A regional stay-at-home order issued by Gov. Gavin Newsom last week kicked in for L.A. County and the rest of Southern California midnight Sunday evening after state health officials announced that ICU bed capacity in the region had fallen below 15%.
The new health order is expected to remain in effect for at least three weeks.
As of Sunday afternoon, L.A. County health officials said only 10.3% of staffed adult ICU capacity remains in the Southern California region.
Under the new order, gatherings of people from different households are prohibited and the following businesses have been closed.
- indoor and outdoor playgrounds;
- indoor recreational facilities;
- hair salons and barbershops;
- personal care services;
- museums, zoos, and aquariums;
- movie theaters;
- bars, breweries and distilleries;
- family entertainment centers;
- cardrooms and satellite wagering;
- limited services;
- live audience sports; and
- amusement parks.
Schools with waivers are still be allowed to remain open, as is "critical infrastructure" and retail stores. Capacity will be limited to 20%.
Restaurants will once again be restricted to takeout and delivery service only. Hotels are also allowed to remain open, but "for critical infrastructure support only," while churches will be restricted to outdoor only services. Other events, such as film and TV production will be allowed to continue as will professional sports, albeit without an audience present.
On Sunday L.A County Department of Public Health officials reported a record number of daily number of new COVID-19 cases, surpassing 10,000 cases in one day. The last week has seen L.A. County set all-time highs for the daily number of new cases and the number of people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized.
- 10,528 new COVID-19 cases (449,851 cases to date)
- 23 new deaths due to COVID-19 (7,909 deaths to date)
- 2,855 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19
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