Bay Briefing: How California’s new coronavirus curfew affects you

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Good morning, Bay Area. It’s Friday, Nov. 20, and California faces a diversity problem in trying to reach an ambitious goal of banning the sale of new gas-powered cars by 2035. Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

First the surge, now the curfew

California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a stay-at-home order Thursday requiring nonessential work and gatherings to stop between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. in counties with high rates of coronavirus transmission. The order, which takes effect Saturday at 10 p.m. and lasts one month, applies to counties in the state’s purple reopening tier.

In the Bay Area, the order applies to six counties: Sonoma, Napa, Solano, Contra Costa, Alameda and Santa Clara. The remaining three — San Mateo, Marin and San Francisco — are in the red tier.

As Al Saracevic and Catherine Ho report, the announcement comes amid soaring case counts, rising hospitalizations and a looming Thanksgiving holiday that has the nation on edge.

• California curfew: What’s allowed, and which Bay Area counties are affected.

• ‘The virus doesn’t care — day or night’: Is there real science behind COVID curfews?

• Oakland events space slapped with restraining order for violating pandemic rules.

• Anti-mask demonstrators …

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