California Gov Newsom issues 'limited stay-at-home order' amid coronavirus case spike

Grant Boone
November 21, 2020

Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims reiterated the department's stance that it does not have the manpower or the desire to have deputies monitor residents in violation of Newsom's latest stay-at-home order meant to help slow the spread of the virus.

'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 release said.

"We know from our stay at home order this spring, which flattened the curve in California, that reducing the movement and mixing of individuals dramatically decreases COVID-19 spread, hospitalizations, and deaths", California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said in a statement.

This newest order is created to reduce opportunities for disease transmission during social activities and gatherings that have a higher likelihood of leading to "reduced inhibition and reduced likelihood for adherence to safety measures", such as wearing a face covering and maintaining physical distance.

L.A. officials said they are alarmed by the rapid spread of the infection.

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. And believe me, we do too.

With the virus becoming more widespread statewide, "activities that you normally do are higher risk today than they were a month ago", Ghaly said. We've enjoyed some events over the last many weeks - in my home county of Los Angeles, the Dodgers, the Lakers. We're looking forward to other future events and activities as we go into the winter.

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South Australia will revert to a series of similar restrictions imposed at the beginning of the week from midnight on Saturday. Meanwhile, outdoor exercise is allowed "effective immediately" (any you can exercise with people in your household).

Newsom referred to the order in a tweet as a "limited stay-at-home order".

The limited stay-at-home order applies to 41 counties that account for almost the entire state population of just under 40 million people.

In the meantime, LA County was already scheduled to implement new restrictions on Friday, including limiting indoor capacity to 25% at all non-essential businesses and outdoor service at restaurants and breweries to 50% capacity.

Culver City - 10 new cases for a total of 527 cases. "This is simply the fastest increase California has seen since the beginning of this pandemic".

In his statement announcing the order, Newsom acknowledged that California reported almost 200,000 cases last week - a record high in a single day since March - and that COVID-19 cases surged by 50% in the first week of November. County Health Officer Dr. Muntu Davis said the county's surging numbers have now exceeded the spike seen in mid-summer, jumping 68% since the end of October, compared to a 43% increase that occurred between mid-June and early July.

Among the counties impacted by the curfew are Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Riverside, Santa Cruz, Napa, and Santa Clara.

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