Gov. Gavin Newsom has ordered all of California's 40 million residents to stay at home until further notice, effective immediately, "except for essential needs," in order to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
"We need to bend the curve in the state of California. There's a social contract here, people I think recognize the need to do more. They will adjust and adapt as they have. Home isolation is not my preferred choice … but it is a necessary one. This is not a permanent state, it is a moment in time."
According to the state announcement, the following "essential services" will remain open:
- Gas stations
- Food: Grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, take-out and delivery restaurants
- Laundromats/laundry services
California estimates that more than half of the state — 25.5 million people — will get the new coronavirus over the next eight weeks, according to a letter sent by Gov. Gavin Newsom to U.S. President Donald Trump.
"In the last 24 hours, we had 126 new COVID-19 cases, a 21 percent increase. In some parts of our state, our case rate is doubling every four days," Newsom wrote in a letter dated Wednesday. Newsom asked Trump to dispatch the USNS Mercy Hospital Ship to the Port of Los Angeles through Sept. 1 to help with the influx of expected cases.
The full executive order can be read here.