This was updated at 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020
(December 3, 2020) — Californians will see sharp new limits on public gatherings and shopping under a new statewide order issued today by Gov. Gavin Newsom, as COVID-19 cases continue to rise at dramatic rates. RV parks and other campgrounds in five regional hospital network areas (not counties) will be prohibited from accommodating overnight guests. The five regions are the Bay Area, the greater Sacramento area, the San Joaquin Valley, and Southern California (from San Luis Obispo to the Mexican border).
California again had its highest number of new coronavirus cases and Covid-19 hospitalizations for one day on Saturday, reporting more than 25,000 confirmed new infections. More than 10,200 people are hospitalized.
For at least 21 days, the rules will limit many activities in areas facing critical care shortages that could last through the holidays.
If a region reaches the 85% capacity level, the order would go into effect 48 hours after the determination and will stay in effect for three weeks. After this three week period, healthcare metrics are re-evaluated weekly, primarily based on projections and counties can returned to the colored matrix if acceptable.
The current order states that overnight stays in campgrounds are not permitted. The California Department of Public Health (DCPH) has determined that RV parks are part of the critical infrastructure and can remain open to residents, long-term rentals of 14 days or more, full time RVer’s seeking shelter and anyone traveling for essential services or business.
The following are acceptable forms of travel:
• Essential workers or those traveling to/from essential work such as first responders and healthcare workers.
• People who need to self-isolate or quarantine.
• People who cannot stay in their own home because someone needs to self-isolate/quarantine there.
• People who are in the area to care for a vulnerable person including the elderly, minors, dependents and persons with disabilities.
RV parks and campgrounds can also be utilized for COVID-19 mitigation and containment measures. RV parks and campgrounds accepting homeless populations are also allowed.
Affected communities will be required to close personal service businesses including hair and nail salons, playgrounds, amusement parks, bars and movie theaters. Restaurants will be required to return to take-out service only. Hotels may not rent rooms to tourists, although essential travelers can be accommodated.
Here are the five regions affected:
• Northern California: Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, Trinity
• Bay Area: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma
• Greater Sacramento: Alpine, Amador, Butte, Colusa, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Sierra, Sutter, Yolo, Yuba
• San Joaquin Valley: Calaveras, Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, San Benito, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tulare, Tuolumne
• Southern California: Imperial, Inyo, Los Angeles, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura
State officials plan for the new shutdown rules to be in place for at least the next three weeks. After that, any reopening of closed services and activities will be based on four-week projections of a region’s ICU capacity — suggesting the broad new restrictions in some communities could easily last through the end of the year.
This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.
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