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New York, California stay-at-home orders mark next phase of U.S. coronavirus crisis

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LOS ANGELES/NEW York (Reuters) – Tens of millions of New Yorkers and Californians adjusted to a new phase in the coronavirus crisis in the United States on Friday – staying inside or making excursions while keeping six feet (two meters) away from each other following state orders for all non-essential workers to remain indoors. Imposing tough new restrictions, the orders limit the activity of up to 60 million people in two of the most populous states but allow businesses to provide essential services and goods such as food, medicines and electricity and water. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said he planned to give similar orders shutting down all but essential businesses within the next 24 hours. Nearly nine million people live in the state west of New York. Illinois, which includes Chicago and has about 12.7 million residents, also ordered non-essential workers to stay home. The orders combined amount to roughly 1 in 5 people in the United States being told to stay home out of a population of 325 million. The four states where governors have banned or will soon ban non-essential businesses and ask residents to stay home account for about 30% of the U.S. economy, the world’s biggest. In Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York City, even fewer people were seen on the streets than have been of late after directives from California Governor Gavin Newsom and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. In New York City’s Central Park, several bikers and joggers were on the pathways,…

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