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    • Governor Gavin Newsom announced the order on Thursday
    • He said it will go into effect at 10am Saturday and last until December 21
    • The order affects the 41 counties in California’s most restrictive purple COVID-19 reopening tier

    California Governor Gavin Newsom has issued a ‘limited stay-at-home order’ banning non-essential work and gatherings between 10pm and 5am for the next month in response to the state’s recent spike in coronavirus cases. 

    Newsom announced the order on Thursday, saying it will go into effect on Saturday in counties in California’s most restrictive purple COVID-19 reopening tier. 

    Currently 41 of the state’s 58 counties are in the purple tier.  

    ‘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. We are sounding the alarm,’ Newsom said. 

    ‘It is crucial that we act to decrease transmission and slow hospitalizations before the death count surges. We’ve done it before and we must do it again.’ 

    California Governor Gavin Newsom issued a ‘limited stay-at-home order’ banning non-essential work and gatherings between 10pm and 5am for the next month on Thursday

     

    The order affects 41 counties in California's most restrictive purple COVID-19 reopening tier

    The order affects 41 counties in California’s most restrictive purple COVID-19 reopening tier 

    Newsom’s latest order has the same restrictions as the one he imposed in March, except that this time they are limited to certain counties and are only in effect from 10pm to 5am.   

    ‘We know from our stay at home order this spring, which flattened the curve in California, that reducing the movement and mixing of individuals dramatically decreases COVID-19 spread, hospitalizations, and deaths,’ California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr Mark Ghaly said. 

    ‘We may need to take more stringent actions if we are unable to flatten the curve quickly. Taking these hard, temporary actions now could help prevent future shutdowns.’ 

    The state Department of Public Health explained the order in a news release, saying it aims to limit opportunities for the disease to spread. 

    ‘Activities conducted during 10 PM to 5 AM are often non-essential and more likely related to social activities and gatherings that have a higher likelihood of leading to reduced inhibition and reduced likelihood for adherence to safety measures like wearing a face covering and maintaining physical distance,’ the release said.  

    Newsom and state health officials have significantly ramped up warnings about the virus in recent weeks after the state saw a 50 percent increase in new cases during the first week of November.  

    California had logged 1,059,267 cases and 18,466 deaths to date and had a positivity rate of five percent as of Thursday evening – up two percent from October 28.  

    This is a developing story. 

    California had logged 1,059,267 cases and 18,466 deaths to date as of Thursday evening

    California had logged 1,059,267 cases and 18,466 deaths to date as of Thursday evening

    The state's positivity rate currently stands at five percent - up 1.7 percent from two weeks ago

    The state’s positivity rate currently stands at five percent – up 1.7 percent from two weeks ago

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