“Purple Tier counties” placed under curfew to slow spread of coronavirus, deaths, and hospitalizations

41 Purple Tier counties, 94% of Californians, placed under curfew to slow the surging spread of COVID-19, hospitalizations, and deaths. Does not currently include Inyo and Mono counties.

Gov. Gavin Newsom has ordered a curfew for all California counties in the purple tier (Widespread) of the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have sky-rocketed to levels not seen.

What is behind the much stricter restrictions? According to The Los Angeles Times Coronavirus Tracking page for November 20, 2020:

  • Over the last seven days, the state has averaged 10,529 cases per day, a 117.2% increase from two weeks ago. Roughly 5.9% of tests this past week have come back positive.
  • Hospitalizations are also increasing. There are now 4,755 patients statewide with a confirmed case, 72% more than two weeks ago.
  • Higher death tallies are expected. The state has averaged 60.3 daily deaths over the last week. When case counts increase, the death toll typically rises soon after.

The state is calling it a “limited Stay at Home Order,” stopping short of a full lockdown. It will be in effect from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. starting Saturday. The restrictions are like the stay-at-home order in effect in March. What it means is that all non-essential work, movement, and gatherings must stop in all 41 California counties that are currently designated purple tier counties until Dec. 21 at 5 a.m.

As draconian as a curfew might sound, much like every restriction put in place, there are always exceptions or flexibility-built in. You can, they say, still make a late-night grocery run or pick-up takeout from a restaurant after 10 p.m., but not a sit-down restaurant which is prohibited under the Purple Tier.

And you can still walk the dog because you do not won’t it’s “outdoor business” become its “indoor business.”

The goal is to contain gatherings that might become COVID-19 spreading spots.

Many law enforcement agencies in Purple Tier counties have already said they will not rigorously enforce the curfew citing more law enforcement responsibilities. So, the state is hoping to rely on people to self-police themselves.

Gov. Gavin Newsom faces a tough job: Asking citizens to “self-police” their behavior to safeguard others.

On the other hand, several civil rights and minority groups object to the curfew on the grounds that people of color do not need police have even more excuses to pull them in traffic stops than they already have.

“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. We are sounding the alarm,” said Gov. Newsom in a press release. “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.”

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10 Responses to “Purple Tier counties” placed under curfew to slow spread of coronavirus, deaths, and hospitalizations

  1. Donna November 24, 2020 at 3:37 am #

    @Charles O. Jones

    I don’t know about you sir, but our household pays a lot to be so controlled. No one was shut down or put out of business over other viruses. So why this one and why now? Why is it anyway that shutdown only refers to many small businesses? That’s not a shutdown, that’s an out of business announcement. A shutdown is, no Wall Street, no banking, no state or government open, no Walmart, no Costco, Lowe’s. Quit picking on the little guy who was barely hanging on to begin with. I’m so disgusted by the way California is run today and it’s only because I can remember when it wasn’t run so poorly. That’s what comes from being born and raised here. For many they know no difference.

    • Charles O. Jones November 24, 2020 at 12:44 pm #

      “So why this one and why now?”

      The only virus in the I’m aware of that killed more Americans than covid19 was the Spanish Flu in 1918-1919. There were many similar public health restrictions implemented during the Spanish Flu pandemic. Other virus outbreaks since are paled in comparison to covid19.

      (FWIW, 4th generation Californian here. My family came west to California in the 1800’s)

  2. Canyon Kid November 21, 2020 at 9:56 am #

    What about all the Purple county people skiing at Mammoth this weekend, are they under the curfew while they are here? Check the long lines on the Mt. webcam, more like 6 inches apart.

    • Tinner November 21, 2020 at 6:11 pm #

      Yup, good point, Kid.

    • David Dennison November 22, 2020 at 1:59 pm #

      Canyon Kid
      It’s all about the Benjamins..
      Isn’t that how we’re all told and how to think and act ?
      If 2020 taught us one thing,that’s it.

    • Mono Person November 22, 2020 at 5:23 pm #

      We are in the purple tier because of the mammoth locals bringing it back into Mono – not the tourist…good try…

  3. Donna November 21, 2020 at 3:52 am #

    We need to all do as this Governor does, which is lead by example. It’s hard to gather any respect for anyone in a position of power or authority who rules by, do as I say, not as I do policy. The last time I looked, this is still the United States Of America and as such, and under the terms of our Constitution I will continue to live my life uninterrupted and shame on anyone who suggests I do differently.

    • Stop non-essential travel November 21, 2020 at 1:59 pm #

      Yes! You go girl! And please, under any and all circumstances, never go to the doctor’s office and/or ER !

    • Charles O. Jones November 22, 2020 at 4:00 pm #

      Because a politician failed to follow public health guidelines we all should too?
      Great Strategy to beat this virus.


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