Six Bay Area counties instituted a shelter-in-place order today (March 16) in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus, said San Francisco Mayor London Breed.
The order will apply to residents in San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Marin counties through at least April 7.
Non-essential gatherings and travel will be banned as part of the order, which also directs residents to work from home or stop working unless they provide an “essential service” like those in the health care industry
and law enforcement officers.
Essential businesses like grocery stores, pharmacies, veterinary offices, gas stations and banks will also remain open under the order.
“The most important thing you can do is remain home as much as possible,” Breed said in a Twitter post. “There is no need to rush out for food or supplies as these stores will remain open.”
The order will affect roughly 6.7 million people in the six counties. Homeless residents are exempt from the order but are advised to seek shelter.
Public health officials around the Bay Area have confirmed at least 270 cases of the virus, including three deaths. The number of cases is likely much higher, though, due to a dearth of testing kits.
— Bay City News