“Californians heard the urgent message to stay home as much as possible and accepted that challenge to slow the surge and save lives,” Dr. Tomás Aragón, CDPH director and state public health officer, said in a statement. “Together, we changed our activities knowing our short-term sacrifices would lead to longer-term gains. COVID-19 is still here and still deadly, so our work is not over, but it’s important to recognize our collective actions saved lives and we are turning a critical corner.”KCRA:
The order imposed on Dec. 10 banned gatherings outside a household and shuttered or restricted many businesses. With virus cases and hospitalizations more stable now, the state allows counties to resume outdoor dining and worship services, reopen hair and nail salons and other businesses, and increase capacity at retailers. Gatherings of up to three households are allowed.
The new development Monday impacts the Bay Area, Southern California and San Joaquin Valley regions where the order remained in place. The order was already lifted in Sacramento, and Northern California never reached the threshold of intensive care unit capacity falling under 15%.