Despite a state-sponsored curfew to curb COVID-19 proliferation starting this weekend, restaurants in Santa Clara County may be open for takeout and people can still go out and walk.
The only condition? Avoid contact with people from other households.
When the curfew ordered overnight starts at. 22 on 21 November, it is up to the local police departments to ensure that it is enforced.
But unlike the last curfew in San Jose, passed by the city during protests over police killings of George Floyd in May, police this time say their response will be different.
“We had no prior knowledge that the state would impose a curfew,” said Officer Steve Aponte, a spokesman for the SJPD. “We do not use this curfew as a probable cause to detain people during the curfew period.”
In light of sharp COVID-19 cases, Government Gavin Newsom announced this week that 41 counties in California will impose a curfew overnight from 6 p.m. 21 to kl. 5 on 21 November to 21 December. These counties, including Santa Clara County, are in the purple tier of the state, which is the most restrictive when it comes to reopening.
Under the curfew, restaurants in these counties must close outdoor seating from 6 p.m. 22 to kl. 5, but may remain open for collection.
Non-essential gatherings and businesses, such as regular shops, cinemas, gyms and bars, cannot operate after 1 p.m. 22 Many closures, such as outdoor bars and indoor dining, already came into effect when the county retreated to the purple level on Nov. 17.
However, the closures under curfew also include drive-in cinemas like the West Wind Capitol Drive-in, despite being allowed in the purple level, according to a county spokesman.
West Wind Capitol Drive-in representatives did not respond to requests for comment.
Businesses considered important, such as grocery stores, food suppliers and critical infrastructure manufacturing industries, may remain open after 1 p.m. 22.00
People can still shop or walk their dogs past at. 22, said Dr. Mark Ghaly, Secretary of State for Health and Human Services.
When it comes to enforcement, Aponte said San Jose police will focus on education rather than quotes.
A Santa Clara County spokesman said each city police department will decide how the curfew will be enforced.
Sgt. Michael Low, a spokesman for the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department, said “the curfew will be another tool that lawmakers can use to enforce the law,” but lawmakers will focus on more serious crimes in the community.
Scott Knies, executive director of the San Jose Downtown Association, said the curfew will have a limited effect on many downtown businesses because most restaurants close by 6 p.m.
But for those who remain open until midnight, he said it is another constraint they will have to face during the pandemic.
“We had just made the adjustments with the city council to have our restaurants in Al Fresco serviced until midnight,” Knies said. “(It’s) just another brick in the wall for companies that need to operate to defeat this spiral that we are in.”
Some restaurant owners serving people outdoors after noon. 22, said the curfew would hurt, but understood the rationale.
“From a business owner’s perspective, it’s just another challenge that’s going to hurt us,” said Randy Musterer, CEO of Sushi Confidential in San Jose and Campbell. “A lot of people like to go out a little later in the evening, take a bite and socialize.”
However, he said people are more likely to drink instead of eating in later hours, which is why he believes the state ordered a curfew.
Cheesecake Factory Manager Ravi Medheker said the curfew does not necessarily stop gathering where COVID-19 can spread.
“I feel that if they do not take other necessary steps to close other companies a day,” Medheker said. “It just pushes people to quit what they used to do, but not necessarily stop social gatherings.”
Journalists Lorraine Gabbert, Grace Stetson and Lloyd Alaban contributed to this article
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