California Imposes Overnight Curfew to Stem Spread of Covid-19

Gov. Newsom Says It is ‘Crucial’ to Act Now

By Kurt Stolz on 19 November 2020
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As the number of coronavirus cases in the state seemingly spiraled out of control, Governor Gavin Newsome announced an overnight stay-at-home order for much of California, saying it was “crucial” to act now.

The state’s Department of Public Health issued an order that prohibits most non-essential activity outside the home from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. in the 40+ counties in the state’s purple tier, the strictest tier of California’s road map to reopening.

The action comes after the state reported over 10,000 new daily coronavirus cases each day for the past seven days.

“The virus is spreading at a pace we haven’t seen since the start of this pandemic and the next several days and weeks will be critical to stop the surge,” the governor said in a statement Thursday. “We are sounding the alarm.”

The order goes into effect Saturday and will remain in effect through at least December 21. It covers roughly 94% of the state’s population, or 37 million people.

“We are asking Californians to change their personal behaviors to stop the surge,” said Dr. Erica Pan, the state’s acting public health officer.  “Letting our guard down could put thousands of lives in danger and cripple our healthcare system.”

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