Gavin Newsom Has Lifted The Statewide Stay-At-Home Orders

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Those outdoor dining parklets could be rocking again, and sooner than you think. In a Monday morning announcement reported by CNN, Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health announced they are rolling back the statewide stay-at-home orders. These are the more severe orders that Newsom put into place on December 3, 2020 that shut down outdoor dining, among other activities.

Update, 12: 30 p.m.: Today’s official announcement from Newsom is now underway and seen below:

Today’s announcement  paves the way for outdoor dining to return in San Francisco.

According to the tweet above, it sure looks like San Francisco mayor London Breed is going to go along with allowing outdoor dining again, and some degree of “personal services.” We’ll know more when she has her press conference at 1:15 pm Monday afternoon.

“California is slowly starting to emerge from the most dangerous surge of this pandemic yet, which is the light at the end of the tunnel we’ve been hoping for,” state Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said in a press release. “Seven weeks ago, our hospitals and front line medical workers were stretched to their limits, but Californians heard the urgent message to stay home when possible and our surge after the December holidays did not overwhelm the health care system to the degree we had feared.”

The stay-at-home orders were technically not statewide, but applied to regions that made up 90% of the California population. The super-restrictive stay-at-home orders applied to the Bay Area,  Southern California, and the San Joaquin Valley. 

Individual counties may not go along with the lifting of the restrictions, it’s up to them. But our hospital bed capacities are going in the right direction.

This is not a full reopening. San Francisco will still be in the purple tier, and non-essential businesses still remain closed. We currently have 3.1 million Californians infected with COVID-19, but with vaccinations rolling out, the state may finally be turning the corner on this.

NOTE: This is a breaking news story and this post will be updated as more information becomes available

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