Police close a non-essential store in National City on Saturday. Photo courtesy OnScene.TV

The California Department of Public Health posted extensive information online Saturday to clarify the Governor’s stay-at-home order and define essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

The webpage headlined “Stay home except for essential needs” explains what California residents can and can’t do, and has a links to a 14-page list of essential critical infrastructure workers.

Among the key points clarified:

  • Hair and nail salons are closed.
  • Daycare centers remain open, but only for children of parents working in essential sectors.
  • It is ok to go outside for exercise, a walk or fresh air. State parks remain open, though their indoor facilities are closed.
  • If your pet is sick, you can visit a veterinarian or pet hospital.
  • Businesses and organizations that provide critical infrastructure for the state are exempted, including healthcare, public safety, food and agriculture, energy, transportation, logistics, construction and communications.
  • If a business or organization is on the list of essential critical infrastructure, it can continue to operate. No official letter is necessary.

The clarification comes as public health authorities reported there have been 1,224 cases and 23 deaths across California as of 12:15 p.m. on Saturday.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.