While Plumas County remains in the red tier, 41 other counties are in purple (the most restrictive tier). For those counties, a limited stay at home order goes into effect at 10 p.m. this Saturday, Nov. 21.
Public Health Director Andrew Woodruff said that county leaders are doing all they can to stay in the red tier; and need the public’s help to stay there. “We all need to do our part to stay out of the way of the virus, most importantly avoiding mixing and gathering. Mixing and gathering are the number one driver of the spread,” he said.
And eliminating that mixing drives the state’s new limited stay at home order.
The order states that for those in the purple tier, “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 p.m. and 5 a.m. PST, except for those activities associated with the operation, maintenance, or usage of critical infrastructure or required by law.”
This order does not apply to persons experiencing homelessness. Nothing in this order prevents any number of persons from the same household from leaving their residence, lodging, or temporary accommodation, as long as they do not engage in any interaction with (or otherwise gather with) any number of persons from any other household, except as specifically permitted.
It’s hoped that the limited stay at home order will reduce opportunities for disease transmission with the goal of decreasing the number of hours individuals are in the community and mixing with individuals outside of their household. Every intervention to decrease mixing of households is considered critical during this unparalleled increase in case rate rise of about 50 percent during the first week in November. In particular, activities conducted during 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. are often non-essential and more likely related to social activities and gatherings that have a higher likelihood of leading to reduced inhibition and reduced likelihood to adhere to COVID-19 preventive measures (e.g., wearing face coverings and maintaining physical distance).
If Plumas County were to move into the purple tier, the order would go into effect at 10 p.m. PST on day two after the county is assigned to Tier One (Purple). For the purpose of counting days, day one shall be the first full day following the date of the tier assignment.
This order remains in effect until 5 a.m. PST on Dec. 21, 2020, and may be extended or revised as needed.