California Gov. Gavin Newsom is enacting a curfew as part of a “limited stay-at-home order” that will affect about 94% of the state’s population.
The order requires those in California’s most restrictive of four tiers to stay home between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. local time.
The month-long order takes effect Saturday night and is essentially the same as the stay-at-home order issued in March, but applies only during those specific hours to residents in "purple tier" counties, according to a news release sent by Newsom’s office.
The reason for the specific hours noted that activities conducted during this time that are often nonessential and more likely related to social activities and gatherings that have a higher likelihood of leading to reduced inhibition, the governor's office said.
“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,” Newsom said. “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.”