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

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

If new cases and hospitalization worsen still further, the county would impose a new stay-at-home order that would only allow essential workers and people securing essential services to leave their homes, and implement a 10 p.m. -to-6 a.m. curfew that only exempts essential workers.

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. "We've done it before and we must do it again".

'It is crucial that we act to decrease transmission and slow hospitalizations before the death count surges.

Hoping to reduce the surge, Gov. Gavin Newsom has ordered most people to stay home, starting Saturday, from 10 p.m.to 5 a.m.

File Image: Gavin Newsom, governor of California, speaks during a news conference in Sacramento, California, U.S., on Tuesday, April 14, 2020.

The order will last one month, until December 21, but could be extended.

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 referred to the order in a tweet as a "limited stay-at-home order". In these kinds of settings, either at home or at outdoor dining facilities, participants are more likely to be less careful about masking, distancing, and other protocols. Taking these hard, temporary actions now could help prevent future shutdowns'. We must be strong together and make tough decisions to stay socially connected but physically distanced during this critical time. "Letting our guard down could put thousands of lives in danger and cripple our health care system".

Covid-19 case rates increased by approximately 50 percent in California during the first week of November. In recent weeks, health officials across the state have seen a surge in cases, with Los Angeles County reporting a record 5,031 cases and 29 additional deaths on Thursday.

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.

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. Similar curfews have already been put in place in New York City and Los Angeles, as well as in the states of MA and Virginia.

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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