San Jose Police: No strict enforcement of curfew violators planned

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SAN JOSE (KPIX) – California health officials have said 94% of the state’s population, or 37 million people, will be affected by the curfew that begins at 10 p.m. Saturday. The big question is how the authorities will enforce the curfew.

San Jose Police told KPIX they will not train anyone to drive at night or walk the sidewalk at 10 a.m., but will make contact and talk to serious offenders such as those who organize small or large gatherings. .

State health officials said the curfew was an updated version of the stay-at-home order we dealt with in mid-March. This time, it limits non-essential nighttime activities. Authorities said people could still walk their dogs, collect food and perform other essential tasks.

“They stay out late, there’s a good chance they’ll drink more and spend more time together without paying attention,” said Janet Tillman, who supports the curfew.

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But many people in downtown San Jose have questioned its effectiveness.

“I’m going to comply because that’s what I’ve been doing all year,” said Chris Hilton, a San Jose resident. “It doesn’t necessarily make sense to me. Covid is about 24 hours a day. ”

“Let’s try it, right? I mean there is nothing wrong with trying something that can make a difference and keep us all healthy. We are entering the flu season and the holiday season, ”Tillman said.

San Jose Police and other local police departments who responded to KPIX said they would focus on education, no arrests and no tickets.

“It takes the bite out of order. Honestly, I side with the police. If someone is just walking down the street or driving safely, it doesn’t make sense to waste time stopping them, ”said Hilton.

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“It’s a double-edged sword,” said Florencio Perez, a resident of San Jose. “I wouldn’t want them to be too extreme with law enforcement but, at the same time … if things get out of hand, if there are big underground parties or things going on in buildings. vacant, I think there should definitely be a quote or at least some caveats, ”

Many business owners believe the curfew will result in more Covid cases, not fewer. They said it will push people to switch from regulated outdoor environments to illegal indoor gatherings.

“Between 10 am and 12 noon, usually on a Friday or Saturday night, we do between 20 and 25 percent of our business overnight,” said Eric Nielsen, business partner at 55 South Restaurant in downtown San Jose.

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Nielsen operates two restaurants. He said the curfew would hurt struggling businesses more.

“I am really worried about my employees. I mean, if you take 25% of my open and uptime hours, that means they won’t have the opportunity to earn 25% of their earnings. There is absolutely no help, nothing is offered for them and it is ridiculous! It’s really unfair and it makes me very, very worried about them, ”Nielsen said.

The curfew will last for a month, until December 21. Depending on the outcome, it could be extended.

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