California’s regional stay-at-home order was lifted by state officials Monday, as COVID-19 restrictions will return to a county-based, tiered system.
Since Dec. 6, 2020, the state used a regional system that triggered stricter orders based on decreasing ICU capacity. Both Los Angeles and Orange counties fell under the “Southern California Region” and faced the same orders that prohibited in-person dining and put capacity limits on retail stores.
The previous state order also applied a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew on non-essential businesses that will now be lifted.
“Together, we changed our activities knowing our short-term sacrifices would lead to longer-term gains. COVID-19 is still here and still deadly, so our work is not over, but it’s important to recognize our collective actions saved lives and we are turning a critical corner,” Dr. Tomas Aragon, the state’s public health director, said in a statement.
The state will go back to its color-coded system, where L.A. County was still at the most restrictive “Purple tier,” but had lesser restrictions on businesses than the regional order.
Los Angeles Public Health has not yet updated its orders. All county orders may be more restrictive than state orders, but not less severe.