The comedian, 72, warned that older people are being endangered by those who are going outside for non-essential trips and “socialising too close”.
California governor Gavin Newsom issued a stay-at-home order on March 19 and as of Tuesday there had been 181 deaths directly attributed to coronavirus in the state.
In a video shared by the Office of the Governor of California, David urged the public to "stay in the house, sit on the couch and watch TV."
“You’re hurting old people like me. Well, not me... I’ll never see you.”
Larry David wants everyone to stay home to protect older Californians from #COVID19!
He does not do these things.
Listen to Larry.#StayHomeSaveLiveshttps://t.co/snYe5v55Rw pic.twitter.com/C5cKOaAufE— Office of the Governor of California (@CAgovernor)March 31, 2020
“Obviously, somebody put me up to this because it’s generally not the kind of thing I do, but I basically want to address the idiots out there – and you know who you are," he said.
“You’re going out – I don’t know what you’re doing. You’re socialising too close, it’s not good.”
David, who co-created the sitcom Seinfeld, said people disregarding the stay-at-home order could make elderly relatives ill.
He said: “You’re hurting old people like me – well, not me. I have nothing to do with you. I’ll never see you. But, you know, other – let’s say, other old people who might be your relatives! Who the hell knows.”
David also warned people were missing a “once in a lifetime” opportunity to “stay in the house, sit on the couch and watch TV”. “I don’t know how you’re passing that up,” he added.
Referencing his show Curb Your Enthusiasm, which frequently relies on awkward social encounters for humour, David said: “You know if you’ve seen my show nothing good ever happens going out of the house, you know that.
“It’s just trouble. It’s not a good place to be. Stay home and, you know, don’t see anyone.”
The US is braced for a steep increase in coronavirus deaths.
President Donald Trump warned Americans to prepare for a “hell of a bad two weeks” and the White House projects between 100,000 to 240,000 casualties, even if social distancing guidelines are maintained.