By Emily Jo Wharry Contributing Writer
Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley became the first regions in the state to implement a new stay-at-home mandate Sunday night as intensive care unit capacity dropped below 15%. Restaurants must cease outdoor dining operations, while hair and nail salons, museums, playgrounds and wineries will be required to close. Gatherings of people from different households are prohibited, except for outdoor religious services and political demonstrations. — L.A. Times
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— Alison Bennett (@bennettleigh) December 7, 2020
In an effort to avoid regional COVID-19 regulations, Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties announced they will appeal the state to allow them to separate from Southern California and establish their own region — the Central Coast. “A smaller regional approach is important for our community members and struggling businesses,” Ventura County Executive Officer Mike Powers said in a statement. — KTLA
Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner announced that all of the district’s in-person instruction and child care programs will close through the remainder of the fall semester starting Thursday. LAUSD’s Grab & Go Food Centers will remain open. — Patch
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center has been selected as one of the first hospitals in the state to store and distribute COVID-19 vaccines because of its cold storage capabilities. The first vaccine expected to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration is the Pfizer vaccine, which must be stored in negative 80-degree Celsius. — ABC Los Angeles
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