A statewide order was issued Thursday by California’s Governor Gavin Newsom, pointedly telling all residents to “stay at home.”
The strongly worded instruction will be in place until further notice.
Pharmacies, grocery stores, takeout and delivery restaurants will stay open as necessary services for Californians.
The “stay at home” order was required because of the Coronavirus outbreak, the governor said.
“We need to bend the curve in the state of California,” Gov. Gavin Newsom explained, addressing how this order will be enforced. “There’s a social contract here, people, I think, recognize the need to do more … They will begin to adjust and adapt as they have been quite significantly. We will have social pressure and that will encourage people to do the right thing.”
The governor added, “Home isolation is not my preferred choice … but it is a necessary one … this is not a permanent state, this is a moment in time.”
All dine-in restaurants, bars and clubs, gyms and fitness studios will be closed, according to his order. Public events and gatherings are also not allowed.
He said he made the decision “based on some new information” and projections that came in from Johns Hopkins University.
“We have 416 hospitals in California, but within the hospital system we have a capacity to surge beyond the 78,000 currently staffed by an additional 10,000, the governor said. “If we change our behaviors that inventory will come down, if we meet this moment, we can truly bend the curve.”
Clear across the 3,000-mile width of the United States, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio made an urgent plea for military aid to combat the Coronavirus, as the number of confirmed cases in his metropolitan region surged to 3,615 on Thursday and the city increasingly became the epicenter in the United States.
The city’s death toll from the virus had risen to 22, doubling in the past day. The total number of cases nearly doubled for the second straight day.
De Blasio called the numbers “nothing short of staggering” and pressed President Donald Trump to mobilize the military to deliver crucial supplies — which the city could run out of in two to three weeks — and provide medical care.
“The fate of New York City rests in the hands of one man,” de Blasio said. “He is a New Yorker. And right now, he is betraying the city he comes from.”