Today, Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered a statewide curfew for California to combat spiking coronavirus numbers even though California's 4.6% positive infection rate remains lower than the 9.8% positivity rate across the U.S.as a whole. It's in place in 41 of the state's 58 counties that have the most significant increases in virus cases and face the most severe restrictions under California's four-tier system for reopening the economy. And those over 70 have a 94.6 percent chance of survival. Under the order, non-essential work and gatherings must stop from 10pm-5am in counties in the purple tier. Those counties are now classified within the state's "purple tier", which includes communities where more than 8 percent of COVID tests over the past week have come back positive. It affects multiple counties in the Bay Area, including Contra Costa, Alameda and Santa Clara, although not Marin County, San Francisco County, or San Mateo County, which are in California's "red" tier.
The curfew starts on November 21, at 10 p.m. and will remain in place for one month.More news: Singapore-Hong Kong air travel bubble postponed
The cases topped Friday's record of 13,005 infections, bringing the total to nearly 1.1 million. California is also strengthening its face covering guidance to require individuals to wear a mask whenever outside their home, with limited exceptions. More layoffs and business closures are expected in the wake of the order.
Jones said, "Well, we won't be enforcing that, or any of the other orders that are in existence now or might be coming".
Newsom is also battling enormous blowback after he was caught having an expensive dinner at an exclusive restaurant without wearing a mask and without following social distancing guidelines.More news: BTS drops teaser video for upcoming song 'Life Goes On'
The state has blamed the increase in cases mainly on people who have grown worn out coping with the virus and have ignored public health warnings to not socialize with friends and family members.
County officials said that if more than 4,500 cases happen in a five-day period and hospitalizations reach 1,750 patients, all outdoor dining will temporarily shut down.
Dr. Mark Ghaly, secretary of the state's Health and Human Services Department, said the state chose to issue a curfew to prevent the need for further, even tighter restrictions.More news: Wilson Guides Seahawks Past Cardinals on TNF
Workers and gatherings deemed non-essential are prohibited from leaving their homes between 10 p.m.to 5 a.m., the Democratic governor said.