New Regional Stay at Home Order
We have a problem. This very contagious virus is spreading quickly.
More people have COVID-19 than ever before.
- Many people are in the hospital.
- Some hospitals are running out of beds for sick patients.
- Some cities are setting up temporary hospitals.
The new Regional Stay at Home Order asks everyone to stay home.
- This current stay at home order is in place until this situation gets better.
- During this time, please stay home, unless you must leave home for work, food, or for a medical emergency. Click here to learn more
- This helps to prevent the virus from spreading even more. We want to keep as many people alive and well as possible.
- We know this is not easy. It affects the businesses we love, people’s incomes, and people’s basic sense of wellbeing.
- We also know that people who live together with several other people may find it very hard to stay inside. If one person gets infected, try to get medical help. Then, wear masks and try to keep that person safe and separate from others, if possible.
How do hospitals manage space where caring for sick people?
- Each hospital has a set number of patient beds.
- They keep track of beds that are open for new patients.
- People with COVID-19 can get very sick and need to stay in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
- If the number of ICU beds gets too low, this means many people are very sick.
- Some might have to wait a long time to get a hospital bed.
What should we do?
Stay home for at least 3 weeks to help stop the spread of the virus. It’s hard not seeing friends and family. It’s especially hard during the holidays. But, if we stay home, the virus can’t spread as easily. Then we can start safely seeing the people we love again. Here’s what you can do:
- Do not have private gatherings or parties.
- Do not get together with people who don’t live with you.
- Wear a face covering.
- Stay at least 6 feet apart from others.
What is closed for the next 3 weeks?
Unfortunately, we must close businesses that we love in order to prevent more illness and death. This includes:
- Amusement parks (Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm)
- Bars and breweries
- Family entertainment centers
- Hair salons and barbershops
- Indoor recreational facilities
- Movie theaters
- Museums, zoos, and aquariums
- Nail salons
- Personal care services (body waxing, etc.)
- Playgrounds: indoor and outdoor
- Sports events with live audience
- Tattooing and piercing
What is open?
These places are open but with new rules. You must wear a mask at all times. And you stay 6 feet away from others. These are the other changes:
- Entertainment production including professional sports:
- Allow operation without live audiences.
- Additionally, testing protocol and “bubbles” are highly encouraged.
- Open for essential workers like nurses and doctors.
- They are not open for people on vacation.
- Employees are urged to work from home if possible.
- Outdoor recreational places (fish, hike, picnic):
- You are allowed to enjoy the outdoors for day trips.
- No one is allowed to stay overnight.
- Stores that sell food, drink or alcohol are closed.
Places of worship:
- Open for outdoor services only.
- If possible, conduct services online.
- Open for take-out, pick-up, or delivery.
- No inside or outside dining is allowed.
Retail stores, shopping centers, and malls:
- The number of people allowed in the store is limited. This means there may be a line to enter.
- No eating or drinking is allowed in the store.
- Special hours should be offered for people who are seniors, have health problems, or weak immune systems.
These places will also stay open.
However, everyone must wear a mask and stay 6 feet apart.
- Critical infrastructure (the systems we all depend on for heat, light, energy, water, food, transportation, safety, banking, and telecommunications)
- Medical and dental offices for routine visits
- Childcare and pre-K
Stay active and connect with others
Fresh air and seeing friends and family is important. There are ways to do this while staying safe.
Virtual ways to see and talk with others
- Learn how to use Zoom, FaceTime, or WhatsApp.
- Of interest: St. Jude Medical Center has a free program that teaches seniors how to do this. And, if you qualify, you could get a free computer. Call Loren Valentine at 714-446-7017 today to learn more.
Go outside for fresh air, but avoid groups and crowds
Put on a facemask and stay 6 feet away from others you may pass on your way.
- Go for a walk someplace safe, nice, and not too crowded
- Sit outside and do something peaceful
- Ride your bike, if you have one
- Take your dog for a walk, if you have one
- Go fishing, if you like to fish