By CBSLA Staff

SACRAMENTO (CBSLA) – Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a limited “stay-at-home” order Thursday afternoon requiring gatherings, movement and non-essential work to stop between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. in all California counties in the purple tier.

There are currently 41 California counties in the purple tier including Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego County.

The new orders will take effect at 10 p.m. Saturday. They will remain in effect until 5 a.m. on Dec. 21.

Newsom said the restrictions are in light of unprecedented spikes in COVID-19 cases across California.

California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said after 10 p.m. residents can still go to the grocery or drug store, walk dogs, and get takeout from restaurants.

Chad Gordon, manager of Mister O’s said he doesn’t quite understand the new curfew.

“All it’s gonna do is force more people to go on unemployment, because I’m gonna furlough another five people next week,” he said.

On the weekend, the restaurant can make up to 25% of its profit between 10 p.m. and midnight, Gordon said.

“I don’t understand it completely, especially since I’ve been following all of the guidelines,” he said.

Ghaly said the curfew is just an extra level of security in an effort to prevent more restrictions.

“This is our highest number to date at 11,478 cases in the state for November 18,” said Ghaly. “We must put up our guards more than we usually do.”

Ghaly said when customers at dining establishments are eating and drinking, it is important to keep masks down for as short a period of time as possible.

He also asked people to limit activities where it is difficult to keep a distance, such as playing board games at home or talking in a break room at work.

“These immediate actions will help reduce community spread, protect individuals at higher risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19, and prevent the state’s health care delivery system from becoming overwhelmed,” said Acting State Public Health Officer Dr. Erica S. Pan in a statement.

The order is similar to the public health order issued for California in March but only applies to counties seeing the highest rates of positive cases and hospitalizations.

“We were the first state to do a stay-at-home order in March,” said Ghaly. “We didn’t experience a radical rise like other states. Just like then, today’s actions will help us flatten our curve in a very important and urgent way.”

Comments (7)
  1. Oh, sure. While the rich , entitled azz-hole goes out to party with a bunch of lobbyists, inside, at some post French eatery. That man is a jerk.

  2. that’s ‘posh’ French eatery.

  3. Joe says:

    Maybe crack down on all the huge warehouse parties? Just a thought.

  4. marieucla1 says:

    You fake commentators telling us not to listen to those that are trying to help us stop this covid surge, go back to Russia. And stop spreading lies in other countries that our CIA made covid as a biological weapon. Most Americans are smarter than you think. We wear seatbelts and have our children wear seatbelts just in case something unexpected happens. We wants our loved ones safe. We know that those who have studied medicine have a better grasp on how to prevent the spread of disease than we do. Most Americans love each other and do not want to see others suffer. We know having to stop drinking at the bar and being home by 10 is better than having a tube down your throat or putting others at risk. We can do any essential activity after 10 like grocery shopping but this limited curfew has worked in the past to slow a covid surge and saved lives. America will continue to be the best place to live only as long as we stop listening to those who would cause us harm, live by the golden rule and make sacrifices if need be to take care of each other.

    1. Victor says:

      marieucla1 by you not admitting that China is waging biological war on us is damaging.

  5. Ricky Bobby Bia says:

    But protest and riots are cool?

    Interesting…

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