Another order, another restriction. These changes are confusing and exhausting. With COVID-19 cases getting worse, Gov. Newsom announced today that he is going to pull the “Emergency Brake” in CA. The Regional Stay-at-Home Order will go into effect “promptly” in all regions in CA with less than 15% remaining ICU capacity. An already hard-hit economy will shutter its doors even more within the coming days.
The Order demands the closures of:
• Indoor and outdoor playgrounds and indoor recreational facilities
• Hair salons, barbershops, and personal care services
• Museums, zoos, and aquariums
• Movie theaters and Family entertainment centers
• Wineries, bars, breweries, and distilleries
• Cardrooms, satellite wagering, limited services
• Live audience sports and amusement parks
In addition, the following sectors are modified for further limitations:
• Outdoor recreational facilities: Allow outdoor operation only without any food, drink or alcohol sales. Additionally, overnight stays at campgrounds will not be permitted.
• Retail: Allow indoor operation at 20% capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. Additionally, special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
• Shopping centers: Allow indoor operation at 20% capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. Additionally, special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
• Restaurants: Allow only for take-out, pick-up, or delivery.
• Offices: Allow remote only except for critical infrastructure sectors where remote working is not possible.
• Places of worship and political expression: Allow outdoor services only.
In addition, the first wave of vaccines are being shipped out to CA and will be allocated to critical workers first. There are also public assistance programs available, ranging from food distributions and small business grants that have been recently replenished.
If you need help understanding these rapidly changing, confusing orders, please give us a call or send us an email. We would love to help.