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Governor announces nightly curfew for most of the state, starting Saturday

Governor's limited stay-at-home order applies to all purple tier counties; San Mateo County is in the red tier

Customers dine while pedestrians walk around on Castro Street in downtown Mountain View. A monthlong curfew meant to discourage nighttime gatherings and stem the spread of the coronavirus begins at 10 p.m. on Nov. 21 in all purple-tier counties, such as Santa Clara. Photo by Magali Gauthier.

Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a monthlong stay-at-home order Thursday intended to reduce nighttime gatherings and limit the spread of the coronavirus.

The order will require nonessential work and gatherings to stop from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. in counties assigned to the "purple" tier, the most-restrictive tier in the state's pandemic reopening system.

A total of 41 counties are in the purple tier as of Monday, including Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Sonoma, Solano, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties.

According to Newsom, the order will begin Saturday, Nov. 21, and last through Dec. 21.

"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," Newsom said in a statement. "We are sounding the alarm."

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Newsom first floated the possibility of a curfew order on Monday when the state moved more than two dozen counties into the purple tier due to rising coronavirus case rates and hospitalizations across the state.

Dr. Mark Ghaly, secretary of the state's Health and Human Services Department, said the state chose to issue a curfew to prevent the need for further, even tighter restrictions.

"We've seen in the past that COVID goes from zero to 60 mph very quickly," he said during a briefing on the new stay-at-home order, adding that "all tools are on the table."

Ghaly suggested that issuing a curfew would discourage state residents from engaging in higher-risk, late-night activities like going to a taproom or restaurant, even with restrictions limiting seating to only outdoors.

Preventing such actions, he said, could save the lives of people who may be more vulnerable to developing serious complications from contracting the virus.

"Maybe you're a worker who's out at night with a group of friends, outdoors even, and you contract COVID and then you go the next day to work and it is passed on, maybe not the next day but a day or two later, to a vulnerable resident in a congregate care facility," he said. "Exactly the situation we want to avoid."

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, recently endorsed the potential use of a curfew to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

Fauci, asked about the potential of a curfew on Tuesday while receiving an award from San Jose State University, said conditions can vary from county to county and city to city, but that he supported the general premise.

"You don't like to be very prescriptive," he said. "But, sometimes when you're dealing with the seriousness of the situation right now, I leave it up to the good judgment of the leaders of your states and your cities to make that (decision)."

Ghaly said the state's decision to issue the monthlong curfew had more to do with the state's current surge in cases rather than the potential for large gatherings during Thanksgiving and other upcoming holidays.

"In many ways, the days and weeks to come will be different than in years past," he said. "And, in order for us to do the best we can with controlling this virus, we're going to have to keep our guard up, make some tough choices."

Watch California Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly discuss the status of COVID-19 across the state at a Nov. 19 video call conference:

Watch California Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly discuss the status of COVID-19 across the state at a Nov. 19 video call conference:

Find comprehensive coverage on the Midpeninsula's response to the new coronavirus by Palo Alto Online, the Mountain View Voice and the Almanac here.

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Governor announces nightly curfew for most of the state, starting Saturday

Governor's limited stay-at-home order applies to all purple tier counties; San Mateo County is in the red tier

by / Almanac

Uploaded: Thu, Nov 19, 2020, 2:39 pm
Updated: Fri, Nov 20, 2020, 9:44 am

Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a monthlong stay-at-home order Thursday intended to reduce nighttime gatherings and limit the spread of the coronavirus.

The order will require nonessential work and gatherings to stop from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. in counties assigned to the "purple" tier, the most-restrictive tier in the state's pandemic reopening system.

A total of 41 counties are in the purple tier as of Monday, including Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Sonoma, Solano, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties.

According to Newsom, the order will begin Saturday, Nov. 21, and last through Dec. 21.

"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," Newsom said in a statement. "We are sounding the alarm."

Newsom first floated the possibility of a curfew order on Monday when the state moved more than two dozen counties into the purple tier due to rising coronavirus case rates and hospitalizations across the state.

Dr. Mark Ghaly, secretary of the state's Health and Human Services Department, said the state chose to issue a curfew to prevent the need for further, even tighter restrictions.

"We've seen in the past that COVID goes from zero to 60 mph very quickly," he said during a briefing on the new stay-at-home order, adding that "all tools are on the table."

