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California state leaders announce curfew for 40+ counties in 'limited' stay-at-home order

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Posted at 2:30 PM, Nov 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-19 22:38:05-05

California state leaders announced Thursday afternoon a 'limited' stay-at-home order involving a curfew for more than 40 counties in the state.

California Governor Gavin Newsom made the announcement on Twitter Thursday that a curfew is in place for all counties under the most restrictive purple tier.

This includes both San Luis Obispo County and Santa Barbara County, which were placed back into the purple tier earlier this week.

State leaders say the order will begin on Saturday, Nov. 21 and will include a curfew between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. The order expires in one month.

Following the governor's announcement, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office issued the following statement:

"In response to the Governor’s curfew order, the Sheriff’s Office will continue its mission to focus on significant criminal matters. Deputies will not be making traffic/pedestrian stops to determine the comings and going of citizens during those stated hours. However, the Sheriff’s Office will take appropriate action on large egregious gatherings flaunting the curfew mandate. Additionally, the Sheriff’s Office will continue its protocols, like we have with the business community, to ask for voluntary compliance when dealing with these matters."

The California Highway Patrol said:

"The health and safety of our employees and the public we serve is our highest priority. In an effort to preserve public health and safety of all Californians and stop the surge of COVID-19 cases, the Governor has instituted a limited stay at home order from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. with the goal that people will self-regulate their behavior, protect themselves, and go about only the “essential” activities during those hours.

The mission of the CHP is unchanged. CHP officers will continue to patrol throughout California and use their sound professional judgment to conduct enforcement stops for violations of the law based upon probable cause. The CHP does not make arrests based on race, ethnicity, gender, political affiliation, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, or for any reason other than violations of the law based on probable cause. As always, CHP officers will have the discretion to take appropriate action when a violation is observed."