On Thursday, Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Health Department announced a "limited stay at home order" in response to a spike in coronavirus cases rise across the state. The curfew is meant to prevent non-essential work and gatherings from taking place from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. in counties that are in the State's purple tier. It will go into effect on Saturday night and will remain in effect for four weeks.
"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 are sounding the alarm," said Governor Newsom. "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."
Heath and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly held a news conference on Thursday to offer more details on the curfew and why it's being implemented now. Watch the full briefing below.
COVID-19 case rates increased by approximately 50 percent in California during the first week of November. As a result, Governor Newsom and California’s public health officials have announced a list of measures they hope will keep the state's health care system from being overwhelmed by a surge of coronavirus cases.
"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. "We may need to take more stringent actions if we are unable to flatten the curve quickly. Taking these hard, temporary actions now could help prevent future shutdowns."
Read the full order here: https://bit.ly/35O7saO