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California imposes overnight curfew to stem coronavirus

Cary Erickson | 22 November, 2020, 15:55

California governor Gavin Newsom issued a nightly curfew for most counties in his state as coronavirus outbreaks continued to surge.

"We've got our hands full with real crime issues and this is not a law enforcement issue", Mims said.

"The El Dorado County Sheriff's Office is aware and will not be enforcing this curfew order", said the statement. "We've done it before and we must do it again". "I haven't seen any data that shows between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. that things happen that cause a big spread of covid".

California has reported a total of more than 1 million coronavirus cases and more than 18,000 deaths this year, according to the state health department. Those counties encompass 94% of the almost 40 million people living in the most populous USA state. These include Sacramento, Fresno, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside and San Diego. On Thursday, the Democrat lawmaker said "in light of an unprecedented and rapid rise in COVID-19", he's requiring non-essential work, movement and gatherings to stop between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

This limited Stay at Home Order is created to reduce opportunities for disease transmission. The Sheriff's Office will not prevent Thanksgiving activities, maximum occupancies or mask wearing mandates at social gatherings within the county.

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"We know from our stay-at-home order this spring, which flattened the curve in California, that reducing the movement and mixing of individuals dramatically decreases COVID-19 spread, hospitalizations, and deaths", said California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly.

COVID-19 case rates increased by approximately 50% in California during the first week of November.

The California Department of Public Health issued a curfew order for almost all state residents as it tries to stem the surge of coronavirus cases that is threatening to overwhelm the healthcare system, said Gov. Gavin Newsom.

The curfew applies to 41 of the state's 58 counties that are in the "purple" tier, the most restrictive of four state tiers allowing various stages of economic reopening.

People in California must wear face coverings when they are outside of their home, according to health officials. Last week, California issued a travel advisory, urging against non-essential out-of-state travel.