SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Gov. Gavin Newsom announced new stay-at-home restrictions are on the way as the coronavirus spreads out of control in California, threatening to overload hospital and intensive care capacity.
The state orders the new stay-at-home restrictions to go into effect when a region's ICU capacity drops below 15%, but five Bay Area counties have decided to move ahead of that plan and start new restrictions as early as Sunday.
When a stay-at-home order begins, here's what needs to change:
Schools that have already received a waiver to reopen can stay open. All "critical infrastructure" can remain open, as well.
The new restrictions will be in place for at least three weeks, then reassessed weekly based on ICU capacity.
Additionally, all non-essential travel is "temporarily restricted statewide," effective immediately and regardless of whether your county is under a stay-at-home order. Hotels and motels are now restricted to only guests traveling for an "essential" reason.
The five Bay Area counties starting restrictions as soon as Sunday are: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco and Santa Clara counties. The other counties in the Bay Area region that are waiting for the time being are Monterey, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Solano and Sonoma counties. Those counties won't have new restrictions until the region has reached the threshold of 15% remaining ICU beds.
Here's how the state is broken down into five regions:
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