Bay Area counties in Northern California order shelter-in-place amid coronavirus

What we know: The order will begin at 12:01am PT Tuesday and go through at least April 7.

Six counties in the San Francisco Bay Area on Monday announced a "shelter in place" order restricting all residents to their homes, with few exceptions, for at least the next three weeks - the strictest move announced to date in the the response to the coronavirus.

San Francisco is going the way of Italy with its coronavirus safety measures - the Mayor's instituting around-the-clock curfew, banning nearly everyone from leaving their homes.

Today the mayor of SF has issued that residents are required to stay at home except for "essential needs".

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San Francisco reported 37 coronavirus infections; San Mateo County, 37; Contra Costa County, 29; Alameda County, 15. "We are not expecting empty streets", he said during a press conference at 1 Santa Clara County. Pharmacies, banks, and grocery stores will remain open, as will restaurants, but only for take out.

"This is going to be a defining moment for our city", Mayor Breed said in a statement to the Examiner. Nonessential gatherings and travel, including by foot, bicycle, scooter, automobile or public transit, in the area are banned.

People will also be allowed to travel if they work for "essential businesses", a list ranging from gas stations to laundromats to news organizations. While public transit remains operation for only essential travel, people are expected to keep six feet apart. "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".

California Gov. Gavin Newsom said on Sunday that people who are 65 and older and people with health problems should isolate themselves from the virus.

  • Ismael Montgomery