Nooner reader-

I was planning on an update between 8 and 9pm tonight after dinner, but you're all hearing on the news of the new statewide order, so I wanted to get you the top-line and the text of the order STAT.

CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19: After tracking developing orders in many jurisdictions for an update for you tonight, hours of work just became moot as Governor Newsom just signed an executive order and officials provide the description below. This order preempts the any weaker ordinance, such as Los Angeles, Orange, Solano, and Ventura.

I'm not complaining as uniformity became needed and the county orders beyond the original six-county Bay Area order became confusing. The order is largely consistent (I haven't compared every word) with the Bay Area order, the strictest in the state. The executive order elevates that of the public health officers removing any confusion as to the force of law. 

The California State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health is ordering all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence except as needed to follow the federal critical infrastructure sectors.

Read the full Executive Order here (pdf).

How long will we stay home?

  • This goes into effect on Thursday, March 19, 2020. The order is in place until further notice.

What can I do? What’s open?
Essential services will remain open such as:

  • Gas stations
  • Pharmacies
  • Food: Grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, take-out and delivery restaurants
  • Banks
  • Laundromats/laundry services
  • Essential state and local government functions will also remain open, including law enforcement and offices that provide government programs and services.

What’s closed?

  • Dine-in restaurants
  • Bars and nightclubs
  • Entertainment venues
  • Gyms and fitness studios
  • Public events and gatherings
  • Convention Centers

Where does this apply?

  • This is in effect throughout the State of California.

California confirmed cases: 1,058 (+132 from 11:30am), with 17 deaths (+2 from 11am--Sacto and LA). Confirmed cases in 33/58 counties (+3 from yesterday). [h/t SFChron]

  • Governor's other items: It's been another busy day in the governor's corner office:
    • Governor Newsom requested $1 billion in "initial funding" from congressional leaders to support California's "coordinated COVID-19 response and pandemic surge planning and implementation."
    • Governor Newsom formerly requested to President Trump that the USS Mercy hospital ship be deployed to Los Angeles. If sited there, it would be used for non-COVID-19, non-infectious patients to provide room in hospitals and limit spread of the infection.
  • California fiscal update: The Department of Finance is out with its monthly economic and revenue update.

    Good news: State general fund revenue was above projections by $181 million (mostly personal income tax) for the month of February and is now $1.248 billion above projections for the 2019-20 fiscal year to date.

    Bad news: In DOF's words at the top of the update in bolded large font: "NOTE: Most data reported in this issue of Finance Bulletin precede – and therefore do not reflect – the rapidly changing economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic."
  • Sacramento: The shelter in place order takes effect at 11:59m tonight. Non-compliance is a misdemeanor and, as it pertains to bars and restaurants, the general public health authority of the county and license authority of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
    • Sacramento Kings: Both the Sacramento Kings and Legends Hospitality responded to my inquiry about Golden 1 contract employees who provide concessions:

      Kings: “All part-time, hourly Kings event team members will be compensated for the shifts they were previously scheduled to work in March at twelve (12) Golden 1 Center events, including CIF, NCAA, concerts and home games. In addition, we are partnering with Legends, ABM, Fanatics, and SAMMCO to provide compensation to their team members who work at Golden 1 Center through the end of the month.”

      Legends: "Following the cancelation of events due to the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) epidemic, the Sacramento Kings and Legends Hospitality have joined together to help hourly hospitality associates during their time of need. As a result, the Sacramento Kings are in the process of creating a plan to help Legends employees who work at Golden 1 Center, and Legends will contribute to this effort."
    • Jump (an Uber company) has suspended its bike and scooter service in Sacramento