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State extends purple-colored counties curfew

California announced in November a statewide curfew for four weeks. Tuesday, the state extended the curfew for all purple-tiered counties and tied it to the Regional Stay-at-Home order.

Posted: Dec 23, 2020 2:05 AM
Updated: Dec 23, 2020 8:38 AM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - California curfew has been extended until all the regional stay-at-home orders end. That means no non-essential activities between 10 p.m., and 5 a.m.

The curfew first went into effect on Saturday, November 21.

The order was originally planned to last for one month but has now been extended and connected to the regional stay-at-home order.

Downtown Chico was practically empty on a Wednesday night, and some people in Butte County think the empty streets are a good sight to see with cases surging.

"At this point, I really believe that anything we can do to help lower that curve and get a handle on the number of cases," said Mary Anne Neal, "I think it's a good thing."

"I'm a little mixed on it cause I don't understand it," said Mark Reaman. "The corona goes to bed at 10? I mean I don't know. It seems a little odd to me but it is what it is, you know, we're all trying to get along and get through this."

In November, all purple-tier counties were given a four-week curfew.

It means all non-essential business must stop, and it is that purple-tier curfew that was extended by the state Tuesday.

"Not being around people is probably better, I don't know if the curfew is really doing that much," said Reaman. "If people want to go out late, they're going to go out late. It's way past my bedtime so I'm not too concerned."

The curfew is also being connected to the Regional Stay-at-home order. A region can get out of the stay-at-home order if it's ICU capacity remains above 15% for at least one week. And if the region continues to stay above the 15% threshold, the counties go back to the color-coded tier system.

However, counties in those regions will remain under the curfew until all regions are removed from the stay-at-home order.

One person who did not want to appear on camera says that cases rising in the area and the curfew being extended has changed her mind on how to celebrate the holidays.

"For New Year's I did want to visit friends but I decided to cancel the plans just to be safe because there were a lot of people going I didn't feel comfortable with."

Even with so many other holidays already altered by the pandemic.

"I know it's disappointing because it's another holiday where you can't gather with a lot of people," she said. "But I think we have missed pretty much every major holiday this year so what's one more at this point. If it's for the greater good I have no problem."

"If that's the case I'm for it, we're staying home most of the time and we're having small family gatherings, and trying to be grateful for everything we do have, especially our health," said Neal.

Several other people told Action News seeing the vaccine in Butte County already, makes them hopeful for change very soon, but for now, they'll continue to follow the curfew.

The ICU capacity for the Great Sacramento Region, which includes Butte County, on Wednesday is 15.7%.

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