Gov. Gavin Newsom

Gov. Gavin Newsom

California Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order Thursday evening that keeps Californians in their homes and shutters businesses deemed non-essential in a bid to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The order went into effect Thursday with no end date provided.

Get the latest OC business and Coronavirus updates

Businesses considered essential will continue to operate and include restaurants offering take out and delivery, grocery stores, food banks, banks, pharmacies, gas stations, laundromats, and media and news outlets.

The Governor also asked President Trump on Thursday to send United States Naval Ship Mercy Hospital to the Port of Los Angeles to provide some relief to the state’s healthcare system.

The Business Journal remains open and will publish on its regular schedule, including its Monday print editions and daily web articles and emails.

Go here for more updates on how OC companies are responding to coronavirus.