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California Governor Issues Statewide ‘Stay at Home’ Order

Restaurants, grocery stores, and other “essential businesses” are exempt

California Governor Gavin Newsom
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Moments ago, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued a new Executive Order that goes in effect today, “ordering all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence.” Coming just days after Newsom forced all bars to close and restaurants to cease dine-in service, this “Stay at Home” order is the first of its kind to encompass an entire state; earlier this week, the Bay Area was put under a “Shelter in Place” order and earlier this evening the Los Angeles mayor issued a “Safer at Home” directive.

For now, restaurants can remain in operation and continue offering takeout and delivery food service; they’re categorized as an “essential service” along with grocery stores, farmer’s markets, food banks, and convenience stores.