Most of California goes under limited curfew to curb COVID-19

Ross Houston
November 22, 2020

In Northern California, ABC 10 reports that 13 counties there won't be enforcing the Thanksgiving dinner rules or the month-long curfew, including Sacramento County, home of the state capital where all of these rules are coming from.

While nonessential businesses must close by 10 p.m., restaurants will be permitted to offer takeout food and people can perform some routine activities like walking the dog, officials said.

Starting Saturday night, most Californians will be on a "limited stay-at-home order", adhering to a new curfew due to a recent rise in COVID-19 cases.

California has reported a total of more than 1 million coronavirus cases and more than 18,000 deaths this year, according to the state health department.

The 17 counties which are not in the Purple Tier don't have to comply with the curfew or other parts of the state order for now. "We are sounding the alarm", Newsom said in a statement.

Compliance with the limited lockdown is likely to be voluntary, with sheriffs of counties like Los Angeles, El Dorado, Orange, and Sacramento saying they won't enforce the ruling, according to The Associated Press. "I haven't seen any data that shows between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. that things happen that cause a big spread of covid. We've done it before and we must do it again".

This limited Stay at Home Order is created to reduce opportunities for disease transmission.

"We know from our stay-at-home order this spring, which flattened the curve in California, that reducing the movement and mixing of individuals dramatically decreases COVID-19 spread, hospitalizations, and deaths", said California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly. "Taking these hard, temporary actions now could help prevent future shutdowns". As a result, Governor Newsom and California's public health officials have announced a list of measures to protect Californians and the state's health care system, which could experience an unprecedented surge if cases continue their steep climb. It's in place in 41 of the state's 58 counties that have the most significant increases in virus cases and face the most severe restrictions under California's four-tier system for reopening the economy. Those who enter California from another state or country are urged to self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival.

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