Newsom Announces 10 PM Curfew For 41 Counties In 'Purple' Tier

Newsom Announces 10 PM Curfew For 41 Counties In 'Purple' Tier

The order will last one month, until December 21, but could be extended if infection rates and disease trends don't improve.

Ghaly said the order is not a hard curfew, indicating that people can still go outside to walk their dog at 11 p.m. if that is their normal routine.

The coronavirus continues to rampage through California at a record rate, prompting the state to reimpose restrictions not seen since the early days of the pandemic in a bid to beat back the accelerating surge.

According to the governor's office, the order is aimed at reducing opportunities for spread of the virus, nothing that activities conducted overnight "are often non-essential 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 wearing a face covering and maintaining physical distance".

L.A. officials said they are alarmed by the rapid spread of the infection.

Citing the spring stay at home orders help in flatten the state curve and dramatically decreasing the virus spread, hospitalizations, and deaths, California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly warned, "We may need to take more stringent actions if we are unable to flatten the curve quickly".

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

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"We've had some things to celebrate, some things to protest, coming together in ways that we don't usually always do", Ghaly said. "And we know that those are factors driving this high transmission". Counties in central California that fall under the purple tier include Kern, Fresno, Kings, and San Luis Obispo.

Newsom referred to the order in a tweet as a "limited stay-at-home order".

The number of patrons at outdoor restaurants, breweries and wineries will be limited to 50% max outdoor capacity.

The new stay-at-home order comes as Newsom continues to weather sharp criticism for attending a birthday dinner with at least 10 people at The French Laundry, a Michelin star restaurant in Napa Valley, just days before advising Californians not to host indoor Thanksgiving dinners.

Further restrictions could be a death knell for restaurants already struggling to stay afloat during the pandemic, said Jot Condie, president of the California Restaurant Association. Two senior administration officials told CBS News that doctors believe that in just a week, the USA may see 1,500 deaths a day. At the start of November, the state saw a 51.3% increase in a one-week period, he said. Those counties joined Los Angeles and 13 others already at that level, and together they account for 94% of the state's almost 40 million residents.

In his statement announcing the order, Newsom acknowledged that California reported almost 200,000 cases last week - a record high in a single day since March - and that COVID-19 cases surged by 50% in the first week of November.

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