Gov. Gavin Newsom has announced a ban on all gatherings of 250 people, as California officials continue their efforts to stop the coronavirus from spreading. In a tweet this morning, he said that all affected events are to be “rescheduled or canceled at least through the end of March.”
Last night, Newsom also asked all residents of California to adopt social distancing measures in order to stop the spread of COVID-19, which has been rapidly spreading across the state. There are currently 119 confirmed cases in California.
This directive echoes guidelines from the Center for Disease Control issued earlier this week. In Washington, where there have been five deaths and 366 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the state government announced an outright ban on events larger than 250 people yesterday.
Even before Gov. Newsom’s ban, events had been canceled across the state, and workers in many industries are facing a moment of uncertainty that could last months. Some employees are able to work from home, but others in industries, including live events, travel, and hospitality, are already seeing canceled shifts and decreased revenue.
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