Thursday night Governor Newsom ordered the state of California to stay at home in an attempt to slow the spread of covid-19.
The ‘stay at home’ order requires over 35 million residents to not leave their homes unless it is for an essential job, food shopping or to receive medical treatment and prescriptions.
‘Stay At Home’ Order
The statewide ‘stay at home’ health order took place last night on March 19. The order has an undetermined end and will effect over 35 million residents.
According to covid19.ca.gov “Everyone in California is required to stay home except to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or go to an essential job. If you go out, keep at least 6 feet of distance.”
California makes up 12% of the nations population and is currently listed as a high-risk state for covid-19. The projected infection rate for Californians is 56%.
Newsom say’s social pressure is going to be the heavy enforcer for Californians under the ‘stay at home’ order.
A halt in local economy has proved difficult for residents and business owners trying to attain everyday items. Essential jobs have allowed some to go back to work.
Currently banks, take-out and delivery restaurants, health services, pharmacies, laundromats, grocery stores, gas stations and convenience stores are operating.
Governor Newsom said in a press conference “We’re going to keep the grocery stores open,” he said. “We’re going to make sure that you’re getting critical medical supplies. You can still take your kids outside, practicing common sense and social distancing. You can still walk your dog.”
Essential jobs fall into the 16 critical infrastructures determined by the Department of Homeland Security. This infrastructure is geared towards covid-19.
Recommendation From the Department of Homeland Security
The Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During Covid-19 Response released by the Department of Homeland Security states that the identification of critical infrastructure is only supposed to be an advisory document and should not be considered a federal directive.
The memorandum reads in terms of workers, “The industries they support represent, but are not necessarily limited to, medical and healthcare, telecommunications, information technology systems, defense, food and agriculture, transportation and logistics, energy, water and wastewater, law enforcement, and public works.”
To keep access for California residents to essentials Governor Newsom touched on a few sectors of business that would operate.
The Executive Order from Governor Newsom said “The supply chain must continue, and Californians must have access to such necessities as food, prescriptions, and health care,” the official executive order states.
Non-essential businesses are still closed for an indeterminate time.
Orange County Health Orders Recap
Orange County has been under restricted business and gathering policy since the March 17 health order put into place by County Health Officer, Dr. Nichole Quick.
Confusion over a shelter in place policy led to an amendment in the order which allowed essential businesses to operate.
The amended health order lists essential businesses and authorized activities for residents.