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Holidays are usually for gatherings but many get-togethers are complicated or canceled because of COVID-19.

USA TODAY

Nearly three-quarters of California counties must now operate under the state’s most stringent pandemic restrictions, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced on Monday, and health officials are considering a statewide curfew as coronavirus cases surge more dramatically than they did during a summer spike.   

Indoor dining, gyms and movie theaters, among other businesses, must either remain closed or shut down in 41 of the state’s 58 counties. The governor said he is “sounding the alarm” due to “the fastest increase California has seen” since the pandemic began.

Coronavirus cases have doubled in the last 10 days across the state, which hit the grim milestone of 1 million coronavirus cases last week. 

Newsom said he is considering invoking a statewide curfew, but will review scientific studies of impact from other countries, state and cities to