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'Nobody Knows What The Hell To Do.' Stay At Home Orders Confuse

The empty Hollywood and Highland mall stairs on the first day of "Safer at Home" orders in L.A. (Augustin Paullier /Getty Images)
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Gov. Gavin Newsom's order to Californians was broad. It was not specific. Even Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, a Republican from Lake Elsinore, is confused.

"Nobody knows what the hell to do and are afraid that law enforcement are going to come out and arrest them."

Melendez compared the more detailed list of exempted activity issued by Los Angeles County with the order put out by the governor.

"That's less clear. And I know it's less clear because I have people who were contacting me asking: 'What does this mean?' 'Can I go to work?' " she said, speaking from her home office.

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In a real-time illustration of that uncertainty, Melendez said that there were workers at her home repairing a leak in her bathroom.

"I told my husband to text and ask if they're still coming today and they said construction is considered essential business," she said. But she also said she received a message from a constituent telling her that his father, an electrician, had been ordered to stay home.


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