December 6, 2020 9:57 AM | With information from EFE
15 minutes. Two regions of the state of California will implement restrictions on mobility and economic activity starting this Sunday, in an attempt to stop the increase in cases of COVID-19.
The Department of Public Health of that state, led by Democrat Gavin Newsom, announced this Saturday that starting at 23:59 on Sunday (07:59 GMT on Monday) Stay-at-home order goes into effect in the San Joaquin Valley and Southern California (which includes Los Angeles and San Diego).
The measure was adopted after the occupancy capacity of the Intensive Care Units (ICU) in those areas fall below 15%. This “will remain in force for at least 3 weeks,” according to a statement released this Sunday.
The restriction could end on December 28 if the projections of beds available in ICUs “exceed or equal 15%”.
ICU capacity in San Joaquin was 8.6% this Saturday, while in Southern California it was 12.5%.
Last Thursday, Newson announced a new restriction plan to contain the spread of the virus, at a time when infections rebounded in the United States (USA).
The plan divides California into 5 parts. The tightening of the restrictions will occur automatically in each one of them 48 hours after they have more than 85% of their beds in the ICU occupied.
When this happens, Hairdressers, beauty salons, playgrounds, bars, wineries, cinemas, museums and zoos will be closed in the affected area. Restaurants will also be closed, which will only be able to continue serving take-out food and making home deliveries.
Unlike what happened in March, the stores will be able to open, but only with 20% of the total number of customers that their capacity allows. On the other hand, the schools will continue to operate in person.
The areas in which the state was divided (the most populous in the US, with almost 40 million inhabitants) are: Northern California, San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento Area, San Joaquin Valley, and Southern California.