In an effort to curb spiking coronavirus infections, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office announced a partial stay at home order for approximately 94 percent of California residents. The order will go into effect on Saturday and requires all residents in the ‘purple’ category to remain at home between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. The order will remain in effect until through Dec. 21.
If you live in California and are part of the 94 percent of those affected by Governor Newsom’s new orders, here is what you can and cannot do:
People will still be allowed to perform essential tasks like walking their dog, picking up prescriptions at the pharmacy or getting takeout at restaurants, Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said. But nonessential businesses and activities will be prohibited. For example, restaurants will have to close their outdoor dining by 10 p.m.
“Activities you normally do are higher risk today than they were a month ago,” because more people are infected across the state, Ghaly said during a press conference announcing the curfew. “This is going to help us stop the surge faster and avoid more severe restrictions.”
“We are sounding the alarm,” Newsom said in a statement. “It is crucial that we act to decrease transmission and slow hospitalizations before the death count surges. We’ve done it before and we must do it again.”