LOS ANGELES - California Governor Gavin Newsom has called for the closure of all bars and wineries. As well as suggested home isolation of everyone 65 and older.
In addition, Newsom said all restaurants should reduce capacity by half and provide enough space social distancing.
Finally, Newsom said there would be no more hospital visits unless it was "end of life."
He said he realized that these are harsh measures and that isolation is hard, especially when 85 percent of California's school children won't be in school on Monday.
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 16: California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a a news conference about the state's efforts on the homelessness crisis on January 16, 2020 in Oakland, California. Newsom was joined by Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf to annou
But Newsom said he called for these measures because the public must anticipate the rapid spread of COVID-19, and people need to think about those who are older, chronically ill and homeless. He said California had about 5.3 million people who are 65 or older.
"The most important thing is to focus on the vulnerable and prioritize their safety," Newsom said.
In the question and answer period with reporters, Newsom clarified that he is not ordering the shutdown but he expects his expectations to be upheld.
The exact details of how to deliver meals and pharmaceuticals to seniors are still being worked out, Newsom said, but he said "this is what we do."
Absent a national lockdown order, such as ones implemented across the globe in France and Spain, individual U.S. government leaders this weekend began implementing orders for people to stay in the house and for businesses to close or offer restricted services.
The political leaders of Los Angeles, Boston, New Jersey, Ohio and Illinois, to name some, all imposed restrictions on bars and restaurants, cutting capacity and restricting hours.
This is a developing story