California state officials announce regional stay-at-home order

Posted at 12:49 PM, Dec 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-03 16:02:17-05

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KERO) — Governor Newsom has announced a regional stay-at-home order based on a region’s available hospital capacity in an effort to curb soaring coronavirus cases. The order goes into effect when a region’s hospital capacity falls below 15%.

Newsom announced the new plans on Thursday amid an unprecedented surge of new coronavirus cases in the nation’s most populous state. The new order divides the state into five regions.

Kern County is in the “San Joaquin Valley” region. Newsom is urging Californians in the most severely affected regions to stay home for three weeks.

Newsom said none of the regions currently meet the threshold for the new rules. When they do, the state will order them to close hair salons and barber shops, limit retail stores to 20% capacity and only allow restaurants to offer take-out and delivery.

The rules don't apply to school districts.