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Governor implements nightly curfew for non-essential activities in Alameda County

Starting Saturday, curfew in effect in purple tier counties from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

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

The order will require non-essential 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 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 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 month-long 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."

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Governor implements nightly curfew for non-essential activities in Alameda County

Starting Saturday, curfew in effect in purple tier counties from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Uploaded: Thu, Nov 19, 2020, 3:20 pm
Updated: Thu, Nov 19, 2020, 9:34 pm

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

The order will require non-essential 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 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 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 month-long 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."

— Bay City News Service

Comments

Michael F.
Registered user
Pleasanton Heights
on Nov 19, 2020 at 4:37 pm
Michael F., Pleasanton Heights
Registered user
on Nov 19, 2020 at 4:37 pm
50 people like this

This guy is a NUT CASE. Did'nt know that Covid speads more after 10pm.


MichaelB
Registered user
Pleasanton Meadows
on Nov 19, 2020 at 5:37 pm
MichaelB, Pleasanton Meadows
Registered user
on Nov 19, 2020 at 5:37 pm
40 people like this

"Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Thursday a limited stay-at-home order for California that will go into effect Saturday night and last for a month to try to limit the spread of COVID-19."

Let's see if he actually follows his own directives this time.


[email protected]
Registered user
Downtown
on Nov 20, 2020 at 5:57 am
[email protected], Downtown
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on Nov 20, 2020 at 5:57 am
8 people like this

I feel governor, Newson made the right decision in setting a curfew. It is very necessary to stop the spread of the coronavirus. This is great and everyone needs to follow the protocols of the CDC. Let's save all lives! This is great as we approach the holidays. Stop congregating and stay home until a vaccine is available. Coronavirus don't discriminate. #stayhomesafeandwashyourhands


Guillermo M.
Registered user
Downtown
on Nov 20, 2020 at 9:39 am
Guillermo M., Downtown
Registered user
on Nov 20, 2020 at 9:39 am
37 people like this

Boy do I feel lucky, I just made it home last night at 9:50pm from visiting my son & daughter in law in Modesto. The “Rona” almost got me! Pheew, that was close.

This mandate will NEVER be obeyed and will NEVER be enforced. Simply ridiculous.


dknute
Registered user
Golden Eagle
on Nov 20, 2020 at 9:52 am
dknute, Golden Eagle
Registered user
on Nov 20, 2020 at 9:52 am
40 people like this

This is just another in a long list of [removed] this governor has placed on Everyone except he and his cronies....when will the public wise up and NOT vote for this guy again? There is a lot of complaining, but when the ballot box opens, his name rises to the top like grease on water. The California Voter is to blame for this.....Vote these people out of office. Bring our State back to the forefront of the American Republic.


James Michael
Registered user
Val Vista
on Nov 20, 2020 at 10:13 am
James Michael, Val Vista
Registered user
on Nov 20, 2020 at 10:13 am
31 people like this

I don't usually go out at night when the weather turns cold but because of this dipwad I'm going to make an exception and just drive around aimlessly.


Kathleen Ruegsegger
Registered user
Vintage Hills
on Nov 20, 2020 at 10:48 am
Kathleen Ruegsegger, Vintage Hills
Registered user
on Nov 20, 2020 at 10:48 am
13 people like this

James Michael, you realize just driving around accomplishes nothing—just you, stuck in your car. If restaurants and bars and everything else is closed by 10, there’s no place to be. I’m happy to be home and wear a mask when I’m out. It really isn’t that difficult. The governor, on the other hand, is a doofus.


James Michael
Registered user
Val Vista
on Nov 21, 2020 at 7:36 pm
James Michael, Val Vista
Registered user
on Nov 21, 2020 at 7:36 pm
9 people like this

I was just joking, Kathleen. I just hope he doesn't replace K. Harris with himself. But maybe that might be a good thing...we get rid of a dipwad and a doofus .


Jake Waters
Registered user
Birdland
on Nov 24, 2020 at 10:55 am
Jake Waters, Birdland
Registered user
on Nov 24, 2020 at 10:55 am
9 people like this

So, if stopped after 10 PM, what law, statue, or code will be used to cite or arrest if necessary? Will we be told: “You’re under arrest because the Governor said so.”


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