Gov Newsom Hits the ‘emergency brake,’ on Re-opening, Considering Curfews
California Governor Gavin Newsom announced Monday he had pulled the "emergency brake" on reopening the economy and enacted stiff restrictions in 41 counties, 94.1 % of the state's population — roughly 37 million people, due to a wave of coronavirus infections sweeping through the Golden State.
Where it stands:
For the past few weeks, California has seen a massive community spread of the virus. In the previous ten days, cases have doubled, and last week, California recorded its one-millionth coronavirus case.
Counties downgraded to the purple tier include Orange, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Fresno, Santa Clara, Alameda, and Contra Costa.
Last week 13 California counties were on the stringent purple tier; now 41 counties are on the list.
California officials reported 13,285 new cases on Monday — a new record, according to the LA Times.
LA County recorded 3,780 new cases on Saturday.
Newsom also mentioned he is considering a statewide curfew.
Newsom's latest orders mean businesses, who have been struggling since the start of the pandemic, will once again be placed under the strictest purple tier.
Restaurants can only offer outdoor dining and takeout service.
Bars, breweries, and distilleries that don't provide food are ordered closed.
Gyms, movie theaters, museums, zoos, and places of worship could only operate outdoors, those who can't either close or shut down.
Gatherings are only allowed outdoors with a maximum of three households.
Retailers must drop their capacity to 50%.