California enacts night curfew with rise in COVID cases

California has reported a total of more than 1 million coronavirus cases and more than 18,000 deaths this year, according to the state health department.

On Saturday's broadcast of the Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends", Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones said that he won't enforce the state's coronavirus curfew or any current or future coronavirus orders. Those counties encompass 94% of the almost 40 million people living in the most populous US state.

"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".

During Thursday's GOP House briefing, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Newsom lost his credibility with Californians after he violated his own COVID-19 restrictions. Newsom also imposed a one-month-long 10 p.m. - 5 a.m. curfew that is scheduled to end on December 21st.

But despite the alarm bells, which we've all heard before, sheriffs, in ever-growing numbers, apparently believe that enforcing Thanksgiving dinner and COVID curfews doesn't make much sense when they're freeing prisoners because of COVID. "We've done it before and we must do it again". These include Sacramento, Fresno, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside and San Diego.

"This means that many essential businesses that in the past we've called non-essential businesses-there's a list of what's included and not included in that category-that we ask that they close operations by 10 p.m., that people can get home by then and that they stay home".

This limited Stay at Home Order is created to reduce opportunities for disease transmission. It's in place in 41 of the state's 58 counties that have the most significant increases in virus cases and face the most severe restrictions under California's four-tier system for reopening the economy. The state will reassess data continuously and move more counties back into a more restrictive tier, if necessary.

Officials said overnight movements are more likely to involve social activities that bring increased risk of infection, particularly if people drink and let down their guard on basic safety precautions like wearing masks and staying a safe distance apart. "We may need to take more stringent actions if we are unable to flatten the curve quickly". Last week, California issued a travel advisory, urging against non-essential out-of-state travel.

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