“Shelter-In-Place” Order Issued for Six Bay Area Counties

Seven Bay Area jurisdictions, including Marin County, have issued a “shelter-in-place” order as part of a regional effort to reduce and slow the spread of the Coronavirus. The order will take effect at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday and last until at least April 7.

Marin County’s order and answers to frequently asked questions are available on Marin County Health and Human Services’ website.

Many businesses and activities are exempt from the order. Read the full document, linked above, to understand the scope of the order.

“On March 16, the Public health officers of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties announced, with the City of Berkeley, a legal order directing their respective residents to shelter at home for three weeks beginning March 17,” a press release announcing the order states.

“Temporarily changing our routine is absolutely necessary to slow the spread of this pandemic,” said Dr. Sara Cody, Santa Clara County Public Health Officer.  “The Health Officers from the largest jurisdictions in the San Francisco Bay Area are united and we are taking this step together to offer the best protection to our respective communities.”

According to a press release, “The order defines essential activities as necessary for the health and safety for individuals and their families. Essential businesses allowed to operate during the recommended action include health care operations; businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals; fresh and non-perishable food retailers (including convenience stores); pharmacies; child care facilities; gas stations; banks; laundry businesses and services necessary for maintaining the safety, sanitation and essential operation of a residence.  In addition, health care, law and safety, and essential government functions will continue under the recommended action.”

“While the goal is to limit groups congregating together in a way that could further spread the virus, it is not complete social shutdown,” said Dr. Matt Willis, Marin County’s Public Health Officer. “You can still complete your most essential outings or even engage in outdoor activity, so long as you avoid close contact.”

Will Carruthers
Will is a news reporter for the Pacific Sun and North Bay Bohemian.
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