To stem the increase of the coronavirus outbreak, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-33-20 effective March 19, 2020.
“Hawthorne, the City of Good Neighbors is prepared to comply with the Governor’s order,” said Councilmember Haidar Awad, “we have already implemented many of the precautions in the Governor’s order and will do everything necessary to protect our residents.
“Californians must do what is necessary to meet this moment and help bend the curve,” said Governor Newsom in reference to what epidemiologists call “flattening the curve” of the pandemic. The idea is to use social distancing to slow the rise in COVID-19 cases to prevent a spike in illnesses as seen in Italy, thus not overburdening the American health care system.
While people can go out for “necessary activities,” only limited business will remain open:
- Food: Grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, takeout and delivery restaurants
- Gas Stations
- Laundromats/Laundry Services
- Essential state and local government functions including law enforcement and offices that provide government programs and services.
“We’re going to keep the grocery stores open,” said Governor Newsom. “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.”
When residents do go out in public, they are asked to keep avoid shaking hands, stay six feet (three paces) away from other people, avoid touching your face, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and if soap and water aren’t available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
These types of businesses are asked to remain closed: Bars and nightclubs, Entertainment venues, Gyms and fitness studios, Public events and gatherings, Convention Centers, and Dine-in restaurants (takeout and delivery are allowed).
“The magnitude of the crisis is extraordinary and federal-state-local government will be more critical than ever before,” said Newsom.