Sacramento: California Government has ordered the nation’s populous Californians to stay at home, marking the first mandatory restrictions placed on the lives of all 40 million residents in the state’s fight against the novel coronavirus.
He said late Thursday that the statewide restriction on any non-essential movement outside the home is needed to control the spread of the coronavirus that threatens to overwhelm the state’s medical system.
The mandatory order allows Californians to continue to visit gas stations, pharmacies, grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, take-out and delivery restaurants, banks and laundromats. People can leave their homes to care for a relative or a friend or seek health care services. It exempts workers in 16 federal critical infrastructure sectors, including food and agriculture, healthcare, transportation, energy, financial services, emergency response and others.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom earlier in the day issued the dire prediction that 56% of California’s population could contract the virus over the next eight weeks.
The governor’s action comes at a critical time in California, where 19 people have died and an additional 958 have tested positive for the disease.