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California Gov. Newsom issues order for entire state to stay at home due to coronavirus

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Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) issued an order for all 40 million Californians
to stay at home Thursday night due to the coronavirus outbreak. The
order issued by the governor is the first statewide restriction
placed on all Californians to stem the spread of the disease. “This
is not a permanent state, this is a moment in time,” Newsom said in
a news conference. “We will look back at these decisions as
pivotal.” The directive goes into effect Thursday evening. Those
found violating the law could be fined up to $1,000. The order says
several “critical infrastructure” sectors will still be allowed
to leave their homes, though it didn’t specifically mention which
ones. Citizens are still allowed to leave their homes to visit
grocery stores or pharmacies but must “at all times practice social
distancing.” “Our goal is simple, we want to bend the curve, and
disrupt the spread of the virus,” the order reads. Similar orders
have been put in place at the local level in San Francisco and other
parts of the Bay Area since Monday.

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