Officials in six San Francisco Bay Area counties issued a shelter-in-place mandate on Monday affecting nearly 7 million people, including the city of San Francisco itself.
The order notes that people must be kept within for three weeks in desperate attempts by the government to prevent the current coronavirus from spreading and searching only for necessities.
If it affects the provinces of San Francisco, Marin, Santa Clara, San Mateo and the city of Berkeley as well as Alameda and Contra Costa.
San Francisco Mayor London Breed said at a news conference: “This is the new temporary standard to protect public safety. “These actions will be daily disruptive, but panic is not necessary.”
Citizens can operate from home if they do not offer vital services, such as public protection, emergency care and sanitation. Drugs and banks will continue to be available. Restaurants will only be up for grabs, said Breed.
The drastic action was taken by officials in California to separate people and contain the spread of coronavirus that prompted millions of the oldest and youngest residents of California to stay at their residence on Monday.
Freeways usually crowded with drivers of the rush hour flowed freely and Starbucks was only visible in areas where tables were eliminated and lanes were full.
There have been long lines in some supermarkets even though officials have said no supplies have to be hoarded.
At the Los Angeles press conference, executives of major retail stores said there was no food shortage in response to a panic buying that eliminated supermarkets, supply chains were in good shape and clerks were working to restore and cleane shelves in the middle of the night.
“There is plenty of product,” said Bryan Kaltenbach, president of Kroger’s Food 4 Less.
Gov. Gavin Newsom called for 5.3 million residents in the state, aged 65 and older, and people with chronic conditions to protect themselves against the virus for Sunday. He also ordered the closure of all restaurants, floors, nightclubs and brawpubs.
Last week, Newsom proposed that every non-essential meeting be restricted to 250 members, leading to the immediate closing of several businesses, activities and meetings.
Mayor Eric Garcetti ordered restaurants in Los Angeles to offer only pick-up, delivery and transportation. He also shut down gyms, cinemas, bowling alleys and arcades.
He said that 85 percent of California’s 6 million public school children will be out of class this week, and that the length of the study will vary by district, with some cancelational lessons up to five weeks. “We need to take these steps in order to protect our city right now,” he said.
The rapid pace of new restraint has pulled people and institutions away from the watch. Barista Rachel Cauilan at the Chimney Coffee House in Los Angeles, filled the first order of the day with UberEats. “The guy came here and he was gone, and he said it’s anxiety-for millions of Californians, but he said the actions were necessary to safeguard the most vulnerable people of the State.
The Supreme Court hurried in San Diego to notify people called for jury duties but who were no longer sitting on Monday’s cases.
Will Remsbottom Scrimshaw’s Coffee was near San Diego State University and washed windows just three people. “I’m only struggling to stay open and be a potential spreader against closure and can not pay my staff,” he said.
An elderly couple with their face masks in Orange County stepped out of a full cart store. A moment later, a woman marched to the shop briskly to inquire for toilet paper. This hadn’t been there.
The younger daughter of Robert Murillo, who was four, sat home on Sunday, eating cupcakes. “We made the best with what we had,” he said. California has reported at least 335 viral infections, including six deaths. “They’re at the age that the blowing of a ballon makes their day so thank God for that.” The virus typically only causes mild to moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, but may be fatal for older and underlying individuals.
Many places plan for children to eat for breakfast and lunch depending on schools. A lot of college students are now back home as their universities and colleges clean their classrooms and transfer classes online.
To order to hold the public apart on Saturday, state health officials advised cinemas to attend under 250 people and ask strangers to sit 2 metres apart. Gambling venues were told to limit 250 people per room and more frequently clean chips and slot machines, while theme parks and attractions were told by astonishing attendance to thin people.
California, meanwhile, is partnering with Google’s parent company Alphabet Life Sciences subsidiary Verily on a tool to help people find coronavirus samples and help people decide whether they must be screened.
The state will re-open shuttered medical centres in the coming days and has increased the number of hospital beds available. Newsom said he lobbied to move many of the 108.000 homeless people of the state indoors with motels and 450 government-owned trailers before the outbreak.
This report was supported by AP reporters such as Amy Taxin from Orange County, Julie Watson from San Diego and John Antczak from Los Angeles.
The Associated Press is sponsored by health and science reporting from the Office of Science Education of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Its material is the sole responsibility of the AP.
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