More than 23 million people in Southern California were preparing Sunday to face the harshest lockdowns in the United States, at a time when COVID-19 cases soared to record levels in the most populous state.
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Restrictions in California, ordered by Gov. Gavin Newsom to take effect region by region as beds in hospital intensive care units reach full capacity, require bars, nail and nail salons and shops of tattoos close again.
At 11:59 p.m. local time on Sunday, the affected regions, including Southern California, will also have to close even outdoor restaurants.
Democrat Newsom, who is in his first term, has threatened to withhold funds from local governments that refuse to comply with the restrictions.
The measures angered some Californians eight months after the pandemic and some law enforcement officials. Los Angeles and Riverside County Sheriffs have said they will not help enforce them.
“The Riverside County Sheriff’s Office will not be blackmailed, intimidated, or used as force against residents to enforce the Governor’s orders,” Riverside Sheriff Chad Bianco said in a videotaped message posted on the website. from the Department.
The San Francisco Bay Area will also be confined beginning at 10 p.m. Sunday, under a series of orders issued by Mayor London Breed.
California reported more than 30,000 new cases Sunday, exceeding the previous state maximum of 21,986 set on Dec. 4, and set a new record for hospitalized patients with COVID-19. New Jersey, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia also posted record one-day increases in new infections.