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Curfew added to COVID-19 rollback of allowable activities and business operations

November 21, 2020

A new State of California COVID-19 shelter-in-place order taking effect today requires all residents to remain indoors at home from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. unless involved in work or activities deemed essential such as shopping for groceries, picking up food to go or walking a dog.

The curfew was issued Thursday by the State’s Acting Health Officer in response to surging COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations.  The objective is to slow community spread of the virus, protect individuals at higher risk of serious illness or death from COVID-19, and prevent hospitals and health-care providers from being overwhelmed.

The action followed a State rollback on Wednesday of allowable types of activities and business operations in Alameda County and 39 other counties.  As a result, indoor dining is no longer allowed in Alameda County, retail activity is being curtailed, and places of worship, museums, zoos, aquariums, movie theaters, gyms and fitness centers are all once again being restricted to only outdoor operations.

Additionally, indoor social gathering of up to three households, which was being allowed but strongly discouraged, is once again forbidden with the rollback of Alameda and other counties from red and orange tiers to the purple tier under the State’s Blue Print for a Safer Economy.

For more information on allowable activities and business operations by tier, go online here on the California Department of Public Health website.  For more information on essential work activities exempt from the 10 p.m. curfew, go online here to the State’s COVID-19 website.