March 20, 2020
California Governor Gavin Newsom, on Thursday evening, ordered all 40 million California residents to stay at home immediately in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. That broader statewide mandate followed Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s order earlier in the evening directing residents to stay at home. Those orders to fight the spread of the coronavirus added to a previous stay-at-home order issued by San Francisco Mayor London Breed on March 16.
Gov. Newsom said, “If we meet this moment, we can truly bend the curve to reduce the need.” By manipulating the numbers downward through the order, the state hopes to reduce the spread and thus lessen the amount of resources required to be assembled to meet a projected surge without the order.
The governor said he’s confident people will “home isolate” and do the “right thing.” He encouraged Californians to go about the “essential patterns of life,” while practicing social distancing and using common sense.
The Los Angeles “Safer At Home” order limits people’s movement outside their homes to only what is required to take care of needs deemed essential. The L.A. order went into effect at midnight on Thursday, March 19 and will remain in place until March 31. The Mayor can shorten or extend the duration.
Mayor Garcetti said, “Los Angeles, this our moment to lead with love and protect those lives that mean everything to us. This is not a request, this is an order.”
Los Angeles’ “Safer At Home” order is described as a “more rigorous form of social distancing.” People are not allowed to go to work unless providing essential services as defined by the order. People are restricted from visiting friends or family unless there’s an urgent need, nor can they travel to or from a job outside the city, travel to or from a vacation home outside the city or visit loved ones in the hospital, nursing home, skilled nursing facility, or other residential-care facility.
Guidelines for the L.A. order indicate people are allowed to do such activities as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, taking pets to the veterinarian, attending medical appointments, walking, riding a bike or exercising outside – all while staying at least six feet away from others.
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