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Mandatory Directive for Implementing State's Regional Stay At Home Order

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*Please confirm compliance with the State Order.  Where there is a difference between the local County Order and the State Order, the more restrictive order must be followed.  The State also has specific guidance for certain activities that must be followed in addition to this mandatory directive.*

Information on the State’s Order and State guidance is available at

Issued: December 4, 2020

Revised: December 21, 2020 

In light of significant increases in COVID-19 cases and associated hospitalizations across the United States, the State of California, and within Santa Clara County, this Mandatory Directive implements the State’s Regional Stay At Home Order in Santa Clara County.  This Directive shall remain in effect until 12:01 a.m. on the day after the California Department of Public Health announces that the County is no longer subject to the Regional Stay at Home Order, unless the County Health Officer otherwise rescinds, modifies, or extends this Directive.

On December 3, 2020, the State Health Officer issued a “Regional Stay At Home Order” that takes effect when a given region’s intensive care unit (ICU) bed capacity drops below 15%.  Because of the significant lag between when people become infected with COVID-19 and when they may need to be hospitalized, and based on local data, including but not limited to the fact that ICU capacity in Santa Clara County has already fallen below the State’s 15% threshold, the County Health Officer and other Health Officers in the Bay Area have determined it is necessary to implement the State Regional Stay At Home Order on a faster timeline than the State’s regional trigger.

This Directive is mandatory, and failure to follow it is a violation of the Health Officer’s Order issued on October 5, 2020 (“Order”).

State’s Regional Stay At Home Order

  1. Implementation of the State’s Regional Stay At Home Order.
    1. The State’s Regional Stay At Home Order is in effect in Santa Clara County as of the effective date and time of this Directive.
    2. All persons and entities residing or located in Santa Clara County shall comply with the State’s Regional Stay At Home Order.
    3. To the extent there is any conflict between any provision of the State’s Regional Stay At Home Order, any other applicable State order, or any local health order or directive, the most restrictive provision shall control.

Stay Informed

For answers to frequently asked questions about this Directive and other topics, please see the FAQ page.  Please note that this Directive may be updated.  For up-to-date information on the Health Officer Order, visit the County Public Health Department’s website at​​​​​​​​

Last updated: 12/21/2020 11:43 AM