California facing new reality: order to stay home amid virus

KATHLEEN RONAYNE and DON THOMPSON Associated Press SACRAMENTO (AP) — Normally congested freeways in California were largely free of traffic Friday, though lines snaked out of grocery stores and people hit the streets for fresh air after waking up to a new reality: the nation's most populous state was in a near lockdown after Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered 40 million residents to stay home indefinitely, with some exceptions, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. After weathering a growing number of restrictions this week, residents were coming to terms with the impact of the new order that allows them to venture out only for essential jobs, errands and some exercise. Scott Sorensen walked his boxer Chewie through the quiet streets of downtown Los Angeles, a typically thriving hub of b
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