California Gov. Orders Everyone to Stay at Home, Says 56 Percent In State Could Get Sick

March 20, 2020
Gavin Newsom

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday issued a statewide order for all residents to "stay at home" amid a coronavirus outbreak, according to The Los Angeles Times. The stay home order is in place till further notice. Essential services will stay open, however, such as pharmacies, grocery stores, takeout and delivery restaurants, and banks. Some jobs are exempt as well. “We’re going to keep the grocery stores open,” Newsom said. “We’re going to make sure that you’re getting critical medical supplies. You can still take your kids outside, practicing common sense and social distancing. You can still walk your dog.” The governor said, "we are confident that the people of the state of California will abide by it, will do the right thing.” Those who don’t abide by the order could be subject to a misdemeanor. The stay at home order comes hours after earlier remarks in which the governor said he believed that in two months, 56 percent of the state, about 25.5 million people, could have the coronavirus. As of Thursday, California has 978 confirmed cases and 19 deaths.