The Bay Area will begin the COVID-19 home stay order on Sunday


Five Bay Area counties announced Friday that they would introduce a home stay regime as early as Sunday night, saying hospitals were already so crowded that now was the time to act rather than waiting for the region to cross the state threshold. regional order.

It would be too late to act if the intensive care units of the Bay Area, as regions, waited until they fell to only 15% of capacity, which is the state’s threshold for implementing a stay-at-home order, officials said.

The orders take effect on Sunday in San Francisco, Santa Clara and Contra Costa counties; on Monday in Alameda County and on Tuesday in Marin County. The other four Bay Area counties – San Mateo, Sonoma, Napa and Solano – are not part of the joint action.

“Waiting until only 15% of the region’s ICU beds are available is too late,” said San Francisco Health Officer Dr. Thomas Aragon. “Less than 15% of ICU beds are already available in many severely affected parts of our region, and it’s time for action.”

“We can’t wait until we drive off the cliff to apply the emergency brake,” said Dr. Sara Cody, Santa Clara County Health Officer. “We are aware that the closures … will have a profound impact on our local businesses. However, by acting quickly, we can save lives and reduce the length of time restrictions remain in place, allowing businesses and activities to open faster. ”

Santa Clara County could run out of regular personal care in a week, ”Dr. Grant Colfax, San Francisco’s director of health, said in a briefing. “This wave is much more severe than we’ve seen before,” Colfax said.

“We are on the worst waves of COVID-19 so far,” Colfax said. “It emphasizes health care systems in the state of California and taxes our health care workers.”

He said immediate “urgent intervention” is needed to ensure that hospital rooms are available from mid-December to late.

“We don’t want our parents, spouse, child, grandparent or any of our loved ones to need help, and our hospitals are overwhelmed to get proper care,” Colfax said.

The city of Berkeley also joins the order, which has its own independent public health department separate from Alameda County.

Bay Area counties involved in ordering a stay at home are implementing the state’s regional home order early, which closes a number of non-essential businesses, with the exception of all retail stores, which have 20% capacity.

The following during the order:

  • Outdoor restaurant meal
  • Hairdressing salons, hairdressing salons, nail salons and other personal care services
  • Playgrounds
  • Outdoor card slots, satellite betting and casinos
  • Outdoor museums, zoos and aquariums
  • Outdoor cinema
  • Outdoor wineries
  • Overnight stay in campsites
  • Sale of food, drink or alcohol in outdoor leisure facilities

Retail would remain open, but with more limited capacity

Under this order, all retailers can remain open, albeit with reduced capacity. Counties may impose stricter rules than the state.

  • Most of the bay area: Under applicable state rules, unless they are replaced by stricter local rules, basic retailers such as supermarkets and drugstores were allowed to open at 50% of capacity; non-core retail, like other stores and malls, is open at 25% capacity. The new order will reduce the capacity of all retailers to 20%.
  • Santa Clara County: The local, stricter limit on non-essential retail (10%) will be relaxed to 20% to fit the state framework. Basic retail capacity will be reduced from 25% to 20%.

The use of hotels and accommodation for tourist and leisure purposes is prohibited

The new regional home order once again bans hotel use for tourism, leisure and other irrelevant reasons, such as irrelevant travel, whether it’s a vacation or a road trip to visit family or friends.

Specifically, only for basic reasons allow hotel and accommodation options that are subsidizedcritical infrastructure sectors, ”Including workers in the healthcare, food, agriculture, energy, utilities, transportation, communications, government operations, manufacturing, financial services and entertainment industries.

The order would prohibit irrelevant travel.

Which stays open

  • Entertainment production
  • Professional sports without a live audience, except for Santa Clara County. He has his own order banning contact sports, which forced the San Francisco 49ers to temporarily move his team to Arizona for his December home games.
  • Schools that are already open to personal learning can remain open
  • Outdoor areas such as beaches, parks and hiking trails
  • Medical office, dental office
  • Babysitting and kindergarten
  • Restaurants for export and delivery
  • Critical infrastructure sectors