On Thursday night, Govern Gavin Newsom issued a state-wide “stay at home” order effective immediately and until further notice.

“We need to bend the curve in the State of California and in order to do that we need to recognize reality. “We are confident that the people of the State of California will abide by [the order],” Newsom said.

The order comes after San Fransisco adopted a similar “shelter in place order,” the first of its kind in the United State’s response to the virus. Los Angeles also adopted a similar order earlier Thursday afternoon, prior to Newsom’s announcement.

Gas stations, pharmacies, grocery stores, food banks, take-out and delivery, banks and laundromats will still be open during the “stay at home” order.

Dine-in restaurants, bars and nightclubs, entertainment venues, gyms and fitness studios, public events and gatherings as well as convention centers are among the businesses ordered to close.

“Essential state and local government functions will also remain open, including law enforcement and offices that provide government programs and services,” according to www.covid19.ca.gov.

The website also provides helpful tips and information regarding the pandemic, including some basic “Do’s” and “Don’ts”. 

The “Do’s” include staying home, washing hands with soap and water for more than 20 seconds (if soap and water is not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer), covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue and cleaning and disinfecting common use areas.

With California having a population of over 40 million, Newsom expressed concerns about how many people could contract the virus if proper procedures like social distancing were not implemented and followed in a letter dated Wednesday sent to President Donald Trump.

Also in the letter, Newsom requested the deployment of the USNS Mercy Hospital Ship to the Los Angeles port through September 1, 2020, to help combat the spread throughout the Los Angeles area.

For more information and updates, visit covid19.ca.gov.