California Governor Issues Stay-At-Home Order Due To Growing Fear Of COVID-19/Coronavirus Pandemic

March 19, 2020

At a press conference this evening, California Governor Gavin Newson issued a stay-at-home order after citing fears that more than 50% of state population will contract the rapidly spreading COMID-19 coronavirus.

Earlier today news broke that California health officials predict approximately 56% of the state's population, an estimated 25.5 million people, will be infected with the novel coronavirus within the next two month. Governor Newsom reportedly relayed this in a letter sent yesterday to President Donald Trump, in which the leader of the country's most populated state was said to have requested additional resources.

Later this evening a press conference was held in Sacrament where Newson announced a statewide lockdown order to begin at midnight tonight. All residents will be required to stay in their homes unless to perform "essential" missions, including travel to gas stations, banks, laundromats, convenience markets, grocery stores (including farmers markets), walking a dog, picking up food, but the extent of these requirements were left vague. There is no explanation on how the order would be enforced nor a timeline on how long it will last, but the governor said estimations could be 8 weeks. It appears at this time that San Diego restaurants will be able to continue take out and delivery service, although many will likely choose to close in light of recent developments.

This is a developing story: We will update this post as we learn more.