Gov. issues statewide order to “shelter in place”

March 20, 2020

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has issued a statewide “shelter in place” order in an effort to slow the spread of COVID 19 that goes into place at 12:00am on March 20, 2020.

What this means:

  • Californians should stay at home except for essential needs — you may still go out for groceries and gas, medical appointments, and trips to the bank, your pharmacy, or laundromat.
  • Those who provide essential services, including IHSS, should continue to do our jobs. Unless you are sick or showing symptoms of infection, you should continue to care for your IHSS client.
  • All public events and gatherings are canceled. Bars, gyms, restaurants, and entertainment venues are closed.
  • The order went into effect Thursday March 19th and is in place until further notice.
  • UDW offices will be closed to the public, but staff are still working to serve and take your calls. Call us Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm at 1-800-621-5016.

Your union is here for you, and we are working round-the-clock to protect IHSS providers and clients. Click here to learn more about what we are fighting for, including access to supplies and free testing for all IHSS providers and clients. And good news! The state is already listening to us. As of March 19th, the Governor has issued an Executive Order to suspend timesheet violations for COVID-19 related overtime through June, and all reassessments are being waived for 90 days.

We know you have more questions, which is why we are hosting a statewide tele-town hall next week. Stay tuned for more information about that call.

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