California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a near state-wide curfew to deal with escalating Covid-19 infection rates. The new restrictions will kick off before Thanksgiving and last almost until Christmas.
So for most of the holiday season, Californians will have to be home between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. Social media reaction was swift and critical.
The curfew, which the state described as a “limited Stay at Home Order,” isn’t a full lockdown. It starts Saturday. And all non-essential work, movement and gatherings must stop between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.
“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 in a statement. “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.”
Newsom also tweeted the curfew was issued because of a rise in Covid cases. It’s for the California counties that are suffering the highest level of spread. But about 94 percent of the California population lives in the covered counties.
California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said that people can still go out after 10 p.m. to pick up food. They can still go outside after 10 p.m. to exercise or walk their dogs.
But basically, parties are being scratched.
Gavin Newsom Is a Popular Democrat; Conservative Reaction Wasn’t Kind
Newsom is a popular Democrat. His ex wife also is Kimberly Guilfoyle, who is Donald Trump Jr’s girlfriend. So as expected, the reaction from the conservative crowd was critical.
Mike Cernovich, a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump, called Newsom “Hitler in Hair Gel.”
Former San Francisco Giants player Aubrey Huff, who trolls liberals on Twitter, asked Newsom “would it be ok if we riot & loot after 10 pm?”
Newsom apologized earlier this week when news broke that he and his wife attended a birthday party at French Laundry, a ritzy restaurant in the Napa Valley.
One person asked Newsom “will you also be following this stay at home order?”