Southern California to Lockdown Sunday at Midnight

Southern California to Lockdown Sunday at Midnight title=
Southern California to Lockdown Sunday at Midnight
138 Comments
Reads 47073

By edhat staff

The state's lockdown orders will take effect for all of Southern California on Sunday at midnight.

Late Friday evening, state officials noticed the Santa Barbara County Public Health Director that the Southern California Region has fallen below 15% intensive care unit (ICU) capacity triggering the Regional Stay at Home Order.

This is effective for Santa Barbara County on Sunday, December 6, 2020, at midnight. The Order will be in place for at least 3 weeks and re-evaluated the week of December 28.

As of Friday, the Southern California region was calculated to have 13.1% remaining ICU capacity. The San Joaquin Valley region also fell below the threshold at 14.1% where Northern California, Bay Area, and Greater Sacramento regions have over 20% remaining.

“I am dismayed, but not surprised, that the ICU capacity decreased so drastically and quickly in the Southern California region. The sharp decrease in ICU capacity is a consequence of the increasing case rates we have been seeing throughout the state and region, shared Van Do-Reynoso, Public Health Director for Santa Barbara County.

The following industry sector changes will go into place on Sunday at midnight:

In any region that triggers a Regional Stay Home Order because it drops below 15% ICU capacity, the following sectors must close: 

  • 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

  • Limited services

  • Live audience sports

  • Amusement parks

The following sectors will have additional modifications in addition to 100% masking and physical distancing:

  • Outdoor recreational facilities: Allow outdoor operation only without any food, drink or alcohol sales. Additionally, overnight stays at campgrounds will not be permitted.

  • Retail: Allow indoor operation at 20% capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. Additionally, special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems. 

  • Shopping centers: Allow indoor operation at 20% capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. Additionally, special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.

  • Hotels and lodging: Allow to open for critical infrastructure support only.

  • Restaurants: Allow only for take-out, pick-up, or delivery.

  • Offices: Allow remote only except for critical infrastructure sectors where remote working is not possible. 

  • Places of worship and political expression: Allow outdoor services only.

  • Entertainment production including professional sports: Allow operation without live audiences.

Additionally, testing protocol and “bubbles” are highly encouraged.

The following sectors are allowed to remain open when a remote option is not possible with appropriate infectious disease preventative measures including 100% masking and physical distancing:

  • Critical infrastructure 

  • Schools

  • Non-urgent medical and dental care

  • Child care and pre-K

Sheriff Bill Brown, who is the Chairman of the Santa Barbara County Law Enforcement Chiefs, said the following, “When Santa Barbara County becomes subject to the state’s new Stay-at-Home Order, the police chiefs and I have committed to continuing our direction and intent that our agencies’ approach to health order violations will be to make every effort to use discretion, education and encouragement to achieve voluntary compliance, but enforcement options will remain a tool to be used in cases of repeat or egregious violations that endanger public safety.”

Effective Monday, street sweeping enforcement on City of Santa Barbara streets will be suspended for the duration of the Stay Home Order due to the cancellation of street sweeping. This also includes timed parking downtown. All other parking violations can be cited.

The public is instructed to stay at home as much as possible to limit the mixing with other households that can lead to COVID-19 spread. It allows access to (and travel for) critical services and allows outdoor activities to preserve physical and mental health. 

Additionally, Cottage Health is temporarily reducing the number of elective inpatient procedures scheduled at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. This is to help ensure hospitals remain safe as staff carefully balance bed and staffing capacity for COVID care as well as the ongoing health care needs in the community. 

More details on the lockdown will be available at https://publichealthsbc.org/regional-stay-at-home-order/.

