On Dec. 3, CA Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a new statewide order, a set of far-reaching restrictions tied to regional strains on critical care services as COVID-19 cases continue to rise.
“The bottom line is, if we don’t act now, our hospital system will be overwhelmed,” Newsom said in a midday news conference. “If we don’t act now, we’ll continue to see our death rate climb, more lives lost.”
Eleven counties in Southern California and 12 counties in the Central Valley could be required to implement the new restrictions as soon as Friday, based on current projections of the rising number of patients who have been admitted to intensive care units.
Affected communities will be required to close personal service businesses, including hair and nail salons, playgrounds, family entertainment centers and campgrounds for overnight stays. Restaurants will be required to return to take-out service only.
Retail businesses will be limited to 20% of their customer capacity inside at any one time, with requirements for store officials to ensure there’s no indoor drinking or eating.
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