California Governor Gavin Newsom has implemented a system where “Stay-at-Home” orders are put in place in regions within the state once that particular area falls below 15% ICU capacity.
Earlier this month, some regions, including Southern California — where Disneyland Resort is located — fell below this capacity level, triggering the stay-at-home order to be implemented in that region. The stay-at-home order is then set in place for a minimum of three weeks, at which point the situation can then be reevaluated. The order was set to expire in Southern California on December 28th, but as California’s ICU capacity continues to fall, Governor Newsom has announced that the stay-at-home order will remain in place in Southern California.
Just a few days ago, California’s ICU capacity fell to 0% and many were anticipating that the stay-at-home order would be extended in Southern California. Today, during a press conference held by Governor Newsom, we got an update in terms of ICU capacity numbers. In Southern California, the region where Disneyland is located, ICU capacity is currently 0%. This 0% capacity does not mean that there are zero beds available. Instead, it means that region is in “surge” capacity on average.
Projections have been made of the future potential ICU capacity for Southern California, which are based on a number of factors including ICU capacity, certain case rates, transmission rates, and more. These projections are made on a daily basis. As the slide below indicates, if the projection is equal or greater than 15%, the region is released from the stay-at-home order.
At the moment, the projections for Southern California have not reached the level required to release the region from the order. So, it was confirmed today that the stay-at-home order will remain in place in Southern California.
Simply because the order is set to remain in place in Southern California doesn’t necessarily mean it will be in place for another 3 weeks, however. It appears the order could be done away with in the region earlier depending on the factors that go into calculating projections for that region.
At the moment, due to the stay-at-home order, a number of activities in Southern California, including some in Disneyland, are limited. Capacity levels at retail locations must be kept to 20% and dining in-person at restaurants is not allowed, although restaurants may remain open for delivery or take-out. You can see a full list of all the restaurants that are open at Disneyland, and which ones are closed, by clicking here.
Because the stay-at-home order will remain in place in Southern California, the restrictions at Disneyland Resort should continue. A few weeks ago, some health officials have even noted that the order could last at least another month in Southern California. We’ll continue to keep an eye out for more updates on the mandate and how it affects Disneyland Resort. Stay tuned for all the latest news.
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