California to impose regional stay-at-home orders as coronavirus cases surge

California Governor Gavin Newsom on Thursday said he would issue a regional stay-at-home order in areas facing ICU bed shortages as COVID-19 cases surge 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.”

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Why California Is Issuing Stay-At-Home Orders Because Of Covid-19 Coronavirus

Running out of toilet paper is one thing. Running out of intensive care unit (ICU) beds is something completely different.

With the Covid-19 coronavirus continuing to surge, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is now projecting that the state will run out of ICU beds by mid-December. That, obviously, is not a good thing and can’t be solved by simply buying more beds. As a result, on Thursday, the CDPH announced a “Regional Stay-At-Home Order”, which will remain in place for at least the next three weeks.

This Order doesn’t mean that all Californians have to stay at home just yet. Rather, it established thresholds that once crossed will trigger stay-at-home orders. In

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A Mayor Urged People To Stay Home, Then Flew To Mexico For Vacation : Coronavirus Updates : NPR

Austin Mayor Steve Adler, shown here at an event in 2018, says he “set a bad example” by traveling to Cabo San Lucas last month.

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Austin Mayor Steve Adler, shown here at an event in 2018, says he “set a bad example” by traveling to Cabo San Lucas last month.

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After initially saying he didn’t do anything wrong, Steve Adler, the mayor of Austin, Texas, says he now realizes he “set a bad example” by traveling to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, for vacation last month.

An Austin American-Statesman story revealed Wednesday that Adler attended an in-person wedding for his daughter in early November and then flew with others to Cabo for a weeklong vacation.

At the same time, Adler was encouraging people to stay home to avoid contracting or spreading COVID-19.

“Not only did we not do anything wrong, we

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Spanish home-buyers want big, bright and airtight in response to coronavirus

MADRID (Reuters) – After Spain’s stringent coronavirus lockdown trapped many in cramped urban flats, builders and architects say demand for new homes with more space, better air quality and higher security has soared.

From state-of-the-art ventilation systems to comfy at-home work spaces and more outdoor areas, the COVID-19 crisis has changed the market, real estate agents say.

“Space usage is a new theme: dividing what comes from outside and could be contaminated,” said Madrid-based architect Jaime Pablo.

There are no official COVID-safe labels for buildings yet, but people crave bigger, brighter, more multi-purpose spaces, Pablo said.

Designing interiors in the pandemic era is about creating areas to hang and sanitise masks, or removing walls and putting in dividers, he said, for instance to integrate a home office into a kitchen.

“People now … want luminous, open remote workspaces, even if it costs them square metres,” said Ander Echevarria, the founder

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Biden Predicts 250,000 More Coronavirus Deaths, Urges Americans To Stay Home Over Holidays

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President-elect Joe Biden said another 250,000 Americans could die of coronavirus between now and January, a higher forecast than previously given by health officials as the country faces rises in new infections and hospitalizations.

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During a virtual roundtable Wednesday with small business owners, Biden warned December could be the hardest time of the pandemic yet.

“We’re likely to lose another 250,000 people dead between now and January,” Biden said.

He urged Americans to refrain from traveling for Christmas, saying even “with all the trouble you’re going through, you cannot be traveling during these holidays, as much as you want to.”

He also revealed that this year for Thanksgiving, the Biden family held a toned-down celebration: Biden only met with his wife, daughter and son-in-law who live near him in-person, while

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Belgians can invite guests for Christmas amid coronavirus pandemic, but only one can use the bathroom

The four-person rule will apply for Christmas, and authorities are trying to make sure that people who show up for backyard celebrations do not end up spending time indoors. Anyone inviting guests over needs to have a garden or backyard that can be accessed without walking through the house, which essentially means that people who live in detached homes can have guests over but those who live in rowhouses cannot. “You are not allowed to go through an interior space first, because then there is a risk that many people will be together in a small space,” Interior Minister Annelies Verlinden told Het Laatste Nieuws on Monday.

A spokesperson for Verlinden added another major caveat: Only one guest who is chosen as a “close contact” can be allowed inside the house to use the bathroom. Other visitors are banned from going inside for any reason, including grabbing a drink or

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San Francisco 49ers, displaced by coronavirus restrictions, to play next home games in Arizona

“The Cardinals organization, State Farm Stadium and League officials have been supportive and accommodating as we work through the many logistical issues involved in relocating NFL games,” the 49ers said in a written statement.

The 49ers become the first NFL team forced to move because of applicable state or local coronavirus guidelines. Santa Clara County announced new heath restrictions Saturday that include a temporary ban on contact sports at the professional, collegiate and youth levels.

Jed York, the chief executive officer of the 49ers, thanked the Cardinals and their owner, Michael Bidwill, on Twitter and wrote: “Very appreciative of Arizona welcoming us during these unprecedented times.”

The 49ers did not specify where they will practice, saying that their “future practice arrangements will be shared at the appropriate time.” The NFL previously told teams in a memo that all team facilities will be closed Monday and Tuesday, citing rising coronavirus caseloads

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Dozens gather near New Jersey governor’s home to protest coronavirus restrictions

Police blocked dozens of protesters from gathering outside of New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s home to demonstrate against his coronavirus restrictions.



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Police officers are seen in a video blocking the protesters from moving forward, with state Senate candidate David Winkler saying that the protesters were on Murphy’s street but not able to gather closer to his home.

“I’m out here at Governor Murphy’s street, where we are protesting his unconstitutional orders as well as stop the steal. Currently, Governor Murphy is not letting us down the street. Blocking us from going down the street,” he said.

“This has nothing to do with Biden, this has to do with unconstitutional emergency orders that have killed our economy,” Winkler said in the video. “We’ve got

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Los Angeles County Announces New Stay-At-Home Order As Coronavirus Surges : Coronavirus Updates : NPR

A health care worker is seen at a walk-up coronavirus testing site this week in San Fernando, Calif.

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As COVID-19 cases continue to surge across the nation, Los Angeles County has announced a new stay-at-home order that places new restrictions on businesses and gatherings but does not ban them altogether.

Friday’s announcement came on a day when the number of new cases reached 205,000 nationwide — a figure believed to be higher, in part, due to delays in reporting caused by the Thanksgiving holiday. More than 4,500 of those cases were reported in Los Angeles County, along with 24 deaths.

The “safer at home” order — which takes effect Monday and runs through

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Los Angeles issues stay-home order as coronavirus surges

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County announced a new stay-home order Friday as coronavirus cases surge out of control in the nation’s most populous county.

The three-week order takes effect Monday. It came as the county confirmed 24 new deaths and 4,544 new cases of COVID-19. The five-day average of new cases was 4,751.

Nearly 2,000 people in the county are hospitalized.

“We know we are asking a lot from so many who have been sacrificing for months on end,” Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said. “Acting with collective urgency right now is essential if we want to put a stop to this surge.”

The order advises residents to stay home “as much as possible” and to wear a face covering when they go out. It bans people from gathering with people who aren’t in their households, whether publicly or privately.

However, exceptions are made for church services and

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