“We are sounding the alarm,” Newsom said as he issued the order on Nov. 19.
It didn’t appear to work.
Some local sheriffs, like those in Sacramento and El Dorado County, quickly said they wouldn’t enforce a curfew. Others questioned whether the coronavirus was spreading much at night. Within two weeks, Newsom was on camera once again, announcing stricter measures to slow the spread.
“We’ve seen slight reductions (from the curfew,) but nothing too significant,” Mark Ghaly, Secretary of California Health and Human Services, said last week. “We had hoped and wanted to see more from that.”
After nine months of pandemic pandemonium, warnings to stay home and limit gatherings increasingly are falling on deaf ears.
“Not staying home,” one YouTube user commented as Newsom issued his latest stay-at-home order.