In a tweet on Thursday, Newsom outlined the basics of the order, writing that "Non-essential work and gatherings must stop from 10 p.m. - 5 a.m.in counties in the purple tier". It's in place in 41 of the state's 58 counties that have the most significant increases in virus cases and face the most severe restrictions under California's four-tier system for reopening the economy. The order will last until December 21 but could be extended if disease trends don't improve. The county has already ordered restaurants and nonessential stores to close their doors to the public at 10 p.m. and to limit capacity during business hours.
"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 have to change the alarming increases in cases and hospitalizations", Ferrer said in a statement, "and get back to slowing the spread to avoid overwhelming our hospitals and save lives". "It is crucial that we act to decrease transmission and slow hospitalizations before the death count surges".
Gavin Newsom announced Thursday that he has instated a "limited stay-at-home order" to take effect today, November 21. And residents will still be allowed to grocery shop, pick up medical supplies, and take care of other essentials during the curfew hours.
The left has also criticized the move with the front page of the New York Times featuring the story titled "For California's Governor the Coronavirus Message is Do as I say, Not as I Dine". Those counties are now classified within the state's "purple tier", which includes communities where more than 8 percent of COVID tests over the past week have come back positive. Last week, California issued a travel advisory, urging against non-essential out-of-state travel.
Newsom signed an executive order on Thursday ordering those same counties, encompassing 95 percent of the state's population, to implement a nightly curfew. Those who enter California from another state or country are urged to self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival. "We trust in the community and rely on people to assess risk and take precautions as appropriate".
California has a seven-day coronavirus positivity rate of 9,974, according to the New York Times, nearly reaching the level of a rise in cases over the summer.
Cailey Rizzo is a contributing writer for Travel + Leisure, now based in Brooklyn.