California city declared a ‘sanctuary’ from stay-home order

The Associated Press

More parks and hiking trails welcomed visitors again Saturday and one city declared itself a “sanctuary” from California’s stay-at-home order as the state’s diverse regions carve their own path toward reopening.

Officials in Atwater, a city of 30,000 in central California, unanimously agreed Friday not to enforce the nearly 2-month-old order intended to slow the spread of the coronavirus, meaning local authorities won’t interfere with any business or church that decides to reopen ahead of state restrictions.

The declaration was a symbolic gesture of defiance against Gov. Gavin Newson’s order and the city’s mayor cautioned that businesses were taking their own risks by reopening.

“If you do have a state (business) license, that’s between you and the state of California,” Mayor Paul Creighton told the Merced Sun-Star.

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5 months ago

It us only FAIR bcz some TOWNS have already had their CORONAVIRUS numbers a month ago I know 1 town mine had 3 cases last month around april 5th and no new cases have occurred bcz the 3 ppl did what had yo become and quarantined at home for 3 weeks they said bcz they were afraid of getting anybody else sick. That’s pretty awesome ppl in my community