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NIGHT NIGHT! California considering statewide curfew

“We also are considering – full disclosure and a little bit of a preview – the notion of a curfew”



Is the coronavirus nocturnal? Does it come out to bite when the sun sets? 

California seems to think so. 

Amid a surge in COVID-19 cases, California Governor Gavin Newsom said Monday that he is considering implementing a statewide curfew. 

Cases have doubled in the Golden State over the last 10 days, forcing the governor’s office to pull “an emergency brake.” 41 of the state’s 58 counties are now classified as “purple,” the tier of COVID-19 spread requiring the strictest lockdown guidelines. 

Under the purple tier, restaurants, movie theaters and houses of worship are limited to outdoor service only and bars are fully closed. Retail stores can open at 25% capacity with modified operations, Fox Business reports.

“We also are considering – full disclosure and a little bit of a preview – the notion of a curfew,” Newsom said in a press conference. “Before you jump in terms of your mindset of whether that’s a good idea or a bad idea, we are assessing that as well.” 

He added that his team is looking into studies from France, Germany and Saudi Arabia on the “efficacy of their strategies as it relates to curfews,” and referenced “statewide curfews of interest” in Massachusetts and Virginia as examples. Massachusetts implemented a 10 p.m. curfew, while in Virginia, businesses shut down at midnight. 

While the intention is to reduce risky behavior that often occurs during later hours, what does a curfew really accomplish? 

“Viruses are not vampires,” Angela Rasmussen, a virologist with Georgetown’s Center for Global Health Science and Security said in an email, according to Slate. 

“If gyms or bars are operating (especially at capacity) prior to 10 p.m., there is still a substantial exposure risk,” she added. 

Curfews may even encourage other high-risk behaviors. 

“Curfews often condense people visiting businesses into a more narrow period of time, which often means more crowding and potential exposures,” Saskia Popescu, an infectious disease epidemiologist at George Mason university said. 

Curfews “could just shift the risky behavior into harder to regulate environments, such as from bars to house parties,” Nuzzo added. 

While discussing the potential curfew, Newsom also said he was aware of concerns from local business owners, and that providing financial support for small business was his “number one priority” when considering the state’s 2021 budget.

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Kamala Harris Tests Positive For COVID-19



Kamala Harris

On Tuesday, the White House announced that Vice President Kamala Harris has tested positive for COVID-19 and is not currently showing symptoms.

“Today, Vice President Harris tested positive for COVID-19 on rapid and PCR tests,” said Kirsten Allen, press secretary to the vice president. “She has exhibited no symptoms, will isolate and continue to work from the Vice President’s residence. She has not been a close contact to the President or First Lady due to their respective recent travel schedules. She will follow CDC guidelines and the advice of her physicians. The Vice President will return to the White House when she tests negative.”

Harris wrote on Twitter that she was going to continue to isolate and is showing no symptoms.

“Today I tested positive for COVID-19. I have no symptoms, and I will continue to isolate and follow CDC guidelines. I’m grateful to be both vaccinated and boosted,” Harris tweeted.

Harris last reportedly saw President Biden at the Easter Egg Roll on April 18 before leaving for California, which she returned from on April 25.

The vice president has been vaccinated against COVID-19 and has received two booster shots, receiving the second booster on April 1.

“Yesterday I received my second COVID-19 booster shot,” Harris tweeted on April 2. “We know that getting vaccinated is the best form of protection from this virus and boosters are critical in providing an additional level of protection. If you haven’t received your first booster—do it today.”

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At Least 3 US Airlines Will Restore Flight Privileges To Some Mask Violators



At least three major U.S. airlines – Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and American Airlines – have now said they will allow some passengers who were banned from their planes over mask violations to have their flight privileges restored – determined on a case-by-case basis.

On Wednesday, Delta released a statement saying, “At Delta, nothing is more important than the safety and security of our customers and our people. With masks now optional, Delta will restore flight privileges for customers on the mask non-compliance no-fly list only after each case is reviewed and each customer demonstrates an understanding of their expected behavior when flying with us.”

“Any further disregard for the policies that keep us all safe will result in placement on Delta’s permanent no-fly list. Customers who demonstrated egregious behavior and are already on the permanent no-fly list remain barred from flying with Delta,” the statement added.

United Airlines similarly announced it will allow passengers it banned for not following mask rules to be allowed to fly again.

“On a case-by-case basis, we will allow some customers who were previously banned for failing to comply with mask-related rules to fly United again — after ensuring their commitment to follow all crewmember instructions on board,” United Airlines said in a statement.

American Airlines will also allow passengers banned for violating mask rules “to resume travel at some point in time,” according to the company’s chief government affairs officer, Nate Gatten.

“In cases where an incident may have started with face mask noncompliance and escalated into anything involving something more serious, or certainly an assault on one of our key members or customers, those passengers are going to remain on our permanent internal refuse list and will never be allowed to travel with us again,” Gatten said.

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