Roughly 33 million of California’s 39 million residents, about 85% of the nation’s most populous state, will be under the orders beginning Sunday evening.
Almost 6 million will be under the orders after six Bay Area governments decided not to wait for ICU capacity to fall below that threshold.
The state reported more than 30,000 new cases on Sunday, a record high for California.
The orders take effect Sunday at 11:59 p.m. PT and require the closure of businesses like bars, hair salons, museums, movie theaters and indoor recreational facilities. Retail businesses are allowed to stay open at 20% capacity, while restaurants are limited to takeout and delivery service. Travel is prohibited except for essential activities.
Schools that are already open for in-person learning may remain open along with critical infrastructure businesses.
“Unfortunately, the reality is that for weeks now coronavirus cases have been reaching record highs in our county,” said Greg Cox, a San Diego County supervisor, at a press conference Saturday. “We’ve seen a rise, not only in cases, but a rise in hospitalization rates and a rise in the use of our ICU beds in our region’s hospitals.”
The order applies to the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Santa Clara, San Francisco and the city of Berkeley, covering nearly 6 million people.
“It takes several weeks for new restrictions to slow rising hospitalizations and waiting until only 15 percent of a region’s ICU beds are available is just too late,” San Francisco Health Officer Dr. Tomás Aragon said in a news release at the time. “Many heavily impacted parts of our region already have less than 15 percent of ICU beds available, and the time to act is now.”
The Bay Area restrictions will take effect at varying points depending on the county. Most will begin implementing the order on Sunday evening followed by Alameda County on Monday and Marin County on Tuesday. Restrictions will remain in place until at least January 4, 2021.
Newsom announced the statewide regional stay-at-home restrictions Thursday, saying the state was at a “tipping point” in its battle against the new coronavirus and decisive action was need to keep hospitals from being overwhelmed.
But he was hopeful this is the last time California will see this kind of shutdown, pointing to potential approval of a Covid-19 vaccine.
“We do not anticipate having to do this once again,” Newsom said. “There is light at the end of the tunnel. We are few months away from truly seeing real progress with the vaccine. We have distribution, we have accessibility, we have availability.”
CNN’s Alexandra Meeks, Jon Passantino and Paul Vercammen contributed to this report.