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Bay Area stay-at-home order continues

Categories: Health & safety, Policies

The State of California’s regional stay-at-home order for the Bay Area continues to be in effect. The order, initially in effect through last week, will be lifted once there is a four-week projection that regional intensive care unit capacity will remain at or above 15%.

As of Tuesday, Jan. 12, the Bay Area’s intensive care unit capacity was reported at 4.7%. State health officials said they were continuing to evaluate capacity projections. The Santa Clara County Public Health Department said over the weekend that it expects the county to be under the stay-at-home order “for some time.”

At Stanford, essential activities are allowed to continue under the stay-at-home order. Stanford employees should continue working at home unless approved to be on campus, and those in essential categories should continue to report to work as scheduled.

The regional order prohibits private gatherings of any size with individuals outside of one’s household, closes business operations except for critical infrastructure and retail (which generally can operate at 20% of capacity) and requires face coverings and physical distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It requires people to stay at home as much as possible, but allows access and essential travel for critical services, health and medical care, school and study, and work. Outdoor activities among members of the same household are still permitted.

Other public health orders also continue to apply locally, including Santa Clara County’s 10-day travel quarantine requirement. Information specific to Stanford students who have been arriving for the winter quarter is available for undergraduates and for graduate and professional students.