California Gov Newsom issues 'limited stay-at-home order' amid coronavirus case spike

Henrietta Brewer
November 21, 2020

The order will require non-essential work and gatherings to stop from 10 5 counties assigned to the purple tier, the most-restrictive tier in the state's pandemic reopening system.

As the Examiner reports, the curfews take effect on Saturday and extend for one month, until December 21 - though this order may be extended. "We are sounding the alarm", Newsom said in a statement on Thursday.

'It is crucial that we act to decrease transmission and slow hospitalizations before the death count surges. "We've done it before and we must do it again".

This newest order is created to reduce opportunities for disease transmission during social activities and gatherings that have a higher likelihood of leading to "reduced inhibition and reduced likelihood for adherence to safety measures", such as wearing a face covering and maintaining physical distance.

The move comes only days after the state imposed restrictions limiting business operations in those 41 counties, which have the most significant increases in virus cases.

"We too are seeing this surge grow faster and faster and we must address it immediately", he said.

While nonessential businesses must close by 10 p.m., restaurants will be permitted to offer takeout food. He said the idea is to cut off activities and gatherings of people that can promote virus spread.

Dr. Mark Ghaly, secretary of the state's Health and Human Services Department, said the state chose to issue a curfew to prevent the need for further, even tighter restrictions. We had Halloween. We just exited Veterans Day. "It is especially important that we band together to protect those most vulnerable around us as well as essential workers who are continuing their critical work amidst this next wave of widespread community transmission across the state".

On Monday, Newsom said he was pulling an "emergency brake" on economic activity in the state in response to rising case numbers.

Almost 95% of the state, or 41 counties are now in the purple tier of the state's reopening plans. Non-essential businesses that operate indoors will be limited to 25% capacity; outdoor restaurants, breweries and wineries will operate at 50% outdoor capacity; card rooms, outdoor mini-golf, go-karts and batting cages will operate at 50% outdoor capacity; and personal care businesses will have to operate by appointment-only.

Culver City - 10 new cases for a total of 527 cases.

Newsom noted that the biggest increase the state had seen previously was in mid-June, when California had a 39.2% increase in new cases in one week.

The tighter restrictions in LA County were announced the same day that doctors on the Coronavirus Task Force warned Vice President Mike Pence that the in a dire situation regarding the pandemic.

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