Interim guidance for places of worship published

In response to recent judicial rulings, the state guidance for places of worship has been updated. This interim guidance is effective immediately. Read the guidance.

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 and answers below).

State orders in place:

Past orders:

Blueprint for a Safer Economy

On August 28, 2020, the State released the Blueprint for a Safer Economy to permit gradual reopening of certain businesses and activities. Counties are assigned tiers that are updated weekly and determined by the county’s case rate and test positivity rate. Local jurisdictions may have more restrictive local orders than the assigned tier.

Stay Home Order

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. It was modified on May 4, 2020.

Learn more about these orders and find out what’s open in your area.

Past orders

Regional Stay Home Order

The Regional Stay Home Order (PDF), announced December 3, 2020, triggered additional restrictions after a region was announced to have less than 15% ICU availability. It prohibited private gatherings of any size, closed sector operations except for critical infrastructure and retail, and required 100% masking (with certain exceptions as indicated in guidance for use of face coverings) and physical distancing.

The Regional Stay Home Order was lifted January 25, 2021 as projected ICU availability over 4 weeks in all regions rose to over 15%. Once a region exited the Regional Stay Home Order, counties within that region returned to the appropriate tier and rules under the Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

Limited Stay Home Order

The Limited Stay Home Order (effective November 21, 2020) and its Supplement (effective December 22, 2020) required that in counties in the Widespread (purple) tier, Californians stay home between 10:00pm and 5:00am, with some exceptions.

This order was ended January 25, 2021 and is no longer in effect in any county in California.

Hospital Surge Order

Counties with 10% ICU availability or less, in regions with 0% ICU availability, were directed to prioritize services to those who were sickest and to cancel or reschedule elective surgeries. This was per the Hospital Surge Public Health Order, updated January 15, 2021.

This order was ended February 5, 2021 and is no longer in effect in any county in California.

Questions and answers

Regional Stay Home Order

Hospital Surge Order

Stay Home Order

Blueprint for a Safer Economy


Protected activities

Government services