San Francisco, Nov 20 : California state Governor Gavin Newsom has announced a mandatory overnight stay-at-home order for citizens limiting non-essential work, movement and gatherings in most counties of the state to vurb the spread of Covid-19.
The order will take effect at 10 p.m. on November 21 and remain until 5 a.m. on December 21, according to the office of the governor.
The order restricts citizens to indulge in non-essential work, movement and gatherings between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. in counties under the purple tier, where Covid-19 transmission rates are very high.
“The virus is spreading at a very high pace and coming weeks will be critical to stop the surge. We are sounding the alarm in California” Governor Newsom said in a statement on Thursday.
“It is crucial that we act immediately to decrease the transmission of virus and slow hospitalizations before the death count surges. We’ve done it before and we must do it again,” he added.
Activities conducted during 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. are often non-essential. Especially in states like California social gatherings will be more between that time frame which is why the government is restricting them. A total of 41 of 58 California counties, which comprises over 94 per cent of the state’s population of around 4 crores, are now in the purple tier.
The state has so far reported more than 10 lakh (1 million) cases confirmed with 18,516 deaths.