Login to add Comments

138 Comments

Show Comments
sacjon Dec 08, 2020 09:51 AM
Southern California to Lockdown Sunday at Midnight

Here's a good list of what is closed now vs. what was closed during the purple tier - https://www.noozhawk.com/article/whats_open_closed_santa_barbara_county_stay_at_home_order_20201207

Voice of Reason Dec 08, 2020 03:14 PM
Southern California to Lockdown Sunday at Midnight

You know Pelosi flat out said she agreed to this smaller bill because Biden won the presidency? In case you also didn't know "Moscow Mitch" was previously trying to get Pelosi on board with a plan twice as large as the one just passed, but because Pelosi played politics to get Biden into the white house the ultimate relief is coming months later and half the size. Good job Pelosi? And don't take my disgust with her for my approval of McConnel, they're both politicians of the worst kind, but if you think the DNC is the "good" party for "for the people" you're head's in the sand. They're just puppets run by the same mega corporations and oligarchs.

Voice of Reason Dec 08, 2020 07:02 AM
Southern California to Lockdown Sunday at Midnight

Ah yes, blame bad orange man.they bought millions of doses of a vaccine they didn’t even know yet would work. Why do I feel if he did buy more you would have criticized him for wasting resources on a vaccine that they didn’t even yet know would be effective. What should be criticized is Pelosi intentionally holding up COVID relief to help Biden (her own words) Yes everything orange man does is bad so anything, including holding up relief for hundreds of millions of Americans, is good if it hurts bad orange man. I recall a back forth on whether it was Repubs or Dems holding up covid relief, Pelosi and Bernie both cleared that up for us in the past week.

a-1607400980 Dec 07, 2020 08:16 PM
Southern California to Lockdown Sunday at Midnight

Have any of you read local news about the effort to take us out of the "S. Cal" region?

https://www.noozhawk.com/article/santa_barbara_county_seek_removal_from_socal_region_covid_19_restrictions

I hope you put some of your online energy into supporting this effort. Write or email or call your local and state representatives, and state government. That's how participatory democracy works, you do need to speak up. So do so somewhere other than here. And thanks to our local politicians who are spearheading this, as is their job.

ChemicalSuperFreak Dec 07, 2020 04:48 PM
Southern California to Lockdown Sunday at Midnight

Meanwhile, 45% of our ICUs and 89% of ventilators sit completely unused. That, despite a massive surge in cases 7-days after the Thanksgiving weekend. Obviously, people got together privately and will continue to do so despite the Newsom SoCal Shutdown. According to Dr. Ansorg, et al., 35% of positive cases resulted from “Community Close Contact Transmission”---in other words, family and friends getting together. How will the Newsom SoCal Shutdown address this??? Ansorg is oddly silent and uninterested in challenging our inclusion into the SoCal region…probably home polishing his new award.

a-1607405134 Dec 07, 2020 09:25 PM
Southern California to Lockdown Sunday at Midnight

You have to wonder why some people feel resentment when others excel in domains the critics know little about. Is it simple narcissism, or the Dunning-Kruger effect?

Andrea Smith Dec 07, 2020 03:23 PM
Southern California to Lockdown Sunday at Midnight

Newsom said "at least 3 weeks" and I've heard that it's likely and/or possible this will remain for a month or more. As many have pointed out, people are going to gather for the holidays and no one, including the cops, is going to do anything about it. That's why we are seeing what we are seeing now, not from restaurants/outdoor dining [otherwise the jumps would have happened long ago]. I still don't understand why I can sit on a crowded plane, which they will be over these holiday weeks, but not outside at a restaurant or inside a hair salon with only a few others? It really does baffle me.

ChemicalSuperFreak Dec 07, 2020 05:24 PM
Southern California to Lockdown Sunday at Midnight

@ 3:28 PM. Good. I have no problem following the pre-lockdown rules. This Sunday I went to the Goleta Farmer's Market, wearing my mask and keeping my distance. Most everyone else was as well. However, one young guy chose to walk right though the market without a mask, completely unchallenged. There is a satellite police station at the Marketplace, but I didn't see any law enforcement presence and wondered if this guy ever gets cited, as I believe what he did qualifies as egregious.

