A waitress serves guests as people dine al fresco in Pasadena, California, the only Los Angeles County city to continue offering this service on December 2, 2020.
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Two regions in California, San Joaquin Valley and Southern California, triggered the state’s new home stay order after the capacity in their intensive care units dropped below 15%, according to the California Department of Health.
The new restrictions, which will last at least three weeks from late Sunday, come as the state reports a record of 25,068 new Covid-19 cases on Friday, according to the CDPH.
Governor Gavin Newsom said Thursday the state would be divided into five regions – the Bay Area, Greater Sacramento, Northern California, San Joaquin Valley and Southern California. If the remaining ICU capacity in any region falls below 15%, it will trigger the stay at home order, he said. Newsom warned that each area is expected to drop below 15% of intensive capacity sometime in December.
Intensive care unit capacity in the San Joaquin Valley fell to 8.6% on Saturday, while capacity in Southern California, which includes counties of Los Angeles and San Diego, declined to 12.5%, according to a CDPH statement.
Bars, wineries, personal services, hair salons and barber shops must be temporarily closed to order. Personal services are available to businesses like nail salons, tattoo parlors, and body waxing, according to the state’s website.
Schools that meet state health requirements and critical infrastructure are allowed to remain open. Retail stores could be occupied by 20% and restaurants could offer take-out and delivery.
The new measures are designed to prevent Californians from mingling with people who do not live in their household and holding gatherings outside rather than inside. However, people are still being encouraged to do things outdoors, like walking their dog, playing sports, going sledding or walking on the beach, Newsom said.
On Friday, San Francisco Bay Area health officials announced they would not wait for their intensive care capacity to drop below the 15% threshold and said they would implement the order ahead of schedule.
“Our hospital stay rates are increasing locally, especially in our intensive care unit. And just as important, hospital stays are increasing everywhere. So if we run out of beds, there is no other county that can help us,” said the Mayor of San Francisco, London Breed said during a press conference on Friday.