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The public waits to see if the limited order will ground their December plans

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Restaurant dining will be curtailed if new COVID-19 rules take place for the next three weeks.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - It is still to be seen if the new and limited stay at home order from Sacramento will kick in this weekend, but it is expected by many members of the public.

The warning was issued today by Governor Gavin Newsom.

The statistics on COVID-19 are shooting up fast and hospitals are running out of space in their Intensive Care Units (ICU).

That will be the determining factor on a strict set of new rules to curtail the public from gathering or taking part in certain activities.

They will still be able to do essential trips and exercise but many other activities will be reduce or canceled.

Some Santa Barbara residents said while it may be uncomfortable for people to have tighter rules on shopping in stores and other outings for the holiday season, an all out effort will save lives and get everyone closer to a more normal life again.

RESTRICTED..      FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN LIVING A CLOSE TO HOME LIFE,  MOST OF THIS YEAR,  THEY SAY THEY CAN MAKE THE SACRIFICE.
Patti Schrader was heading in for Chinese take-out and said, "we're ok with that because we love to cook!   We eat at home practically all the time anyway.

Nearby Julio Alvarez said, "many people feel uncomfortable with that decision but - sorry.  There's rules because it is best for all the people in this state."

There's been push back from people who say the economy can not handle another shut down or partial shut down and fear the impacts from this December decision that could be coming. In the last week NewsChannel 3 reported on several gyms still holding inside workouts despite a health order against that type of operation.

It's anticipated the first round of the vaccine will be shipped soon for first responders and those most at risk.


"We have smart people making very good decisions and spending a lot of money and time  doing these plans, " said Dennis Houghton who supports the health and government decisions to protect public health in California.

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