Six counties in the San Francisco Bay Area will reportedly be under a “Shelter in Place” emergency order starting Tuesday morning; shuttering most businesses and asking those in the region to stay home.
“Six counties in the San Francisco Bay Area will be placed under a shelter-in-place directive by public health officials in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus, San Mateo Mayor Joe Goethals said Monday. It’s a move that will close virtually all businesses and direct residents to remain at home,” reports the Los Angeles Times.
“Goethals said he believed that the order, to be issued Monday afternoon, will put the six counties on perhaps the most restrictive public health footing anywhere in America since the outbreak of the potentially deadly coronavirus,” adds the newspaper.
BREAKING NEWS: Six Bay Area counties including San Francisco to mandate "shelter in place" at midnight, shuttering all non-essential workers. Grocery stores, banks, hospitals to remain open. Restaurants take-out only. Updates at https://t.co/dJjteWc53X. https://t.co/rB8VdmUmU2
— Heather Knight (@hknightsf) March 16, 2020
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— SFGate (@SFGate) March 16, 2020
The counties include San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Marin, Contra Costa, and Alameda.
“Staying home is the best thing that we can do right now,” said Goethals.
“I haven’t heard anybody taking it more seriously,” Goethals said, “and I just hope that it’s not too late.”
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.