Coronado Mayor Bailey says Newsom is ‘making a bad situation even worse’

CORONADO (KUSI) – New health restrictions are now in effect in San Diego County and the rest of Southern California, shutting down indoor service at restaurants among other closures, due to the rapidly increasing number of coronavirus hospitalizations.

A state-mandated “regional stay-at-home” order went into effect at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, triggered when intensive-care unit bed availability remained below 15% after Saturday’s daily update, according to the California Department of Public Health.

The 11-county Southern California region’s available ICU capacity was 12.5% Saturday, a decrease from 13.1% the day before. The ICU capacity Sunday for the region was 10.3%. San Diego County had 20.5% of its ICU beds available as of Saturday. The Southern California region consists of San Diego, Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside, Imperial, Inyo, Mono, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

The stay-at-home order will be in place for at least three weeks and prohibits gatherings of people from different households. Regions will be eligible to exit from the order on Dec. 28 if ICU capacity projections for the following month are above or equal to 15%.

Coronado Mayor Richard Bailey has constantly advocated to give our local businesses the ability to reopen if safety protocols are put in place. Bailey has cited the data showing that the spread of coronavirus has not been attributed to the businesses that Governor Gavin Newsom is forcing to close.

Mayor Bailey told KUSI’s Kacey McKinnon that, “it is really heartbreaking to see these small business owners and their employees who have really done everything that the state has asked them to do, to be shut down again.” Continuing, “I think it’s really important to note that in this situation where we have rising cases, and we have rising hospitalizations, there are no good answers, but there are certainly answers that make a bad situation even worse. I think that is what you are seeing from the State of California right now.”

Bailey also informed the KUSI News audience that he is sending another letter to Governor Gavin Newsom requesting he “reconsider the latest health order and implement a new public health strategy known in the medical community as ‘harm reduction.'”

The letter went on to warn Governor Newsom that, “the vast majority of Californians want to do the ‘right thing,’ but they are growing weary of policies that are inconsistent, arbitrary, and ineffective. I believe the public would welcome a new strategy.”

Mayor Bailey’s full letter can be read here.

Under the order, the following businesses/recreational facilities will be forced to close:
— 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; and
— amusement parks.

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