ICU capacity drops below 15% for So. Calif. Region; new closures, restrictions to be implemented

Posted at 10:48 PM, Dec 04, 2020

A stay-at-home order was triggered Friday night for the Southern California Region after the area fell below 15% for intensive care unit capacity.

San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties are part of the Southern California Region.

Newsom announced the new plans tied to ICU capacity on Thursday amid an unprecedented surge of new coronavirus cases in the nation's most populous state.

Any region that falls below 15% capacity in ICUs will have 24 hours to make the necessary adjustments before entering a lockdown that will last for three weeks.

Private gatherings of any size are prohibited, sector operations except for critical infrastructure and retail will be closed, and 100% masking and physical distancing is required.

The state will order them to adhere to the following rules:

  • Restaurants are takeout or pick up only
  • Retail at 20% max capacity
  • Prohibits non-essential travel


  • Hair salons, barbershops
  • Personal care salons,
  • Museums, zoos
  • Cinemas
  • Live sports
  • Playgrounds
  • Wineries, bars

The rules don't apply to school districts.

To find more information on these new guidelines visit this website.