Governor Orders Statewide Shelter in Place

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Governor Orders Statewide Shelter in Place
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California Governor Gavin Newsom has announced a statewide shelter in place order for all residents during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Nearly 40 million people are ordered to stay home until further notice unless it's absolutely necessary to leave starting at midnight on Thursday. An end date was not given as this is expected to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

The order states the following businesses are allowed to remain open: gas stations, pharmacies, food stores (grocery, foodbanks, convenience stores, take out, delivery), banks, laundry services. Essential state and local government functions will also remain open, including law enforcement and offices that provide government programs and services.

The same closure guidelines are in place for dine-in restaurants, bars and nightclubs, entertainment venues, gyms and fitness studios, public events and gatherings, and convention centers.

Individuals working in "Critical Infrastructure Sectors" as defined by the federal government may continue work. This includes healthcare, energy, transportation, water and waste management, and more.

State law dictates that violations of the order are punishable of a fine up to $1,000, however, officials state they do not plan to direct police to enforce this.

"This is a moment we need to make tough decisions," said Newsom. "This is a moment where we need some straight talk and we need to tell people the truth: We need to bend the curve in the state of California."

Newsom also requested the immediate deployment of the USNS Mercy Hospital Ship to the Port of Los Angeles through September 1, 2020, to help decompress the state’s health care delivery system in Los Angeles.

California health officials predict 56% of the state's population, approximately 25.5 million people, will be infected with COVID-19 within the next eight weeks, according to a letter Newsom sent to President Donald Trump on Thursday morning.

The governor's announcement comes after Los Angeles and Bay Area counties issued "shelter-in-place" mandates to their residents.

As of Thursday evening, there are 9 cases of positive COVID-19 with at least 100 pending test results in Santa Barbara County. California currently has 1,040 confirmed cases with 19 deaths. These numbers are expected to grow as more testing results are released.

Santa Barbara County health officials previously stated they were planning to issue a shelter in place mandate for those over 75 years of age and those 70 years of age and over with underlying health issues.

There are currently 17 confirmed cases in Ventura County, 13 in San Luis Obispo, and 230 in Los Angeles County.

The full announcement can be viewed below:

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sacjon Mar 20, 2020 09:10 AM
Governor Orders Statewide Shelter in Place

PUG - I know we disagreed about the beach, but you really can safely go out in public in open spaces and converse with friends. You just need to be safe about it. We went and met some friends at the beach and stood in our family groups with at least 10 feet between us. We had to yell, but we still felt somewhat normal watching the waves, feeling the sand, and interacting. You can do it, but please be safe!

a-1584676910 Mar 19, 2020 09:01 PM
Governor Orders Statewide Shelter in Place

Hang in there Pug! You can always go to a friends house and chat outside with proper distancing. My mom sent me this and it made me laugh: https://www.instagram.com/p/B922T-_HY3T/?igshid=h80gbr4eb4ik

Shasta Guy Mar 19, 2020 08:58 PM
Governor Orders Statewide Shelter in Place

We’ve got four students here, two college + two high schoolers, all using Zoom to maintain their classes. You can try FaceTime, Skype, or Zoom to be in touch with friends. It’s going to be rough. My sister-in-law is walled off by plastic in her own house because she just evacuated out of Madrid, and she really is missing her friends. She Zooms with her family.

Shasta Guy Mar 19, 2020 08:30 PM
Governor Orders Statewide Shelter in Place

The order will not be enforced by law enforcement (yet), instead they are counting on social pressure. If you go out unnecessarily you’ll get a glare and and finger wagging.

Big block Mar 20, 2020 06:11 PM
Governor Orders Statewide Shelter in Place

The idea of enforcing this is not really on the table. It is not realistic and cannot be done. Either the patriotic citizens co-operate, or they don't. I'm betting on the former.

biguglystick Mar 20, 2020 05:59 PM
Governor Orders Statewide Shelter in Place

That is perfectly ok, Jimbo. I've been beach walking and getting fresh air and exercise. It's been lovely. Just keep the 6 ft. required distance. I've noticed a lot of younger people (mostly male) on trails NOT moving over. People, PLEASE, move over and give each other space!!!

Kruppe Mar 19, 2020 08:31 PM
Governor Orders Statewide Shelter in Place

This should be fine. I was advised by my physician to continue to be active. I usually get in my runs early in the morning when nobody is around.

Potif Mar 20, 2020 07:24 PM
Governor Orders Statewide Shelter in Place

You COULD pick up the virus at someone else’s home... or take it to their home if you don’t realize you or they have been exposed to it.

a-1584734021 Mar 20, 2020 12:53 PM
Governor Orders Statewide Shelter in Place

@ 8:20pm You can do whatever you want on private property. The government can’t tell people who they can invite to their home.

LCP112233 Mar 20, 2020 10:10 AM
Governor Orders Statewide Shelter in Place

You can go to a friends house. But DONT go in and put them at risk. Stay outdoors and a distance away from each other. My friend and I go on walks, but keep our distance. It is very comforting for us to be able to do this.

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