PHOTO: Logos Books, Soccer and Lifestyle and Philz Coffee are three of many stores in the downtown area that have shut down due to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home order.
By Chloe Chedin,
Amidst the coronavirus (COVID-19) panic, politicians like President Donald Trump are invoking new pieces of legislation to combat the pandemic and its disastrous effects.
On March 27, Trump signed a $2 trillion bill that will help stimulate America’s crashing economy. This legislation is the largest aid package ever enacted in U.S. history.
The bill will allow the government to give payments and benefits to certain individuals, funds to businesses affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis and money to all U.S. states.
That same day, Trump implemented the Defense Production Act, an act that provides the government with more control over industrial production during emergencies. For example, Trump is using this act to make General Motors Co. manufacture more ventilators to support the increasing number of hospitalizations across the nation.
California’s Gov. Gavin Newsom is also implementing some orders to try to improve the situation.
On March 19, Newsom issued a stay-at-home order for California. California was the first state to follow the stay-at-home directive. According to CNN, 27 states have since followed California’s lead.
According to California’s government website, ca.gov, the order requires all state residents to stay at their homes and for all non-essential businesses to close down. Residents are still allowed to go outside as long as they practice social distancing.
In addition to the stay-at-home regulation, Newsom issued an order on March 27 that prohibits landlords from evicting tenants affected by the pandemic.
According to ca.gov, Newsom’s order states that landlords are prohibited from evicting tenants for not paying rent and it also forbids impositions of eviction from courts or law enforcement. This order will last until May 31, 2020.