What's in California's New Regional Stay-at-Home Order?

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a sweeping new coronavirus order Thursday that triggers business shutdowns and puts limits on people’s movement based on hospital intensive care unit capacity in their regions. Here’s a look:


Newsom’s order divides the state into five regions: Northern California, the San Francisco Bay Area, Greater Sacramento, the San Joaquin Valley and Southern California. If restrictions are triggered, every county in a region will have to abide by the same rules.

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Here's a look at the different state regions Gov. Gavin Newsom outlined in a new stay-at-home order to curb a surging cases in COVID-19.


The new order will be triggered if a region’s intensive care unit bed availability drops below 15%.

No regions currently meet the trigger, but all except the Bay Area could be within a day or two, Newsom said. Businesses will have 48 hours to comply once a region meets the threshold.


In regions where the order is triggered, the following businesses must close: Restaurants for all on-site dining, wineries and breweries, playgrounds, indoor recreational facilities, hair salons, personal care services, museums, movie theaters, cardrooms and casinos, and family entertainment centers.

Retail stores and shopping centers can stay open indoors at 20% capacity. Hotels may remain open for critical infrastructure support, as can offices. Churches and places of worship can hold outdoor services. Professional sports can continue without live audiences, as can production of films and other entertainment.

Schools serving K-12 students will not be affected by the order. Those open for classroom instruction now can remain so.

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a new stay-home order based on ICU capacity on December 3, 2020.


If the order is triggered in a region, people will be ordered to limit travel and mixing with people outside their household as much as possible. The order says members of the same household will still be allowed to go outside for physical activity.


Once the order takes effect in a region, it will last for at least three weeks.

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