Governor Gavin Newsom is taking the state of California to the next level in the battle against CODIV-19. He announced that there is a state-wide stay at home order for residents to help slow down the spread of the coronavirus.
It was a mere three days ago that seven counties in the Bay Area of California put their shelter-in-place order into effect. The order was starting to make its way through the northern and southern parts of California, but Gov. Newsom decided to extend that practice as far out as his power allows.
During a press conference that was streamed live on Facebook, the governor called the situation “fluid” when issuing the order on Thursday evening. He stated that everyone needs to work through this outbreak together in order to achieve the ultimate goal of beating it.
“This is not a permanent state. This is a moment in time. If we’re to be criticized at this moment, let us be criticized for taking this moment seriously. Let us be criticized for going full force and meeting this virus head-on.”
Newsom said that the statewide mandated stay at home measure was going to go into effect at midnight on Friday, March 20, 2020. He stated that it would be very similar to the order that the Bay Area counties put into place on Tuesday of this week.
All businesses considered “non-essential” will be required to close, according to the new mandate. Businesses exempt from the shut-down include grocery stores, health care facilities, pharmacies, gas stations, convenience stores, banks and laundromats, as seen on the California COVID-19 Response website.
Also exempt from the mandate are workers on the CISA list of critical infrastructure sectors, including healthcare, transportation, nuclear energy and waste management and emergency services. That list also includes “individuals who perform essential functions or possess tactical, operational, or strategic knowledge,” according to the CISA website.
Residents needing to leave their homes at any time will only be allowed to do so for what the state considers “essential” reasons such as shopping for groceries and any supplies, care for family members, outdoor exercise, or to obtain necessary medications.
Governor Newsom said they are hoping this mandate will help severely slow down the spread of the coronavirus. There is the fear that if the spread continues, hospitals will become overrun with patients which will eventually lead to there not being enough beds for those that need them.