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Golden Gate Park. Photo: Justin Sullivan via Getty

Counties around the San Francisco Bay Area will adopt California’s new regional stay-at-home order amid surges in cases and ICU hospitalizations, health officials said Friday.

The big picture: California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a three-week stay-at-home order on Thursday that would go into effect in regions with less than 15% ICU capacity. Despite the Bay Area’s current 25.3% ICU capacity, health officials from Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Santa Clara, San Francisco and the city of Berkeley are moving ahead with a shelter-in-place mandate in the hopes of reducing risk.

  • The order will go into effect on Monday for Alameda, Tuesday for Marin and Sunday for all other counties. It will remain in place through at least Jan. 4.

The new order will temporarily close:

  • Outdoor dining, though take-out, pick-up and delivery will still be permitted.
  • 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 not included in critical infrastructure.
  • Amusement parks.

Childcare and pre-K, non-urgent medical and dental care as well as schools already providing in-person learning can remain open if a remote option is not possible and appropriate preventative measures are implemented.

Sectors that can remain open but require additional restrictions include:

  • Outdoor recreational facilities.
  • Retail and shopping centers.
  • Hotels and lodging.
  • Offices.
  • Places of worship and political expression.
  • Entertainment production including professional sports.

What they’re saying: “We are not islands, and acting together enables us to better more completely protect the public and everyone that we collectively serve,” Santa Clara County Health Officer Sara Cody said in a press release Friday.

  • “It takes several weeks for new restrictions to slow rising hospitalizations and waiting until only 15 percent of a region’s ICU beds are available is just too late,” San Francisco Health Officer Tomás Aragon added. “Many heavily impacted parts of our region already have less than 15 percent of ICU beds available, and the time to act is now.”

Context: The city of San Francisco imposed a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew on Nov. 28 in light of rising case counts. It is set to continue until Dec. 21.

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Science helps New Zealand avoid another coronavirus lockdown

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (L) visits a lab at Auckland University in December. Photo: Phil Walter/Getty Images

New Zealand has avoided locking down for a second time over COVID-19 community cases because of a swift, science-led response.

Why it matters: The Health Ministry said in an email to Axios Friday there's "no evidence of community transmission" despite three people testing positive after leaving managed hotel isolation. That means Kiwis can continue to visit bars, restaurants and events as much of the world remains on lockdown.

Jan 30, 2021 - World

Germany to impose travel restrictions to curb spread of coronavirus variants

Border police officers check passports and COVID-19 tests at Frankfurt Airport. Photo: Thomas Lohnes via Getty Images

Germany announced Friday that it was imposing new travel restrictions in an effort to curb the spread of more contagious coronavirus variants.

Details: All non-German residents traveling from countries deemed "areas of variant concern," including the United Kingdom, South Africa, Portugal, Ireland, Brazil, Lesotho and Eswatini, will be banned from entering the country, even if they test negative for the coronavirus.

Updated Aug 4, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

  1. Vaccines: Massachusetts to mandate COVID vaccination for long-term care staff — CVS, Walgreens see uptick of people getting COVID vaccines — WHO calls for moratorium on booster shots through September.
  2. Health: Fauci fears a COVID variant worse than Delta could be coming — America's pandemic pessimism returns — Florida counties hold off on adding more testing despite Delta surge.
  3. Politics: Arkansas governor says he regrets banning mask mandatesBiden tells GOP governors who resist COVID rules to "get out of the way" — Florida school district reverses mask mandate after DeSantis' funding threat.
  4. Business: Biden voices support for private sector vaccine requirements — More corporations are requiring workers to get vaccinated.
  5. World: Israel reinstates restrictions as cases surge— Wuhan to test all residents for COVID-19 amid Delta variant concerns.
  6. Variant tracker: Where different strains are spreading.