Due to the rising COVID cases in California, Governor Gavin Newsom, on Thursday, 3rd December 2020, announced stay at home orders across most of California for 3 weeks, which will mean that physical activities will be limited in the holidays.
According to sources, California experienced its highest ever COVID case count with 20,759 new cases in 24 hours. The state is also seeing an upward trend in ICU admission and hospitalization. It has spiked by 67% in recent weeks, and California has experienced a record of 530 ICU admissions with death rates increasing.
Gov. Gavin Newsom, in a midday news conference, said: “The bottom line is, if we don’t act now, our hospital system will be overwhelmed,” Gov. Newman said, “If we don’t act now, we’ll continue to see our death rate climb, more lives lost. He said the state reported just 14 deaths on Nov. 2 but now has had back-to-back days of 113 deaths, with nearly 1,000 fatalities in the last four days.
The new stay-at-home order will be set in motion once the ICU capacity drops below 15% in a region. And will remain in effect for at least three weeks and will be lifted when a region’s projected ICU capacity meets or exceeds 15%.
The five regions affected will include Northern California, Greater Sacramento, Bay Area, San Joaquin Valley, and Southern California.
With this order, certain facilities and activities will be closed while others will open. The closures include Movie theaters, in-person dining, family entertainment centers, indoor/outdoor playgrounds, hair/barbing salons, museums, zoos, and aquariums.
Certain activities can still go on as usual but with restrictions. For example:
For schools, K-12 schools won’t be affected, including classrooms that operate in-person classroom instructions.
Gov. Newman urged residents not to connect with anyone outside their households virtually but still recommended physical activities like walking the dogs, yoga, fishing, running, skiing or biking.
Many activities would require that you set up an outdoor build, for example, your places of worship, while maintaining the CDC event guidelines.
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