California to enact curfew amid growing COVID-19 cases

California will begin a nighttime curfew Saturday as the state grapples with a rise in coronavirus cases. Non-essential work and gatherings must shut down from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. in counties that are in the strictest level of California’s pandemic restrictions, which includes 94% of the state’s nearly 40 million residents. “The virus is spreading at a pace we haven’t seen since the start of this pandemic and the next several days and weeks will be critical to stop the surge,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said after his curfew announcement. The order will be in effect until Dec. 21, but could be extended if infection rates and disease trends don’t improve. 

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