Residents of California are urged to stay home

Collin Koch, Reporter

California residents were notified on March 19 that Gov. Newson announced that all Californians will be house quarantined to try and help flatten the curve on the spread of Coronavirus. The stay-at-home order went into effective the same night it was called.

Due to the order, all nonessential businesses had to close down. Businesses that had to close included, “dine-in restaurants, bars, nightclubs, entertainment venues, gyms and fitness studios, public events and gatherings, and convention centers” according to

“People need to take this seriously. It’s not something to mess around with. Unfortunately, some of us think that being cautious or showing any kind of concern is a sign of fear or weakness. Showing any attempt to fight this virus is not being fearful,” Andrew Fisher, Bakersfield College student, said.

Things that would still be open are gas stations, pharmacies, grocery stores, farmers’ markets, food banks, convenience stores, takeout, and delivery restaurants, Banks, and Laundry services.

Also, all government positions would still be open, including law enforcement. Residents were encouraged to stay home at all cost, but if residents had to go out it would only be for essential needs.

“I think it’s good that we’re being told to stay home. It’s going to protect a lot of people and hopefully prevent even more spread of the virus. So [that] we can protect our friends & loved ones,” Katie Davis, Bakersfield College student, said.