California curfew starts Saturday

Gov. Gavin Newsom has announced a 10 p.m. curfew that will start Saturday and last for a month in California counties that are in the strictest level of the state’s pandemic restrictions, amid a drastic rise in COVID-19 cases.

Non-essential work and gatherings must shut down from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. in the 41 counties in California’s purple tier, which includes 94% of the state’s nearly 40 million residents. The order will be in effect until Dec. 21, but could be extended if infection rates and disease trends don’t improve.

“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. We’ve done it before and we must do it again.”