California Residents Mandated to Stay at Home in New Statewide Order Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Residents of California have been ordered to “stay at home” to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) under a new statewide accordance issued by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday evening.

Effective immediately, all Californians — almost 40 million people in total — are to remain inside their residences under the directive and will only be allowed out to pick up food and other essential items. The order is in place until further notice.

Per the executive order, all dine-in restaurants, bars and nightclubs, entertainment venues, gyms and fitness studios and convention centers will stop operation.

Essential services such as pharmacies, gas stations, banks, laundromats and places offering food — such as grocery stores, food banks, farmers markets, convenience stores and eateries with takeout or delivery — are allowed to remain open.

“CA is issuing a statewide, mandatory STAY AT HOME order. Those that work in critical sectors should go to work,” Newsom tweeted. “We need to meet this moment and flatten the curve together.”

The executive order comes just half an hour after Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that the city’s residents are to remain inside under a new “Safer at Home” emergency order.

Los Angeles, this is our moment to lead with love and protect those lives that mean everything to us,” he said during a press conference on Thursday. “This is not a request, this is an order.”

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