According to the California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s, the first statewide mandatory restrictions in the United States to help combat the outbreak. It went into effect at midnight Thursday, meaning Californians should not leave home except for essential things such as food, prescriptions, health care and commuting to jobs considered crucial.
The restrictions will remain in place until further notice and come a day after Newsom warned that more than half the state is projected to be infected by the virus in two months. The order will not be enforced by law enforcement, Gavin added.
Under the order, essential services such as groceries, pharmacies, gas stations, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores and delivery restaurants will remain open. So will banks, local government offices that provide services and law enforcement agencies.
Nonessential services such as dine-in restaurants, bars, gyms and convention centres will shut down, the governor said.
Newsom’s also requested that President Donald Trump sends a US Navy medical ship to provide more health care options for the state. California has been helping people returning to the US from overseas and needs the San Diego-based ship to help “decompress” its health care system as infection rates skyrocket, Newsom wrote. He warned that infection rates are doubling every four days in some parts of the state.
The COVID-19 tracking models show its spread in California could require the hospitalization of more than 19,000 people beyond the state’s current capacity.