(Breitbart) – California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a curfew Thursday that will run from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., starting Saturday, lasting for a month, in “purple tier” counties hardest hit by the coronavirus surge, covering 94% of the state’s population.

Newsom had floated the idea of a curfew on Monday, as quoted by Breitbart News:

We also are considering – full disclosure, little bit of a preview – the notion of a curfew. Now, before you jump in terms of your mindset of whether or not it’s a good idea or bad idea, we are assessing that as well. I have on my desk, quite literally, three studies from F rance, Germany and Saudi Arabia, interestingly, that have done comprehensive studies on the efficacy of their strategies as it relates to curfews. We know i n the United States there are two states in particular that have statewide curfews of interest, at least. And t hat’s Massachusetts – an alcohol-based curfew – in the state of Virginia. T here are a lot of cities, large and small, all across the country that also are promoting certain kinds of curfews. Al l that’s being assessed, we want to socialize that. W e have a lot of questions about what that looks like, what that doesn’t look like. W ho does it impact, who doesn’t it impact. W hat does a real curfew mean in terms of, just certain kinds of industry and business activities. T hat’s what we’re referring to in this space.

The curfew would expire just days before Christmas.

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