By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Source: Office of the Governor of California Gavin Newsom (Information and Press Release):
California: Governor Gavin Newsom has ordered on Thursday, November 19th, 2020 curfew for all California counties in the purple tier amid climbing COVID-19 cases.
According to the Office of the Governor of California Gavin Newsom, the curfew, which the state is calling a “limited Stay at Home Order,” stops short of a full lockdown, and will be in effect from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. PT starting Saturday.
The curfew is set to remain in effect until 5:00 a.m. PT on Dec. 21st, 2020.
The restrictions between those hours will be similar to the stay-at-home order that was in effect in March. That means all non-essential work, movement and gatherings will have to stop in all purple tier counties.
The curfew will affect 41 of the state’s 58 counties — and more than 94 percent of the state’s population.
On Monday, 28 counties moved back onto Tier 1(Purple/Widespread) include: Alameda, Napa, Santa Cruz, Butte, Nevada, Siskiyou, Contra Costa, Orange, Solano, El Dorado, Placer, Sutter, Fresno, San Benito, Trinity, Glenn, San Joaquin, Tuolumne, Kern, San Luis Obispo, Ventura, Kings, Mendocino, Merced, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Yolo and Yuba.
San Bernardino County which includes the Colorado River desert community of Needles, California as well as Riverside, County remains listed under Tier 1(Purple/Widespread).
During a Thursday news briefing, California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said, “We’re asking that as part of this targeted limited stay at home order that people are home by 10 and stay home until 5 a.m.”
California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly listed several activities that are allowed during that overnight timeframe, saying for example if you needed to make a late-night grocery run or pick up takeout from a restaurant after 10 p.m., those activities were still allowed as those businesses are deemed essential.
California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly added that people also won’t be kept from physical activities like walking their dogs.
“Gathering shouldn’t occur between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. We know that’s hard to imagine how to enforce. Some of you may say, ‘Well, how am I ever going to be known if I’m doing that at home?’ We’ve depended on a partnership with all of you and this is about coming together,” said California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly.
Following the curfew order by Governor Gavin Newsom, several law enforcement agencies released statements Thursday regarding ordered curfew for Purple Tier counties in California.
The California Highway Patrol said, “The health and safety of our employees and the public we serve is our highest priority. In an effort to preserve public health and safety of all Californians and stop the surge of COVID-19 cases, the Governor has instituted a limited stay at home order from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. with the goal that people will self-regulate their behavior, protect themselves, and go about only the “essential” activities during those hours. The mission of the CHP is unchanged. CHP officers will continue to patrol throughout California and use their sound professional judgment to conduct enforcement stops for violations of the law based upon probable cause. The CHP does not make arrests based on race, ethnicity, gender, political affiliation, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, or for any reason other than violations of the law based on probable cause. As always, CHP officers will have the discretion to take appropriate action when a violation is observed.”
Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims said their department will not be enforcing the order, saying, “We are not going to make criminals out of normally law-abiding citizens.”
The Sacramento Sheriff said their department, “will not be determining — including entering any home or business — compliance with, or enforcing compliance of, any health or emergency orders related to curfews, staying at home, Thanksgiving or other social gatherings.”
Sheriff Alex Villanueva with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said his office would not enforce a 10 p.m. curfew, saying via Twitter, “We are aware of the limited Stay at Home Order issued by the Governor today. Since the first Stay at Home Order was issued in March of this year, we have focused on education and voluntary compliance, with criminal enforcement measures being an extreme last resort. We trust in the community and rely on people to assess risk and take precautions as appropriate.”
Sheriff Don Barnes with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department posted via Facebook,”Earlier today. the Orange County Sheriffs Department became aware of a limited Stay at Home Order that Governor Newsom’s office ordered to go into effect on Saturday. November 21 at 10 PM
Throughout the pandemic. the Orange County Sheriff s Department has taken an education-first approach with regard to the Public- health orders. We are currently assessing the action by the Governor
At this time, due to the need to have deputies available for emergency calls for service, deputies will not be responding to requests for face-coverings or social gatherings-only enforcement.”
