Gov. Gavin Newsom announced new business restrictions yesterday for a Stay-at-Home Order that could impact almost all of California due to a severe resurgence of COVID-19 cases. This order will become effective when a region’s intensive-care unit (ICU) capacity becomes 85 percent full – meaning that only 15 percent of ICU beds are available.
Sonoma County is part of the Bay Area region, which today is at about 25 percent ICU-bed availability but may drop to 15 percent by mid- to late-December. If that happens, a Stay-at-Home Order lasting at least three weeks would go into effect. The other regions – Greater Sacramento, Northern California, San Joaquin Valley and Southern California -- may trigger the same order even sooner, in the next day or two. The City will inform the Healdsburg community if the Stay-at-Home order goes into effect.
Here are the businesses that can remain open once the Stay-at-Home order is activated:
- Critical Infrastructure such as hospitals and other healthcare facilities, utilities, financial services, government.
- Offices: Remote only except for critical infrastructure sectors where remote working is not possible.
- Retail: Maximum of 20 percent capacity and no eating or drinking will be allowed in the stores. Additionally, special hours should be instituted for senior citizens and others with underlying health conditions.
- Restaurants: Take-out, pick-up, or delivery only.
- Hotels and lodging: Right now, the order suggests that hotels can be open for critical infrastructure support only. More detail is needed from the State.
- Schools (with waivers in place)
- Non-urgent medical and dental care
- Childcare and Pre-K
- Outdoor recreational facilities: Outdoor only. No food, drink or alcohol sales. Overnight stays at campgrounds will not be permitted.
- Places of worship and political expression: Outdoor services only.
- Entertainment, including professional sports: Allow operation without live audiences.
- Gym and fitness centers can only have outdoor activities.
Businesses that will need to close when the Stay-At-Home Order goes into effect:
- Bars, breweries and distilleries
- Wineries (visitor-serving side)
- In-person dining (includes indoor and outdoor service)
- Indoor and outdoor playgrounds
- Indoor recreational facilities
- Hair salons and barbershops
- Personal care services
- Museums, zoos and aquariums
- Movie theaters
- Family entertainment centers
- Cardrooms and satellite wagering (casinos)
- Limited services
- Live-audience sports
- Amusement parks
For more information, visit the State’s website: https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/
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