Here’s what’s changed.
On Sunday, a new regional Stay-At-Home order went into place in SoCal. The new order was triggered by the rate of increase in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and test positivity rates across California and will be in place for a minimum of three weeks. As of Sunday, there were over 19,000 deaths and 1,341,700 confirmed cases within the state.
Governor Gavin Newsom had previously warned that it was necessary to “pull the emergency brake” if numbers continued to increase. Now, as the region exceeds the threshold for the number of ICU beds available, 11 counties will have stricter measures imposed. The counties impacted are as follows: San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino, Inyo, Imperial, and Mono. The San Joaquin Valley will also be subject to these restrictions.
The stay-at-home order temporarily closes playgrounds, indoor recreational facilities, museums/zoos/aquariums, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, cardrooms/satellite wagering, limited services, live audience sports and amusement parks. Personal care services (including salons/barbershops), bars, wineries, breweries, and distilleries are additional activities and businesses that are closed under the SoCal order.
Hotels and other lodgings may not accommodate out-of-state guests for non-essential travel unless the reservation is for at least the minimum time period required for quarantine and guests quarantine within the hotel or accommodation beyond the required period.
Drive-in movie theaters, restaurants for takeout and delivery service, outdoor protests, outdoor worship, retail centers (operating at 20 percent capacity), outdoor recreational areas (except playgrounds) will remain open.
Masks, relevant sanitation protocols, and social-distancing are still mandatory for all activities or services.
Featured Image: CA Governor via Twitter