Sheriff Chad Bianco with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department release via Facebook the following statement regarding the curfew, saying, “The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is aware of the new Limited Stay at Home Order issued by the Governor set to go into effect on Saturday at 10:00pm. It is very important that all of us do everything we can to protect ourselves from contracting or spreading this virus. The only way to ensure you do not contract the virus is to stay at home and avoid contact with others. For those going out into public, it is very important to protect yourself from contracting and/or spreading the virus by wearing a mask and social distancing. It has been the policy of the Sheriff’s Department to encourage responsible behavior and compliance with the Governor’s orders. To ensure constitutional rights are not violated and to limit potential negative interactions and exposure to our deputies, we will not be responding to calls for service based solely on non-compliance with the new order or social distancing and mask guidelines. I would like to wish everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving holiday.”
ZachNews contacted the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department regarding the ordered curfew which includes San Bernardino County, California.
Jodi Miller, Public Information Officer with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, tells ZachNews that “The department is reviewing this recent order and our position on enforcement. I expect we will have details to share with you tomorrow.”
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department later released via Facebook and Twitter the following statement, “The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is aware of the Limited Stay At Home Order dated November 19, 2020. We will continue to work closely with our counry and city partners to best serve our communities as we maneuver through the pandemic together. Ultimately, our goal is to educate anti gain voluntary compliance regarding Public Health orders. Back in March, county departments collaborated a. established an online reporting system for members of the public. including those choosing to remain anonymous, to report alleged violations of Public Health orders. Depending on the type and severity of the allegation(s). complaints are addressed by various counry or city agencies. It is not our intent to utilize patrol personnel to respond to these allegations. Those calling to report alleged violations of Public Health orders will be referred to the county’s Joint Information Center (JIC) so the appropriate department(s) can made aware a. address the incidents on a case by case basis. We trust that members of the communities we serve will act responsbly and demonstrate good judgement to do their part to slow the spread of Me virus.
For more information related to San Bernardino County’s COVID-19 response and/or to report an alleged violation of the Order, visit sbcovid19.com or call the JIC at (909) 387-3911.”
On the topic of enforcement of California Governor’s Gavin Newsom’s curfew order, California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said California has “depended on a partnership with all of you,” added that local jurisdictions will be able to use the order as a tool for enforcement if they believe there is a need to do so.
“We also have enforcement tools for local jurisdictions and even at the state level, we’re able to enforce it. We hope that if that tool is necessary that the counties use it as appropriate,” said California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly.
If the curfew order doesn’t work as they expect, California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said other measures might be taken, saying, “In looking at that, if we do see trends that are more concerning, that we don’t see the impacts and effects of the actions today, there are other tools in the toolbox. We’ve used them before. We’ve developed others. They are additive and we will use them.”
However, California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said the starting point for public health is always with partnership, communication, and education.
More information regarding California’s COVID-19 as well view the county map of which tier your county is under can be found on the following websites:
The curfew order comes days after Fox affiliate KTTV Channel 11 obtained and reported exclusive pictures of Governor Gavin Newsom allegedly eating at the French Laundry restaurant in Yountville, California at a dinner party he attended back on November 6 not following his own COVID-19 protocols he set forth for California.
EXCLUSIVE: A FOX 11 exclusive on a story that has been making headlines across the state and the country. We've obtained photos of Governor Newsom at that Napa dinner party. And we have new information about what was happening.https://t.co/VHC9lHctwr
— FOX 11 Los Angeles (@FOXLA) November 18, 2020
You can read the full exclusive news report at the following Fox affiliate KTTV Channel 11 website at: https://www.foxla.com/news/fox-11-obtains-exclusive-photos-of-gov-newsom-at-french-restaurant-allegedly-not-following-covid-19-protocols
California Governor Gavin Newsom has apologized for what he called “a bad mistake” in attending a birthday party that broke the very rules that he has been preaching to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Stay tuned to ZachNews for the latest news updates regarding the curfew and COVID-19 in California.