Gov. Gavin Newsom Widens California Stay-at-Home Order

Citing soaring COVID-19 case rates and the lack of hospital beds, California Gov. Gavin Newsom has widened the state’s stay-at-home order.

The order is based on a region’s available hospital capacity where ICU capacity falls below 15%. Once a region falls under the intensive care unit threshold, it will have 48 hours to comply with the order and must follow the new rules for at least three weeks. The new stay-at-home order bans nonessential gatherings and requires people to stay at home as much as possible to avoid transmitting the virus.

“The bottom line is if we don’t act now, our hospital system will be overwhelmed,” Newsom said at a news conference announcing the new stay-at-home order.

Newsom announced the restrictions Thursday, three days after warning that the state’s hospital system could be overwhelmed by record numbers of COVID-19 patients. The rules will allow people to continue essential activities like

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City of L.A. issues stay-at-home rules that mirror L.A. County order

The city of Los Angeles issued a modified stay-at-home order Wednesday night that mirrors L.A. County rules that went into effect Monday.



a person standing in a kitchen preparing food: To-go meal orders are prepped in the kitchen at the Tallyrand Restaurant on Dec. 1 in Burbank. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)


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To-go meal orders are prepped in the kitchen at the Tallyrand Restaurant on Dec. 1 in Burbank. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

The city order prohibits gatherings of people outside immediate households, with some exceptions such as religious services and protests.

While the order tells people to stay home, it also allows retail businesses to remain open “after implementing the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health Protocols for Retail Establishments Opening for In-person Shopping.”

Parks and trails remain open, along with golf courses, tennis courts and beaches. Music and television production is allowed.

“The city and county orders are the same. In the past there have been some minor differences but currently they are the same,” said Alex

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California stay-at-home order looms as COVID-19 cases explode



a group of people walking down the street talking on a cell phone: People wait in line Tuesday at a walk-up COVID-19 testing site in San Fernando. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)


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People wait in line Tuesday at a walk-up COVID-19 testing site in San Fernando. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

California hit reached another troubling COVID-19 milestone Tuesday, averaging 14,120 cases per day with more than 8,200 hospitalized — both new records.

The continues surge is putting more pressure on state and local officials to take more aggressive action to slow the spread before it overwhelms hospitals. Los Angeles County, which has been particularly hard hit, reported more than 7,500 new cases — the most in a single day. Projections suggest L.A. County could reach 9,000 cases by next week.

Officials have said they would consider a restrictive stay-at-home order if cases kept rising, which is now expected because the Thanksgiving weekend likely spread the virus even more.

What are the options?

It’s possible such an order would

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Essential California: The brink of another stay-at-home order

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Tuesday, Dec. 1, and I’m writing from Los Angeles.

As the coronavirus continues its relentless surge through California, Gov. Gavin Newsom warned that “the potential for a stay-at-home order” now looms for much of the state.

With COVID-19 hospitalizations already at record levels and an even larger tide of hospitalized patients expected in the weeks to come, officials are sounding alarm bells about the possibility of overwhelming aspects of the state healthcare system. Unless things change, the state could exhaust its existing ICU capacity by mid-December, according to projections Newsom presented.

[Read the story: “Newsom threatens regional stay-at-home order as COVID-19 hospitalizations

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California governor warns of stay-at-home order if COVID-19 trends continue

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California is imposing an overnight curfew on most residents as the most populous state tries to head off a surge in coronavirus cases that it fears could tax its health care system. (Nov. 19)

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Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday warned a stay-at-home order could soon be implemented in counties with widespread COVID-19 transmission if they continue to see a surge of new cases that could potentially overwhelm local hospital systems.

In the past two weeks, COVID-19 hospitalizations across the state increased 89% while COVID-19 patient admissions into intensive care unit beds increased 67%. But that rise is just the tip of the iceberg, officials said. 

“We anticipate another large increase in cases within the next one to two weeks from Thanksgiving activities and gatherings,” Newsom said.