Voice of Reason Dec 07, 2020 03:29 PM
Southern California to Lockdown Sunday at Midnight

I'd like to add Andrea, we're allowed to sit in a completely full plane, inches from others, and take down your mask to eat and drink. But outdoors....so dangerous... Remember 15 days to slow the spread and how long that lasted? This isn't ending in 3 weeks, it's only ending when enough people have had enough of this nonsense. unfortunate , too many here still have their jobs so they continue to let others carry the burden of the pandemic.

a-1607383727 Dec 07, 2020 03:28 PM
Southern California to Lockdown Sunday at Midnight

At least our Sheriff is not a nitwit like some of the others in the state, and has stated that, for egregious repeaters, the health department mandates will be enforced.

sacjon Dec 07, 2020 03:43 PM
Southern California to Lockdown Sunday at Midnight

SBDUDE - so right! I've been spending FAR more than normal over the past year buying take out meals from local, small restaurants. This all sucks and it's lame, but it's what we do to persevere and help our fellow humans that matters. All this crying about having to stay home and wear masks out in public is useless.

sacjon Dec 07, 2020 04:04 PM
Southern California to Lockdown Sunday at Midnight

VOR - yeah, I'm reading the order and find nothing like you say. We both agree that liquor stores and cannabis shops are open, but seem to disagree as to why. You're not going to "win" this debate. You seem to think that recreational cannabis retailers are being treated differently from medicinal, therefore being suspect as to why the "preference" for recreational cannabis. I don't see that distinction. Where are you looking?

https://www.gov.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/12.3.20-Stay-at-Home-Order-ICU-Scenario.pdf

Footnote 1 refers you back to the list from which I quoted earlier. So..... where are you seeing this distinction between recreational and medicinal cannabis operations? You keep saying the order says so, but it does not.

sacjon Dec 07, 2020 03:41 PM
Southern California to Lockdown Sunday at Midnight

VOR - I'm looking at the order now. Where does it specifically state liquor stores and recreational cannabis shops? Am I looking at the wrong thing?

As for food, the whole reason some bars were able to re-open over the summer was because they started selling food with each drink purchase in order to comply. I know because I have several friends who work in and own bars. So yes, the nexus was/is food. That is how they're allowed to stay open.

Yes, a lot of this may look arbitrary and I'm completely opposed to this new lockdown based on "regions." We should be evaluated based on county/city lines.

Voice of Reason Dec 07, 2020 03:25 PM
Southern California to Lockdown Sunday at Midnight

Sac, the actual order includes recreational cannabis stores, which is why several recreationally only dispensaries have bee open the entire time. I'm not sure where you're going with the "they also sell food" as that is correct. If they only sold liquor they would remain open. Even from from your quote, "beverage products" is booze. Many retailers shifted to also sell TP so they could be an "essential" businesses. This whole thing is a pile of B.S. government bureaucracy and ineptitude no longer based on science.

sacjon Dec 07, 2020 03:11 PM
Southern California to Lockdown Sunday at Midnight

VOR - Nope, cannabis shops sell both, trust me :) Some just don't have the recreational licensing, and therefore remain as "medical dispensaries" only. As for liquor stores, even if they sell candy bars, it's considered food. Here's a comprehensive list:
https://covid19.ca.gov/essential-workforce/#:~:text=Workers%20and%20contracted%20vendors%20who,stations%2C%20police%20and%20law%20enforcement

Specifically:
"Workers supporting groceries, pharmacies, convenience stores, and other retail that sells food or beverage products....."

"Employees of companies engaged in the production, storage, transport, and distribution of chemicals; medicines, including cannabis...."

