Newsom to lift stay-at-home orders across California, restaurant association says

Gov.Gavin Newsom

By JOSH FRIEDMAN

The California Restaurant Association (CRA) has announced Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to lift stay-at-home orders across the state on Monday.

In a letter to its members, the CRA stated senior officials in Newsom’s administration informed them late Sunday evening that Newsom on Monday will announce the lifting of the stay-at-home order in all of California’s regions. 

“A formal announcement is expected tomorrow and we will send you further information as soon as it’s available,” The CRA stated in its letter. “For now, we thought you’d like to know this good news.”

Currently, the Southern California region, to which San Luis Obispo County belongs, along with the Bay Area and San Joaquin Valley regions are under stay-at-home orders. The Northern California and Greater Sacramento regions are not under lockdown orders.

Since ordering new coronavirus rules in early December, Newsom has allowed regions to emerge from the stay-at-home orders if his office projects that in four weeks their ICU capacity will rise above 15 percent. It is unclear what criteria may be factoring into a potential decision to lift the remaining lockdown orders.

In the aftermath of Newsom’s recent decision to lift the Greater Sacramento region’s stay-at-home order, state officials created controversy by refusing to disclose how they project whether a region’s ICU capacity will rise above 15 percent. When questioned about how they make the projections, state health officials said they rely on a complex set of measurements that would confuse and potentially mislead the public if disclosed. 

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