Newsom expected to lift stay at home orders
Gov. Newsom is reportedly lifting COVID-19 stay at home orders for all regions on Monday, which would allow restaurants, salons, and gyms to operate outdoor services even though the Southern California region has zero percent ICU capacity.
Why it matters:
The orders have been in effect since last month and were installed to slow the spread of the virus before the Christmas Day holiday. Since then, Los Angeles County has become the epicenter of the pandemic in the United States, with over 15,000 COVID-19 related deaths, with 5,000 people have died from COVID-19 in LA County since Dec. 30.
According to a LA Times report, if the orders are removed, all counties will return to the colored tier system that main metrics are based on case numbers and positivity rates.
The state is also lifting a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew.
Nearly all counties would be downgraded to the "widespread" purple risk tier, allowing outdoor dining and low indoor occupancy for salons and gyms.
The stay at home orders has faced criticism and lawsuits from business owners who were forced to shut down outdoor dining.
Where things stand:
Newsom's decision comes with improving trends in the rate of infections, hospitalizations, and intensive care unit capacity, as well as the distribution of COVID-19 vaccinations, per AP.
What they're saying:
“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,” said California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly in a statement to KRON.