On the evening of March 19, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed an Executive Order, commonly referred to as the STAY AT HOME ORDER. The order was effective immediately and encompasses all of California. There is no expiration date and the order is valid UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE from the Governor.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
The Governor’s order makes all prior guidance from the State Department of Public Health mandatory (including closure of bars, restaurants and similar facilities and limitations on the size of gatherings) and requires all Californians to remain at home or at their place of residence, except as necessary to obtain food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary healthcare, or to work in one of 16 different sectors identified as “essential to maintaining continuity of operations of critical infrastructure.” The order reflects what most of us are already doing to control the spread of the virus, with the exception that workers in jobs or sectors not identified as essential to maintain continuity of operations of critical infrastructure must now stay at home.
The order is not completely clear on what businesses and activities are affected, however, the essential services that you need to live will not be closed. Workers employed in non-essential businesses will need to adhere to the order. The sixteen sectors identified as essential are: communications; chemical; critical manufacturing; commercial facilities; dams; defense industrial base; emergency services; energy; financial; government facilities; healthcare and public health; information technology; nuclear reactors, materials and waste; transportation systems and water. More detail regarding what type of work is considered essential will hopefully be forthcoming from the State or federal government in the days to come. In the meantime, resources are provided below for additional information.
The Town of Mammoth Lakes and Mono County are working diligently to understand and adapt to this new order. Mono County and the Town of Mammoth Lakes essential governmental services will continue but will be limited.
WHAT ESSENTIAL SERVICES WILL REMAIN OPEN (not a complete list)
- Gas stations
- Food: Grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, take-out and delivery restaurants
- Businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals
- Newspapers, television, radio, and other media services
- Laundromats/laundry services
- Hardware stores
- Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, Essential Activities, and Essential Businesses
- Businesses providing mailing and shipping services, including post office boxes
- Educational institutions—including public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities—for purposes of facilitating distance learning or performing essential functions, provided that social distancing of six-feet per person is maintained to the greatest extent possible
- Essential state and local government functions will also remain open, including law enforcement and offices that provide government programs and services, such as snow removal services, finance and limited building services.
- The Unified Command Emergency Operations Center continues to strategize and lead government services
Please see the link for the full Executive Order from the Governor at https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/
GUIDANCE FOR ESSENTIAL SERVICES
For guidance on “essential services,” visit: https://www.cisa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/CISA-Guidance-on-Essential-Critical-Infrastructure-Workers-1-20-508c.pdf
It is important to understand that the Coronavirus response is going to last a long time. Our lives will be disrupted for months. It is necessary to reduce our impact on the medical system in order to save lives. We need to remember those who are most vulnerable and do what we can to support and protect them, such as following the recommended precautions and taking care of our own health and well-being. Our most vulnerable include seniors over the age of 65, and persons of any age with underlying medical conditions including heart disease, lung disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, and cancer. Our goal is to preserve the health and safety of our community. All of us have a role to play in making this happen.