Americans are protesting in response to ordinances and various cities across the country as local leaders establish lockdowns and curfews amid a resurgence of coronavirus cases and millions flying against CDC advice.
Tighter restrictions across California come as daily coronavirus cases triple in the state, the LA Times reports.
On Sunday, protesters across California took to the streets to defy recent nighttime curfew orders issued by Governor Gavin Newsom that went into effect on Saturday night, Fox reported.
Protesters took to the streets in Huntington Beach and Fresno. Governor Newsom’s new restrictions force residents to stay home between the hours of 10 PM to 5 AM, unless they are going to work, responding to an emergency, shopping for groceries, picking up take out, or walking their dogs.
In Los Angeles County, which houses roughly 10 million people, the largest in the state, officials announced on Sunday that all dining (indoor and outdoor) at restaurants, bars, and wineries will end. This goes into effect at 10 PM on Wednesday, November 25.
Only take out, drive-through or delivery services will be allowed over the next three weeks, according to a public health news release by LA County.
Last week, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urged Americans to avoid traveling for Thanksgiving. The nation is experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases in every state and is now close to reaching 200,000 new cases per day.
Over the weekend, however, millions of Americans appeared to be ignoring that advice, Slate reported. During Friday and Saturday, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screened more than 2 million flyers. According to TSA data, 1,019,836 passengers were screened by TSA on Friday with an additional 984,369 were screened on Saturday.
The Police Chief of Howell Township, New Jersey, Andrew Kudrick Jr., stated to Fox & Friends that his department will not enforce “draconian” guidelines by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy that puts a 10-person limit on in-household gatherings for Thanksgiving.
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham spoke out about a recent public health order for New Mexico that prohibits “a group of more than five individuals who do not regularly reside with one another” from gathering, the Daily Wire reported.
“There is no way anywhere in the country we’re going to be able to say, ‘Look, you brought another household together,” Grisham said. “There [were] 10 of you having Thanksgiving dinner.’”
“You can’t enforce that,” Grisham continued. “So, it depends on personal compliance — really incredibly hard to attain in any state. This one’s no different. We’ve had a mandatory mask mandate since May.”