Ghaly suggested that issuing a curfew would discourage state residents from engaging in higher-risk, late-night activities like going to a taproom or restaurant, even with restrictions limiting seating to only outdoors.

Preventing such actions, he said, could save the lives of people who may be more vulnerable to developing serious complications from contracting the virus.

"Maybe you're a worker who's out at night with a group of friends, outdoors even, and you contract COVID and then you go the next day to work and it is passed on, maybe not the next day but a day or two later, to a vulnerable resident in a congregate care facility," he said. "Exactly the situation we want to avoid."

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, recently endorsed the potential use of a curfew to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

Fauci, asked about the potential of a curfew on Tuesday while receiving an award from San Jose State University, said conditions can vary from county to county and city to city, but that he supported the general premise.

"You don't like to be very prescriptive," he said. "But, sometimes when you're dealing with the seriousness of the situation right now, I leave it up to the good judgment of the leaders of your states and your cities to make that (decision)."

Ghaly said the state's decision to issue the monthlong curfew had more to do with the state's current surge in cases rather than the potential for large gatherings during Thanksgiving and other upcoming holidays.

"In many ways, the days and weeks to come will be different than in years past," he said. "And, in order for us to do the best we can with controlling this virus, we're going to have to keep our guard up, make some tough choices."

Watch California Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly discuss the status of COVID-19 across the state at a Nov. 19 video call conference:

Find comprehensive coverage on the Midpeninsula's response to the new coronavirus by Palo Alto Online, the Mountain View Voice and the Almanac here.

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No
Registered user
Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Nov 19, 2020 at 5:29 pm
No, Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
Registered user
on Nov 19, 2020 at 5:29 pm
16 people like this

I will not be abiding by this nonsense. Unconstitutional, and stupid. I’ll do whatever I want and Newsome can’t tell me otherwise


Thoughtful
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Atherton: other
on Nov 19, 2020 at 6:17 pm
Thoughtful, Atherton: other
Registered user
on Nov 19, 2020 at 6:17 pm
19 people like this

Interesting the category of this item is "fiction".

In my view, the Governor should resign. By not following his own rules for COVID (French Laundry debacle), he's lost the moral authority to ask others to do the same. This will cost lives.


Enough
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Menlo Park: other
on Nov 21, 2020 at 9:28 am
Enough, Menlo Park: other
Registered user
on Nov 21, 2020 at 9:28 am
2 people like this

I have to agree that this is not only stupid it is another case of Newsom exceeding his authority. I'm sure this will be challenged in court and that Newsom will lose. The virus is not more prevalent between 10 pm and 5 am. There are already restrictions in place against large gatherings and restrictions on operating hours for businesses like restaurants and bars so what is the purpose? Personally I have no intention of following this curfew. If I have a reason to be out after 10 I will be.


Willy
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Atherton: Lindenwood
on Nov 21, 2020 at 6:23 pm
Willy, Atherton: Lindenwood
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on Nov 21, 2020 at 6:23 pm
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> another case of Newsom exceeding his authority

Based on what legal precedent? Why hasn't the GOP sued?


Enough
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Menlo Park: other
on Nov 21, 2020 at 7:44 pm
Enough, Menlo Park: other
Registered user
on Nov 21, 2020 at 7:44 pm
1 person likes this

Willy,

Why do you think there hasn't been a lawsuit filed? There has. In addition, several California Law enforcement agencies have come out and publicly states they will not be enforcing the curfew. One would assume there are many more that do not intend to state the publicly but will not be enforcing the curfew. A curfew by the way that does not apply to "essential workers", a term that has been expanded to include employees at Tesla and entertainment industry workers. How are they essential?


Willy
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Atherton: Lindenwood
on Nov 23, 2020 at 11:10 am
Willy, Atherton: Lindenwood
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on Nov 23, 2020 at 11:10 am
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> there hasn't been a lawsuit filed? There has.

Wow - the San Bernadino supes! Be still my heart! What? Sidney Powell's free these days - can't talk her into using her vast experience as part of the Trump 'elite, strike force' legal team?

Maybe she can find the link between Newsom and Hugo Chavez, whom she thinks is still mysteriously alive!

"Ms Powell also said that some voting software was created at the direction of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and that votes for Mr Trump had probably been switched in favour of President-elect Joe Biden."

Web Link

Any other 'elite, strike force' legal team on the case to prove your point? ('cuz you are wrong about "Newsom exceeding his authority")


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