Just three months after California started implementing their tiered reopening plan, much of the state is now back under lockdown.
A new order went into effect late Sunday night that’s now impacted a majority of counties in California. Under the order, people are urged to remain at home whenever possible and to always wear masks when outside their homes. In addition, in-person dining and gatherings are prohibited, all store capacity is restricted to 20%, and a number of small businesses, including hair salons and barbershops, must shut their doors.
This new lockdown heavily impacts three out of five key regions: Southern California, the San Joaquin Valley, and the Bay Area. According to a map released by the state, a number of specific counties in each region have already faced closures:
Southern California: Imperial, Inyo, Los Angeles, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura
San Joaquin Valley: Calaveras, Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, San Benito, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tulare, Tuolumne
Bay Area: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma
This order is expected to remain in effect for at least three weeks and will only be lifted when a region’s ICU capacity exceeds 15%, according to California’s coronavirus website. After the initial three week period, the state will assess on a weekly basis whether the order needs to be extended.
This news comes after Governor Gavin Newsom first announced plans for a strict regional stay-at-home order on Dec. 3rd, in an effort to slow down coronavirus surge in areas where hospital intensive care unit beds are almost to capacity. The current lockdown now impacting that state was triggered after the ICU capacity for two regions (the San Joaquin Valley and Southern California) dropped below the 15% threshold, according to The New York Times.
For those who don’t know, many salon and barbershop owners have felt frustrated after having to deal with constant salon closures and reopenings as well as rapidly changing coronavirus guidelines. Unless California’s coronavirus cases begin to decline, salon professionals can expect to see the stay-at-home order extend not only into the new year but also throughout the rest of the state.
For more information on California’s new regional stay-at-home order, please visit the state’s coronavirus website.