California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) issued a stay-at-home nightly curfew order on Thursday afternoon covering the majority of California’s 40 million residents, a move that comes as the Thanksgiving holiday quickly approaches.
Newsom said it would apply to “non-essential work” and “gatherings” in California counties inside the state’s “purple tier,” a category used to designate “widespread” coronavirus risk level. About 94% of the state’s population of 40 million resides in a purple-tier county.
The Democratic governor called the curfew a response to the rise in coronavirus cases across the state, and said it will go into effect on Saturday and apply from 10pm to 5 am for the next month. The governor’s office described the order in a press release as “the same as the March Stay at Home Order, but applied only between 10 PM and 5 AM and only in purple tier counties that are seeing the highest rates of positive cases and hospitalizations.”