Dancer Stephanie Maiorano puts on a protective mask behind the scenes during the performance of The Nutcracker by the San Diego Ballet, California, which is presented as a drive-in performance in a parking lot
Californians are prepared for new regional home-stay orders to be triggered by less than 15 percent capacity in the state intensive care units.
Governor Gavin Newsom said Covid-19 case rates and hospital admissions were rising at an "alarming rate" and threatened to overwhelm the healthcare system.
"No regions are currently reaching that threshold, but some are expected to be within the next week," Newsom said in a statement announcing the new orders that would go into effect on Sunday.
According to the directions, residents would need to stay at home as much as possible and minimize mixing to reduce unnecessary exposure.
Mr Newsom said people could still go to the doctor, buy groceries, pick up takeout, hike or worship outdoors.
There is light at the end of the tunnel. A vaccine is coming. We can do this.
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) December 5, 2020
Schools that are already open can stay open, and retailers can work indoors with a capacity of no more than 20 percent.
Two of the state's most populous regions, Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley, are expected to impose the new orders starting Monday, closing bars, hair salons and hairdressers and leaving restaurants open for takeout and delivery only.
The Bay Area will also be closed on Sunday due to separate municipal orders. San Francisco and the adjacent counties exclude all personal services, outdoor restaurants, public outdoor play areas, outdoor museums, zoos and aquariums, drive-in theaters, and open-air tour buses and boats.
More than 25,000 new cases of Covid-19 were diagnosed in California on Friday, officials said on Saturday, announcing a daily record since the pandemic began. The state also recorded 209 deaths.