Voice of Reason Dec 07, 2020 03:02 PM
Southern California to Lockdown Sunday at Midnight

That is incorrect Sac. Liquor stores are specifically exempt/"essential", whether they sell food or not. Liquor stores sell booze for offsite consumption only vs. bars which is for on-site consumption only, completely different permits and business uses as far as the government is concerned. Also, the state has a very clear distinction between medical marijuana and recreational marijuana. Stores locally sell one or the other but not both. The state specifically deemed "recreational" marijuana essential.

sacjon Dec 07, 2020 02:12 PM
Southern California to Lockdown Sunday at Midnight

VOR - You're not looking at this correctly. Liquor stores are "essential" only in that they also provide food, which is essential, whether it's "healthy" or not. Businesses that serve solely alcohol (ie, bars), have been deemed "unessential," which is why they started serving food. They can't assess every liquor store to determine the healthiness of food provided. As for cannabis shops, they provide medication to millions of Americans, whether or not you agree with the effectiveness of medical cannabis. Cancer patients, HIV sufferers, and many other hurting people rely on cannabis and it's medicinal uses for quality of life. So yeah, it may appear from a knee jerk view that it's ridiculous to allow booze and pot, but if you look at it with a little more attention, it makes sense.

Voice of Reason Dec 07, 2020 01:39 PM
Southern California to Lockdown Sunday at Midnight

Don't look for common sense Winter. That sailed long ago when liquor and cannabis were declared an essential service. Can you believe that? In an "all about health and safety" world liquor and cannabis are essential, fast food and junk food are essential, gyms and play grounds are closed.

ChillinGrillin Dec 07, 2020 01:19 PM
Southern California to Lockdown Sunday at Midnight

It's typical that the people who act the toughest are actually the weakest and most insecure. Wear a mask and admit your "savior" lost the election. It's big brain time.

ZeroHawk Dec 07, 2020 01:09 PM
Southern California to Lockdown Sunday at Midnight

interesting how a lot of you think you know better and know more than those who know better and know more...than you. i don't have a medical degree...do any of you? If so, please speak up and help with some information

yin yang Dec 07, 2020 06:11 PM
Southern California to Lockdown Sunday at Midnight

I respect educated people. But I don't know many who have gone from posting your typical science-based take to addressing people in posts as "pet" or "love" or some other crazy, silly things that I object to. Be well and carry on.

a-1607383514 Dec 07, 2020 03:25 PM
Southern California to Lockdown Sunday at Midnight

You have to wonder why some people feel resentment when others excel in domains the critics know little about. Is it simple narcissism, or the Dunning-Kruger effect?

ChemicalSuperFreak Dec 07, 2020 01:26 PM
Southern California to Lockdown Sunday at Midnight

ZERO: What makes you think the people who are in charge actually "know better and know more"? For many of them, this is their first rodeo with respect to a major pandemic. I don't have a medical degree. I do have a PhD in Biochemistry and lots of experience with DNA, RNA, pathogens, etc., but that doesn't stop people on Edhat from declaring that I don't know anything. If I don't know, then why do the other PhD/MDs know? One of the issues I have is that the degreed individuals making policy decisions have largely left the laboratory behind in favor of administrative positions, and are nothing more than bureaucrats (e.g., Fauci).

Voice of Reason Dec 07, 2020 01:17 PM
Southern California to Lockdown Sunday at Midnight

Zero, the response doesn't require a medical degree but it does require the input from someone with a medical degree. The medical experts will focus on the virus above all else, however there many facets to the response where preventing covid infections need to be weighed against the consequences of the measures taken. The response seems generally okay with many on this board and is typical for the coastal elitists who keep getting a paycheck while they work safely at home and put the burden of this pandemic squarely on the backs of the working class. But out of sigh out of mind as long as those elites feel safe.

