Mono County (And Inyo County as Well) Placed Under Regional Stay-At-Home Order

Mono County

Press Release: Dec. 5, 2020 Mono County Health Department and the Emergency Operations Center (EOC)

[Expect a similar press release very soon from Inyo County with essentially the same information,]

December 5, 2020 – In a press release from Mono County Health Department and the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) that handles the COVID-19 response countywide, residents are being informed that effective December 6 (Sunday) at 11:59PM, Mono County (as part of the Southern California Region) has been placed under the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Regional Stay-At-Home Order (Order).

The Order, which will be in effect for a minimum of three weeks, prohibits private gatherings of any size, and closes sector operations except for critical infrastructure and retail to limit the transmission and spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Governor Gavin Newsom is taking immediate actions to prevent an unprecedented surge in the level of community spread of COVID-19 that continues to increase dramatically every day throughout Mono County and the State of California. New hospital admissions continue to escalate, with current projections estimating that without additional intervention to slow the spread of COVID-19 the number of available adult ICU beds within the State of California will be at capacity by mid-December.

Locally, according to Mono County, there has been increase of 50% in positive COVID-19 cases week-over-week within the previous two-week period, and its current positivity rate is 29%.

In addition to the Order, the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) managing COVID-19 response in Mono County is evaluating additional local guidance to more acutely address the unique landscape and issues within our county, including tourism and lodging. Details on additional guidance will be shared as soon as possible.

“It is not the status of Mammoth Hospital alone that determines when the Order goes into effect, rather, it is the status of all the hospitals within the region,” stated Tom Parker, Mammoth Hospital Chief Operating Officer. “At this point, the entire state is approaching a critical capacity shortage and there is no recourse to petition regional assignments.”

The Regional Stay-At-Home Order applies to Regions where the adult ICU bed capacity falls below 15%. Mono County is assigned to the Southern California Region. As of December 5, ICU capacity for the Southern California Region fell to 12.5%, triggering the Order.

The Regional Stay-At-Home Order will remain in effect for at least 3 weeks. After that period, the Order will be lifted when regional available adult ICU bed capacity is greater than or equal to 15% and is projected to remain above that level for the subsequent four weeks. At the end of the Stay-At-Home period each county within the Region will be assigned to a tier based on the Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

The new Regional Stay-At-Home order supersedes the current local restrictions of the purple tier (widespread transmission) of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

Effective December 6 (Sunday) at 11:59PM the following sectors must close:

  • Indoor and outdoor playgrounds
  • Indoor recreational facilities
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Personal care services
  • Museums, zoos, and aquariums
  • Movie theaters
  • Wineries
  • Bars, breweries, and distilleries
  • Family entertainment centers
  • Cardrooms and satellite wagering
  • Limited services
  • Live audience sports
  • Amusement parks

The following sectors now have additional modifications, in addition to 100% masking and physical distancing:

  • Outdoor recreational facilities: Allow outdoor operation only without any food, drink, or alcohol sales. Additionally, overnight stays at campgrounds will not be permitted.
  • Retail: Allow indoor operation at 20% capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. Additionally, special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
  • Shopping centers: Allow indoor operation at 20% capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. Additionally, special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
  • Hotels and lodging: Allow to open for critical infrastructure support or for reservations from out-of-state residents that are for a period of time for at least the duration of the quarantine period where the guest will quarantine in the facility for the entire period only.
  • Restaurants: Allow only for take-out, pick-up, or delivery.
  • Offices: Allow remote only except for critical infrastructure sectors where remote working is not possible.
  • Places of worship and political expression: Allow outdoor services only.
  • Entertainment production including professional sports: Allow operation without live audiences. Additionally, testing protocol and “bubbles” are highly encouraged. The following sectors can remain open when a remote option is not possible with appropriate infectious disease preventative measures, including 100% masking and physical distancing:
  • Critical infrastructure
  • Schools
  • Non-urgent medical and dental care
  • Childcare and pre-K The Regional Stay-At-Home Order temporarily restricts all non-essential travel statewide, but allows access to (and travel for) critical services and allows outdoor activities to preserve Californian’s physical and mental health.

