California to Implement 'Limited Stay-at-Home Order' Amid Rise in COVID-19 Cases

Carrie Guzman
November 20, 2020

If new cases and hospitalization worsen still further, the county would impose a new stay-at-home order that would only allow essential workers and people securing essential services to leave their homes, and implement a 10 p.m. -to-6 a.m. curfew that only exempts essential workers.

The limited stay-at-home order applies to 41 counties that account for almost the entire state population of just under 40 million people.

In his recent press briefing, Newsom said he was considering the possibility of a statewide curfew that could draw on examples from Europe and the Middle East.

Prohibits most nonessential activity outside the home from 10 p.m.to 5 a.m in purple tier counties.

Almost 95% of the state, or 41 counties are now in the purple tier of the state's reopening plans.

The order will last one month, until December 21, but could be extended. "We are sounding the alarm", Newsom said in a statement Thursday.

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But along with many other states, California is now seeing surges in virus infections, hospitalizations and deaths that threaten to overwhelm its health care system. "We've done it before and we must do it again".

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. A monthlong curfew meant to discourage nighttime gatherings and stem the spread of the coronavirus begins at 10 p.m. on November 21 in all purple-tier counties, such as Santa Clara. "We've done it before and we must do it again".

The curfew is less strict than the near-total ban on nonessential business and travel that Gov. Gavin Newsom imposed in March and which he credited with flattening the rate of COVID-19 cases, despite a summer peak. Taking these hard, temporary actions now could help prevent future shutdowns'. "Letting our guard down could put thousands of lives in danger and cripple our health care system", said Dr. Erica Pan, the state's acting Public Health Officer. "And we know that those are factors driving this high transmission".

Battling a risky surge in coronavirus cases, California public health officials on Thursday imposed a limited stay-at-home order they hope will help slow the spread. That covers 94% of the state's almost 40 million residents. 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.

"We are now assessing the action by the Governor", he added.

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