Coronavirus: Stay-at-home order to be imposed in Southern California

Coronavirus: Stay-at-home order to be imposed in Southern California
People wait in line to be tested for COVID-19 at a testing site in the North Hollywood section of Los Angeles on Saturday. (Richard Vogel/Associated Press)

Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley are the latest areas of California to implement a stay-at-home order, The Los Angeles Times reported.

The move comes a day after health officials in six San Francisco area jurisdictions announced a regional stay-at-home order.

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The implementations in Southern California will go into effect at 11:59 p.m. PT Sunday, the Times reported. The order will remain in effect for three weeks, the newspaper reported.

According to the California Department of Public Health, a shortage of intensive care beds in the 11-county region had triggered the new measures, KTLA reported. The order is triggered when a region’s intensive care unit capacity falls below 15%, the Times reported.

The Times reported that the Southern California region’s capacity was 12.5% on Saturday and the San Joaquin Valley’s was 8.6%, according to data released by the state.

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the statewide order on Thursday, KABC reported. The order divided California into five regions, the television station reported.

The order in Southern California includes Imperial, Inyo, Los Angeles, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, according to the Times.

According to the order, these sectors will remain open but with limited capacity. Mandatory masks and social distancing measures will be in effect:

  • Outdoor recreational facilities, but without food, drink or alcohol sales, and no overnight camping
  • Retail businesses and malls, with indoor capacity limited to 20%; no eating or drinking will be allowed inside stores
  • Hotels and offices that support critical infrastructure
  • Restaurants offering takeout, pick-up or delivery
  • Places of worship can hold outdoor services
  • Professional sports and entertainment production without live audiences
  • Non-urgent medical and dental care

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