California Governor Issues Statewide 'Stay At Home' Order

Christopher Berg

California Governor Gavin Newsom has issued a statewide stay at home order, effective Thursday.

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.

Comments (32)
Cduncanf
Cduncanf

I’m going to have a serious problem if asked to enforce this even as a volunteer LE officer. This is a serious challenge to the Constitution.

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Buzz17
Buzz17

Isn't this martial law? Really? Over a virus that's less dangerous than the seasonal flu which has already killed or hospitalized many, many times the number of people afflicted with the "coronavirus"?? Our Founding Fathers are turning over in their graves. People are adults & should be left to decide for themselves the level of risk they're willing to assume--just as we do every year during cold & flu season!

JBoH
JBoH

I'm so glad this also applies to gangbangers and other criminals. Very relieved. /sarc

Joeknows
Joeknows

You can pretty much do what you want. Just claim your homeless!

WTF! SMH!

NFPD103
NFPD103

boy, they really want to create panic, on the other hand, ICE can now locate a few people.

Raymelson
Raymelson

Well I live in north Alabama only 2 confirmed cases in my home town an half the town is on locked down I really think all this is an over kill just my opinion

chipk
chipk

This is Martial Law. Only difference is the color of the uniform. Newsome should heed his own orders and stay home...and shut up.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

I think this may help LE. Less people to monitor. Less assholes with phones taking videos and hampering them. Less tolerance of idiots claiming their rights are being violated. If you watched Trump today and the first press conference when the business leaders were present, negativity and partisanship is no longer tolerated. On the other hand they are releasing prisoners left and right, back on the streets. So we shall see.

chiefd
chiefd

The idiots and other criminals won't obey this order. Might slow down some robberies, but, home invasions may to up.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

I heard today there are riots in LA area... can anyone confirm. news outlets are spookily quiet on crime right now.


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