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News & Analysis
Latest legal news and recent law changes.

Stay-At-Home Orders Extended

Sacramento County
The Sacramento County Public Health Officer​ issued a new Public Health Order effective May 2nd, and will be in effect until May 23, 2020, unless extended. The Public Health Order reinforces the direction for all individuals to stay home and extends the terms of the order to continue social distancing and reducing person-to-person contact to further slow transmission of COVID-19.

Note that you may be reported for violations as individual can call 3-1-1 and report you. See more info at:

Placer County
Placer County will let their Stay-at-home order formally expire May 2nd; however, they remind residents that little will be changes as it was only in place because “[t]he local order was intended to complement the indefinite statewide shelter-in-place order issued by Governor Gavin Newsom on March 19.”  The statewide shelter-in-place order will still be in place, thus residents will need to continue their quarantine. See more info at:

San Francisco County
The San Francisco Department of Public Health, in coordination with other Bay Area health departments, is extending its Stay Home order to May 31st in order to maintain progress on slowing the spread of the coronavirus. In recognition of the gains made to date, the new orders will allow some lower-risk outdoor activities and jobs to resume May 4, provided that specific public health requirements are followed. This order takes effect at 11:59 p.m. on May 3, 2020. It will remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. on May 31, 2020 unless the Health Officer determines changes are warranted. See the order at:

Relaxed quarantine restriction come May 4th include:

  • all construction will be allowed to resume as long as specific safety measures are in place;
  • businesses that operate primarily outdoors, such as plant nurseries, may reopen;
  • employees of a business allowed to operate under the order can also access childcare programs that are allowed to operate;
  • outdoor recreational facilities, like skate parks, can reopen; and
  • residential moves will be allowed.

YOLO County
It is currently unclear if the stay-at-home order will continue past May; however, like Placer County, residents and business will be bound by the state-wide shelter-in-place Order. Yolo has uniquely made it mandatory that all individuals wear facemasks while outside.

Face coverings must be worn in public settings, such as:

  • Waiting in line to go inside a store
  • Shopping at a store
  • Picking up food at a restaurant
  • On public transportation (or waiting for it)
  • In a taxi or rideshare vehicle
  • Seeking healthcare
  • Going into facilities allowed to stay open
  • Working an essential job that interacts with the public
  • Children 2 years and older should be encouraged to wear a mask when around others closer than 6 feet. When they do, they must be supervised by an adult.

Face coverings are NOT required to be worn by people who are:

  • At home.
  • In the car alone or with members of their own household.
  • Children under the age of 2 years old due to the risk of suffocation.
  • Outdoors, walking, hiking, bicycling or running. However, people must comply with social distancing during these activities, including maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from other people. People should also have a face covering readily accessible.
  • Residents with a health condition whose medical doctor has advised against wearing a face covering and can provide documentation.

Businesses must:

  • Require their employees, contractors, owners, and volunteers to wear a face covering at the workplace and when performing work off-site;
  • Inform customers about the need to wear a face covering, including posting signs and advising those in line or in the store;
  • Take reasonable steps to keep people who are not wearing a face covering from entering their business, and
  • Refuse service to anyone not wearing a face covering.
  • Individual violators are unlikely to be cited however essential businesses and other enterprises will be expected to enforce this order. Everyone has an opportunity to contribute to public health and the welfare of our community by following this health order. Individuals that choose not to wear face coverings may encounter difficulties such as being refused access to public transit and essential businesses.

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