Most of Southern California is now under new COVID-19 restrictions as of yesterday, Sunday. The order from the California Department of Public Health took effect Sunday at 11:59 p.m. and will last for the next three weeks.
The Department’s order comes after Southern California’s 11 counties reported a shortage of care beds in the ICU.
Southern California, with 24 million people, carries half of the population of the state.
This new stay-at-home order will ban all outdoor patio dining that was previously approved by the state. It will also close all nail and hair salons, movie theaters, museums, playgrounds, and other “non-essential” businesses.
The order also affects residents. People cannot congregate with anyone outside their own household and must always wear masks.
As stated, some businesses will be allowed to remain open at limited capacity. These include outdoor recreational facilities, malls, hotels and offices being used for essential purposes, churches (outdoor services only), professional sports with no live audiences, and non-urgent medical and dental care.