State of California updates stay at home order; more details on essential businesses

The California State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health have updated the Safer at Home order. The order directs all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence, except as needed to maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sectors.


The updated order provides clarification on non-essential businesses and essential businesses. The links provided give detailed information on essential businesses. Keep in mind the list is long and detailed.


Read the Executive Order (pdf)

See the list of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers (pdf).

Full list of exempt sectors (pdf)


Frequently asked questions

 When does the stay at home order go into effect and how long will we stay home? What areas of the state are covered?

 The order went into effect on Thursday, March 19, 2020. The order is in place until further notice. It covers the whole state of California, and it exempts activity as needed to maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sectors, critical government services, schools, childcare, and construction, including housing construction.


Essential services will remain open, such as:

  • Gas stations 
  • Pharmacies
  • Food: Grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, take-out and delivery restaurants 
  • Banks 
  • Laundromats/laundry services 
  • Essential state and local government functions will also remain open, including law enforcement and offices that provide government programs and services.
  • Claremont COURIER office is closed, but we are working and will post updates online each day as news develops. We will also publish our print edition on Fridays. To contact us, please email Peter Weinberger via at


What’s closed?

  • Dine-in restaurants 
  • Bars and nightclubs 
  • Entertainment venues 
  • Gyms and fitness studios 
  • Public events and gatherings 
  • Convention Centers
  • Hair and nail salons
  • Non-essential retail



Business and taxes


What businesses and organizations are exempt?

Businesses and organizations that provide critical infrastructure for the state are exempted, including health care and public health, public safety, food and agriculture and media. See the full list of exempt sectors (pdf)


I run/work at an exempted business or organization, as defined by the order. Do I need to get an official letter of authorization from the state to operate?

No. If your business or organization is in the list of exempt sectors, it may still operate. You do not need to obtain any specific authorization from the state to do so.


Do I need to pay my taxes?

Yes, state and federal deadlines have been extended. All state taxes are now due on July 15.


Enforcement of the order

The Claremont Police Department will enforce the orders effective immediately. The City asks all businesses to comply with the order for the safety of our community. Non-essential businesses must close to the public and essential businesses must comply with the signage and social distancing protocols.


Essential Business Requirements

Essential businesses are required to post signs for customers stating the business is practicing social distancing. Social distancing may be accomplished by limiting the number of customers indoors, using curbside pick-up or delivery. The city will be contacting businesses that are not compliant.



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