A mandated curfew might be placed on California residents amid rising COVID-19 cases. Governor Gavin Newsom announced the idea during a press conference Monday.
“We also, full disclosure, a little bit of a preview, are considering the notion of a curfew,” said Newsom.
Newsom says daily COVID-19 cases have doubled in the last 10 days, which is the fastest California has seen
“The rate of increase is simply unprecedented in California’s pandemic history,” he added.
Massachusetts and Virginia have implemented curfews that Newsom says would also be looked to while determining if California should have one.
“I have on my desk, quite literally, three studies from France, Germany and Saudi Arabia that have done comprehensive studies on the efficacies of strategies as it relates to curfews,” said Newsom.
The specifics of the potential curfew or how it would be enforced has not been discussed.
“There are a lot of cities, large and small, all across the country that also are promoting certain kinds of curfews, all of that is being assessed,” he said.
Some state residents said they are not surprised, as 41 California counties have been placed under new restrictions this week to try to flatten the curve.
“I think it could go on for the next six months so I think people need to brace themselves,” said Blane Anzinc, who lives in Los Angeles.