5 Bay Area counties enact stay-at-home orders early

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SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – Five Bay Area counties will soon adopt the state’s stay-at-home order earlier than required in an effort to curb an increase in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations.

The stay-at-home order affects the following Bay Area counties/regions:

  • Alameda (starts Monday, Dec. 7)
  • Contra Costa (starts Sunday, Dec. 6)
  • Marin (starts Tuesday, Dec. 8)
  • Santa Clara (starts Sunday, Dec. 6)
  • San Francisco (starts Sunday, Dec. 6)
  • City of Berkeley (starts Sunday, Dec. 6)

The new restrictions remain in place until Jan. 4, 2021.

Sonoma, Napa, Solano, San Mateo counties are NOT included in this order.

Under this order, all operations in the following sectors must be CLOSED:

  • Indoor and Outdoor Playgrounds 
  • Indoor Recreational Facilities 
  • Hair Salons and Barbershops 
  • Personal Care Services 
  • Museums, Zoos, and Aquariums 
  • Movie Theaters 
  • Wineries 
  • Bars, Breweries, and Distilleries 
  • Family Entertainment Centers 
  • Cardrooms and Satellite Wagering 
  •  Casinos 
  • Limited Services 
  •  Live Audience Sports 
  • Amusement Parks 

The following sectors will have additional modifications in addition to 100 percent masking and physical distancing: 

  • 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 percent 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 percent 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. 
  • Hotels and Lodging: Allow to open for critical infrastructure support only. 
  • Restaurants: Allow only for take-out or pick-up. 
  • Offices: Allow remote only except for critical infrastructure sectors where remote working is not possible.  
  • Places of Worship: Allow outdoor services only. 
  • Entertainment Production including Professional Sports: Allow operation without live audiences. Additionally, testing protocol and “bubbles” are highly encouraged. 

The following sectors are allowed to remain open when a remote option is not possible with appropriate infectious disease preventative measures including 100% masking and physical distancing: 

  • Critical Infrastructure  
  • Schools that are already open for in-person learning 
  • Non-urgent medical and dental care 
  • Child care and pre-K 

Local health officials said there are currently more than 1,000 COVID hospitalizations in the Bay Area right now.

California health officials on Thursday announced criteria for a regional stay-at-home order that is triggered by ICU capacities as COVID-19 case rates and hospitalizations continue to rise.

California is divided into five regions: Northern California, Bay Area, Greater Sacramento, San Joaquin Valley, and Southern California.

The counties that fall under the Bay Area region according to the state are Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, and Sonoma.

Santa Clara County as of Friday already has less than 15% ICU bed capacity available.

Below is the current available ICU capacity by region, based on actual numbers:

  • Bay Area: 21.2%
  • Greater Sacramento Region: 21.4%
  • Northern California: 20.9%
  • San Joaquin Valley: 14.1%
  • Southern California: 13.1%

Regions that fall under the stay-at-home order mandate will be on lockdown for at least three weeks.

Gov. Newsom had said during Thursday’s briefing that the Bay Area could enact the stay-at-home order by mid-to-late December.

Here is the criteria that must be met for a region’s stay-at-home order to end:

1.     End for a county in a region if the region’s ICU capacity projected out four weeks (from three weeks since the Stay-at-Home Order started) is above or equal to 15 percent. Each county in the region would be assigned to a tier based on the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. 

2.     Remain in effect in a county if the region’s ICU capacity projected out four weeks (from three weeks since the Stay-at-Home Order started) is less than 15 percent. The order would remain in effect until the region’s ICU capacity meets criteria (1) above. This would be assessed on a weekly basis. 

These new orders come as the Pfizer vaccine is starting to be distributed around the world. While the company has had to cut distribution in half due to supply chain issues, Britain and Bahrain are the first two countries to grant emergency-use authorization for the vaccine.

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