Californians are encouraged to keep connected with loved ones virtually, and to get outdoors and recreate!

Details on the CDPH’s Regional Stay-At-Home Order can be accessed here:

All Mono County residents and visitors are asked to do their part to #StaySafeToStayOpen.

This is more than a hashtag – it needs to become a way of life.

Additional information regarding the Blueprint for a Safer Economy is available online: or by visiting the Mono County COVID-19 Portal in English: or Spanish:

Cover. Distance. Wash and #StaySafeToStayOpen!

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26 Responses to Mono County (And Inyo County as Well) Placed Under Regional Stay-At-Home Order

  1. Man From Mono December 6, 2020 at 5:22 pm #

    Second California Sheriff Rebels Against Newson’s Lockdown

    More to come

    • Stop non-essential travel December 10, 2020 at 2:55 pm #

      fake news!

  2. Tourbillon December 6, 2020 at 4:01 pm #

    Let’s follow the data. Worldometers – corona virus brings up the data for every country. Click on U.S. then compare the CA curves for daily new cases and daily new deaths against Florida’s. You will see that they are virtually identical. Heavy handed lockdown mask up CA has achieved the same outcome as mostly free FLA. I expect the yessir yessir three bags full crowd to ridicule and deny this just as they ridiculed and denied the gold standard test results published November 18 showing no statistical advantage in self protection when wearing high grade surgical masks over no masks at all. That’s because this not about the science. It’s about perpetrating a Great Reset to remake capitalism specifically and society in general, at least in Kerry’s own words. Better believe him.

  3. kevin chapman December 6, 2020 at 2:35 pm #

    How is a stay at home order going to work if they can still let the LA skiers come up. Today the gas stations in Big Pine are loaded with them, all with ski’s on their cars. They have to stay somewhere, eat somewhere, gas up somewhere, drink somewhere, shop somewhere while they are here, and touching everything. It seems like the order does not apply for people from the major hotspots for covid to come to the eastern sierra. Ridiculous at best it will not help us up here at all.

  4. verygrateful December 6, 2020 at 11:50 am #

    Did you say emergency action? That would mean an action to stop the surge. That ship has sailed Gavin. Your inaction is what is causing the surge. Not only that Gavin, but most have run out of unemployment as YOU know. What is your emergency action on this? That’s what I thought. So there probably be less workers staying at home because they must eat! What are you going to do about that?

  5. Robert Tgarden December 6, 2020 at 10:53 am #

    “Places of worship and political expression.” As if they’re comparable. What an insult to the faithful. What an insult to our so-called leaders. How dare you lump these two in the same sentence. This only demonstrates the limits of your own intelligence. My God.

    • Mono Resident December 6, 2020 at 12:26 pm #

      Dear Robert, Religious and political expression are both rights that are – as you put it – “lumped together” in the constitution of the United States. I suggest you get over it.

  6. Bishop Local December 5, 2020 at 8:56 pm #

    What about the Casino? I can’t go to the movie theater but can go gamble? This is ridiculous!

    • Misty Butterfield December 6, 2020 at 8:34 am #

      Not sure, but Casino is on Private Property ? ( Indian Land; Reservation)

  7. SP December 5, 2020 at 6:42 pm #

    Why haven’t the lawmakers passed any laws pertaining to covid?

  8. Man From Mono December 5, 2020 at 5:05 pm #

    “Rules are for the little people” Gavin Newsom at The French Laundry Restaurant

    How much is the tip for one $350.00 meal?

    • Little man DJT December 5, 2020 at 5:50 pm #

      “…. it is dying out. The numbers are starting to get very good !”

