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California implements 10 p.m. curfew for counties in purple tier

Governor Gavin Newsom announced that California is issuing a curfew that will take effect at 10 p.m. Saturday, November 21 and remain in effect until 5 a.m. December 21.

Non-essential work and gatherings must stop from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. in counties in the purple tier, this includes Riverside County. This order will remain for one month.

"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. "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."

Around 94% of the state's population live in counties currently in the purple tier.

California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said the idea of the curfew is to close restaurants, bars, and wineries close earlier to encourage people to go home and not gather. He said people are still able to go to do things like go to the grocery or drug store, walk your dog, get takeout after 10 p.m.

Full Story: Riverside County Sheriff discusses whether they will enforce new order

According to the order issued Thursday:

This Limited Stay at Home Order will reduce opportunities for disease transmission with the goal of decreasing the number of hours individuals are in the community and mixing with individuals outside of their household.

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In particular, activities conducted during 10:00 pm to 5:00 am are often non-essential and more likely related to social activities and gatherings that have a higher likelihood of leading to reduced inhibition and reduced likelihood to adhere to COVID-19 preventive measures (e.g., wearing face coverings and maintaining physical distance).

Erica S. Pan, MD, MPH
Acting State Public Health Officer
California Department of Public Health

On Monday, Newsom mentioned that the administration was discussing possibly implementing a statewide curfew.

Details: Gov. Newsom considers imposing statewide curfew as virus spreads out of control

The city of Palm Springs already has a curfew into effect dating back to the summer. Palm Springs' curfew originally started at 11 p.m. but was pushed back to midnight after several restaurants voiced their concerns about it having a negative affect on their business.

Full Story: Palm Springs extends late-night restaurant closure order after business concerns

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