California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sunday issued sweeping new restrictions in California, calling for home isolation of everyone in the state over age 65 and people with chronic disease, both high-risk populations.
Faced with the threat of COVID-19, Governor Newsom issued new restrictions to avoid the spread of this disease asking bars, breweries, and wineries to closed down for the next couple of weeks. He also asked restaurants to limit their capacity in half.
“We are prioritizing their safety,” Newsom said in a press conference.
Many school districts have decided to close around the state. However, as of March 14, schools in Imperial County had not been suspended. The Calexico School Board held an emergency meeting Sunday where they voted to give the Superintendent emergency powers to address this issue. A meeting was called with the county superintendents and the health department to determine if schools were going to be closed.
The governor also took action regarding support for school districts that decide to suspend classes.
Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order ensuring California public school districts retain state funding even in the event of physical closure. The order directs school districts to use those state dollars to fund distance learning and high-quality educational opportunities, provide school meals and, as practicable, arrange for the supervision for students during school hours.
“Closing schools has a massive, cascading effect for our kids and their families – especially those least equipped financially to deal with them. The needs of California kids must be met regardless of whether their school is open or closed. School districts that choose to close must use state education dollars to quickly meet the needs of children and families. The State of California is working around the clock to help those districts and provide best practices to ensure no kid is left behind,” said Governor Newsom.