Atwater Declares Itself a “Sanctuary City” From Stay-at-Home Orders

The Central Valley city of Atwater has declared itself a “sanctuary” from shelter-in-place orders.

The City Council adopted a resolution Friday, pledging to defy state and county stay-at-home orders. Local authorities will not intervene if businesses or churches decide to reopen. But they do so at their own risk.

“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.

Merced County, where Atwater is located, had 222 coronavirus cases (81 active) and 6 deaths as of May 19.


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