What to Know About the California Curfew

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Image A man waiting for his order from a restaurant in Alhambra on Tuesday.Credit…Frederic J. Brown/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesGood morning.California officials on Thursday announced a curfew aimed at quickly curbing a surge of coronavirus infections, prohibiting nearly all residents of the state, the nation’s most populous, from leaving their homes to do nonessential work or to gather from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., in the most severe lockdown since the state put in place its first stay-at-home order in March.“We are sounding the alarm,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a statement. “It is crucial that we act to decrease transmission and slow hospitalizations before the death count surges. We’ve done it before and we must do it again.”[Track California’s coronavirus cases by county.]The new stay-at-home order is described as more limited than the spring order; in addition to applying only overnight, it has a built-in expiration date for now, and applies only to so-called purple tier counties, which are under the state’s most stringent restrictions in its reopening plan.It will go into effect Saturday night and will remain in place until the morning of Dec. 21.As in the …

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