Californians, Nearly 40 Million People, Have been ordered to stay home in order stop the spread of #Coronavirus. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the order late Thursday just an hour after officials in Los Angeles County, the most populous county in the US, issued a similar mandate.
Across the state of California, health officials have confirmed 675 cases of COVID-19 and 16 deaths from the disease as of Wednesday evening, behind Washington state and New York, where more than 5,000 cases have been confirmed.
The order does not prohibit restaurants from continuing to offer takeout and delivery options and still allows residents to continue spending time outdoors, as long as they stay more than 6 feet away from others.
The state’s order includes exemptions for public safety and health care operations as well as other essential services, including laundromats, grocery stores, and restaurants that offer takeout or delivery. But even those essential businesses will need to incorporate social distancing practices — keeping 6 feet of space between individual employees and customers, officials said.