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LA Theaters to Stay Closed for 3 More Weeks as COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise

Under a “regional” stay-at-home order announced on Thursday, private gatherings of any size will be prohibited in areas with less than 15% ICU availability

California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced on Thursday a “regional” stay-at-home order that will close businesses like movie theaters in regions with less than 15% availability in hospital intensive care units.

Included in the closures will also be hair salons, personal care services, museums and bars. Restaurants will be limited to just take-out and delivery, while retail businesses can only operate at a maximum 20% capacity. Private gatherings of any size will also be prohibited.

The order will go into effect on Saturday for the affected regions and remain in place for at least three weeks. Newsom did not specify which regions were affected, but current projections indicate that Los Angeles County is among them.

“If we don’t act now, our hospital system will be overwhelmed,” Newsom said at a press conference on Thursday.

The regions are categorized as follows:

  • Northern California: Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, Trinity
  • Bay Area: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma
  • Greater Sacramento: Alpine, Amador, Butte, Colusa, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Sierra, Sutter, Yolo, Yuba
  • San Joaquin Valley: Calaveras, Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, San Benito, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tulare, Tuolumne
  • Southern California: Imperial, Inyo, Los Angeles, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura