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.

According to The Los Angeles Times, the rules are designed to last for at least 21 days once local critical care facilities approach capacity. But the expectations set by state officials suggest that what Newsom described as a “regional stay-at-home” order will sharply limit activities across California throughout the holiday season and possibly into the new year.

“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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Originally posted on Modern Salon