New California stay-at-home order in effect due to coronavirus

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A modified stay-at-home order goes into effect for much of California starting Saturday morning, as part of a new effort to slow the rapid spread of the coronavirus.Here are the order details:

  • Prohibits most non-essential activities outside the home from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. purple level counties. Prohibited activities include all gatherings with members of other households and all activities conducted outside of one’s residence, accommodation or temporary accommodation with members of other households.
  • Allows people to leave home to walk their dogs or walk with people they live with, do grocery shopping or pick up drugs from the pharmacy late at night, pick up or receive take-out food, travel emergency or urgent care or other fine essentials;
  • Lasts until December 21, although it can be extended.
  • Does not apply to homeless people. Nothing in the ordinance prevents a number of people from the same household from leaving their residence, accommodation or temporary accommodation, as long as they do not engage in any interaction with (or otherwise reunite with) no number of persons from another household, except as specifically permitted by order.
  • The restrictions are different from the statewide stay-at-home order, issued by Gov. Gavin Newsom in mid-March, in that they focus more on reducing late drinking. at night and group gatherings.
  • Californians in affected counties will still be allowed overnight do the grocery shopping, walk the dog, pick up takeout orders from restaurants, consult with doctors or other health care providers and other essential service providers.
  • The order covers about 94% of Californians – 37 million people – who live in counties belonging to the purple level, the most restrictive of the state’s plan to reopen. In purple-level counties, restrictions have forced many businesses to suspend or severely restrict the number of customers allowed inside.

LA County imposed its own new rules on Friday. They include, upon ordering:

  • For non-essential businesses licensed to operate indoors – including retail stores, offices, personal care services – occupancy will be limited to 25% of maximum capacity.
  • The number of patrons at outdoor restaurants, breweries and wineries will be limited to 50% of maximum outdoor capacity.
  • The number of patrons in the outdoor game rooms, mini golf, go-karts and batting cages will be limited to 50% of the maximum outdoor capacity.
  • Services in personal care facilities can only be provided by appointment to clients wearing face masks by staff wearing face masks. Those that require the client or staff to remove their face mask, such as facials and shaves, are not allowed. Food and beverages cannot be served at these establishments to customers.
  • Restaurants, brasseries, wineries and all other retail establishments deemed non-essential must close their doors to the public from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. But they can continue to offer take-out and delivery services during these hours.

With the rapid spread of COVID-19, officials have warned that further public health interventions may become necessary to stem transmission.

For the seven-day period that ended Friday, an average of 10,981 people in California were reported to be infected each day – a number that has more than doubled in the past two weeks. It’s even worse than the summer peak, which was so far the worst COVID-19 peak in California, according to a Times data analysis.

For the first time, California recorded three days last week when more than 13,000 new infections per day were recorded.

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