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Stay home except for essential needs

Everyone in California is required to stay home except to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or go to an essential job. If you go out, stay at least 6 feet away from other people. This order began Thursday, March 19, 2020 and is in place until further notice.

Stay home order FAQ Orden de quedarse en casa


  • Stay home
  • Avoid people outside your household
  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Maintain a safe social distance of 6 feet whenever outside of the house


  • Leave the house except for essential activities
  • Shake hands
  • Touch your face
  • Go to doctor unless you call first
  • Stockpile masks or gloves

California is working around the clock to respond to COVID-19

  • Directed Californians to stay at home to slow the spread of the virus
  • Made testing free for most Californians who are medically eligible for testing
  • Ensured students continue to learn and get meals even when schools physically close
  • Deployed the California National Guard to work at food banks
  • Distributed millions of N95 masks and other protective gear to health care workers, with more to come soon
  • Secured travel trailers and hotels to house people experiencing homelessness

Latest numbers

NEW– Find the latest COVID-19 Data, maps, and dashboards

April 2nd update: there are 9,191 positive cases and 203 deaths in California as of April 1, 2020. Approximately 92,500 tests had been conducted. At least 32,944 results have been received and another 59,500 are pending. See the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) for the latest data.

Latest news

April 2, 2020 at 3:05 PM

Governor Newsom Statement on Death of Santa Rosa Police Detective

SACRAMENTO — Governor Gavin Newsom today issued the following statement regarding the death of Santa Rosa Police Department Detective Marylou Armer: “Jennifer and I are terribly saddened to learn of Detective Armer...

April 2, 2020 at 2:11 PM

Governor Newsom Issues Executive Order Protecting Homes, Small Businesses from Water Shutoffs  

Order protects consumers who may be unable to pay for water service during COVID-19 crisis SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today signed an executive order that will restrict water shutoffs to homes and small businesse...

April 2, 2020 at 2:02 PM

Governor Newsom Announces New Help for Small Businesses & Workers Displaced by COVID-19

BEGINNING TOMORROW: Federal government offering first-come, first-serve loans of up to $10 million for small employers Governor Newsom announces $50 million in loan guarantees for small businesses that may not be eligibl...

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