State Wide Order

PUBLISHED: 5:07 PM 20 Mar 2020

California Issues Mandatory State-Wide “Stay In Place” Order, Businesses Closed

The state, which allows unfettered illegal immigration and has been perpetuating a severe homeless crisis for years, is now trying to desperately stop the spread of infection by ordering everyone to stay home and trying to temporarily house tens of thousands of homeless residents.

Many people wonder just how many people will obey. (Source: LA Times YouTube Screenshot)

California Governor Gavin Newsom ordered all residents to stay at home, making the state the first to issue the mandatory restrictions in an effort to stem the tide of coronavirus infection.

The LA Times reported:

The mandatory order allows people to continue to visit gas stations, pharmacies, grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, takeout and delivery restaurants, banks and laundromats. People can leave their homes to care for a relative or a friend or seek healthcare services.

It exempts workers in 16 federal critical infrastructure sectors, including food and agriculture, healthcare, transportation, energy, financial services, emergency response and others.

The new rules come as Newsom offered a grim projection about the toll coronavirus might take on California. He asked Congress for $1 billion in federal funds to support the state’s medical response, and in a letter sent to President Trump, he requested the deployment of the U.S. Navy’s Mercy hospital ship to the Port of Los Angeles through Sept. 1.

Meanwhile, Los Angeles County and city officials have announced new orders that severely restrict public movements.

The L.A. County order requires all indoor malls, shopping centers, playgrounds and nonessential retail businesses to close and prohibits gatherings of more than 10 people in enclosed spaces.

The L.A. city order is much more restrictive. It requires all nonessential businesses to close, with companies able to operate only through work-at-home arrangements. The order also bans all public gatherings of any size outside homes.

Here are more particulars on the new state rules as well as the L.A. County and city orders.

Novel coronavirus and homelessness are colliding, forcing California leaders to launch the unimaginable: a massive effort to move those on the streets into hotels, motels and shelters within days to protect both them and a healthcare system that COVID-19 could soon overwhelm.

State models show that 60,000 homeless people could be hit by the novel coronavirus in the next eight weeks, with up to 20% of them needing hospitalization.

That would mean California would need 12,000 hospital beds just for those living on the streets — a formidable task for a state that is already struggling to find extra capacity to manage the pandemic before it’s too late and hospitals become overcrowded and unsafe with too many patients.

To avoid that prospect, the governor has directed local governments to procure hundreds of facilities statewide — hotels, motels, recreation centers — to house the most vulnerable. Some cities and counties are already moving forward.

The Trump administration is warning Americans to avoid all international travel and advising U.S. citizens overseas to come home — or prepare to remain where they are indefinitely.

The advisory issued Thursday by the State Department, believed to be the widest of its kind, could trigger the greatest disruption yet of travel by Americans. There are hundreds of thousands of U.S. citizens living or traveling abroad at any one time. It is not an outright prohibition and does not mention exemptions for business or essential travel. But it says, “Have a travel plan that does not rely on the U.S. government for assistance.”

Those options are fast dwindling. Even before the new restrictions, the U.S. airline industry had eliminated or dramatically reduced the frequency of most international flights. Sen. Robert Menendez, a Democrat from New Jersey, said his and other congressional offices have been flooded with complaints from traveling U.S. citizens who say they cannot find transportation home and that U.S. embassies and consulates abroad are not helping them.