California governor calls on youth to take shelter-in-place seriously

California governor calls on youth to take shelter-in-place seriously

California governor calls on youth to take shelter-in-place seriously

"Those that work in critical sectors should go to work".

More from CNN: Under the order, essential services such as groceries, pharmacies, gas stations, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores and delivery restaurants will remain open.

"There is a recognition of our interdependence that requires of this moment that we direct a statewide order for people to stay at home", Newsom said.

On Thursday evening, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued a "stay-at-home" order for the entire state of California in an effort to better contain the COVID-19 coronavirus. OR has taken some similarly major steps, though the state is still short of sheltering in place.

Overall, the order is created to keep Californians at home and encourages them to only venture outside when necessary.

The statewide directive, which California Governor Gavin Newsom said was to go into effect "this evening [Thursday]", is the most dramatic containment measure yet by a U.S. state.

An empty tourist trolley is seen in San Francisco, the United States, March 16, 2020.

Although a mandatory executive order, the measure will likely not be enforced by police, Newsom said.

Newsom said the public health officers are looking to establish consistency across the state in order to ensure that they mitigate the impact of COVID-19. California Highway Patrol has repeatedly said "no".

Newsom on Thursday also wrote a letter to the US Congress requesting "more than US$1 billion in initial funding" for California to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.

California alone has recorded 958 cases of coronavirus, and Newsom stated that state projections predict as many as 25 million - or around 58% of the population, could contract it.

He also asked Mr Trump to dock the navy's 1,000-patient Mercy hospital ship in the Port of Los Angeles. "This is a moment where we need some straight talk and we need to tell people the truth".

The announcement came after the release of a letter to President Donald Trump in which Mr Newsom warned the virus was spreading quickly and could infect more than half the state's population.

The order is the most stringent effort in the U.S.to stem the spread of the virus. "It's a 'stay at home'".

The hearing was related to a lawsuit filed by a local group of business owners, residents and others concerned about the squalid conditions facing homeless people living on the streets or in their cars in the city's downtown. "It will be a moment when everything changed".

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