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Imperial County issues expanded stay at home order


Order closes non-essential businesses

EL CENTRO, Calif. (KYMA, KECY) - The Imperial County Health Officer has issued an expanded stay at home order that now includes all non-essential businesses. The order goes into effect Wednesday, April 1, and will remain in place until further notice.

The amended order calls for all Imperial County residents to stay at home, except to attend to critical needs, such as getting food, prescriptions or medical help. Essential workers, such as health care workers, law enforcement officers, and those who maintain critical infrastructure are excluded.

The new directive also calls for the closure of all non-essential businesses. Health officials define essential businesses as:

  • Gas stations
  • Pharmacies
  • Food suppliers, including grocery stores, farmers' markets, food banks, convenience stores, and restaurants offering take-out and delivery
  • Banks
  • Laundromats and laundry services
  • Essential local and state governmental offices will remain open

The following types of businesses must close under the order:

  • Dine-in restaurants
  • Bars and nightclubs
  • Entertainment venues
  • Gyms and fitness clubs
  • Hair and nail salons
  • Convention centers
  • Public gatherings or events

Managers and operators of businesses affected by this order are encouraged to post copies of this order at their place of business and to provide a copy to members of the public requesting copies. Business managers and operators are also responsible for consulting with the CDPH website daily to stay informed of any modifications made to the state’s list of essential critical infrastructure.

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