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Volume 5, Issue 77  |  September 25, 2020

Governor Newsom mandates “Stay at Home” order for Californians

On March 19, California Governor Gavin Newsom ordered all residents of the state to stay at home in an effort to fight against the COVID-19 spread.

The mandatory order allows Californians to visit grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, food banks, convenience stores, restaurants for take-out or delivery, banks and laundromats. People can also leave their homes to offer care for relatives or friends and for medical services.

It also allows Californians working in “16 critical infrastructure sectors” to continue for the health and well-being of Californians. The 16 sectors areas are “determined by the federal government to be so vital to the United States where through incapacitation or destruction they would have a debilitating effect on security, economic security, public health or safety or any combination thereof.”

The order from Sacramento comes following 19 deaths in the state and a rapidly growing number of positive tests.

The Governor also noted the importance of practicing social distancing when outside the home and interacting with other people.

People not following the order could be subject to a misdemeanor.

Medical officials concur that the stay at home order is important to stop the rapid spread of the coronavirus.

Earlier in the day, Gov. Newsom said in a letter to President Donald Trump that the state of California is projected to face as many as 25.5 million cases, or 56 percent of the state’s population over an eight-week period.

He also requested that the President deploy the USNS Mercy Hospital Ship to be stationed at the Port of Los Angeles through September 1, 2020.

A copy of the Governor’s order is here.

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