All Socal Counties Issued A Limited Stay At Home Order With Curfew

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All Socal Counties Issued A Limited Stay At Home Order With Curfew

Written By Zaina Cummins

As COVID-19 cases continue to spike across the United States, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that he will be issuing a stay at home order with a curfew attached for a ‘limited’ time on Thursday afternoon.

All Socal Counties Issued A Limited Stay At Home Order With Curfew

Starting this Saturday night, non-essential work, movement and gatherings will be prohibited between the hours of 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily, according to a news release from the governor’s office. The order will last a month and is set to expire at 5 a.m. on Dec. 21, but it could be extended as needed.

The order will impact all counties in the most-restrictive purple tier, which includes everyone in Southern California.

“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,” Newsom said in the release. “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.”

This lockdown is more so targeted rather than the first lockdown in March of this year; which was an around the clock lockdown.

This lockdown is limited to late-night and overnight hours because that’s often when people are more likely to engage in social activities and gatherings that could lead to an increased risk of transmission, the release explained. 

Under this new order, non-essential businesses must close by curfew. Essential businesses may keep their regular store hours such as grocery stores, liquor stores and food places.

In an afternoon news briefing, California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly credited the order back in March in keeping the number of cases down at the beginning of the pandemic.

“We saw its impact back in March, those difficult days adjusting to the reality of COVID. But that kept us ahead of the curve,” he said. “And just like then, today’s actions will help us bring down transmission and flatten our curve, this time in a very important and urgent way.”

California on Thursday reported 11,478 new cases of coronavirus over the previous 24 hours, the state’s highest single-day number to date during the pandemic. The seven-day average has ticked upwards to 9,665, according to Ghaly.

The state’s testing positivity rate has also increased at a concerning rate, nearly doubling to 5% over the past 14 days in just a few weeks, Ghaly said.

Without the new and enhanced measures, officials said they fear there will be an “unprecedented surge” in hospitalizations if COVID-19 cases continue to rise sharply, something that could overrun the state’s health care system.

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