Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Thursday a limited stay-at-home order for California that will go into effect Saturday night and last for a month to try to limit the spread of COVID-19. Californians in the affected counties will still be allowed to buy groceries, pick up restaurant takeout orders, visit doctors or other healthcare providers and other providers of essential services. There are 4,523 current COVID-19 hospitalizations.
According to the governor's office, the curfew will require all "non-essential work, movement and gatherings" to stop between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. 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". "We may need to take more stringent actions if we are unable to flatten the curve quickly".
The curfew is set to expire on December 21 at 5 a.m.
This newest order is created to reduce opportunities for disease transmission during social activities and gatherings that have a higher likelihood of leading to "reduced inhibition and reduced likelihood for adherence to safety measures", such as wearing a face covering and maintaining physical distance.
Newsom's latest order has the same restrictions as the one he imposed in March, except that this time they are limited to certain counties and are only in effect from 10pm to 5am.
The announcement comes days after Gov. Gavin Newsom hinted at a possible curfew and said 40 counties would move into more restrictive tiers in the state's reopening system as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to surge. Taking these hard, temporary actions now could help prevent future shutdowns'. That means, 94% of the state's population will face curfews. The state's positivity rate now stands at five percent - up 1.7 percent from November 5.
The curfew will immediately effect all the Bay Area counties now in the "Purple" tier: Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano, Santa Clara, Napa, and Sonoma counties.
Last week, California, Washington, and OR issued travel advisories that urge visitors from out-of-state OR residents returning home from outside travel to self-quarantine for 14 days. The advisory urges against non-essential out-of-state travel, asks people to self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving from another state or country, and encourages residents to stay local.