The City and County of San Francisco, along with Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, as well as the City of Berkeley, have just issued “stay-at-home” orders which will go into effect at midnight tonight, March 16, and are slated to remain in place until April 7.
All residents should stay home, “except to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or go to an essential job” (see below). It’s also okay for individuals “to engage in outdoor activity,” including with one’s pet, as long as they maintain a six foot buffer from anyone else. And 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.”
The following essential services are 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 San Francisco’s official order (ORDER OF THE HEALTH OFFICER No. C19-07), the violation of which will be a misdemeanor if enforced, all in-person group activities of any size, which includes inviting a non-household member over to one’s home or living unit, are disallowed; all bars, nightclubs, gyms and salons will be closed; shopping for non-essential goods, other than online or virtually, is disallowed; and all unnecessary trips “on foot, bicycle, scooter, motorcycle, automobile, or public transit” are 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).
And while exempted from the order, homeless individuals are “urged to find shelter” (which government agencies are being “urged to provide”).
UPDATE: Stay at home orders for all nine (9) Bay Area counties have been issued and will soon be in effect.