CA Gov. Gavin Newsom issues executive order on COVID-19

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order Thursday to increase state and local government response to COVID-19, more colloquially known as the coronavirus.

The order, which directs Californians to cancel large gatherings of more than 250 people, also sets new rules and waivers for California employees, including delaying the deadline for filing state taxes by 60 days for those who cannot meet the original filing period as a result of COVID-19. It also waived the one-week waiting period for disability insurance applications of those who are affected by COVID-19.

Newsom gave local and state legislatures authority to hold meetings electronically and allowed the state to “commandeer” property for creating shelters or medical facilities for the quarantine, isolation and treatment of individuals affected by COVID-19.

“Each of us has extraordinary power to slow the spread of this disease,” Newsom said at a press conference Wednesday. “The people in our lives who are most at risk — seniors and those with underlying health conditions — are depending on all of us to make the right choice.”

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