Most Californians face new virus lockdowns amid ICU surge
Many Californians are preparing for a new stay-at-home order that seeks to curb soaring coronavirus infections and hospitalizations.
The order takes effect late Sunday in a vast stretch of Southern California and a swath of the Central Valley where capacity in intensive care units has fallen below 15%. It will also apply in five counties in the San Francisco Bay Area that adopted the measures before the state required them to do so.
The rules affect about eight in 10 of the state’s 40 million residents.
Here’s what the order says:
— Retailers including supermarkets and shopping centers can operate at 20% customer capacity. Store access must be metered and food and drink can’t be consumed in stores.
— Indoor and outdoor restaurant dining are closed. Hair and nail salons, movie theaters and other businesses must close as well as playgrounds.
— People aren’t supposed to congregate with people from outside their household.
— Overnight stays at campgrounds aren’t permitted. Hotels can’t accept reservations from out-of-state for non-essential travel unless it is for quarantine purposes.
— Schools that are currently open can continue to provide in-person instruction.