SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – A health ordinance that provides for a mandatory 10-day quarantine for anyone traveling to or returning to San Francisco from outside the Bay Area has been extended beyond the January 4th end date.
Dr. Grant Colfax, Mayor of San Francisco’s Race and Health Mayor of London, announced the extension of the quarantine that will apply to returning residents, those moving to San Francisco, those who work in San Francisco, and visitors if so is not expressly excluded from the regulation.
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The travel quarantine order introduced on December 17 also strongly advises against non-essential travel of any kind and distance, including from one place to another within the Bay Area.
San Francisco already extended its local Order Stay Safer at Home regulation on December 3rd, which was reflected in California’s regional stay-at-home regulation on December 17th, when the availability of intensive care beds in the Bay Area was under 15% fell. While the state might not cancel the Bay Area stay-at-home order until Jan. 8, the city doesn’t expect the state’s ICU capacity to cancel the order to be reached by that date.
The city is extending both mandatory quarantine and stay-at-home orders until the Bay Area region is no longer subject to the state’s regional stay-at-home order.
“We have proactively ensured that order remains at home and quarantine for travel is in place to protect the Franciscans, and in the hope that by acting quickly we can flatten the curve and reopen it more quickly,” said Mayor Breed in a press release. “It seems to be working, but we need more time to realize that we are going in the right direction and that the December break is not throwing us back. There are glimmers of hope and now is not the time to let up. “
San Francisco’s mandatory quarantine allows exemptions for health professionals, first responders, official government business, critical infrastructure work, and other activities, including travel to get medical care or travel required by a court order. Travelers arriving at San Francisco International Airport on connecting flights and not staying overnight are also exempt.
Individuals in need of quarantine must stay at home without physical interaction with anyone outside their household, except in emergency situations or in healthcare. You are not allowed to go to work, school, or anywhere outside of your home for 10 days.
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As of Wednesday, ICU capacity in the Bay Area was around 7.5% and cases continued to rise regionally, suggesting that critical care demand is unlikely to decline in the coming weeks, the city said in a press release With.
Also, with the first case of a new, contagious strain of COVID originating in the UK discovered in San Diego County and Colorado, reducing travel expenses as much as possible and quarantined after traveling outside of the Bay Area is crucial important to stop the virus from spreading.
“The steps we have taken together have served us well, but the fact remains that San Francisco is in the middle of its worst climb yet,” said Dr. Colfax in a prepared statement. “We need to keep taking preventive measures that we know will slow the spread of the virus and save lives. Please continue to avoid gatherings, wear face covering, and keep your distance. We’ve squashed the curve before and can do it again. “
San Francisco’s Stay Safer at Home order means the following activities must be temporarily closed until further notice:
• Personal services. Facilities providing personal care services, including hair and nail salons, hairdressers, tattoos, piercings, beauticians and massages, will have to cease operations, including both indoor and outdoor operations.
• Eating outdoors. Restaurants and other establishments that offer catering services may only be operated for delivery or take-away. Eating and drinking on the premises, including in common areas, is prohibited.
• Open-air museums, aquariums and zoos. Outdoor installations or exhibits associated with museums, aquariums, or zoos may not allow visitors to enter. Outdoor botanical gardens and historical sites can remain open.
• Indoor gyms. The limited 1: 1 personal training in gyms and fitness centers that was permitted under the previous health ordinance must be discontinued, but can take place outdoors (see below).
• Drive-in meetings. Driving in theaters and other performances offered in a drive-in context must be discontinued.
• Outdoor family entertainment centers. Outdoor family entertainment centers such as skate parks, roller and ice rinks, batting cages, go-kart racing, and miniature golf must be closed.
• Open-air bus and boat operators. Open-air bus operators offering sightseeing and other tours, as well as open-air boat excursions, including recreational and fishing expeditions, must cease operations.
The following activities must still be performed at a reduced capacity:
• Retail trade. All retail stores such as malls, hardware stores, convenience stores, equipment rentals, and specialty stores must reduce capacity to 20% (and implement a metering system (see below). Standalone grocery stores can operate at 35% capacity.
• Low-contact retail. Service-oriented retail such as dog groomers, electronics repair services, and shoe repair services can only operate in a roadside context.
The following activities can continue with the changes indicated:
• Hotels and accommodation. Hotels may only accept reservations from key workers traveling for work purposes or to support critical infrastructure, including accommodation for isolation and quarantine purposes. If a person from another state who is not traveling for essential purposes makes a reservation, they must do so for at least the number of days required for the quarantine. The people specified in the reservation must be quarantined in the hotel or accommodation for the entire required time. Reservations made by non-essential CA residents may not be accepted or recognized.
• Small gatherings. Small outdoor gatherings must be limited to members of a household with a maximum of 12 people or a maximum of 2 people from 2 households. Face covering should always be left in place, except when eating or drinking. Indoor gatherings between different households are not permitted.
• Outdoor gyms. Outdoor fitness or fitness center activities, as well as outdoor fitness group classes (such as boot camps, dance, yoga, tai chi, etc.) are limited to groups of 12 people, including staff, and must adhere to strict spacing requirements for face covering. Running groups are prohibited.
• Youth sports. Youth sports activities associated with a childcare program, an after-school time program, or any other organized and supervised youth sports program may only be continued outdoors without competitions or spectators and with strict social distancing and face protection requirements.
• Indoor activities open to the public. Any facility that allows members of the public to access indoor areas, including shopping malls, grocery stores, corner stores, financial services, hardware stores, pharmacies, etc., must put in place a metering system to monitor capacity thresholds and ensure that capacity does not exceed the limits. In fact, a company needs to assign a specific person on the staff to monitor the number of people in the facility and to ensure that the 20% capacity threshold (or the 35% capacity for standalone grocery stores) is met at all times. In addition, special hours should be set up for the elderly and other people with chronic illnesses or a weakened immune system.
• Adult recreation. Non / low-contact adult activities such as golf, tennis, pickle ball and bocce can continue outdoors subject to restrictions (golf is limited to two people and members of different households are not allowed to share a cart; tennis and pickle ball are for singles without sharing limited equipment). Also, the government’s limited-stay home ordinance remains in effect, which requires non-essential businesses to close to the public between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., and restrict gatherings during that period.
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The state limited-stay-at-home ordinance does not affect takeaway and delivery by restaurants, key workers, or public transportation.