Six counties in Northern California have ordered all residents to “shelter in place” in an effort to cease the coronavirus from surging.
The order, which takes impact Tuesday, is anticipated to disrupt life for hundreds of thousands of residents in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties. The metropolis of Berkeley additionally issued the identical order.
That means staying at residence aside from essentially the most important causes. Officials mentioned individuals can be allowed to depart the home for important work, to go to a grocery retailer, decide up treatment, and even stroll the canine. But they urged everybody to apply social distancing whereas outdoors. “It is now time to do your part,” Dr. Scott Morrow, the San Mateo well being officer, mentioned in a press release.
“It’s asking people to go home with their families and to stay there until they are told otherwise,” mentioned Mayor Joe Goethals of San Mateo, including that solely “essential” companies like hospitals, grocery shops and pharmacies would stay open.
“I don’t expect anyone to get arrested,” mentioned Mr. Goethals, who mentioned individuals will nonetheless be allowed to go outdoors for restricted actions, like shopping for meals and getting recent air. “But it’s not optional. This is mandatory for all of us.”
The variety of coronavirus instances within the United States crossed the four,000 mark on Monday, with greater than 70 deaths, together with the primary deaths in Indiana, Nevada and South Carolina.
A rising variety of cities and states have taken important actions to gradual the coronavirus, shutting down colleges, eating places, bars, film theaters and gymnasiums. The restrictions stretched from the now-empty sidewalks of New York City, the place officers had made the wrenching choice to shut down public colleges, to the fields and concrete facilities of Ohio. Millions of Americans are actually hunkered down at residence for the foreseeable future.