Newsom imposes overnight curfew to stem coronavirus


In purple tier counties, non-essential businesses and personal gatherings are prohibited between 10 PM and 5 AM beginning Saturday, November 21 at 10 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) — Gov. Gavin Newsom has announced a limited Stay at Home order requiring generally that non-essential work, movement and gatherings to stop between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. in counties in the purple tier.

The order will take effect at 10 p.m. Saturday and remain in effect until 5 a.m. on Dec. 21.

The governor’s office said the order is the same as the Stay at Home order from March, but only applied between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. and only in purple tier counties that are seeing the highest rates of positive cases and hospitalizations.

“The virus is spreading at a pace we haven’t seen since the start of this pandemic and the next several days and weeks will be critical to stop the surge. We are sounding the alarm,” Newsom said. “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.”

The new limited Stay at Home order is designed to reduce opportunities for disease transmission.

Officials said activities conducted between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. 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.”

The following counties are in the purple tier, with Central Valley counties in bold:

  • Alameda
  • Napa
  • Santa Cruz
  • Butte
  • Nevada
  • Siskiyou
  • Contra Costa
  • Orange
  • Solano
  • El Dorado
  • Placer
  • Sutter
  • Fresno
  • San Benito
  • Tulare
  • Trinity
  • Glenn
  • San Joaquin
  • Tuolumne
  • Kern
  • San Luis Obispo
  • Ventura
  • Kings
  • Madera
  • Mendocino
  • Merced
  • Santa Barbara
  • Santa Clara
  • Yolo
  • Yuba

The announcement comes just days after Newsom revealed he was considering a statewide curfew to curb the surge in cases.

Ohio has already enacted a statewide curfew, and Oregon will soon go on a two-week statewide “freeze” to curb cases.

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