The “stay-at-home” order which was issued for the Bay Area on March 16, and was tentatively slated to remain in place until April 7, is proactively being extended to “at least” May 1. The official announcement will be made tomorrow (3/31).
Per the terms of the original order, which might be modified, all residents are expected to continue to stay home, “except to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or go to an essential job,” with the following essential services slated to remain open while the order is in effect:
- Hospitals, clinics, healthcare operations, home-care providers and pharmacies
- Police stations, fire stations, jails, courts, garbage/sanitation, transportation (including Muni, taxis and ride share providers), utilities (water, power and gas), and city offices
- Grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, pet supply and convenience stores
- Restaurants providing take-out and delivery services, exclusively
- Gas stations, auto-supply and auto-repair shops
- Banks and related financial institutions
- Newspapers, television, radio, and other media services
- Hardware stores, plumbing, electrical, extermination, and other providers that are necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences
- Laundromats, dry cleaners, and laundry service providers
- Legal and accounting services which are necessary to assist in the compliance with legally mandated activities
- Community benefit organizations on a case-by-case basis
- Childcare facilities providing services that enable essential employees to work as permitted
Per the original order, any individual who is sick, “may [not] go to the workplace or be outside the home except as necessary to seek or receive medical care in accordance with guidance from public health officials.”
And while it was okay for individuals “to engage in outdoor activity,” including with one’s pet, as long as a six foot buffer from anyone else was maintained, the expectation was that said activity would be near one’s home (“If you need to get into a car or on public transportation to go for a walk or run, you’re going too far”).
All in-person group activities of any size, which includes inviting a non-household member over to one’s home or living unit, were disallowed; all bars, nightclubs, gyms and salons were closed; shopping for non-essential goods, other than online or virtually, was disallowed; and all unnecessary trips “on foot, bicycle, scooter, motorcycle, automobile, or public transit” were prohibited (which we realize might appear to contradict the ability to “engage in outdoor activity,” but there’s a specific exemption for said activity assuming the aforementioned buffer is employed).
If enforced, a violation of the order would be a misdemeanor. And while exempted from the order, homeless individuals are “urged to find shelter” (which government agencies are being “urged to provide”).
UPDATE (3/31): Five Explicit Changes to the Bay Area’s Stay-at-Home Order (which has been extended to May 3).