Bay Area residents ordered to stay home, starting Tuesday

Bay Area residents ordered to stay home, starting Tuesday

Bay Area residents ordered to stay home, starting Tuesday

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.

Officials in six San Francisco Bay area counties have issued a shelter-in-place mandate affecting almost 7 million people, including the those in the city.

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

San Francisco Mayor London Breed said grocery stores, banks and gas stations would remain open but "non-essential businesses" such as bars and gyms would close, effective at midnight on Monday.

The six counties affected by the order - Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara - have confirmed 258 coronavirus cases, as well as three deaths. Goethals urged residents not to rush to the grocery store now.

Santa Clara County has been the epicenter of the virus in California, with officials saying 52 of those cases were a result of community spread.

All travel including driving, biking, walking, and taking public transit is not allowed unless performing essential activities or essential business.

Under the order, essential travel is categorized as traveling for necessary supplies, accessing healthcare or going to provide aid to family or friends.

The order requests that the sheriff and chief of police "ensure compliance with and enforce this order" - but what that means exactly is not specified. "We are not expecting empty streets", he said during a press conference at 1 Santa Clara County. He also called on bars, wineries, and nightclubs to shut down.

Millions of students are staying home from school to contain the spread of the coronavirus, with districts covering 85% of the state's students shuttered.

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