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May 13, 2021

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Lifting the Regional Stay Home Order and What it Means

California state health officials have lifted the December 3, 2020 Regional Stay Home Order.  That means reopening plans for each county will revert back to the color-coded, multi-tiered system that has been in effect since July.  The move returns 54 of the state’s 58 counties to the “widespread” or “purple” tier. Significantly, under the “widespread” tier, outdoor dining can resume.  Hair and nail salons can also reopen.  Gatherings with members from different households are no longer prohibited.  However, local county officials can impose more stringent restrictions than the state.  LA County officials had shut down outdoor dining weeks before the statewide Regional Stay Home Order.  While the current LA County restrictions are set to lift with the removal of the Regional Stay Home Order, it is possible that officials will issue a new order with clarity on restrictions for the county. San Francisco County’s Shelter-in-Place Order similarly provides that it will remain in effect only until the expiration of the state’s regional stay-at-home order.  Accordingly, expect guidance from both counties in short-order.