Governor implements nightly curfew for non-essential activities in Alameda County

Modesto Morganelli
Novembre 21, 2020

Newsom said, "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".

The new curfew goes into effect at 10pm ET on Saturday.

If the five-day average of COVID-19 cases hits 4,500 or more, or hospitalizations increase to more than 2,000 per day, the county will institute a three-week "Safer at Home Order", which will only permit essential workers and those seeking essential services to leave their homes. Hospitalizations have topped 1,100, a rise of 30% in that period.

Dr. Mark Ghaly, secretary of the state's Health and Human Services Department, said the state chose to issue a curfew to prevent the need for further, even tighter restrictions.

According to public health data, California reported 11,835 new cases on Wednesday, the most in a single day since July.

California has averaged 60 daily deaths over the last week, pushing the state's overall toll above 18,500. Beginning on Friday, a maximum of 15 people from a total of three different households will be permitted to gather, officials said, and all gatherings must continue to be outdoors. California is also strengthening its face covering guidance to require individuals to wear a mask whenever outside their home, with limited exceptions. It's part of an attempt to slow the unsafe spread of COVID-19.

California Governor Gavin Newsom has issued a "limited stay-at-home order" banning non-essential work and gatherings between 10pm and 5am for the next month in response to the state's recent spike in coronavirus cases.

"In light of the steep surge in positive cases we are now experiencing, and as with other COVID-19 orders created to protect the most vulnerable members of our community, the city of Fresno is asking our residents to voluntarily comply with the state's limited stay-at-home directive", Brand said.

The order goes into effect Saturday and lasts through December 21, though it could be extended.

"COVID can go from 0 to 60 very quickly", he said.

This time, however, the order only applies to counties in California's purple tier status under its COVID-19 reopening plan.

Should the county's case counts or hospitalization numbers climb too high, officials have warned they may impose additional business restrictions - or even issue a new local stay-at-home order.

Whether such an order would happen automatically or wait for a few days hasn't yet been decided, L.A. County Health Officer Dr. Muntu Davis said.

"If people were really all following the things that needed to be done, we may not be in this place; we probably wouldn't be in this place where we have this number of cases or have to take these actions", he said Thursday.

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