The L.A. County Department of Public Health modified its health order after Southern California reached more than 85% of its maximum ICU capacity, Saturday, triggering the state’s latest mandate.
While California’s order is very similar to L.A. County’s previous order, it will close additional sectors, and will push the original order’s expiration date by five days.
The three week order will take effect Sunday, December 6 at 11:59 p.m., to December 27.
“… the Los Angeles County Health Officer Order will be modified to fully align with additional safety measures across sectors and the required effective date,” Public Health said in a news release, Saturday. “The State Regional Stay at Home Order is similar to the existing County Safer at Home Health Offer with additional sector closings.”
Some of the sectors that will now be asked to close completely are hair salons, barbershops, personal care services, museums, zoos, and aquariums. Under the previous L.A. order, those sectors were allowed to be partially open.
Additional sectors that will be affected in Southern California, but were already shut down in L.A. County, include bars, breweries, movie theaters, cardrooms, amusement parks, non-essential travel and sporting events with an audience.
Gatherings will still not be allowed, except for church services and protests, which L.A. Public Health noted were protected by the constitution.
Both essential shopping and non-essential retail locations will have to operate at 20 percent of its maximum, while restaurants will continue to operate through takeout, delivery and drive-thru.
Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the ICU threshold on Thursday, as the state was split into five regions for the order: Southern California, Northern California, the Bay Area, Greater Sacramento and the San Joaquin Valley.
The Southern California region includes L.A., Orange, Riverside, San Diego, Imperial, Inyo, Mono, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.