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Newsom Orders New Curfew in 40+ California Counties

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The thing that many people have been worried about, and not nearly enough people have done anything to try and stop, is happening.

Governor Gavin Newsom announced a new “Stay-at-Home” order for the 40+ counties that are in the “purple” tier of California’s county risk level chart. This means that these counties will have a curfew and the people who live there will have to stay at home from 10pm to 5am every night. The purple tier is the worst tier on the scale. It means that COVID is widespread and more than 8% of the county has tested positive.


Currently, San Francisco is in the “red” tier so we are ok…for the moment. In the Bay Area the following counties are in the purple: Alameda, Napa, Sonoma, Contra Costa, Solano, and Santa Clara.

A statement from the Governor’s Office said, “This limited Stay at Home Order is designed to reduce opportunities for disease transmission. 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 order takes effect on Saturday 11/21 at 10pm and will be in place for a month.

Shout out to Joe Eskenazi’s excellent daily texts for initially breaking this news to me. You can subscribe to him right here.

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