California Gov. Newsom announces new COVID-19 restrictions

California Gov. Newsom announces new COVID-19 restrictions

As California's "unprecedented" coronavirus surge worsens, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday that he's pulling "the emergency brake" and implementing the state's most restrictive safety measures across most counties, ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. Nail salons, tattoo parlors, and body waxing businesses may stay open with modifications.

The state recorded 13,412 new cases Monday - a single-day record, according to The Times' coronavirus tracker.

"This is simply the fastest increase California has seen since the beginning of this pandemic", Gov. Gavin Newsom said during a briefing Monday. "I need to preach and practice, not just preach", he said.

Newsom said it was the first time he's been out to eat with more than just his wife, though he's been on outings with just her twice. As a result, Santa Barbara County is among 28 of the 58 counties throughout the state who will be moved back to Tier 1 (Purple/Widespread). "I am grateful for all the sacrifices Yolo residents have made to date and am asking them to sacrifice a bit longer in order to save lives". It ranges in severity from purple - the most restrictive for businesses - to red, orange and yellow - the most flexible. Maryland's most populous counties surrounding D.C. capped indoor gatherings at 10 people and outdoor gatherings at 25.

"Nobody wants to see business rollbacks, but they are needed right now to keep coronavirus in check", said Sisson.

A significant number of new cases tends to lead, often weeks later, to a corresponding increase in hospitalizations.

"Just three weeks ago we were talking about how we only had nine counties in purple", said Dr. Mark Ghaly, California's secretary of health and human services. Consistently at a rate of about 12 percent. The county's case rate has been high over the past week and local officials are expected to announce Tuesday morning that Kern County will move from the "red" tier back into the "purple" tier.

Counties can also potentially be moved back multiple tiers in the matrix if the numbers warrant, Newsom said.

'I should have stood up and walked back on my auto and drove back to my house instead I chose to sit there with my wife and a number of other couples that were outside the household, ' Newsom said.

Newsom said when a county moves tiers, industries should make changes immediately, rather than after a subsequent three-day period.

The Newsom administration's guidance for dining allows restaurants to sit different households together within the same party and doesn't say how many households can dine together. Leaders said the new restrictions come as the infection rate and hospitalizations have continued to increase since November 3.

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