the order and curfew have been canceled, it is crucial to remember that not abiding by the new laws was what had initially caused the virus to spread. If we are to return to our “normal lives,” there could be another spike in cases.