SACRAMENTO (CBS13/AP) – California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday ordered the state’s 40 million residents to stay at home, restricting non-essential movements to control the spread of the coronavirus that threatens to overwhelm the state’s medical system.

Most businesses and business venues such as indoor malls will be closed to the public. According to state health officials, they include dine-in restaurants; bars, nightclubs and other entertainment places where people gather, along with gyms and fitness studios. Convention centers and public events are also out of bounds.

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So what is still open? Businesses that provide essential services.

They include grocery stores, farmer’s markets, food banks, convenience stores, pharmacies, and other health care providers, news outlets, banks and laundromats.

Restaurants can still provide take-out food and make deliveries. Businesses involved in construction and “essential infrastructure” such as plumbers, electricians, gas stations, auto repair shops, and hardware stores also are exempt.

Public transportation and utilities will continue to provide service.

And as you stay at home, what can you still do during this time?

You can leave home to get food, prescriptions, and health care, or care for a friend or relative. You’re also allowed to walk the dog and exercise outside including walking, running or hiking. When people do go out, they should practice social distancing, which primarily consists of staying 6 feet away from people you’re not living with. Parks and beaches full of people won’t do.

Playgrounds and public facilities like restrooms are risky because of their high-touch nature.

You can learn more about the order on the California Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response website.

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Comments (6)
  1. Charline says:

    Dig up a small patch and plant a few tomatoes, zucchini and pepper plants. Just a few plants can feed a family and share with the neighbors. You need the exercise!!

  2. Yola C says:

    What about HOTELS? Are they considered essential?

  3. Alex says:

    What about dealerships or automotive repair shops?

  4. Rick says:

    Well is you listen to all the BS spouted by the news, and politicans you might as well go dig yourself a hole for urself not plants lol Saying that 1/2 of the state will be infected “25 Million”, if we dont self destruct our economy ! LOL, China a country of billions only had 86k infections ! The 1918 worst Virus modern day virus, didnt even come close ! and thats when we had NO medical guidance !
    the H1N1 was JUST as bad, but the media swept it under the rug to Protect Obama, and Obama didnt act until there were thousands of deaths! Don’t remember any shelter in place and EXTREME measures over that one >? There is an average NEW virus every few years, does that mean we are going to kill our economy everytime it happens? Whats the worse part if anyone speaks reality about this, they are Grandparent KILLERS! How dare someone speaks out about this! This nation needs to get a grip, but already its to late !

    1. Roman Revell says:

      sorry, but I prefer to listen to the professional health care institutions who are tasked with trying to prevent something extremely serious. we’ll see how it goes. I think after this they will learn a lot. Maybe watch a couple science channel Youtube videos explaining why this reaction is appropriate in their understanding.

  5. Sweetz says:

    Yes Rick…as long as Trump is our President, “they” are going to try and kill our economy every time a new virus emerges going forward. Once Trump is out of office, then they will ignore a new virus unless the Media can find a sensational or political use for it. Instead of just warning those people who are most vulnerable to stay home and avoid close contact during a new flu season and to take an active responsibility for their own health, they will choose to destroy our economy in a bid to make our President look bad. President Trump loves the people more than he loves the economy…he stepped up to the plate and chose to try and protect the people because he knows that he can bring the economy back, but not the dead. The left has discovered yet a new way to try and gain more power. FEAR MONGERING.

    China absolutely did implement a severe lock down of all who lived in the Wuhan Province…and that is what stopped the virus from traveling further to THEIR entire population of 1.4 billion people. China did not however, prohibit people from Wuhan from continuing to travel outside their country…and they neglected to warn the world about the virus in a manner that could have prevented this pandemic. Essentially, they attempted to cover it up. Now they are trying to blame the US Military.

    What makes this particular virus so nasty is the high transmission rate, and the fact that by the time anyone has any of the slightest symptoms (or no symptoms at all), they have already passed it to Grandpa and Grandma. Add to that, this pneumonia is much more difficult to treat because it goes deep into the lower parts of the lungs, putting an additional strain on the heart. Our hospitals have always been jammed packed with the elderly or frail people during every flu season. We don’t hear about that fact. Why?

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