Orders & Guidance
Health officer orders have changed throughout the pandemic based on the level of transmission in our communities. See the latest orders currently in effect, as well as the latest guidance and best practices for staying safe.
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Health Officer Orders
Guidance has changed throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. See the latest local and state health officer orders below.
Current Local Orders
Current State Orders
- New - State Public Health Officer Order of September 20, 2022: Guidance for the Use of Face Masks
- New - State Public Health Officer Order of September 13, 2022: Health Care Worker Vaccine Requirement
- New - State Public Health Officer Order of September 13, 2022: State and Local Correctional Facilities and Detention Centers Health Care Worker Vaccination Requirement
- New - State Public Health Officer Order of September 13, 2022: Adult Care Facilities and Direct Care Worker Vaccine Requirement
- State Public Health Officer Order of June 8, 2022: Beyond the Blueprint
- State Public Health Officer Order of February 16, 2021: Beyond the Blueprint for Industry and Business Sectors (Including Mega Events)
- State Public Health Officer Order of February 8, 2021: Guidance for Limiting the Transmission of COVID-19 in Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs)
- State Public Health Officer Order of February 8, 2021: UPDATED STATEWIDE VISITATION WAIVER, AND TESTING AND VACCINATION VERIFICATION GUIDANCE FOR VISITORS RELATED TO CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19)
- State Public Health Officer Order of December 30, 2021: Guidance for use of Over-the-counter tests for Local Health Jurisdictions
- State Public Health Officer Order of August 5, 2021: Health Care Worker Vaccine Requirement
- State Public Health Officer Order of August 5, 2021: Requirements for Visitors in Acute Health Care Settings
Recently rescinded State orders:
State Orders by Topic
Guidance and Best Practices
Guidance has changed throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. See current guidance and best practices below.
AB 685: Guidance & Information (for Employers)
Overview of Current Restrictions
Additional restrictions and required precautions may apply to specific industries and settings, including health care, congregate care, correctional, and youth settings (including schools and childcare). See more here.
For best practice information, see CDC Recommendations for Safer Activities.
See all state guidance by topic area.
See State Guidance
Mega Event Guidance
Mega Events are characterized by large crowds greater than 1,000 (indoors) and 10,000 (outdoors) attendees. Mega Events may have either assigned or unassigned seating, general admission or gated for ticketed and permitted events.
Prior to attending an event, it is not required but strongly recommended that attendees provide proof of vaccination, a negative antigen COVID-19 test within one day of the event, or a negative PCR test within two days of the event.
See Mega Event Guidance