ChemicalSuperFreak Dec 07, 2020 12:53 PM
Southern California to Lockdown Sunday at Midnight

I'm wondering what will happen on Dec. 28th, if the numbers do not go down appreciably. Will Newsom conclude that his regional shutdowns were ill-conceived and based only on a hunch? Or will Newsom double down and extend it another 3 weeks? From the Thanksgiving traffic, and subsequent spike in cases, it's clear that people were gathering. Since no one is going to physically prevent people from gathering throughout the remainder of holidays, what is this shutdown accomplishing apart from devastating our economy? From the initial shutdown and reopening, to the subsequent tiered-system that Newsom quickly abandoned in favor of a ridiculous regional system, it's crystal clear that Newsom has no clue what he's doing. The man is in way over his head.

a-1607384108 Dec 07, 2020 03:35 PM
Southern California to Lockdown Sunday at Midnight

You have to wonder why some people feel resentment when others excel in domains the critics know little about. Is it simple narcissism, or the Dunning-Kruger effect?

oops Dec 07, 2020 10:56 AM
Southern California to Lockdown Sunday at Midnight

The restaurant owners should sue the SB County to demand the proof ( the science that all these officials always reference but never produce) that outdoor dining and even limited indoor capacity spreads the virus....
Hoping LA County goes down tomorrow in front of the Judge!!

PitMix Dec 07, 2020 11:48 AM
Southern California to Lockdown Sunday at Midnight

Yeah, I want to see them prove that a virus that is spread from person to person will not do just that in a restaurant setting. Personally, I haven't been to a restaurant since March except to pickup takeout. Keeps the restaurant in business, keeps me safer. Win, win.

Shasta Guy Dec 06, 2020 03:11 PM
Southern California to Lockdown Sunday at Midnight

Isn’t it great that the governor gets to take home his full salary, send his kids to private school so they are not set back by distance learning, and so he doesn’t get distracted by them at home, and he can attend private events in posh restaurants with friends and colleagues to solve the problems facing SBYRSA. When he gets a little overwhelmed he can chill at his Dacha in the wine country, Mendocino, Tahoe or wherever so that he can run the state more effectively.

EastBeach Dec 06, 2020 11:45 AM
Southern California to Lockdown Sunday at Midnight

Thanks for sharing that link to the "Santa Barbara County Community Data Dashboard". Lots of info all in one place. I believe you're referring to the "Health Care" tab at the top, then the "All Hospitalized" tab at the bottom (the URL doesn't change when you move from tab to tab).

Justbeachy Dec 06, 2020 08:33 AM
Southern California to Lockdown Sunday at Midnight

People are dying, everyday, a lot of people. Instead of complaining, whining & NOT cooperating, try sucking it up. I don't like it either, kids to care for same problems. the Governor is not responsible for the spread of this virus we are!! If the people in the US stopped being complete selfish, self indulgent assholes we won't be locked down. Take personal responsibility because it's OUR FAULT. DO YOUR PART FOR THE NEXT 3 WEEKS SO WE CAN LIVE AGAIN.

420722 Dec 06, 2020 03:12 PM
Southern California to Lockdown Sunday at Midnight

The goalpost keeps moving and some people are ok with that. Let’s take their paycheck away and see if they feel the same. It’s so easy to say lock it up when you work from home are retired or have inheritance like so many do in Santa Barbara but unfortunately, thousands of people don’t and I don’t think it’s unfair to take away from them for the “safety” of a few. Especially when we’re told repeatedly that covid has been spreading in homes not at small businesses.

Voice of Reason Dec 06, 2020 10:41 AM
Southern California to Lockdown Sunday at Midnight

The businesses being shutdown with this latest order WERE doing their part, they WERE following the recommendations and they WERE NOT the “self indulgent a-holes” contributing to greater spread. The only "selfish" behavior are people like you, imposing known harms and risks on others, forcing others to forgo paychecks not knowing when the next one might come, forcing others to shutter businesses years in the making, to mitigate a small theoretical risk to oneself so you can feel safe going to Target and Costco. People like you, who are okay with throwing others directly under the bus for your own protection, disgust me. It’s a good thing this comments board is anonymous because many of you here would not be welcome back at our local restaurants. The actions of our state politicians and people like you make it clear the slogan “all in this together” is a load of crap.

Pages

Please Login or Register to comment on this.