By CBS13 Staff

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — With coronavirus cases surging in California to the point that Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that he is pulling that state’s “emergency brake,” leaders are looking at a possible curfew to try and get control of the pandemic.

The governor announced on Monday that most California counties would be jumping back into the most-restrictive tier of reopening.

Just 13 counties were in the purple tier last week, but Monday’s action meant 41 counties were now in the most-restrictive status.

“We are sounding the alarm,” Newsom said in a statement. “California is experiencing the fastest increase in cases we have seen yet – faster than what we experienced at the outset of the pandemic or even this summer.”

As part of the new restrictions announced on Monday – which included make being required to be worn when outside the home with limited exceptions – Newsom quickly mentioned how he was looking at the efficacy of curfews.

Newsom noted how a couple of other states, as well as numerous cities, had already implemented curfews.

Countries like France, Germany and Saudi Arabia have also implemented coronavirus-related curfews, Newsom said.

If California were to implement a curfew, it could take the look of several different kinds of restrictions. Some cities, like Kansas City, have mandated that restaurants close by 10 p.m. In France, specific areas – like the Paris region – have implemented an overnight curfew (like from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.) for all residents.

The thinking of implementing a curfew follows the reasoning that it will help reduce behaviors considered “high-risk” of transmitting the virus – like people mingling at restaurants or bars. However, some experts have warned that forcing places to close early could also encourage other risky behavior – like forcing more people to visit a business in a more narrow timeframe.

More from CBS Sacramento:

While Sacramento implemented an emergency curfew over the summer, it was in response to unrest over death of George Floyd and not coronavirus. For the moment, Sacramento businesses have not been given specific guidance to close at a certain time.

Any attempt that Newsom would make in terms of a curfew will probably be challenged immediately, however, with the recent ruling against the governor’s executive order on issuing all registered Californians mail-in ballots looming large. In that ruling, a judge said Newsom overstepped his bounds and restrained the governor from making more executive orders that create a new law.

Comments (5)
  1. fiddlestix says:

    He need to quarantine his mouth.

  2. Clarified 4U says:

    “Gavin Newsom, in his official capacity as Governor of the State of California is enjoined and prohibited from exercising any power under the California Emergency Services Act(Government Code $ 8550 et seq.) which amends, alters, or changes existing statutory law or makes new statutory law or legislative policy.” Sutter Superior Court Judge Sarah Heckman 11-2-20.

    Newsom is “prohibited from exercising any power under the California Emergency Services Act.”
    Which means, for those who went to public school, none of his “ramblings” are legally binding. The emperor has no clothes. Only a fool, or a serf, would listen to these madmen. He cant order anyone to do anything, it violates the separation of powers. Wake up sheeple, his emergency powers are null and void!

  3. done says:

    That newsom is mentally ill and a coke sniffer for sure, i believe. You can listen to his high self if you want to and he will send you and your family into the poor house with his orders.

  4. XYZ says:

    Little Hitler lives. You voted for his party? You’ll be the first to go down, the rest of us will be watching and waiting… the MSM will be too afraid to cover *that*. LOL!

  5. Francis says:

    It wouldn’t hurt to have a curfew for a month. It wouldn’t hurt for folks to wear masks on their faces as opposed to under their noses, etc. for say a month. Just to see what happens. As it is now, we’re on track to thin the herd a little and unfortunately, from what I’ve seen, it is the poorer folks who have trouble wearing masks and keeping a reasonable distance from people who aren’t in their households.

    It is a shame a lot of people have died and a lot more are going to die. Our country is poorly positioned to deal with this and I don’t think it’s Trump’s fault as much as people have suggested. Americans have been socialized to work, shop, drive very large cars and eat. There isn’t a lot more to it. It’s hard to explain things to people that don’t fall into one of those categories.

    Anyhow, here is a good article about the symbols of the virus and how companies and government are using the virus to gain financial and political advantages while not doing much to make things better.

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