California Governor Issues Curfew as Coronavirus Surges in State

A man wearing a face mask watches the beach in Huntington Beach, Calif., July 23, 2020. (Mike Blake / Reuters)

California Governor Gavin Newsom has declared a nighttime curfew for most counties in his state as coronavirus outbreaks continue to increase.

On Monday, the state moved nearly all counties to the “purple level” designation, banning indoor dining and indoor religious services, while limiting the capacity of retail stores to 25%. Newsom on Thursday signed an executive order ordering those same counties, encompassing 95% of the state’s population, to implement a nighttime curfew.

“In light of a rapid and unprecedented increase in COVID-19 cases across California,” the governor announced a “limited home order” of 10 pm at 5 a m., according to a press release. The order will take effect on November 21 and end on December 21.

“Activities carried out during 10 pm at 5 a m. are often non-essential and more likely to be linked to social activities and gatherings which have a higher likelihood of leading to reduced inhibition and a reduced likelihood of adhering to safety measures’ such as wearing a mask and social distancing, the statement said.

California has a seven-day coronavirus positivity rate of 9,974, according to the New York Times, almost reaching the level of an increase in cases over the summer. Coronavirus outbreaks are increasing across the country, with various restrictions being imposed from New Jersey to Michigan to North Dakota.

Newsom came under fire earlier this week after news broke that he had attended a dinner that apparently violated coronavirus mitigation protocols. Photos from the dinner showed Newsom sitting without a mask with other diners, including the CEO and lead lobbyist for the California Medical Association, a professional group representing the state’s medical professionals.

“I should have stood up and. . . returned home. . . . The spirit of what I preach all the time has been contradicted, ”Newsom told reporters on Monday, apologizing for the incident.

California Governor Issues Curfew as Coronavirus Surges in State

Zachary Evans is a journalist for National review online. He is a veteran of the Israel Defense Forces and a trained violist.