Yesterday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced major statewide restrictions that begin today. “California is experiencing the fastest increase in cases we have seen yet — faster than what we experienced at the outset of the pandemic or even this summer. The spread of COVID-19, if left unchecked, could quickly overwhelm our health care system and lead to catastrophic outcomes," said Governor Newsom. Monday recorded the highest daily total of cases since the pandemic began, and the daily average of new coronavirus cases in California has doubled in the past 10 days.
40 counties representing 94% of the state's population will now be in the most restrictive tier. He also announced even tighter rules on California’s mask mandate- it now must be worn in most cases outside of the home, whenever in public, with few exceptions. He is also considering implementing a state-wide curfew in California.
The state has blamed the spike in cases mainly on people who have grown fatigued coping with the virus and have ignored public health warnings to not socialize with friends and family members. Those warnings have been more forceful in advance of Thanksgiving next week.