Governor Gavin Newsom issues new stay at home order

FILE California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks at a COVID-19 testing facility in Valencia Calif. Newsom on Monday Nov. 16 2020

Today, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced a new 10pm to 5am curfew.

The state of California has issued a new "limited stay-at-home" order for all counties now listed on the Purple Tier, including Los Angeles County. All non-essential work, movement and gatherings will be stopped between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.in those counties that are in the "purple" tier of the state's coronavirus reopening plan. In purple tier counties, the restrictions have forced many businesses to suspend or severely restrict the number of customers allowed indoors.

Newsom's order comes on the heels of the backlash he is facing after attending a 12-person birthday party for a top aide and lobbyist at the ritzy dining institution French Laundry in Napa Valley, which executives from the California Medical Association also attended, as the state became the second to record 1 million COVID-19 infections. "Together, we can flatten the curve again", he tweeted. It is crucial that we act to decrease transmission and slow hospitalizations before the death count surges. Meanwhile, most outdoor bars and restaurants around the city seem to be closing by 10 p.m. or earlier anyway. Now over 70% of California Counties are in the Purple Tier, including Orange County, where the Disneyland Resort is located.

'We may need to take more stringent actions if we are unable to flatten the curve quickly. "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.

A color-coded map of the Golden State showing the levels of coronavirus cases in each county
A color-coded map of the Golden State showing the levels of coronavirus cases in each county

Newsom and state health officials have significantly ramped up warnings about the virus in recent weeks after the state saw a 50 percent increase in new cases during the first week of November.

On Monday, the state pulled an emergency brake in the Blueprint for a Safer Economy putting more than 94 percent of California's population in the most restrictive tier. Masks must be worn by individuals whenever they leave their homes. Additionally, the state issued a travel advisory last week.

Last week, California, Washington, and OR issued travel advisories that urge visitors from out-of-state OR residents returning home from outside travel to self-quarantine for 14 days.

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


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