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by Elizabeth Nolan Brown
California curfew starts Saturday. As expected, California Gov. Gavin Newsom has announced an overnight stay-at-home order, telling residents to curtail nonessential activities between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. from this Saturday through December 21. California follows in the footsteps of New York, Ohio, and Oklahoma.
Though it will not cover the whole state, the new directive applies to all counties in California’s pandemic purple tier—the color representing the most severe outbreaks—and effectively covers most of the state’s population. “Roughly 94% of Californians—37 million people—live in counties that are in the purple tier,” reports the Los Angeles Times. “The state has reported an average of more than 10,000 new cases each day over the last week,” the paper notes.