New Regional Stay-At-Home Order For SoCal To Take Effect Late Sunday
UPDATE: The original order, which was set to last a minimum of three weeks, has been extended indefinitely as the region's ICU capacity remains at 0%. Read more on that here.
The falling availability of intensive care beds in Southern California has triggered a new pandemic order from the state set to take effect right before midnight on Sunday.
The state’s announcement on Saturday triggers a three-week-long regional order shutting down certain businesses including nail salons, hair salons, zoos, playgrounds, museums and cardrooms.
Retail stores and malls can continue to operate but at 20% capacity. Restaurants remain open but only for take-out and delivery.
The order does not affect schools that have re-opened and are providing in-person instruction.
The order, beginning at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, mandates the restrictions at least through December 28 -- but they could extend beyond that if ICU bed capacity remains below 15%. On Saturday, the state said ICU bed capacity in the Southern California region -- which covers 11 counties, including Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura -- is 12.5%.
That’s second only to the San Joaquin Valley region, which was also placed under a regional stay-at-home order after its ICU bed capacity plummeted to 8.6%.
The order says Southern Californians must stay home “except as necessary,” but residents are still allowed to leave for a host of reasons, including shopping, outdoor exercise, work (if they provide an “essential” service), school and visiting houses of worship.
Worship services and protests are allowed as long as they take place outdoors.
Acknowledging the toll that the pandemic is taking on people’s mental health, Governor Gavin Newsom emphasized that the order does not preclude people from going outside to exercise.
It's important to stay active and connected during these times.— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) December 3, 2020
Keep connected virtually.
•Go to a park or a beach
•Go on a hike
•Go on a bike ride
•Walk your dog
•Go on a run
•Go skiing, snowboarding
Statewide, there are more than 1.3 million confirmed COVID-19 cases, and more than 19,000 have people have died.
California COVID-19, By The Numbers:— CA Public Health (@CAPublicHealth) December 5, 2020
🔹 Confirmed cases to date: 1,311,625
🔹 Note: Numbers may not represent true day-over-day change as reporting of test results can be delayed
More information at https://t.co/TLLUGwPGY7. pic.twitter.com/T03p3jE9Aq
Our news is free on LAist. To make sure you get our coverage: Sign up for our daily coronavirus newsletter. To support our nonprofit public service journalism: Donate now.
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.