California Gov Newsom issues 'limited stay-at-home order' amid coronavirus case spike

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'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.

Statewide, 13,422 new coronavirus cases were reported Thursday - breaking the single-day record for the second time this week.

"We hope today's actions, our collective coming together, our resolve to keep our protective behaviors up, will help us stem the tide and bring these surging numbers down very, very soon", Ghaly said.

Almost 95% of the state, or 41 counties are now in the purple tier of the state's reopening plans. Nothing in this order prevents any number of persons from the same household from leaving their residence, lodging, or temporary accommodation, as long as they do not engage in any interaction with (or otherwise gather with) any number of persons from any other household, except as specifically permitted herein.

"This idea of COVID fatigue, COVID resentment is an important piece", Ghaly said.

Since Monday, the county has issued 52 cease-and-desist orders for businesses not in compliance. The new health order does not close any businesses.

'Activities conducted during 10 PM to 5 AM are often non-essential and more likely related to social activities and gatherings that have a higher likelihood of leading to reduced inhibition and reduced likelihood for adherence to safety measures like wearing a face covering and maintaining physical distance, ' the release said.

Ghaly said the order is not a hard curfew, indicating that people can still go outside to walk their dog at 11 p.m. if that is their normal routine. There were many questions about enforcement as many see the order as unconstitutional, and unenforceable, and violation is a simple misdemeanor.

As the Downtown Disney District as well as Buena Vista Street both now close at 10pm, we may see operating hours reduce in order to give guests the opportunity to get home before curfew. "We don't have the resources", he said.

"We've seen in the past that COVID goes from zero to 60 miles per hour very quickly", he said during a briefing on the new stay-at-home order, adding that "all tools are on the table".

Officials in Fresno and Placer counties say they won't enforce state rules, and two Republican state lawmakers are trying to rally 14 Northern California counties to formally call for a local approach that emphasizes reopenings.

The county has seen more than 350,000 cases and almost 7,400 deaths.

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. "We are assessing that as well".

Newsom said daily cases numbers in the state "have doubled just in the last 10 days. We are not going to issue citations", said Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood.

In this image taken during a video broadcast via Zoom, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signs a law on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Sacramento, Calif., that for the first time defines "medical necessity", a move aimed at requiring private health insurance plans to pay for more mental health and drug addiction treatments.