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New Stay-At-Home Orders in Effect For Central, South Coasts; New Shutdowns, Restrictions


New COVID-19 safety shutdowns are now in place on the Central and South Coasts, with a wave of additional restrictions in place.  They went into effect at midnight Sunday, and will be in place at least through Christmas.

Restaurants in Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties can only offer takeout and delivery.
Schools which are already open can remain open. 

All playgrounds have to close. Retail stores can remain open, but only at 20% capacity.  And, personal care service like hair salons, nail salons, and barbershops must totally close. 

The action comes after the hospital intensive care unit capacity fell below 15% in the Southern California region. 

The state used that guidepost to decide when to trigger more safety measures.  On Friday, the region had 20.6% capacity, but by midnight Friday, it had dropped to 13.1%. On Sunday, night it stood at half that, 10.3%.

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.