A curfew for most of California will take effect Saturday. Health officials said it is an effort to curb a rapid spike in COVID-19 cases.
“I understand we have to be vigilant in a pandemic but some restrictions are going too far,” said Alison Grifon, who lives in Los Angeles.
The stay-at-home order prohibits gatherings and non-essential work between the hours of 10 at night to 5 in the morning. It will be in effect until December 21.
“It’s not just about our own personal COVID risk but the risk we infer on everyone around us,” said CA Health and Human Services Secretary, Dr. Mark Ghaly.
The order applies to 41 California counties including Los Angeles, Sonoma and Alameda County.
“This is of course to keep essential works safe,” added Ghaly. Those who continue to pick our food, sell our food, prepare our food.”
residents will still be able to do some activities after 10 at night, like going to the grocery or drug store, walking the dog, or picking up takeout from a restaurant.