      • David Dennison December 5, 2020 at 7:32 pm #

        Little man DJT
        He said it again at his Georgia cult rally tonight while claiming victory in the presidential election. .
        Taking credit for the “good COVID numbers coming down quickly”
        And then saying “the “trump vaccine” will be the end of the virus in two,maybe three weeks”…

  9. Tinner December 5, 2020 at 4:40 pm #

    I will take all the precautions but until they close down 203 to non essential/full time residents and close MMSA I will continue to do what I’ve been doing all my life, enjoy the ride until the ride is over and I’m not afraid for the ride to end.
    I will not cower in a corner afraid to walk outside.
    NOT sorry, Gavin, but I will not obey your unscientific UNCONSTITUTIONAL lock down order.

    • Happy gilmore December 6, 2020 at 8:08 am #

      Uh. It is based on science. Has been all along. I guess the courts can decide if is constitutional or not. No challenges so far. Go Gavin!

    • Carol December 6, 2020 at 8:34 am #

      Meanwhile nancy gets her hair done and Gavin goes out to dinner

    • Misty Butterfield. December 6, 2020 at 8:37 am #

      Nobody’s on “lockdown”. Your misreading COVID restrictions. “Stay at home” does not mean lockdown. You have a negative attitude.

      • Tinner December 6, 2020 at 2:18 pm #

        Misty, I should have mentioned Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti as well, my bad, he has prohibited walking, driving, travel on public transport, bikes, motorcycles and scooters. If that’s not a lockdown I don’t know what is, what’s next locking people inside their own homes?
        Regardless what the California dictators call it ”stay at home” or “lockdown” how much of a difference does it make when you don’t have a job, you’re kids aren’t in school, you have bills to pay, you have to wait in line at the supermarket and its the Holiday season?
        I’m guessing you still have a job and steady income.
        You have a very narrow minded, attitude.

    • Charles O. Jones December 6, 2020 at 9:21 am #

      Cower in the corner? I don’t why these same tired tropes keep getting repeated. Actually I think I do know why, because a few politicians and some in the conservative media keep regurgitating it. It’s not about fear, it’s about respect for the community at large. You feel compelled to show us how fearless you are by thumbing your nose at a governor you obviously dislike, knock yourself out, we all make our choices. But repeatedly associating compliance with fear is just absurd.

    • Mono Resident December 6, 2020 at 12:38 pm #

      Dear Tinner, Jacobson v. Massachusetts, 1905
      Jacobson had been fined for refusing to be vaccinated for smallpox, the Supreme Court decision was 7-2 and Justice Harlan wrote this:

      “The constitution does not import an absolute right in each person to be, at all times and in all circumstances, wholly free from restraint. A community has the right to protect itself against an epidemic and may, at times, under the pressure of great dangers, be subjected to such restraint, to be enforced by reasonable regulations as the safety of the general public may demand.”

      I suggest you educate yourself. This information is not at all difficult to find online.

      • Tinner December 6, 2020 at 2:43 pm #

        Dear Mono Resident, I suggest you educate yourself and REREAD the first statement of my comment.
        I have no problem with the vaccination, where did I mention vaccination and where I refuse a vaccination?

        • Mono Resident December 6, 2020 at 3:51 pm #

          Dear Tinner, While the case was about refusing a vaccination the statement from the Supreme Court Justice was not specifically about vaccinations. What the statement did address (apparently you either failed to read it or failed to comprehend it ) was the constitutionality of measures taken to protect the community from epidemic. Or in other words the decision from the Supreme Court of the United States of America is applicable to a great deal more than just vaccinations.

          I’d like to think you are just being defensive and argumentative but I also have to consider that I overestimated your ability to read well enough to apply the information. I also think your ego, self centeredness and lack of maturity may be getting in the way of your ability to understand.

    • eric hein December 7, 2020 at 2:40 am #

      Don’t worry about them, think and worry about us. This isn’t about the politicians, it’s about taking care of each other

  10. anonemoose December 5, 2020 at 3:30 pm #

    No more speeding drivers going up to ski?

    No Problem….

    • Tinner December 5, 2020 at 6:40 pm #

      anonemoose, maybe fewer, ski area is staying open, if anything they will be going faster because of less people in town and less cars on the road.


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