California officials are considering a curfew as the state grapples with the rapid spread of coronavirus.
Gov. Gavin Newsom said a curfew is just one of the ideas being researched and officials are figuring out what it might look like in California. It’s unclear what they have in mind, but a curfew could be implemented statewide, or may just accompany one or more of the state’s four restriction tiers which are determined county by county.
Los Angeles County officials are specifically considering a curfew, “so businesses do not have to close again, but would instead have limited hours for essential activities,” according to County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. Data presented by the county��s health director shows young people are accounting for more and more of the cases, while the elderly are suffering the most serious effects.
California would not be the first state to employ a curfew:
- A newly-implemented curfew in Massachusetts keeps residents at home between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.
- New York City businesses with liquor licenses must close by 10 p.m.
- Virginia has implemented an alcohol-related curfew, prohibiting on-site sale, consumption, and possession after 10 p.m. at restaurants, breweries, and wineries.
Newsom’s team is evaluating studies from France, Germany and Saudi Arabia. The team is examining the efficacy of a curfew while assessing how they are working in other areas.