Here’s what’s changed.
On Sunday, a new regional Stay-At-Home order went into place in California. 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 SoCal and San Joaquin Valley regions exceed the threshold for the number of ICU beds available, stricter measures have been imposed.
And although San Francisco’s numbers remain within the threshold, the county decided to join other Bay Area counties in voluntarily implementing the State’s order, in order to stabilize hospital capacities.
The stay-at-home order temporarily closes outdoor dining, personal care services (including hair/nail salons), indoor gyms (including one-on-one training), all in-person low-contact retail (like electronics repair or dog grooming), outdoor museums/zoos/aquariums, drive-in gatherings (including movies), bus/boat tours, playgrounds, and outdoor family recreation centers (like miniature golf and batting cages).
Hotels and other lodgings may only accommodate guests for essential travel, isolation and quarantine. Low contact sports (like golf, tennis, pickleball, and bocce ball) can only be played with people who live together.
Restaurants for takeout and delivery service, outdoor protests, outdoor worship, retail centers (operating at 20 percent capacity), outdoor gyms and fitness classes (up to 12 people total), curbside operations for low-contact retail (like electronics repair or dog grooming) and outdoor botanical gardens and historic sites will remain open.
Masks, relevant sanitation protocols, and social-distancing are still mandatory for all activities or services.
Featured Image: CA Governor via Twitter