Almost all of California’s 40 million residents had been placed on an overnight curfew Thursday because the state tries to fend off an alarming surge in COVID-19 cases.
Gov. Gavin Newsom introduced the “restricted stay-at-home order,” which bans non-essential outings between 10 p.m. to five a.m. beginning Saturday, and lasting till at the least Dec. 21.
“The virus is spreading at a tempo we haven’t seen because the begin of this pandemic and the following a number of days and weeks can be essential to cease the surge. We’re sounding the alarm,” Newsom mentioned in an announcement.
“It’s essential that we act to lower transmission and sluggish hospitalizations earlier than the loss of life depend surges.”
The order impacts 41 of the Golden State’s 58 counties, which have probably the most vital spikes in COVID-19 cases. These cowl 94 p.c of the practically 40 million residents.
Underneath the curfew, eating places will nonetheless be allowed to supply takeout and folks will nonetheless be capable to carry out important actions like getting medical care, choosing up prescriptions or groceries and strolling canine, officers mentioned.
It comes simply days after the state imposed restrictions limiting enterprise operations in those self same 41 counties, that are in probably the most extreme “purple” tier underneath California’s color-coded system for re-opening the economic system.
The transfer additionally follows Newsom being blasted for flouting his personal coronavirus security protocols throughout a celebration at a complicated Napa Valley restaurant, the place images confirmed neither he nor the opposite 12 individuals in attendance wore face masks.
Newsom apologized saying he “ought to have modeled higher conduct.”