More than 10 million people in Southern California on Thursday were ordered to stay at home unless absolutely necessary in an effort to curb the coronavirus pandemic.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger announced the “safer-at-home” mandate — closing all non-essential businesses and banning all gatherings of more than 10 people — days after the San Francisco Bay Area issued a similar “shelter-in-place” order.
“The order is the next step to protecting our residents from the coronavirus by increasing our social distancing,” Barger told reporters. “We know that staying at home and decreasing contact is the best way to halt the spread.”
The order requires all non-essential businesses, like museums, malls, retail stores and offices to shutter.
People will only be allowed to leave their homes for “essential activities” like picking up food or groceries, going to the doctor or taking a walk in their neighborhood.
“We’re about to enter into a new way of living here in Los Angeles, for a period,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti.
“This is not shelter in place like a school shooting this is stay at home because you’re safer at home,” Garcetti added. “This is not a request. This is an order.”
It will take effect midnight Friday.
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