Calif. Gov. Newsom issues limited stay-at-home order

Clay Curtis
November 23, 2020

"In response to much social uncertainty and numerous inquiries, I wanted to clarify the position of the Sacramento Sheriff's Office relative to existing health orders, as well as any potential impending orders at the County or State level".

Prohibits most nonessential activity outside the home from 10 p.m.to 5 a.m in purple tier counties. The order will take effect on November 21 and end on December 21. It's in place in 41 of the state's 58 counties that have the most significant increases in virus cases and face the most severe restrictions under California's four-tier system for reopening the economy. Forty-one counties are now deemed "purple zones" which make up where 94% of Californians reside. A business that is not deemed essential must also close between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

"The virus is spreading at a pace we haven't seen since the start of this pandemic and the next several days and weeks will be critical to stop the surge. 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". The state will reassess data continuously and move more counties back into a more restrictive tier, if necessary. The travel advisory urges against non-essential out-of-state travel, asks people to self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving from another state or country, and encourages residents to stay local.

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Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a stay-at-home order for most of the counties in California, but one sheriff has already announced that he would not be enforcing Newsom's command.

El Dorado County Sheriff's Office deputies will not be determining compliance with, or enforcing the compliance of, any health order related to this curfew. I defend him because he was doing what we all once did in a free society: "make our own decisions over what risks we are willing to run and what precautions we are willing to take according to our own circumstances to protect our own health".

California has reported a total of more than 1 million coronavirus cases and more than 18,000 deaths this year, according to the state health department.

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