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By Samuel Alioto
Observer Staff Writer 

California Lifts Statewide Stay at Home Orders Due to Covid-19

Going forward, County by County orders will apply instead.

 

January 27, 2021

Mary Leipziger

Waiter at a restaurant with outdoor dining.

The State of California announced Monday that the Statewide ban on outdoor dining has ended. Each California county may decide whether to allow diners to return to outdoor dining.

“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.

Mary Leipziger

Empty tables at a restaurant in Santa Monica

Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to address the public later Monday. The decision comes with improving trends in the rate of infections, hospitalizations and intensive care unit capacity as well as vaccinations.

Los Angeles County currently requires those traveling abroad or to other counties, to self isolate for 14 days upon their return..

The letter listed the Bay Area, Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley as under the order, with the Sacramento and Northern California regions not currently under any order. Some north state counties saw their restrictions lifted just before mid-month.

"Again, a formal announcement is expected tomorrow and we will send you further information as soon as it is available," the letter closes. "For now, we thought you'd like to know the good news."

 

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