San Joaquin Valley Ordered to Lockdown as ICU Capacity Falls Below 15%

On Saturday December 5, Governor Newsom announced that the San Joaquin Valley region must go into lockdown once again for at least three weeks to slow the spread of COVID-19. As part of the Governor’s COVID-19 guidelines, any county that falls below 15% ICU capacity must lockdown.

Full details of the Lockdown Order can be found here. All business sectors other than retail and essential operations are ordered to shut down effective December 7, 2020.

“We know that people are tired of the stringent measures, but they are the only weapons we have to combat the virus. Now, more than ever, we need San Joaquin Valley residents to step up and take these actions seriously – wash hands, wear a face covering, limit gatherings, get tested and socially distance,” said Dr. Maggie Park, San Joaquin County Public Health Officer.

The following businesses are ordered to shut down, though many business owners are still resistant to the lockdown orders:

  • Indoor and outdoor playgrounds
  • Indoor recreational facilities
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Personal care services
  • Museums, zoos, and aquariums
  • Movie theaters
  • Wineries
  • Bars, breweries, and distilleries
  • Family entertainment centers
  • Cardrooms and satellite wagering
  • Limited services
  • Live audience sports
  • Amusement parks


Hector Madrigal

Hector Madrigal is the founder of The Grape Vine. He strives to bring unbiased news and information to the people free of charge. Based in Lodi, Hector will be reporting on Lodi news first and foremost.

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