California has issued a nighttime curfew for its residents as coronavirus case numbers soar due to the recent surge, ABC News reports.

  • The rules rely on people actually complying with them. Law enforcement officials might not enforce them in some areas.

What’s going on?

California has issued a new limited stay-at-home order that will ask people to stay home from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., unless they are running essential errands, ABC News reports.

  • The new rules begin Saturday.
  • The order lasts until Dec. 21 and could be extended if COVID-19 cases continue to jump.
  • The timing suggests this is meant to limit people from going to parties, bar and nightclubs.
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Key quote:

  • “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. We are sounding the alarm,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a statement Thursday, according to ABC News.

Thanksgiving will have rules, too

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California issued guidelines for Thanksgiving and the holiday season at the beginning of November, as I wrote about for the Deseret News. The guidelines include rules people need to follow if they want to visit with family during the holiday.

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  • The gatherings could not have people from more than three households. All the gatherings must be held outside.
  • Gatherings “may occur in outdoor spaces that are covered by umbrellas, canopies, awnings, roofs and other shade structures provided that at least three sides of the space (or 75%) are open to the outdoors,” the guidelines said.
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