In the Bay Area, six counties have been ordered to shelter in place due to coronavirus concerns. Here’s a look at which counties they are and where they’re located.
The counties affected by the shelter-in-place are San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Marin, Contra Costa and Alameda, Los Angeles Times reported. Joe Goethals, San Mateo mayor, originally said there would be nine counties under the order, but later clarified that it was six. The shelter-in-place takes effect at midnight on Monday, March 16 and could last two weeks, possibly up to three weeks.
The shelter-in-place will affect about 6.7 million people, VC Star reported.
Here are maps of the affected counties:
Santa Clara County
San Mateo County
You can read San Mateo’s full order here.
Contra Costa County
San Francisco County
You can read San Francisco’s web page about the shelter in place here.
San Francisco’s full order can be read here.
City of Berkeley
The City of Berkeley also issued the same order, Mercury News reported. Here’s a map of Berkeley.
Goethals said that only essential businesses will stay open, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, hospitals, and the like. Residents can leave their homes for essential services or to visit a grocery store. The stores are expected to stay fully stocked.
Non-essential travel is restricted, VC Star reported, whether by “foot, bicycle, scooter, automobile, or public transit.” However, county health officials said certain outdoor activities like dog walking or hikes will be allowed, VC Star reported.
Essential activities include work, business or government services, and infrastructure such as construction or housing. Transportation and public transit are available but only for essential travel. Police are allowed to monitor to ensure compliance.
Restaurants are closed for seating but are still allowed to offer takeout and delivery, according to orders read by Heavy. Gyms and recreation facilities are closed. The order notes: “Homeless individuals are not subject to the shelter in place order but are strongly urged to find shelter and government agencies are urged to take steps needed to provide shelter for these individuals.”
Many regions are implementing different versions of quarantines or containment systems. On Sunday, the CDC recommended against any large, public gatherings of 50 or more people. The CDC recommended canceling or postponing the events for eight weeks. This does not apply to businesses or schools and it’s not a legally binding recommendation. The recommendation lasts until May 10.
President Donald Trump on Monday recommended keeping gatherings down to 10 or fewer.
Massachusetts has closed elementary and secondary schools for three weeks and restaurants can only serve takeout or delivery. Gatherings of 25 or more are banned.
Los Angeles has ordered restaurants and bars to close and only serve takeout or delivery until at least March 31, starting Tuesday at 9 a.m.
New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut have also issued shutdowns of non-essential travel.
This is a developing story.