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California city declared a 'sanctuary' from stay-home order

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Posted at 2:43 PM, May 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-16 20:49:55-04

More parks and hiking trails welcomed visitors again Saturday and one city declared itself a “sanctuary” from California’s stay-at-home order as the state’s diverse regions carve their own path toward reopening. Officials in Atwater, a city of 30,000 in central California, unanimously agreed Friday not to enforce the nearly 2-month-old order intended to slow the spread of the coronavirus. That means local authorities won’t interfere with any business or church that decides to reopen ahead of state restrictions. The city's mayor, however, cautioned that businesses licensed by the state would be reopening at their own risk.