Quick Review of the Shelter-in-Place Executive Order

Quick Review of the Shelter-in-Place Executive Order

Updated 3/21/2020

Here is a simple review of the Executive Order from the Governor of California issued this past Thursday, March 19, 2020. This is intended as a help and does not constitute a comprehensive or legal review of the Executive Order.

The purpose of the order is to promote social distancing. Social distancing is the term used to describe 6 feet of separation between individuals in order to minimize the spread of illnesses such as the Coronavirus.

The order states that residents are to remain in their homes except for essential functions.

You can:

  • Go to the grocery store or order food delivery
  • Pick up medication or necessary supplies
  • Go to the bank or post office
  • Call a service professional such as a plumber, electrician, or exterminator
  • Go to the gas station or auto repair shop
  • Walk, bike, or hike as long as social distancing is observed
  • Travel to care for the elderly, dependents, people with disabilities or other vulnerable persons

You can’t:

  • Host a gathering larger than 10 people
  • Hoard supplies or overbuy
  • Go to a non-essential businesses such as a gym or bowling alley
  • Eat at a restaurant
  • Go to non-essential retail stores

The shelter-in-place order does not apply to essential businesses or essential government offices. It is not dangerous to be outside of your home, the danger is being close to other individuals that potentially are infected, whether they have symptoms or not.