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

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Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday announced a curfew for California counties in the purple reopening tier to control the spread of the coronavirus. But experts are mixed on whether such measures have any tangible effect.

Much of California has been pushed back into that most restrictive tier to control the recent virus surge. Those counties, including six in the Bay Area, will therefore be subject to the 10 p.m.-5 a.m. “limited Stay at Home Order” which, according to a tweet by Newsom, will last one month.

Los Angeles County, where case counts have doubled in the last week, had already announced a curfew starting Friday mandating all restaurants, bars, wineries and non-essential businesses to close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

The measure is similar to one New York imposed statewide last week, and what other European countries and cities have experimented with to control new waves of the virus. Newsom said this week he and officials were still combing through the research, but experts say the science behind curfews during a pandemic is still relatively scant.

Health officers across the Bay Area have repeatedly said that indoor gatherings, particularly those involving multiple households, are the main drivers …

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