Counties where more than 94 percent of the state’s population lives — including Los Angeles, Orange, Santa Clara and San Diego Counties — fall into the state’s most restrictive purple tier, meaning most businesses had to shut down or cut back on indoor operations. Indoor restaurants were closed.
Arenas and other sites where the state set up extra health care space earlier in the pandemic were once again being prepared to quickly receive patients, if hospitals become overwhelmed.
And the governor on Monday had hinted that more restrictions, including the curfew, could be on the way.
Officials in Los Angeles County — which has for months struggled more than many other parts of the state — also announced more stringent restrictions than required by the state, including a curfew for restaurants and nonessential stores. Starting on Friday, they must close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
The county ordered restaurants operating outdoors to halve their capacity, and officials said they may be forced to resort to restrictions more like the aggressive lockdown that kept Californians at home in March if conditions do not quickly improve.
[Read more about what counts as an essential business from March.]
Earlier in the week, Dr. Bob Wachter, a professor and chair of the University of California, San Francisco’s department of medicine, said that the state’s actions were warranted to curb the spread of the virus, particularly in light of the imminent holiday.
“Whether or not it’s enough, I guess we’ll see,” he said.
A Times analysis shows that states that imposed more restrictions have less bad outbreaks, and California was the first state to put in place a stay-at-home order in March.