Statewide “Shelter In Place” Order

California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a statewide “Stay at Home” order in an attempt to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in the state.
The move asks all Californians to remain at home unless they have essential reason for going out.
People should stay in their homes unless they need to leave for “essential” activities and work. The mandate went into effect on March 17 and will continue until at least April 7.


Here is some Fresno-specific information, as well:

The City of Fresno issued a “Shelter in Place” order effective Thursday 3/19 through the end of the month.

“All individuals currently residing within the City are called to shelter at their place of residence. To the extent individuals are using shared or outdoor spaces, they must at all times as reasonably possible maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any other person when they are outside their residence.”
Essential businesses” will still be allowed to operate and residents will still be able to go to one of these places.

Some “essential businesses” include:

  • Health care operations and essential infrastructure
  • Grocery stores, certified farmers’ markets, farm and produce stands, food banks, convenience stores, and other establishments selling canned food, dry goods, produce, fresh meat and poultry, etc.
  • Food cultivation, including farming, livestock, and fishing
  • Businesses providing food, shelter, and social services
  • Newspapers, television, radio, and other media services
  • Gas stations, auto supply, and auto repair
  • Banks and related financial institutions
  • Hardware stores
  • Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other providers of safety and sanitation for homes and businesses
  • Mailing and shipping services, including P.O. boxes
  • Educations institutions, provided they account for social distancing of at least six feet to the greatest extent possible
  • Laundromats, dry cleaners, and laundry service providers
  • Restaurants and other facilities preparing and serving food, but only for takeout and delivery
  • Businesses supplying products to people who work from home
  • Businesses supplying other essential businesses with support or supplies necessary to operate
  • Businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food, goods or services directly to homes
  • Airlines, taxis, and other private transportation providers for essential activities
  • Home-based care for seniors, adults, or children
  • Residential facilities and shelters for seniors, adults, and children
  • Professional services — like legal or accounting — when necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities
  • Childcare facilities providing services for essential function employees, but they must do it in stable groups of 10 or fewer, children can’t change from one group to another, if there’s more than one group in a facility, they can’t mix, and the same providers must stay with the same children