Regional "stricter" stay-at-home orders are now in effect today all over Southern California and 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.
Our ICUs are climbing quickly toward their capacity. Our death rate is rising. To slow the surge of #COVID19 and s… https://t.co/I5bvEHjqj2— Gavin Newsom (@Gavin Newsom)1607028993.0
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.
Sectors that will be temporarily closed when a region is placed into the Stay-At-Home include: - Bars - Wineries -… https://t.co/GGrTUOxAFE— Gavin Newsom (@Gavin Newsom)1607028994.0
Malls and retail being open are some of the more confusing parts of the order, despite being limited to 20% capacity.
it’s california issuing a stay-at-home order but not closing down retail stores because of holiday revenue for me— makala 🌻💜 (@makala 🌻💜)1607195747.0
You can still leave your house and go to Target if you choose to do that.
The Los Angeles lockdown rules are simple: you have to stay in your home unless you don’t want to.— Sophia Benoit (@Sophia Benoit)1607042328.0
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.
Many of y’all have asked me how @StoriesEchoPark has been doing during & sadly the answer is not great! We need you… https://t.co/3kIac4Whro— high_tower (@high_tower)1607226763.0
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.