Sheriff will not enforce state issued curfew order

"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".

"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.

Law enforcement with the city of Fresno and Fresno County do not plan on enforcing the new California curfew issued Thursday by Gov. Gavin Newsom's office.

Earlier this week, LA County officials said that beginning Friday, Nov. 20, nonessential businesses like restaurants, bars, and retail stores must be closed from 10 p.m.to 6 a.m. It is crucial that we act to decrease transmission and slow hospitalizations before the death count surges.

In Northern California, ABC 10 reports that 13 counties there won't be enforcing the Thanksgiving dinner rules or the month-long curfew, including Sacramento County, home of the state capital where all of these rules are coming from.

The state's order will take effect at 10 p.m. Saturday, November 21 and remain in effect until 5 a.m. December 21.

About 37 million Californians live in counties now in the purple tier, where the coronavirus transmission rates are high.

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

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. They will still be able to get medical care, pick up prescriptions and take care of other essential needs.

The California Department of Public Health issued a curfew order for almost all state residents as it tries to stem the surge of coronavirus cases that is threatening to overwhelm the healthcare system, said Gov. Gavin Newsom.

It affects counties with the most severe restrictions, 41 of the state's 58 counties that are in the "purple" tier under California's color-coded system for reopening the economy. Those counties are now classified within the state's "purple tier", which includes communities where more than 8 percent of COVID tests over the past week have come back positive. 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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