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Bay Area residents ordered to stay home, starting Tuesday

As coronavirus spreads, health officer says: 'This is the time to unite as a community'

Residents of six Bay Area counties, including Santa Clara and San Mateo, are being ordered to stay at home for all but "essential reasons" for the next three weeks, as the cases of COVID-19 continue to rise.

The sweeping order, which starts at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, affects Santa Clara, San Mateo, San Francisco, Marin, Contra Costa and Alameda counties and the city of Berkeley and is designed to slow the spread of COVID-19, public health officials said.

The order limits activity, travel and business functions to only the most essential needs and defines essential activities as those necessary for the health and safety of individuals and their families. Residents will still be allowed to leave the house to pick up groceries or medication, but they are asked to stay at least six feet away from other people during these outings.

From now through April 7, essential businesses that are allowed to operate include health care operations; businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services; and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals; fresh and non-perishable food retailers including convenience stores; pharmacies; child care facilities; gas stations; banks; laundry businesses and services necessary for maintaining the safety, sanitation and essential operation of a residence. In addition, health care, law and safety, and essential government functions will continue under the recommended action. The complete list of essential services and businesses is listed in the order.

At a press conference Monday, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said that no shortage of food is anticipated.

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"No one need fear that they need to go buy everything on the (grocery store) aisle," Liccardo said.

However, for those who are vulnerable or at-risk, San Jose is coordinating with other cities to set up food-distribution programs throughout Santa Clara County that will commence in the coming days. This could also involve businesses, such as DoorDash, to help with food distribution to vulnerable seniors and people in their homes. Schools are setting up their own food-distribution networks, he said.

"We must move aggressively. The time for half measures is over. History will not forgive us for waiting an hour longer," he said.

Most businesses are required to cease activities beyond minimum basic operations. Public and private gatherings are prohibited, and all travel is prohibited except what is essential. Mass transit remains open, but the public should use it only for essential travel and are required to maintain social distancing as much as possible.

"While the goal is to limit groups congregating together in a way that could further spread the virus, it is not a complete social shutdown," Dr. Matt Willis, Marin County's public health officer, said at the press conference. "You can still complete your most essential outings or even engage in outdoor activity, so long as you avoid close contact.

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"You can even take your dog for a walk. We are not expecting empty streets," he said. "Social distancing does not mean disconnection from each other."

Dr. Sara Cody, Santa Clara County's public health officer, said: "If I thought last Friday's order was hard, this one is exponentially harder."

"Temporarily changing our routine is absolutely necessary to slow the spread of this pandemic," Cody said. "The health officers from the largest jurisdictions in the San Francisco Bay Area are united and we are taking this step together to offer the best protection to our respective communities."

Anyone who is ill with symptoms of the virus — mainly fever, cough and shortness of breath — needs to stay home, she added, and to distance themselves from others in their household.

Homeless residents are exempt from the order, but local governments are encouraged to provide shelter for their homeless population, Cody said.

The guidance comes after substantial input from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and best practices from other health officials around the world, the officials added.

Scientific evidence shows social distancing is one of the most effective approaches to slow the transmission of communicable disease. The shelter-at-home order follows new data of increasing local transmission of COVID-19, including 273 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 4 deaths shared by the seven jurisdictions, as of 5 p.m. on March 15. The Bay Area's collective confirmed cases are more than half of California's case count, the officials said.

The number doesn't account for rapidly increasing cases of community transmission, which are expected to grow significantly as testing for the virus expands. Testing capabilities for the virus are increasing though commercial laboratories and other sites, and as the number of people who are tested increases, the number of people who test positive for the infection is expected to rise dramatically, Cody said.

There should also be a greater percentage of people who test positive for the disease who are not hospitalized compared to those who are, she added.

The new, multiple-county legal order comes one day after Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered older adults ages 65 and older to stay home. Persons most vulnerable to severe infection by the disease are ages 60 and older, those with chronic and underlying medical conditions and people experiencing homelessness.

Cody said the orders were crafted quickly with an eye to preserving essential social infrastructure. Santa Clara County is the epicenter of the outbreak, but because of the rapid increase in cases and number of hospitalizations, there became a need to act swiftly and regionally.

One of the reasons to slow the spread as quickly as possible is to protect health care workers from the virus so that the health care system won't be overtaxed, she said.

The counties will post detailed FAQs on their websites to explain the order, Cody said.

Liccardo said it will take time to work out details of enforcement of the order. It will be up to local officials to determine what constitutes "essential workers" in their community, a definition that will be much broader than police and fire and that is expected to include social workers, health care workers and utility employees.

Standing together — but 6 feet apart from each other — at the press conference, the health officers asked residents to unite as a community and to follow their advice.

"We are in a rough place," said Scott Morrow, San Mateo County health officer. "And we are going to have difficult times ahead of us.

