AP: California governor orders statewide stay-at-home order | SierraSun.com

AP: California governor orders statewide stay-at-home order

FILE — Gov. Gavin Newsom addresses the crowd during the Lake Tahoe Summit on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019.
Justin Scacco / jscacco@sierrasun.com

The Associated Press is reporting California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday ordered the state’s 40 million residents to stay at home, restricting non-essential movements to control the spread of the coronavirus that threatens to overwhelm the state’s medical system.

“This is a moment we need to make tough decisions,” Newsom said. “We need to recognize reality.”

Newsom’s announcement came after counties and communities covering about half the state’s population already had issued similar orders. He said the restriction is “open-ended,” and it could raise false hopes if he predicted how long the order might last.

People may still leave their homes for walks and exercise and for essential needs such as food and medical care. Restaurant meals can still be delivered to homes.

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