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California Governor Newsom announced a statewide stay-at-home order on Thursday that will require non-essential work and gatherings to stop between 10 pm and 5 am in counties with high rates of coronavirus transmission.
The order will take effect Saturday at 10 pm for one month and will apply to counties in the purple tier of the state’s reopening structure. Currently, Alameda, Contra Costa, Napa, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma counties are all in the purple tier.
Due to the rise in #COVID19 cases, CA is issuing a limited Stay at Home Order.
Non-essential work and gatherings must stop from 10pm-5am in counties in the purple tier.
This will take effect at 10pm on Saturday and remain for 1 month.
Together–we can flatten the curve again.
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) November 19, 2020
“This limited Stay at Home Order is designed to reduce opportunities for disease transmission. Activities conducted during 10 PM to 5 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 for adherence to safety measures like wearing a face covering and maintaining physical distance,” a statement from the governor’s office read.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a “strong recommendation” for people to avoid Thanksgiving travel on Thursday.
“We’re alarmed with the exponential increase in cases, hospitalizations and deaths,” CDC COVID-19 Incident Manager Henry Walke said.
“I know everybody wants to know what to do for Thanksgiving, and the basic answer — to be the Grinch who stole Thanksgiving — is not to do it,” Dr. George Rutherford, an infectious disease expert at UCSF, told The Chronicle this week.
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf explained the new statewide health order will slow the spread of COVID + save lives.
The new statewide health order will slow the spread of COVID + save lives.
Tonight at 6 p.m. join me + Alameda Co. Public Health Officer Dr. Nick Moss to discuss local impacts.
— Libby Schaaf (@LibbySchaaf) November 19, 2020
KGO’s own Nikki Medoro shared her thoughts on a curfew in a tweet.
I didn’t know the coronavirus knew how to tell time. #Curfew
— Nikki Medoro (@NikkiMedoro) November 19, 2020