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New California covid restrictions are coming soon, governor says

The evening commute flows through downtown Los Angeles on Thursday. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images)
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Most of California is headed for new stay-at-home orders, Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced Thursday, saying major regions of the state are days away from critically low hospital capacity that will trigger new restrictions.

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Newsom warned that 4 of the 5 geographic regions dividing the state could soon need to pull “the emergency brake” and enact a three-week limited lockdown. Under the new order, residents would be directed to remain in their homes except for essential activities; restaurants would only offer takeout or delivery; and bars, wineries, hair salons and other personal services would close.

Schools could remain open, as well as retail with a maximum 20 percent capacity. These restrictions would be enforced in conjunction with already-implemented local and statewide rules, including a 10 p.m. curfew in most of the populous counties.

Here are some significant developments:

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