As of Monday November 16, 2020 Governor Gavin Newsom hosted a News Conference, where he updated all of Southern California's tiers to Purple. Purple Tier means that we are currently at Widespread Risk of COVID-19 Transmission.
"We are sounding the alarm,” said Governor Newsom. “California is experiencing the fastest increase in cases we have seen yet –faster than what we experienced at the outset of the pandemic or even this summer. The spread of COVID-19, if left unchecked, could quickly overwhelm our health care system and lead to catastrophic outcomes. That is why we are pulling an emergency brake in the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Now is the time to do all we can – government at all levels and Californians across the state – to flatten the curve again as we have done before.”
With Orange County's COVID-19 cases on the rise, according to Voice of OC, 257 people were hospitalized, including 85 in intensive care units. All restaurants, retailers, gyms, etc. must make varying changes once again to slow the spread.
According to CA.gov, in the Purple Tier, restaurants and gyms can only operate outdoors or offer takeout services and retailers can only be open at 25% capacity.
There are steps we can all take to lower us back to the Substantial and Moderate Tiers...
- Wear a mask in public.
- Wash your hands regularly.
- Keep at least six feet of physical distance when in public.
- Limit mixing with people you don’t live with.