Published: Sun, November 22, 2020

Calif. Gov. Newsom issues limited stay-at-home order

Calif. Gov. Newsom issues limited stay-at-home order

Newsom first floated the possibility of a curfew order on Monday when the state moved more than two dozen counties into the purple tier due to rising coronavirus case rates and hospitalizations across the state.

It affects counties with the most severe restrictions, 41 of the state's 58 counties that are in the "purple" tier under California's color-coded system for reopening the economy.

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. If cases breach the 4,500 per day threshold in the county, California's largest, there are plans to shut down further with a new stay-at-home order. Coronavirus cases have doubled in the last 10 days across the state, which hit the milestone of 1 million coronavirus cases last week.

California governor Gavin Newsom issued a nightly curfew for most counties in his state as coronavirus outbreaks continued to surge.

The curfew applies to all of Southern California, including Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside, Orange, San Bernardino, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Kern, San Luis Obispo and Imperial counties.

Workers and gatherings deemed non-essential are prohibited from leaving their homes between 10 5 a.m., the Democratic governor said.

The statement was released shortly after Newsom announced the 1-month curfew. They will still be able to get medical care, pick up prescriptions and take care of other essential needs.

"Activities conducted during 10 5 a.m. are often nonessential and more likely related to social activities and gatherings that have a higher likelihood of leading to reduced inhibition and reduced likelihood for adherence to safety measures" like mask-wearing and social distancing, the statement said.

The tightening of restrictions comes as California health officials say the state has recorded another record-breaking number in daily coronavirus cases. "Taking these hard, temporary actions now could help prevent future shutdowns". California is also strengthening its face covering guidance to require individuals to wear a mask whenever outside their home, with limited exceptions. The travel advisory urges against non-essential out-of-state travel, asks people to self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving from another state or country, and encourages residents to stay local.

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