California's governor imposes 10pm curfew across the state as coronavirus cases surge


California’s governor imposes 10pm curfew across the state as coronavirus cases surge

Health experts say greater social mixing and indoor gatherings during the holiday season, combined with colder weather, will likely accelerate the surge, threatening to overwhelm already strained healthcare systems.

Mr Newsom, a first-term Democrat, warned that “more stringent actions” may be necessary if the latest efforts to blunt the contagion fall short.

Republican state assemblyman James Gallagher sharply criticised the governor’s action, saying: “An arbitrary curfew will only further decimate struggling businesses that already face some of the toughest hurdles in the country.”

The new curfew in California, the most populous US state with some 40 million residents, came a day after New York City’s public school system, the nation’s largest, called a halt to in-classroom instruction due to rising infection rates there.

A similar 10pm-5 am curfew order was issued on Thursday in Ohio and will remain in effect for the next 21 days, Governor Mike DeWine, a Republican, announced separately.

As in California, the Ohio curfew would not prohibit grocery stores from remaining open past 10 pm, or keep restaurants from staying open late for takeout orders. Individuals would likewise be permitted to venture out for food, medical care, or other necessities, as well as to take a jog or walk a dog.

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