Sheriff will not enforce state issued curfew order

Elias Hubbard
November 22, 2020

This comes as the state hit 1.072 million positive cases and 18,557 deaths as of Friday.

The 17 counties which are not in the Purple Tier don't have to comply with the curfew or other parts of the state order for now.

California governor Gavin Newsom issued a nightly curfew for most counties in his state as coronavirus outbreaks continued to surge.

In total, there have been 34,997 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, with 12,504 active, and 463 COVID-related deaths (1.3%). On Nov. 16, California broke its record for the highest COVID-19 cases reported in a single day, with 13,412 cases.

"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".

On Nov. 19, Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) said Newsom was exercising his free will when he attended the party.

The curfew applies to 41 of the 58 counties, where around 94% of Californians live.

Orange, Riverside, and Los Angeles County Sheriffs have all announced they will not be the Thanksgiving police.

The curfew, which goes into effect Saturday, prohibits nonessential work and gatherings between the hours of 10 p.m.to 5 a.m.in counties that are in the purple tier - such as Fresno - areas categorized as experiencing the highest level of COVID-19 spread.

This limited Stay at Home Order is created to reduce opportunities for disease transmission.

Officials said overnight movements are more likely to involve social activities that bring increased risk of infection, particularly if people drink and let down their guard on basic safety precautions like wearing masks and staying a safe distance apart. "We may need to take more stringent actions if we are unable to flatten the curve quickly".

During a press briefing on Thursday, California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly helped to define what is and is not prohibited during the curfew period. "Taking these hard, temporary actions now could help prevent future shutdowns".

California has a seven-day coronavirus positivity rate of 9,974, according to the New York Times, nearly reaching the level of a rise in cases over the summer.

The California Department of Public Health issued a curfew order for almost all state residents as it tries to stem the surge of coronavirus cases that is threatening to overwhelm the healthcare system, said Gov. Gavin Newsom. The state will reassess data continuously and move more counties back into a more restrictive tier, if necessary.

People in California must wear face coverings when they are outside of their home, according to health officials.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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