LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A regional stay-at-home order is set to take effect Sunday night amid a surge of coronavirus cases that have gripped the Southland and California.
In Los Angeles County, infections and hospitalizations continued to shattered daily records for the fourth time in five days. As of Saturday, 8,948 people tested positive in the county for COVID-19, resulting in 44 deaths, and nearly 2,769 people remain hospitalized. ICU capacity has dropped below the state’s 15 percent threshold, to 12.5 percent. As a result, Governor Newsom has imposed a new stay-at-home order set to begin before midnight to slow the spread.READ MORE: San Bernardino County Cracking Down On Sale, Use Of Illegal Fireworks With New Reporting Tool
The order will remain in effect until at least Dec. 28 for Southern California, and will result in the closure of personal care services such as nail and hair salons and barbershops, as well as the closure of bars and wineries. The order also closes indoor and outdoor playgrounds, museums, zoos, cardrooms, live audience sports and amusement parks.READ MORE: NBC Will Not Air 2022 Golden Globes Amid Hollywood Foreign Press Association Controversy
The region will be eligible to exit from the order if ICU capacity projections for the following month are above or equal to 15%, according to the state. The counties under the mandate will include Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Diego, Imperial, Inyo, Mono, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura.
Schools with waivers can stay open, along with other “critical infrastructure” and retail stores at 20% of capacity. Restaurants will be limited to take-out and delivery service only.MORE NEWS: Game On: LAUSD Says Venice High Baseball Team Can Play On Renovated Field
Most of the health orders will rely on personal responsibility, such as not gathering with people outside of one’s household.