Entire Bay Area will now be under the state’s regional stay-at-home order

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Everyone in the Bay Area will soon be under the same Stay-At-Home order.

The Bay Area’s ICU capacity has dropped to 12.9%, triggering the state to enforce more restrictions anytime ICU capacity drops below 15%.

The order will begin on Thursday, December 17th at 11:59 pm and will remain in effect for a minimum of three weeks. The order can end if ICU capacity is above or equal to 15% by day 22 of lockdown.

Holdout counties including San Mateo, Sonoma, Solano, and Napa will join the rest of the Bay Area counties in stay-at-home orders.

California’s coronavirus positivity rate is 10.7% and the state saw 32,326 new cases, a record high, on December 14th.

“We haven’t seen a positivity rate that high since the very first few weeks of the pandemic, when few people were being tested and no asymptomatic members of the community were being tested.” Said Governor Newsom in Tuesday’s press conference.


  • Indoor and Outdoor Playgrounds
  • Indoor Recreational Facilities
  • Hair Salons and Barbershops
  • Personal Care Services
  • Museums, Zoos, and Aquariums
  • Movie Theaters
  • Wineries
  • Bars, Breweries, and Distilleries
  • Family Entertainment Centers
  • Cardrooms and Satellite Wagering
  • Casinos
  • Limited Services
  • Live Audience Sports
  • Amusement Parks


  • Retail/shopping: Indoor capacity 20%
  • Hotels/lodging: Closed for non-essential stays
  • Outdoor recreation: No overnight stays, no food/drink/alcohol sales
  • Worship: Outdoor services only
  • Restaurants: Take-out only
  • Offices: Remote work only, unless not possible for critical infrastructure sectors
  • Sports games/entertainment: No live audience

Newsom sadly shared California lost 142 lives on Tuesday, averaging 163 deaths per day over last 7 days.

In effort to make everyone take the pandemic seriously Newsom said, “I want to remind you that this is not the flu…We just had to order an 5,000 additional body bags….That should be sobering. I don’t want people to run with that, I don’t want people to scare folks, but this is a deadly disease and we need to be mindful of where we are in this current journey together to the vaccine. We are not at the finish line yet.”


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