Stay-At-Home Order Lifted As Orange County Retreats to Purple Tier

Monday, January 25, 2021

Effective January 25, 2021, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has lifted the Regional Stay-At-Home Order for all regions statewide, including the Southern California region, which includes Orange County and Irvine. Four-week ICU capacity projections for these three regions are above 15%, the threshold that allows regions to exit the order.

The County of Orange now returns to the Purple Tier of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, which determines which activities and business are open based on local case rates and test positivity. In the Purple Tier, all retail and shopping centers must operate at maximum 25% capacity, and certain business sectors, including restaurants may only operate outdoors with modifications.

View the status of activities within each tier, or view more information below:

All Retail – including critical infrastructure, except standalone grocers

  • Open indoors with modifications
  • Maximum 25% capacity

Shopping Centers – including Malls, Destinations Centers, Swap Meets

  • Open indoors with modifications
  • Maximum 25% capacity
  • Closed common areas
  • Closed food courts


  • Outdoor only with modifications


  • Outdoor gatherings only with modifications
  • Maximum three households

Museums, Zoos, and Aquariums

  • Outdoor only with modifications

Places of Worship

  • Indoor with modifications
  • ​Indoor activities must be limited to 25% of capacity

Movie Theaters

  • Outdoor only with modifications

Gyms and Fitness Centers

  • Outdoor only with modifications

Nail and Hair Salons

  • Indoors with limited capacity and 100% masking

Tier assignments may occur any day of the week and may occur more than once a week when the CDPH determines that the most recent reliable data indicate that immediate action is needed to address COVID-19 transmission in a county. Counties may be moved back more than one tier if CDPH determines that the data supports more intensive intervention. Key considerations will include the rate of increase in new cases and/or test positivity, more recent data as noted below, public health capacity, and other epidemiological factors.

In addition, The Limited Stay-at-Home Order, which limits non-essential activities between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., expires with the Regional Stay-At-Home Order ending.

For more information about the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, visit