On Thursday, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced a “Regional Stay-At-Home Order”, which requires residents in regions where the order applies to stay at home for at least three weeks. All non-essential travel will be prohibited, while bars, wineries, hairdressing salons, barbershops, barbershops and personal catering services in restaurants will be closed under the order.
Newcom tweeted Thursday: “Our intensive care units are rapidly approaching their capacity. Our mortality rate is rising. To slow the rise of #COVID19 and save lives, CA is introducing regional home care”.
This new order is triggered when the capacity of intensive care units in any of the five regions monitored by state health officials falls below 15 percent.
“Currently, no region reaches this threshold, but some are expected to reach it within the next week,” the governor’s office confirmed in a statement on Thursday.
If a region falls below the threshold of 15 percent of intensive care, it has 24 hours to implement the regional home care plan, which comes into effect on December 5 at 12:59 pm local time.
“The regions will remain in regional house arrest status for at least three weeks after the release. Counties are entitled to deviate from the regional home detention order after three weeks if the ICU capacity forecast for four weeks reaches 15 percent,” the governor’s office said.
The most recent regulation is a modification of the original state regulation on home stays issued in March and builds on the current Blueprint for a Safer Economy.
The new ordinance was issued after “an unprecedented increase in community adoption of COVID-19” across the state, according to the California Department of Health and Human Services (CDPH).
Our intensive care units are rapidly approaching capacity. Our mortality rate is rising.
To slow the rise of #COVID19 and save lives, California is introducing regional house rules for hospitalization.
Regions where the ICU capacity⁰fall is below 15% will be included in this “Stay-at-Home Order” ⁰for for 3 weeks.
– Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) December 3, 2020
Regions where the new order is in force
The five regions in which the last order can be triggered include the following:
Northern California: Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, Trinity Counties.
Bay Area: Alameda Districts, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma.
Sacramento Metropolitan Area: Alpine, Amador, Butte, Colusa, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Sierra, Sutter, Yolo, Yuba Districts.
San Joaquin Valley: Calaveras, Fresno, Core, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, San Benito, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tulare, Tuolumne districts.
Southern California: Counties of Imperial, Inyo, Los Angeles, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura.
Residents must stay at home, non-essential travel is prohibited.
The new regulation instructs residents to “stay at home as much as possible to limit mixing with other households, which can lead to the spread of COVID-19.
It is permitted to exercise outdoors with members of the household “if it is safe and socially distant”, while all non-essential travel is prohibited.
The Governor’s Office noted this: “Except as otherwise required by law, no hotel or lodging establishment in California may accept or honor reservations for non-essential travel outside the state unless the reservation is for at least the minimum period required for quarantine, and the persons named in the reservation are quarantined at the hotel or lodging establishment until after that period has elapsed.
Some recreational facilities, other services are closed
In each region where the last job is triggered, all operations in the following sectors must be closed:
indoor and outdoor playgrounds.
Indoor recreation facilities.
Hairdressing salons and barber stores.
Personal care services.
Museums, zoos and aquariums…
Bars, breweries and distilleries.
Family entertainment centers.
Card rooms and satellite betting.
Live spectator sports.
Retailers, other venues may open with changes
The venues listed below will be open with the following additional modifications, introducing 100% mask use and social distancing practices
Outdoor recreation facilities: Allow only outdoor operation without the sale of food, beverages or alcohol. In addition, overnight stays on campsites are not allowed.
Retail: Allow indoor operation with a capacity of 20 percent with entrance metering and without food and drink in the stores. In addition, special opening hours should be introduced for senior citizens and other persons with chronic diseases or weakened immune systems.
Shopping centers: Allow indoor operation with a 20 percent capacity with entrance metering and no food and drink in the stores. In addition, special opening hours should be introduced for senior citizens and other persons with chronic diseases or weakened immune systems.
Hotels and accommodations: Allow opening only for critical infrastructure support.
Restaurants: Allow opening only for take-away or pickup.
Offices: Offices only: Allowed only in remote areas, except in critical infrastructure areas where work from a distance is not possible.
Places of worship: Allow outdoor services only.
Entertainment production including professional sports: Allow operation without live audience. In addition, test protocols and “bubbles” are strongly recommended.
Schools and health services remain open.
The latest regulation does not change the current guidelines for K-12 schools, so schools that are currently open can remain open.
All non-emergency medical and dental care, childcare and pre-K and critical infrastructure may “remain open if a remote option with appropriate infectious disease prevention measures including 100% masking and physical distancing is not possible,” the statement said.
More information on the latest regulation can be found on the Governor’s Office website.
The broader picture
The novel coronavirus has infected more than 65.3 million people since it was first reported in Wuhan, China.
More than 1.5 million people have died worldwide and more than 42 million have recovered by Friday, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The chart below, produced by Statista, shows the number of current COVID-19 hospitalizations in the United States.
The chart below, produced by Statista, shows the distribution of COVID-19 deaths among the U.S. population.