California Governor Orders Statewide Lockdown Amid Growing Concern over Coronavirus Pandemic

Kareena Koirala
Mar 20, 2020
10:33 A.M.
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California Governor Gavin Newsom just ordered the entire state into lockdown amid the growing glocal panic caused by COVID-19. Currently, there over 14000 reported cases of corona in the United States. 

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Over 40 million California residents have been ordered to stay home as a part of the state's efforts to avoid the spreading of coronavirus.

The people are advised to stay home unless their presence is required for the continuity of operation of critical government services, construction, childcare, or the federal critical infrastructure sector. 

A sign on the door of a residential property where the household are in a 14 day isolation in accordance with new government guidelines on March 18, 2020 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. | Source: Getty Images

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SAFER AT HOME

According to the official executive order issued by the Californian Governor Gavin Newsom,  56 percent of Californians could be infected by the COVID-19 virus over the course of the next eight weeks. 

This Order is being issued to protect the public health of Californians.

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The order went into effect on Thursday and the people are expected to stay safe inside their homes until further notice. Essential services including gas stations, pharmacies, grocery stores, delivery restaurants, and laundry services are still operating. 

The "safer-at-home" order allows the California residents to leave their homes for essential activities such as exercises and grocery shopping.

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AVOIDING SOCIAL CONTACT

That being said, gyms and fitness studios will remain closed along with dining restaurants, bars, clubs, and convention centers. Many counties and communities in California had already issued similar orders prior to Newsom's move. 

Previously, the governor urged the United States President Donald Trump to deploy a floating hospital to California to help the rush of potential coronavirus cases in the state. 

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Newsom's prediction that 56% of California's population could be infected with COVID-19 does not take into account the aggressive preventative measures that are underway across the state. 

Meanwhile, Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti also issued a "safer-at-home" order, urging the citizens to say home to minimize social contacts. He informed his followers about the new orders through social media posts

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The residents are required to keep at least six feet distance from each other while out to take a walk or grocery shopping. They are advised not to go to work or visit their friends and family.

We at AmoMama do our best to give you the most updated news regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, but the situation is constantly changing. We encourage readers to refer to the online updates from CDC, WHO, or Local Health Departments to stay updated. Take care!

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