Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-33-20 on March 19th, directing all California residents to stay home and self-quarantine unless they are deemed necessary to maintain essential business functions. Essential businesses are those identified to be critical infrastructure sectors, as well as additional sectors designated as critical to protect the health and well-being of a community.
Essential sectors currently include healthcare/public health, emergency services such as police and fire, public works, food and agriculture, energy, water and wastewater, transportation, critical manufacturing, financial services, and defense. Additional essential services currently include government agencies, grocery stores, food banks, convenience stores, restaurants for takeout/delivery/drive-through, pharmacies, banks, laundromats, and hardware/home improvement stores.
Nonessential services currently include dine-in restaurants, bars and nightclubs, gyms and fitness centers, hair and nail salons, entertainment venues, and all public events or gatherings. Businesses that are allowed to stay open must practice social distancing and encourage employees to work from home when possible.