SAN FRANCISCO – California Governor Gavin Newsom announced a stay at home order on Thursday that would require non-essential work and gatherings to stop between 10 pm and 5 am in counties with high rates of COVID-19. The order is set to take effect on Saturday at 10 pm and will last for one month.
A curfew affecting nearly the entire state will go into effect in California starting Saturday evening as the Golden State governor cites an increase in coronavirus cases as the reason.
Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the “limited stay at home order” Thursday afternoon, saying it will apply to counties in the state’s “purple tier” for virus restrictions, which currently comprise about 95% of California.
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The order requires “generally that non-essential work, movement and gatherings stop between 10 PM and 5 AM in counties in the purple tier,” a news release explained.
“The order will take effect at 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21 and remain in effect until 5 a.m. Dec. 21. This is the same as the March Stay at Home Order, but applied only between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. and only in purple tier counties that are seeing the highest rates of positive cases and hospitalizations.”
That means residents can still walk the dog, get groceries or order takeout from a restaurant after 10 p.m. Dr. Mark Ghaly, the state’s health and human services secretary, said the aim of the limited measures was to avoid “further restrictions.”