California Governor Gavin Newsom on Thursday said he would issue a regional stay-at-home order in areas facing ICU bed shortages assurge across the state. “We are pulling that emergency brake,” Newsom said in a news conference Thursday.
The measure forces a three-week closure of all bars, wineries, hair salons and barbershops in regions where ICU beds have reached 15% capacity. Retail stores will be allowed to operate at 20% capacity, while restaurants will be limited to takeout and delivery service only. Non-essential travel will be restricted.
“This is the final surge in this pandemic,” Newsom said. “There is a light at the end of the tunnel.”