By Heather Janssen

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – California’s monthlong curfew for purple tier counties officially went into effect Saturday night.

It’s another blow for businesses adjusting their operations once again, and there are mixed feelings about whether or not these new rules will even work – or if people plan to follow them.

The curfew officially began at 10 p.m., but some Sacramentans like Paula Alvarez don’t think the curfew will do anything to curb the virus.

“People are going to be out during the day, so I don’t really see it being effective,” Alvarez said.

The new monthlong rule, issued by Gov. Gavin Newsom earlier this week, for counties facing major coronavirus surges limits what people can do during overnight hours.

All non-essential work and gatherings will be prohibited from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. in the 41 California counties under the most-restrictive purple tier status.

“Am I for a curfew? No – but then again when I’m seeing what’s going on back home. It kind of makes you think twice,” Sarah Yarges said, talking about the surge her family is seeing in the Midwest. She was enjoying dinner with Helbert Aguinaldo who has hope the new rule helps out.

“If the numbers are going up the way they are – something has to happen,” he said.

People in midtown Sacramento on Saturday afternoon said they made sure they went out to enjoy their day well before the clock strikes ten, while businesses have also done their fair share of preparing.

At Cafe Bernardo on R street, they’ve adapted to the changing times once again.

“We were staying open until midnight to try and get some of that bar crowd, but that is not the case anymore,” said General Manager Jen Lewis. “We understand people being safe are the first priority and we’re with that too.”

Most law enforcement agencies in and around the Sacramento area have come out and said they won’t be enforcing this curfew, and instead will continue their educational approach to COVID. But without ‘teeth’ to the rule – there’s some wonder about whether or not it will make a lasting difference in the fight against COVID-19. Though many people said they sure hope it does.

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Comments (4)
  1. thehagerman says:

    Who still listens to the covid dribble? What simple minded fool still believes that there is a pandemic? By the way, Hollywood is exempt from the curfew, which is another indicator that indeed the pandemic is fake. People better wake up and stop allowing despots to create their reality. The covid “excuse” is a hoax people, it is a common cold virus that is no more dangerous, or even less, that the flu. Enjoy your life, or enjoy your servitude.

  2. Sad says:

    “We were staying open until midnight to try and get some of that bar crowd, but that is not the case anymore,” said General Manager Jen Lewis. “We understand people being safe are the first priority and we’re with that too.”

    Kiss your livelihood goodbye. What a boot licker, and what a selfish employer. He is so brainwashed that he will economically ruin himself, and his employees over a invisible microbe that is less dangerous than T.B. More people have died of heart attacks than corona and it shows the level of fear the media, and the state has placed into the hearts of grown men and women.
    It is sad that people are so worried about being “safe,” even to the point of self destruction and loss of freedom. Are you gonna be “safe” when you are homeless, or in a covid camp? Pathetic actually.

  3. Madam Karen says:

    Who cares about the economy or 130 million people starving worldwide due to covid lock downs?
    Who cares that the court in Portugal declared PCR tests 97% inaccurate and unreliable? Who cares about the children being victimized? We dont care about the poverty, mental illness, unemployment, suicides, domestic violence or U.S. starvation, as long as we can save one life from covid-19 it is worth it. Wear a mask, stay at home, if you have one, and never mind if its real. Make it real in your mind and obey, submit and vaccinate yourself into complete safety, its for your own good of course. Never mind prosperity, happiness, love affection or even food, beating this thing is the primary objective, so we can all be safe. Put on a mask and cover your mouth and a blindfold to cover your eyes.

  4. Cali Man says:

    At this point only the dummies are still playing along with this masquerade. It does not end well for society if they keep this phony pandemic going. Newsom’s political career is toast. When the Sheriffs statewide refused his order that cinched it. There is no month long curfew, except in your mind, on TV and social media. There is none in REAL LIFE.

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