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Central, South Coasts Could Be Hit By New COVID-19 Shutdowns As Soon As Sunday Night


The Central and South Coasts could be under a new stay at home order potentially as soon as midnight Sunday.  State Public Health officials have been saying this was a possibility, but it appears to be happening faster than predicted.

The governor announced Thursday that if regional hospital intensive care unit capacity fell below 15%, the orders would be implemented.  Early Friday evening, the number for the Southern California region, which includes Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties stood at 20.6%  But late Friday night, the state issued an update which showed the number had dropped to 13.1%, below the key threshold.

Saturday is the key to what happens next.  If the regional ICU capacity remains below 15% after an update later Saturday, the new stay-at-home order will take effect at 11:59 pm Sunday.

It would mean restaurants have to return to takeout or delivery service only.  Barbershops, hair salons, and nail salons would have to close again.  If the new order is implemented, it would be in place for a minimum of three weeks, which would take us past Christmas. 

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.