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TORRANCE, Calif., March 21, 2020- The newest Executive Orders by the State of California and Los Angeles County aim to fight the spread of the COVID-19 by ordering the closure of nonessential stores, playgrounds and bans gatherings of 10 or more people. In addition, the Executive Orders require the community to limit themselves to only essential activities with the hope to contain the spread of the virus outbreak. To view the orders, please visit LACounty.gov/COVID19/ or COVID19.CA.gov/. City of Torrance officials are reviewing both orders and additional information will follow.
*Update: In accordance with this order, the State Public Health Officer has designated the following list of “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” to help state, local, tribal, and industry partners as they work to protect communities, while ensuring continuity of functions critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security.
*Update 3/27: Health Officer Order “Addendum to Safer at Home Order for Control of COVID-19: Temporary Closure of Public Trails and Trailheads, Beaches, Piers, Beach Bike Paths and Beach Access Points.”
Frequently Asked Questions:
When does the stay at home order go into effect and how long will we stay home? What areas of the state are covered?
The order went into effect on Thursday, March 19, 2020. The order is in place until further notice. It covers the whole state of California, and it exempts activity as needed to maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sectors, critical government services, schools, childcare, and construction, including housing construction.
What can I do? What’s open?
Essential services will remain open, such as:
Can the Order be changed?
Yes. The State Public Health Officer may issue orders as needed – for example if more information emerges about the public health situation – and issue new orders and directives as conditions warrant.
How does this order interact with local orders to shelter in place? Does it supersede them?
This is a statewide order. Depending on the conditions in their area, local officials may enforce stricter public health orders. But they may not loosen the state’s order.
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