Want to do your part in fighting coronavirus? Then stay home.
That was the message California Gov. Gavin Newsom delivered Thursday night to all 40 million Californians as he announced an official “stay at home” order. So far, 675 people have tested positive for the virus statewide and 16 people have died from coronavirus, known as COVID-19.
In the Bay Area, the order changes nothing for now. The region has been on a “shelter in place” order since Tuesday. Grocery stores, restaurants, pharmacies and other essential services will remain open. Residents can still go outside for exercise or to walk their dogs, as long as they stay at least six feet from anyone they don’t live with.
The biggest difference is that local health officials’ order was set to last for three weeks, while Newsom’s announcement didn’t come with an end date.
“We are not victims of circumstance, we can make decisions to meet moments and this is a moment we need to make tough decisions,” Newsom said in a live stream Thursday. “This is a moment where we need some straight talk and we need to tell people the truth. We need to bend the curve in the state of California.”
San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said he “strongly supports” the stay at home order in a statement Thursday.
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