Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, decreed a new curfew for all of California that went into effect Saturday, Nov. 21, at 10 p.m. until Dec. 21, with the possibility of being extended. However, thousands of citizens across the state demonstrated against it and took to the streets in defiance of the rules imposed, claiming their individual rights and freedoms.
In addition to the ban on driving between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. throughout the state of California, officials in Los Angeles County, the state’s largest county with about 10 million people, announced Sunday that they would deepen the state’s curfew order, also banning the opening of all restaurants, pubs, warehouses, and bars from Wednesday.
“The LA County Health Officer Order will be modified to restrict dining at restaurants, breweries, wineries and bars, effective Wednesday, November 25 at 10:00 p.m.” The Health Office announced in a statement via Twitter.
As new COVID-19 cases remain at alarming levels and the number of people hospitalized continue to increase, the LA County Health Officer Order will be modified to restrict dining at restaurants, breweries, wineries and bars, effective Wednesday, November 25 at 10:00 p.m. pic.twitter.com/SQo08dF63A
Deleted: — Los Angeles County (@CountyofLA) November 22, 2020
Citizens seemed to refuse the restrictive measures imposed, and went out to peacefully demonstrate for their rights throughout the state.
In Huntington Beach, a crowd calling themselves “Curfew Breakers” gathered Saturday night at 10 p.m. in front of the city’s main pier to protest the curfew that was in effect at that time.
Still going strong here in Huntington Beach, CA protesting Newsom’s “curfew.” 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/raCzuQkqNY
— Trevor 🇺🇸 (@SoCal4Trump) November 22, 2020
As reported by Fox News, a massive protest was held on Friday in front of the official residence of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. The demonstration was organized by local citizens who believe their individual rights are being undermined by unconstitutional measures that affect the right to work, to free movement, and to the education of children.
The event preceded Sunday’s announcement that bars and restaurants were banned from opening, so demonstrations are expected to continue in the coming days.
The Democratic governor’s provisions have sparked a series of criticisms from various sectors, especially from law enforcement agencies, which argued that there is no need to resort to such drastic measures that limit civil liberties.
Margaret Mims, the Fresno sheriff, was one of these people, who also declared that she would not penalize residents who do not follow the curfew.
“We’ve got a lot of things to do, including taking guns away from gang members, stopping narcotic trafficking, and saving children from internet predators,” Mims explained during a Thursday afternoon briefing.
“We’re not going to turn normally law-abiding citizens into criminals,” she said, explaining that the department will not set up any checkpoints or stop people from checking their reason for being out after curfew.
Other California state security agencies also plan to take a similar approach to the curfew, questioning the governor’s authority.
According to Fox News, Merced County sheriff’s deputies, Madera Police, Visalia Police, and Kings County deputies, among others, plan to continue their regular activities rather than refocus on the curfew.
“We are not going to enforce any of those orders,” said Kings County Sheriff’s Commander David Dodd.
In parallel to Newsom’s loss of power in the face of social denials of curfew enforcement, he found himself amid a controversy, for which he had to publicly apologize, after it was revealed that he attended a birthday party in Napa County despite his critical stance on those who gather at the homes of relatives and friends.