California restaurants to reopen as virus rules soften

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California has lifted regional stay-at-home orders statewide in response to improving coronavirus conditions. The change allows restaurants and churches to resume outdoor activities and hair and nail salons to reopen in many areas, though local authorities may choose to impose stricter rules.

In the town of Laguna Beach, Orange County, anxious restaurant workers prepared to reopen for al fresco dining. “We’ve already called everyone back and said ‘ok, get ready to work.’ Everyone is excited, ”said Catherine Rinehart, restaurant manager at Alessa Little Italy.

Nearby, General Manager Lucy Delgadillo swept the entrance to 230 Forest Avenue restaurant. “You can actually see a light at the end of the tunnel,” she said. “So we’re pretty grateful. Kind of grateful.”

Public health officials said on Monday the state would revert to a county-by-county restriction system designed to stem the spread of the virus. Local authorities could choose to maintain stricter rules. The state is also lifting the 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew.

This move is accompanied by improved trends in the rate of infections, hospitalizations, intensive care unit capacity and vaccinations.

The lifting of the order is based on projections which, according to the state, show an improvement in conditions in intensive care. But officials did not disclose the data behind the forecast.

California has lifted regional stay-at-home orders statewide in response to improving coronavirus conditions. Public health officials said on Monday the state would revert to a county-by-county restriction system designed to stem the spread of the virus. Local authorities could choose to maintain stricter rules.

The state is also lifting the 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew. This move is accompanied by improved trends in the rate of infections, hospitalizations, intensive care unit capacity and vaccinations.

The lifting of the order is based on projections which, according to the state, show an improvement in conditions in intensive care. But officials did not disclose the data behind the forecast.

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