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Newsom May Reclose Bars, All Restaurant Dining, & Big Box Retail Next Week

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At a press conference today at 1230pm, Gov. Gavin Newsom updated the public on the plans for a future Pfizer vaccine circulation, and a tougher stay-at-home order amid fears that a COVID-19 surge could swamp the hospital system as early as next week.
The state predicts that infection rates and daily deaths will surge in the following weeks due to Thanksgiving holiday gatherings and indoor holiday shopping. The new stricter stay at home ordinance is expected to go into effect in “early to mid December”.

The new three-week order breaks up the state into five regions and would go into effect 48 hours after any region’s intensive care unit capacity drops below 15%.  But, as of today, no regions in California are at that 15% mark.

Updated stay at home order will:
  • Close all bars and wineries, close big box retailers (indoor shopping), and close all restaurant onsite dining (delivery and takeout are ok).
  • Close all gyms, barber shops, theaters and large gatherings.
  • Schools will remain open where possible, as well as critical infrastructure.
  • All state parks, state trails and state beaches will remain open.
  • All non-essential work and activities stop between 10PM and 5AM in counties in the Widespread (purple) tier.


As of this Thursday morning, 52 of the state’s 58 counties were in California’s most restrictive COVID tier — Purple.  that makes up over 99% of the state’s population.  Essentially, every populated area is under the stay at home order, except for Marin county

The new, more restrictive stay-at-home order in California was not given a definite effective date.  But it could go in as soon as next week, depending on the severity of the Covid infection rate, and the pressure on ICU capacity.
Some good news is that California is going to start receiving a ‘few hundred thousand’ Pfizer vaccines, as early as December 12th.  First responders will be the first subjects for the new vaccine.  The vaccine distribution strategy will be released tomorrow, Friday 12/4.
Earlier this week Newsom announced several new and returning appointments to State Director positions for departments like the ABC and Social Services.  See all recent state appointments here.
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1 Comment

  1. Anonymous
    December 3, 2020 at 6:38 pm

    Where are you reading that big box stores will be closed? I really wish my store (a local outdoor sports store that could be considered a big box store) would close. But it looks like retail and shopping centers are just limited to 20% capacity and some other rules.