Nearly 10 months after the first COVID-induced shutdown, California's Governor Newsom warns that another shutdown is on the horizon. “The bottom line is, if we don’t act now, our hospital system will be overwhelmed,” Newsom said in a news conference. “If we don’t act now, we’ll continue to see our death rate climb, more lives lost.”
According to an article on latimes.com, the new stay-at-home rules, set to take place on Saturday, December 5, are designed to last for at least three weeks once local critical care facilities approach capacity. In short, once a region’s ICU bed capacity falls below 15 percent, the shutdown rules will take effect within 24 hours.
Affected communities will be required to close personal service businesses, including hair and nail salons, playgrounds, zoos, museums, aquariums and wineries. According to state officials, the reopening of these services will be based on four-week projections of a region's ICU capacity.