California forced much of the state to shut down and stay at home on Monday, when some of the toughest coronavirus restrictions in the United States took effect a day after the state set a record with more 30,000 new cases of COVID-19.
In the most populous state in the United States, confirmed infections have surged spent 1.3 million, bringing terrible new records of hospitalizations and deaths.
Governor Gavin Newsom’s order was triggered in areas where less than 15% of intensive care hospital beds were available, affecting more than 23 million people in Southern California.
Additionally, five counties in northern California surrounding the San Francisco Bay area voluntarily imposed the restrictions even before reaching the ICU threshold.
Newsom, a first-term Democrat, has threatened withholding funds from local governments that refuse to comply.
California has been the subject of a home order for all services except essentials since March. The new order, which will last for at least three weeks, bans private gatherings of any size, shuts down everything except critical infrastructure and retail operations, and requires everyone to wear a mask and maintain physical distance.
Admiral Brett Giroir, assistant secretary of health in the US Department of Health and Human Services, criticized the new measures on Monday and said that the end of transmission of the disease could only be achieved by vaccinate the majority of Americans, a goal he said the nation hopes to achieve by May or June of next year.
“You don’t have to shut down your main industries, you have to wear a mask which is critically important when you are in public and cannot physically walk away,” Giroir told Fox News.
He said he plans to take a vaccine once it becomes available and that there is currently no data to support the closure of schools, universities and outdoor restaurants.
“And we see that these measures can be counterproductive,” he added, “people get angry and upset because science does not support them, science supports limiting restaurants and bars to interior.
Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties sheriffs said they would refuse to enforce the order, encouraging non-essential businesses to stay open.
Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco said in a video message his office “would not be blackmailed” to enforce the governor’s orders, and Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes said in a statement that his deputies would not respond to calls to enforce violations of the mask’s mandate. -home orders or the ban on social gatherings.
But the mayor of a city in Los Angeles County has backed tougher enforcement measures.
“People absolutely have to be stopped for not wearing masks,” Lancaster Mayor R Rex Perris told the Orange County Register. “Most of these people have never been arrested before. Spend a night in jail and they won’t do it again.
Nationwide, COVID-19 infections hit a new peak with an average of more than 191,000 daily cases reported in the past seven days, according to COVID monitoring Project
According to a Johns Hopkins University tally, 14.7 million infections and 282,375 coronavirus-related deaths have been reported in the country since the start of the pandemic.