Understanding Stay-at-Home Orders

The State of California has issued an Executive Order effective March 20, 2020, requiring people to stay home except for essential needs.

Vulnerable populations should stay home. People who are over 60 or have a chronic health condition are the most vulnerable to this virus. Everyone else is required to stay home except to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or go to an essential job. It is OK to go outside for walks or bike rides if you are not in a group. Stay at least 6 feet apart when leaving your home for essential activities. Riverside County Public Health has produced a helpful FAQ sheet on what’s essential.

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The State of California has put out additional guidance on what’s essential. Please visit their website for more detailed information on exempt businesses, taxes, childcare and more. The information below is from the State of California.  Local officials may enforce stricter public health orders, but may not loosen the state’s order.

What can I do? What’s open?

Essential services will remain open, such as:

  • Gas stations 
  • Pharmacies
  • Food: Grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, take-out and delivery restaurants 
  • Banks 
  • Laundromats/laundry services 
  • Essential state and local government functions will also remain open, including law enforcement and offices that provide government programs and services.

What’s closed?

  • Dine-in restaurants 
  • Bars and nightclubs 
  • Entertainment venues 
  • Gyms and fitness studios 
  • Public events and gatherings 
  • Convention Centers
  • Hair and nail salons

Can the Order be changed?

Yes. The State Public Health Officer may issue orders as needed – for example if more information emerges about the public health situation – and issue new orders and directives as conditions warrant.

How does this order interact with local orders? Does it supersede them?

This is a statewide order. Depending on the conditions in their area, local officials may enforce stricter public health orders. But they may not loosen the state’s order.

More information is available on the Essential Needs pages of State of California website.