Already, 51 of the state’s 58 counties are in the most restrictive purple tier of the state’s four-tiered, color-coded framework. Nine

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Los Angeles County –the biggest county in the US — is now under a stay-at-home order

All public and private gatherings with anyone outside a single household are now banned in Los Angeles County, as most of the country grapples with an unprecedented surge of Covid-19.



a person standing in front of a store: A man carries a package of take-out food as he walks past temporary outdoor restaurant seating November 23, 2020 in Burbank, California. - Starting November 24 Los Angeles County will suspend outdoor dining for restaurants in hopes of slowing an unprecedented surge in Covid-19 cases. The measure has sparked a backlash from eateries and some county officials, who worry about the devastating economic toll. Los Angeles County recorded its highest one-day total for COVID-19 cases on November 23 since the pandemic began. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)


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A man carries a package of take-out food as he walks past temporary outdoor restaurant seating November 23, 2020 in Burbank, California. – Starting November 24 Los Angeles County will suspend outdoor dining for restaurants in hopes of slowing an unprecedented surge in Covid-19 cases. The measure has sparked a backlash from eateries and some county officials, who worry about the devastating economic toll. Los Angeles County recorded its highest one-day total for COVID-19 cases on November 23 since the pandemic began. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)

The ban will last three weeks, starting Monday and ending December 20.

All 10 million residents are asked to stay

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Do Strict New Stay-At-Home Orders Violate The Constitution?

The Government of Los Angeles County has told its Ten Million residents that, as of today, “All public and private gatherings with individuals not in your household are prohibited.” Although there are exceptions for religious services and protests, this “Stay-At-Home” order is an extraordinary deprivation of people’s freedom. It is on top of a restrictive state-wide curfew and other major restrictions on businesses and individuals. President-Elect Joe Biden has promised various national level restrictions as well. Is all of this constitutional?

No matter how serious the COVID situation is (and there is no doubt that it is extremely serious), the Constitution still limits the power of government. There are at least three important

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Stay-at-home mom makes a fortune by flipping old furniture

  • Maggie McGaugh, 25, from Texas, began transforming old furniture just a few weeks after giving birth 
  • The stay-at-home mother quit her job when she was pregnant so she could be a full-time mom to her son
  • She began with a wooden bread box that she found in a thrift store, and discovered she had a talent for DIY 
  • Maggie began transforming larger pieces of furniture and started selling them off 
  • She earns at least four times the money that she puts into each item – often raking in hundreds per piece 
  • Her DIY projects have also earned her Instagram fame, helping her rack up more than 121,000 followers

A crafty mom who transforms old furniture into incredible works-of-art in budget DIYs has revealed she sells the pieces on for four times what she spent on them – raking in hundreds of dollars per sale.  

Maggie McGaugh, 25, from Fort Worth,

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A more sweeping stay-at-home order is likely if L.A. County can’t slow COVID-19 spike

Los Angeles County officials said they are hoping a new set of restrictions can help slow the unprecedented surge in COVID-19 cases but warned that a tougher stay-at-home measure will be necessary if cases keep spiking.



a man holding a sign: A COVID-19 testing site along Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)


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A COVID-19 testing site along Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

Barbara Ferrer, the L.A. County health director, on Saturday said officials hope the more narrowly tailored restrictions will be sufficient to slow the spread of the coronavirus without reverting to stricter stay-at-home orders like those put in place in March.

She said the county is “at a different place now than we were in March and April, when we didn’t have the science around masking and distancing.

“Now that we do, it offers us a slightly different path forward,” she said. “But I’ll be honest: It only offers us a different

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Broader stay-at-home order is likely for L.A. County

Los Angeles County officials said they are hoping a new set of restrictions can help slow the unprecedented surge in COVID-19 cases but warned that a tougher stay-at-home measure will be necessary if cases keep spiking.

Barbara Ferrer, the L.A. County health director, on Saturday said officials hope the more narrowly tailored restrictions will be sufficient to slow the spread of the coronavirus without reverting to stricter stay-at-home orders like those put in place in March.

She said the county is “at a different place now than we were in March and April, when we didn’t have the science around masking and distancing.

“Now that we do, it offers us a slightly different path forward,” she said. “But I’ll be honest: It only offers us a different path forward if everyone’s doing it.”

The risk of allowing more people to be out, she said, is that the efforts to slow

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