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All individuals living in the State of California are currently ordered to stay home or at their place of residence, except for permitted work, local shopping or other permitted errands, or as otherwise authorized (including in the Questions & Answers below).

On March 19, 2020, an Executive Order (PDF) and Public Health Order (PDF) directed all Californians to stay home except to go to an essential job or to shop for essential needs.

On May 4, 2020, an Executive Order (PDF) informed local health jurisdictions and industry sectors that they may gradually reopen under new modifications and guidance provided by the state per the May 7, 2020 Public Health Order (PDF).

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Questions and answers

What is the relationship between the order and these questions and answers?

The Governor has ordered Californians to obey the directives of the
State Public Health Officer. Those directives take many forms; they
include specific materials linked on this page, as well as these questions
and answers. These questions and answers are directives from the
State Public Health Officer, and have the same force and effect as other
State Public Health Officer directives.

When does the stay home order go into effect and how long will we stay home? What areas of the state are covered?

The order went into effect on Thursday, March 19, 2020. The order is in place until further notice. It covers the whole state of California.

As of May 8, the stay home order was modified. We are now in the first phase of Stage 2. This means in addition to essential activity, curbside retail is allowed, along with the infrastructure to support it. As of May 12, offices, limited services, and outdoor museums are also permitted to open.

Six key health and scientific indicators will be considered before modifying the state’s stay home order to allow additional Stage 2 activity.

Political activity

Business and taxes

Schools and childcare

Health care and helping sick relatives

Outdoor recreation

Government services

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