Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday announced a curfew restricting the nighttime motions of more than 90% of Californians.
The order, intended to handle a stressing rise in coronavirus cases, needs most non-essential work, motion and events to stop between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.
. The order enters into impact 10 p.m. Saturday. It applies to counties in the purple tier– or 41 of the state’s 58 counties. That consists of all Southern California counties.
“The virus is spreading out at a speed we have not seen since the start of this pandemic and the next several days and weeks will be vital to stop the rise. We are sounding the alarm,” Newsom composed in a news release. “It is crucial that we act to decrease transmission and slow hospitalizations before the death count rises. We have actually done it before and we need to do it again.”
The concept is to minimize opportunities for disease transmission, according to the guv’s office, as activities taking place during the night are more likely to be non-essential celebrations, throughout which individuals might be more likely to end up being intoxicated– making them less likely to adhere to other and mask-wearing health standards.
Under the order, individuals from the very same home are enabled to venture out together after 10 p.m. as long as they do not connect with anyone else. The order does not use to individuals without real estate.
There is no mention in the order of how the curfew will be implemented.
Dr. John Swartzberg, medical teacher emeritus of contagious diseases and vaccinology at the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program, said he was “pleased” by Thursday’s curfew order.
“Since we need to be doing more aggressive things to take this on, to actually alter the direction that things are going,” he said. “Since they’re going very rapidly in the incorrect direction.”
Swartzberg wishes to see the state go even further, even reverting back to the full stay-at-home order imposed in March. The curfew is a crucial action, he said. For something, it sends a strong message to the public that the rise in cases need to be taken seriously.
Coronavirus cases are surging in California. The state reported more new infections in the past week than throughout any other seven-day period, and hospitalizations and deaths are increasing too. On Wednesday, county health departments around California integrated to report 11,646 new cases and 107 new deaths, according to data put together by this news organization– the highest single-day death toll since Oct. 21 and simply the 3rd time a minimum of 10,000 cases have been recorded on 3 successive days.
Newsom took actions earlier this week to minimize the spread, moving most counties back to the purple, or a lot of restrictive, tier in his reopening strategy– requiring them to shutter dining establishment dining rooms and other indoor organizations.
Newsom on Monday threatened to impose a curfew to assist keep COVID-19 cases down, but didn’t provide additional details at the time. Curfews of varying strength and other constraints have been imposed around the nation in recent days as virus cases rise nationally. New York last week mandated organizations with alcohol licenses close indoor and outdoor dining by 10 p.m., and New York City on Thursday suspended in-person classes for trainees.
El Paso, Texas imposed even stricter procedures, needing individuals to stay in your home during the night unless they’re required to travel for emergency situations or necessary services. Washington also imposed new constraints throughout the state this week, consisting of prohibiting indoor celebrations with individuals from multiple homes unless individuals quarantine ahead of time. And Los Angeles County authorities tightened constraints on Tuesday, Nov. 17, noting the potential for stricter orders if the numbers get substantially worse.