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Overnight stay-at-home order issued

Categories: Campus, Travel, Workplace & HR

The State of California has issued an overnight stay-at-home order that takes effect this Saturday, Nov. 21, for California counties, including Santa Clara County, that are in the purple “widespread risk” tier for COVID-19.

The order prohibits “non-essential work, movement and gatherings” between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., according to an announcement from the Governor’s Office. The order will be in effect for one month, until Dec. 21, though it may be extended or revised. [Dec. 30 update: This order has been extended and is now in effect as long as the State’s regional stay-at-home orders are in effect in California.]

The order can be viewed here.

Under the order, “all gatherings with members of other households and all activities conducted outside the residence, lodging, or temporary accommodation with members of other households cease between 10:00 p.m. PST and 5:00 a.m. PST, except for those activities associated with the operation, maintenance, or usage of critical infrastructure or required by law.”

Essential work activities at Stanford may continue under the order. Employees who are approved to work on-site may travel to and from Stanford to enable the university to carry out essential functions, and may request a work authorization letter from Human Resources to document this.

The State of California’s current COVID-19 risk tiers for each county can be viewed at