The governor warned last week that lockdown would be triggered regionally when ICU capacity falls below the 15% mark as cases of viruses occur across the state, FOX 11 reported in Los Angeles.
“We are at a turning point in our fight against the virus and we need to take decisive action now to prevent California’s hospital system from being overwhelmed in the coming weeks,” Newsom said last week. “By invoking a Stay at Home Order for regions where ICU capacity falls below 15 percent, we can flatten the curve, as we have done before, and reduce stress on our healthcare system.
“I am aware that it is difficult for all of us – especially our small businesses that are struggling to get past,” he continued. “That’s why we went out of our way to help our small business owners with new grants and tax breaks to help us get through this month.”
The new order, the most restrictive since March, would close hair salons, bars and indoor dining and allow retailers to operate with only 20% capacity, among other restrictions.
The state is divided into five regions for the purpose of the order: Northern California, Bay Area, Greater Sacramento, San Joaquin Valley and Southern California.
By Friday night, the ICU capacity of both the San Joaquin Valley and Southern California regions had fallen below 15%: 14.1% and 13.1%, respectively, according to FOX 11.
The order takes effect at 13 Saturday and companies have 24 hours to comply with them.