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California governor issues statewide ‘stay at home’ order

California Governor Gavin Newsom issued a statewide “stay at home” order on Thursday, amidst the COVID-19 outbreak.

The order went into effect Thursday and will remain in place for the foreseeable future. Newsom announced his enforcement will be a “social contract” agreement where people self-regulate behavior.

The order explains that residents should only leave their homes for “essential services” defined as working in or needing the services of gas stations, pharmacies, grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, take-out and delivery services, banks and laundromats/laundry services. All other services are closed.

The order specifies specific sectors that are critical to the infrastructure during the COVID-19 outbreak, as specified by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).

“We are a … state of 40 million strong [and] we believe the virus will impact about 56% of us,” Newsom announced on Thursday. “We need to meet this moment and flatten the curve together,” Newsom tweeted.

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