Southern California Counties Heading for Stay-At-Home Orders



Southern California Counties Heading for Stay-At-Home OrdersAn employee at Gucci talks to a man waiting on a socially distanced line of shoppers waiting to enter the luxury designer boutique on Rodeo Drive. (Pamela Hassell/AP)


Eleven counties in Southern California, encompassing cities such as Los Angeles and San Diego, are set to undergo a regional stay-at-home order that could go into effect as early as Saturday afternoon because of a spike in COVID-19 cases.

The region consists of the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Diego, Imperial, Inyo, Mono, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura, reports CBS Los Angeles.  

Gov. Gavin Newsome announced the order Thursday, saying it would go into effect if the available intensive care unit beds in the region dropped below 15%. It forces all bars, wineries, barbershops, and hair salons to close their doors for three weeks. 

The California Department of Public Health on Friday announced that the regional ICU capacity in Southern California had dropped to 13.1%. 

Newsom's order allows schools that have waivers to remain open, along with critical infrastructure. Retail stores, meanwhile, will only be able to operate at 20% capacity and restaurants can offer only delivery service or takeout orders. 

The state is also restricting non-essential travel in the region. The order also bans gatherings of people outside of their immediate households, with some exceptions allowed. Further, travelers coming in from out of state must complete an online form. 

The report added that Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is urging law enforcement officers to enforce the state order, with violators to face misdemeanor penalties. 

Meanwhile, the San Joaquin Valley region could also fall under Newsom's orders if ICU capability also continues to drop there, The Sacramento Bee reported Saturday. 

That could add the counties of Calaveras, Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, San Benito, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tulare, and Tuolumne to the order. 

The Bee also reported that the ICU capacity may change as hospitals are able to increase available beds through measures such as launching field hospitals. 




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