New stay-at-home order to go into effect

All non-essential gatherings, work to be limited from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily

Bailey Andera, Graduated Editor-in-Chief

As a result of the recent rise in cases of COVID-19 across California, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a limited stay-at-home order for all counties that are currently in the purple tier on the afternoon of Thursday, Nov. 19.

The order, issued by Acting State Health Officer of the California Department of Public Health Erica Pan, will go into effect at 10 p.m. on Nov. 11 and continue until 5 a.m. on Dec. 21, though the length of the order is liable to be revised or extended as  needed. It states that all non-essential work and gatherings may not occur after 10 p.m. or before 5 a.m. each day.

“This Limited Stay at Home Order will reduce opportunities for disease transmission with the goal of decreasing the number of hours individuals are in the community and mixing with individuals outside of their household,” the order reads.

Currently, Ventura County is in the purple tier, as are surrounding areas such as Los Angeles County, Santa Barbara County and Kern County, according to Mercury News. Ventura County has the recent adjusted weekly case rate of 13.3 per 100,000 people, and in order to reside below the purple tier, a county must have a rate of seven per 100,000 or less, according to an infographic by the California Department of Public Health from Nov. 17. 

According to California Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly, activities such as runs to the grocery store or picking up take-out food from a restaurant will not be inhibited by the new order. However, sit-down dining, movie theaters and gyms will not be treated as essential. 

“Together — we can flatten the curve again,” a tweet by Newsom reads.