From March 17 to April 7, residents in seven counties and one city in the Bay Area have been ordered to “shelter in place” in order to halt the spread of COVID-19, also known as coronavirus disease.
The Bay Area jurisdictions are the city of Berkeley and San Mateo, Marin, San Francisco, Alameda, Santa Cruz, Contra Costa and Santa Clara counties.
“The most important thing you can do is remain home as much as possible,” stated San Francisco Mayor London Breed. “There is no need to rush out for food or supplies, as these stores will remain open. We’ll meet this challenge and we’ll get through it together.”
Under this order, when residents do leave their homes they are urged to stay at least six feet away from other people in order to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19.
Law enforcement will be present in communities to “ensure compliance” with this order, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
A similar order has been issued in Los Angeles, as many public institutions have been closed indefinitely.