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Gov. Newsom calls for home isolation for seniors and closure of bars, wineries and breweries

Posted at 2:35 PM, Mar 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-15 17:38:10-04

Governor Gavin Newsom addressed the state about the current status of coronavirus in a news conference Sunday afternoon.

In that address, he called for home isolation of all seniors living in the state as well as the closure of all bars, wineries and breweries.

Newsom said the state needs to focus on protecting the most vulnerable to COVID-19 which according to the Centers for Disease Control are people over the age of 60 and those with underlying health issues.

Here are the executive orders from Gov. Newsom:

1. Seniors 65+ are asked to home isolate.

Newsom said 13 task force teams will be helping to deliver medical and food supplies to seniors.

There are about 5.3 million California residents who are over the age of 65 according to state officials.

He additional advised hospitals and retirement homes to tighten visitation, only allowing end-of-life-visitation.

2. Bars, nightclubs, breweries, wineries and the like are asked to close.

Newsom called these establishments a "nonessential function" at this time.

Restaurants do not necessarily need to close, but are being asked to socially distance patrons in the establishments and reduce the current occupancy by half.

3. Teams are working to house the state homeless population

Newsom said there are about 108,000 homeless people currently in California and the task force teams will be working to get people out of encampments to address their health.

He said the state is procuring hotels and motels as sites to house the homeless.

In his press conference, Newsom said he is not requiring these above mentioned directives by law, but does have the capacity to enforce these directives in the future if necessary.

He mentioned that the state will be getting more funds to strengthen testing capabilities and the state health care system as a whole.