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California imposes overnight curfew to stem coronavirus

Starting Nov. 21, all non-essential work, movement and gatherings must cease between 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Posted: Nov 19, 2020 2:44 PM
Updated: Nov 20, 2020 11:36 AM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California Gov. Gavin Newsom is imposing an overnight curfew as the most populous state tries to head off a surge in coronavirus cases.

Newsom announced Thursday a limited stay-at-home order in 41 counties that account for nearly the entire state population of just under 40 million people.

Starting Saturday, all non-essential work, movement and gatherings must cease between 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

The move comes only days after the state imposed restrictions limiting business operations in those 41 counties, which have the most significant increases in virus cases.

The order will last one month, until Dec. 21, but could be extended if infection rates and disease trends don’t improve.

While nonessential businesses must close by 10 p.m., restaurants will be permitted to offer takeout food. Residents will still be able to get medical care, pick up prescriptions and take care of other essential needs.

Action News Now reached out to the Redding Police Department about the overnight curfew. RPD says they do not have any plans to enforce the curfew. Officers said it is unrealistic with staffing to try and enforce it.

This is a developing story. Action News Now will keep you updated with new information on-air and online.

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