Gov. Gavin Newsom Issues New Stay-at-Home Order for Purple Tier Counties | KFI

State orders curfews for San Diego County, other COVID-19 purple tier counties

Meanwhile, most outdoor bars and restaurants around the city seem to be closing by 10 p.m. or earlier anyway.

The coronavirus continues to spread across California.

The order is set to expire on December 21, but could be extended if necessary.

Newsom issued the order on Thursday after a spike in coronavirus cases throughout the state. "We are sounding the alarm", said Governor Newsom. The move comes only days after the state-imposed restrictions limiting business operations in those 41 counties, which have the most significant increases in virus cases. "Together, we can flatten the curve again", he tweeted.

In his statement announcing the order, Newsom acknowledged that California reported almost 200,000 cases last week - a record high in a single day since March - and that COVID-19 cases surged by 50% in the first week of November. "We may need to take more stringent actions if we are unable to flatten the curve quickly". Nothing in the order prevents any number of people from the same household from leaving their residence, lodging, or temporary accommodation, as long as they do not engage in any interaction with (or otherwise gather with) any number of people from any other household, except as specifically permitted by the order. "We've done it before and we must do it again".

On Monday, Newsom stated he was considering a possible statewide curfew as he was pulling an "emergency break" on reopening. "Letting our guard down could put thousands of lives in danger and cripple our health care system". Just under 38 million people; 94% of the state's population.

A color-coded map available on covid19.ca.gov shows that as of November 16, purple tier counties extend from northernmost Siskiyou County to the southernmost counties of Imperial and San Diego.

California is also strengthening its face covering guidance to require individuals to wear a mask whenever outside their home, with limited exceptions.

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. The travel advisory urges against non-essential out-of-state travel, asks people to self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving from another state or country, and encourages residents to stay local.

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