California Governor Issues Statewide 'Stay At Home' Order
Sacramento, CA - Governor Gavin Newsom announced Thursday evening that there would be a mandatory "stay at home" order effective Thursday night.
All non-essential businesses in the state will be required to close, and people are being told to stay home unless they are getting food, medical supplies, caring for friends and family members, going to or from work when classified as necessary, or exercising outdoors away from other people, according to Mercury News.
Walking, driving, and travel for other reasons will be largely prohibited.
Homeless people are expected to be exempt, mirroring the San Francisco Bay Area shelter-in-place order.
“This is a moment in time, and it’s a challenging moment, and it may be many moments in the foreseeable future, but nonetheless we will process, we will work together through this moment of challenge and we will triumph over fear, anxiety and this disease,” Gov. Newsom said at a press conference.
No timeframe was given for how long the order will last. The order will be in place until further notice, according to CNBC.
“Home isolation is not my preferred choice…but it is a necessary one ...This is not a permanent state, it is a moment in time," Gov. Newsom said. “There’s a social contract here, people I think recognize the need to do more. They will adjust and adapt as they have.”
The governor said that new information came out from John Hopkins University which prompted the lockdown.
Gov. Newsom sent President Donald Trump a letter saying that half of the state's population were expected to be infected over the next eight weeks, according to CNBC.
Businesses which can remain open include take-out and drive-thru restaurants, grocery stores, banks, pharmacies, gas stations, and laundromats. Utility works including electricians and plumbers will also be allowed to work.
California has a population of 40 million people and is the first state to issue a statewide stay at home order.