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CA Governor issues statewide stay-at-home order

California Governor Gavin Newsom has ordered all California residents to “stay home” except for essential reasons such as grocery shopping and other essential tasks. The lock down is necessary to fight the spread of the coronavirus, said the governor. The governor said he hoped people would voluntarily obey the order. “There’s a social contract here,” he said.  The order is effective Thursday night.

The California State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health is ordering all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence except as needed to maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sectors.

How long will we stay home?

This goes into effect on Thursday, March 19, 2020. The order is in place until further notice.

What can I do? What’s open?

Essential services will remain open such as:

  • Gas stations
  • Pharmacies
  • Food: Grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, take-out and delivery restaurants
  • Banks
  • Laundromats/laundry services

Essential state and local government functions will also remain open, including law enforcement and offices that provide government programs and services.

What’s closed?

  • Dine-in restaurants
  • Bars and nightclubs
  • Entertainment venues
  • Gyms and fitness studios
  • Public events and gatherings
  • Convention Centers

Executive Order available here:


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