California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a new stay-at-home order for residents in the Golden State that takes effect on Saturday. The overnight curfew, meant to help alleviate surging cases of coronavirus, will remain in place until December 21, though it may be extended depending on the governor's metrics.
The new order only includes the hours of 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. and forbids all "non-essential work, movement, and gatherings." According to the state's color-coded map that depicts the severity of the outbreak, 41 of the state's 58 counties are in the purple Tier 1 category.
"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," the governor said. "We are sounding the alarm. 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."
Restaurants will not be subject to the 10 p.m. shutdown time, as long as they are only conducting business though takeout.