California Imposes Overnight Curfew to Stem Coronavirus

A man walks past a mostly empty outdoor seating area for a restaurant Thursday Nov. 19 2020 in Santa Monica Calif

Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims reiterated the department's stance that it does not have the manpower or the desire to have deputies monitor residents in violation of Newsom's latest stay-at-home order meant to help slow the spread of the virus.

"In light of the steep surge in positive cases we are now experiencing, and as with other COVID-19 orders created to protect the most vulnerable members of our community, the city of Fresno is asking our residents to voluntarily comply with the state's limited stay-at-home directive", Brand said.

While nonessential businesses must close by 10 p.m., restaurants will be permitted to offer takeout food and people can perform some routine activities like walking the dog, officials said.

This limited Stay at Home Order is created to reduce opportunities for disease transmission.

This newest order is created to reduce opportunities for disease transmission during social activities and gatherings that have a higher likelihood of leading to "reduced inhibition and reduced likelihood for adherence to safety measures", such as wearing a face covering and maintaining physical distance. "Well, today, because the background transmission rate, the level of COVID in our communities, is higher, even our everyday activities become higher risk".

"At this point, no one should be still underestimating the spread of this virus, nor should anyone be questioning the actions we still need to slow the spread and lessen its impact on our collective health and our local economy", said Los Angeles County Health Officer Dr. Muntu Davis. "Together we prevented a public health crisis in the spring and together we can do it again".

The limited stay-at-home order applies to 41 counties that account for almost the entire state population of just under 40 million people. The state's positivity rate now stands at five percent - up 1.7 percent from November 5.

The curfew will immediately effect all the Bay Area counties now in the "Purple" tier: Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano, Santa Clara, Napa, and Sonoma counties. According to the order, members of the same household are allowed to leave their homes after 10pm, however, they are not allowed to interact with anyone from outside their household.

In addition to the limited stay-at-home order, California has also implemented a travel advisory recommending that residents avoid nonessential out-of-state travel and to quarantine for 14 days after arriving from another state or country.

California was the first state to issue a lockdown order in March for its 40 million residents. "We are assessing that as well".

Culver City - 10 new cases for a total of 527 cases.

San Diego County Supervisor Greg Cox, in response to the statewide curfew, said, "Look, we know we all want to see this pandemic end".

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