California Governor shares guidelines to lifting stay-at-home orders

Governor Gavin Newsom shared “six key indicators” he says will guide the state of California for when and how to modify the stay-at-home and other health orders during the COVID-19 pandemic.

During his daily conference, Newsom said that while the state has made progress in flattening the curve and has seen positive health results, the actions have devastated the economy of California.

“While Californians have stepped up in a big way to flatten the curve and buy us time to prepare to fight the virus, at some point in the future we will need to modify our stay-at-home order,” said Governor Newsom. “As we contemplate reopening parts of our state, we must be guided by science and data, and we must understand that things will look different than before.”

Going forward, the Governor says the state will look at the following when it comes to modifying orders:

  • The ability to monitor and protect our communities through testing, contact tracing, isolating, and supporting those who are positive or exposed;
  • The ability to prevent infection in people who are at risk for more severe COVID-19;
  • The ability of the hospital and health systems to handle surges;
  • The ability to develop therapeutics to meet the demand;
  • The ability for businesses, schools, and child care facilities to support physical distancing; and
  • The ability to determine when to reinstitute certain measures, such as the stay-at-home orders, if necessary.

As far as a timeline, the Governor did not provide one, but said that these six indicators will serve as the framework for making that decision.

Newsom did note that Californians should prepare for a few modifications when we do go forward, citing examples like restaurants having fewer tables and classrooms being reconfigured.