The fight against coronavirus is far from over.
As the Trump administration and health officials continue taking steps to eradicate this virus, it is still spreading and projected to spread in certain areas. As such, various places of business are either reducing their hours or closing down completely. Likewise, Americans are facing collective encouragement to self-quarantine, stay home, and socially distance themselves from one another.
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Last night, the state of California took the fight against COVID-19 to an entirely new level. Gavin Newsom, the state’s governor, issued a stay-at-home mandate to all of 40 million California residents, as reported by Breitbart News.
What to Know About California’s “Stay-at-Home” Order
When addressing residents of the Golden State, Newsom professed that the need to take on coronavirus has prompted his order for Californians to remain in their homes until at least April 19.
The governor also explained that while essential businesses, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, etc., will remain open, non-essential businesses are under compulsory order to close. Non-essential businesses include facilities such as gyms, bars, fitness studios, dine-in restaurants, etc.
Governor @GavinNewsom issued a stay at home order to protect the health and well-being of all Californians and to establish consistency across the state in order to slow the spread of #COVID19.
What does that mean? Find more information here: https://t.co/pTtYNN5DHE
— Office of the Governor of California (@CAgovernor) March 20, 2020
Newsom’s order for California residents to remain home also comes amidst a troubling prediction, albeit not set in stone, regarding COVID-19. According to a letter that the California governor sent to President Trump, over 50% of the state’s residents are expected to come in contact with coronavirus over the next two months.
Reactions to the Stay-At-Home Order
As to be expected, the reactions to California being on lockdown are a mixed bag. Some people are all for it, stating that such a measure will halt the spread of coronavirus or at least slow it down. Then, there are others who believe that expecting 40 million people to remain in their homes is a reach and not quite feasible.
At this time, California is not requiring police officers to enforce the stay-at-home order; however, breach of this mandate does come with the possibility of a misdemeanor charge.
What do you think about Gavin Newsom’s stat-at-home order? Do you believe it goes too far or should 40 million people be expected to remain inside for at least one whole month? Let us know your thoughts down below in the comments section!