The Southern California Stay-At-Home Order Is Now In Effect & It's Barely Being Enforced
What...exactly is happening?
Regional "stricter" stay-at-home orders are now in effect today all overand the whole situation is extremely murky around what residents are actually able to do.
The answer? A lot, actually. The new restrictions are said to be similar to those enacted in March, despite them not being that, actually, with retail staying open at 20% capacity and outdoor recreation still being permitted.
Los Angeles Sheriff Alex Villanueva has even stated he will not be enforcing the order as far as businesses go, instead focusing on "education" and "voluntary compliance," with the exception of superspreader events.
Since March we have continued to focus on education and voluntary compliance regarding health orders. Moving forward, we will additionally be conducting targeted enforcement on super-spreader events.
Governor Gavin Newsom tweeted about the new restrictions last week.
Dining (including bars and wineries) had already been ceased back in November, so the order mostly deals with completely ceasing the allowance of outdoor gatherings of people from different households, as well as personal services and salons.
Malls and retail being open are some of the more confusing parts of the order, despite being limited to 20% capacity.
You can still leave your house and go to Target if you choose to do that.
Then again, small businesses all over California are struggling and need your help more than ever, so closing them is probably not the answer either.
It's a sticky situation no matter how you sell it, but either way, COVID cases in California are surging and the state is a mess — and it's essentially been left up to the personal responsibility of residents to turn it around.