UPDATE: Gov. Newsom has announced a limited Stay at Home Order requiring that non-essential work, movement and gatherings stop between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. in counties in the purple tier. The order will take effect Saturday night.
The latest order takes effect in counties listed in the purple tier where there the coronavirus is considered widespread with the highest rates of cases and hospitalizations, including Kern County, through 5 a.m. on Dec. 21.
Thursday’s action is aimed at limiting non-essential gatherings to reduce the chance of transmission of the coronavirus. Those gatherings and social activities have a higher likelihood of “leading to inhibition and reduced likelihood for adherence to safety measures like wearing a face covering and maintaining physical distance,” Newsom said.
The affected counties are under the new order beginning Saturday night at 10 p.m.
“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,” Gov. Newsom said in a statement.
“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.”
Officials said COVID-19 case rates have risen by about 50% in the first week of November across the state.
KRON4’s Ashley Zavala reports the “limited stay-at-home order” will put the curfew in place for 40+ counties in the purple tier and will be in effect from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Sources say the curfew will go into effect Saturday, Nov. 21 at 10 p.m.
The following counties are in the purple tier, with Bay Area counties in bold:
- Santa Cruz
- Contra Costa
- El Dorado
- San Benito
- San Joaquin
- San Luis Obispo
- Santa Barbara
- Santa Clara
The expected announcement comes just days after Newsom revealed he was considering a statewide curfew to curb the surge in cases.
Ohio has already enacted a statewide curfew, and Oregon will soon go on a two-week statewide “freeze” to curb cases.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.