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Dancer Stephanie Maiorano dons a protective mask backstage between stages during a performance of The Nutcracker by the San Diego Ballet of California, billed as a drive-through performance in a parking lot

Californians are ready for new regional stay-at-home orders to be triggered by less than 15% capacity in the state’s intensive care units.

Governor Gavin Newsom said rates of Covid-19 cases and hospital admissions were increasing at an “alarming rate”, threatening to overwhelm the healthcare system.

“No region is currently meeting this threshold, but some are expected to do so by next week,” Newsom said in a statement announcing the new orders that would take effect on Sunday.

Under the ordinances, residents would be required to stay home as much as possible and minimize mixing to reduce unnecessary exposure.

Mr Newsom said people could still go to the doctor, buy groceries, buy take-out, hike or worship outside.

Schools already open can remain open and retailers can operate indoors at a maximum capacity of 20%.

Two of the state’s most populous areas, Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley, are expected to impose new orders starting Monday, close bars, barbershops and barbers, and allow restaurants to remain open only for take out and delivery services.

The Bay Area will also be locked down on Sunday under separate municipal orders. San Francisco and neighboring counties will close all personal services, outdoor restaurants, public outdoor playgrounds, outdoor museums, zoos and aquariums, drive-ins, and tourist buses and boats. outdoors.

More than 25,000 new cases of Covid-19 were diagnosed in California on Friday, officials said on Saturday, announcing a daily record since the start of the pandemic. The state also recorded 209 deaths.


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