California Enforces Curfew as COVID-19 Cases Spike

AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, Pool, File

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.

“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.

KGO’s own Nikki Medoro shared her thoughts on a curfew in a tweet.


KGO Events


Stay updated with KGO 810

Subscribe to KGO 810’s weekly eblast to get the latest information on local news, events, and exclusives from your favorite personalities.