"The measures we're putting in place are temporary, but they will last longer than any of us want. This is the time to unite as a community, come to each other’s aid and dig really deep."

More information about COVID-19 is available on the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Santa Clara, San Francisco, San Mateo and the city of Berkeley COVID-19 websites.

A livestream of the announcement is archived on the Facebook page of Santa Clara County Public Health Department.

Find comprehensive coverage on the Midpeninsula's response to the new coronavirus by Palo Alto Online, the Mountain View Voice and Almanac here.

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Bay Area residents ordered to stay home, starting Tuesday

As coronavirus spreads, health officer says: 'This is the time to unite as a community'

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Mon, Mar 16, 2020, 12:43 pm
Updated: Mon, Mar 16, 2020, 2:13 pm

Residents of six Bay Area counties, including Santa Clara and San Mateo, are being ordered to stay at home for all but "essential reasons" for the next three weeks, as the cases of COVID-19 continue to rise.

The sweeping order, which starts at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, affects Santa Clara, San Mateo, San Francisco, Marin, Contra Costa and Alameda counties and the city of Berkeley and is designed to slow the spread of COVID-19, public health officials said.

The order limits activity, travel and business functions to only the most essential needs and defines essential activities as those necessary for the health and safety of individuals and their families. Residents will still be allowed to leave the house to pick up groceries or medication, but they are asked to stay at least six feet away from other people during these outings.

From now through April 7, essential businesses that are allowed to operate include health care operations; businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services; and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals; fresh and non-perishable food retailers including convenience stores; pharmacies; child care facilities; gas stations; banks; laundry businesses and services necessary for maintaining the safety, sanitation and essential operation of a residence. In addition, health care, law and safety, and essential government functions will continue under the recommended action. The complete list of essential services and businesses is listed in the order.

At a press conference Monday, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said that no shortage of food is anticipated.

"No one need fear that they need to go buy everything on the (grocery store) aisle," Liccardo said.

However, for those who are vulnerable or at-risk, San Jose is coordinating with other cities to set up food-distribution programs throughout Santa Clara County that will commence in the coming days. This could also involve businesses, such as DoorDash, to help with food distribution to vulnerable seniors and people in their homes. Schools are setting up their own food-distribution networks, he said.

"We must move aggressively. The time for half measures is over. History will not forgive us for waiting an hour longer," he said.

Most businesses are required to cease activities beyond minimum basic operations. Public and private gatherings are prohibited, and all travel is prohibited except what is essential. Mass transit remains open, but the public should use it only for essential travel and are required to maintain social distancing as much as possible.

"While the goal is to limit groups congregating together in a way that could further spread the virus, it is not a complete social shutdown," Dr. Matt Willis, Marin County's public health officer, said at the press conference. "You can still complete your most essential outings or even engage in outdoor activity, so long as you avoid close contact.

"You can even take your dog for a walk. We are not expecting empty streets," he said. "Social distancing does not mean disconnection from each other."

Dr. Sara Cody, Santa Clara County's public health officer, said: "If I thought last Friday's order was hard, this one is exponentially harder."

"Temporarily changing our routine is absolutely necessary to slow the spread of this pandemic," Cody said. "The health officers from the largest jurisdictions in the San Francisco Bay Area are united and we are taking this step together to offer the best protection to our respective communities."

Anyone who is ill with symptoms of the virus — mainly fever, cough and shortness of breath — needs to stay home, she added, and to distance themselves from others in their household.

Homeless residents are exempt from the order, but local governments are encouraged to provide shelter for their homeless population, Cody said.

The guidance comes after substantial input from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and best practices from other health officials around the world, the officials added.

Scientific evidence shows social distancing is one of the most effective approaches to slow the transmission of communicable disease. The shelter-at-home order follows new data of increasing local transmission of COVID-19, including 273 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 4 deaths shared by the seven jurisdictions, as of 5 p.m. on March 15. The Bay Area's collective confirmed cases are more than half of California's case count, the officials said.

The number doesn't account for rapidly increasing cases of community transmission, which are expected to grow significantly as testing for the virus expands. Testing capabilities for the virus are increasing though commercial laboratories and other sites, and as the number of people who are tested increases, the number of people who test positive for the infection is expected to rise dramatically, Cody said.

There should also be a greater percentage of people who test positive for the disease who are not hospitalized compared to those who are, she added.

The new, multiple-county legal order comes one day after Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered older adults ages 65 and older to stay home. Persons most vulnerable to severe infection by the disease are ages 60 and older, those with chronic and underlying medical conditions and people experiencing homelessness.

Cody said the orders were crafted quickly with an eye to preserving essential social infrastructure. Santa Clara County is the epicenter of the outbreak, but because of the rapid increase in cases and number of hospitalizations, there became a need to act swiftly and regionally.

One of the reasons to slow the spread as quickly as possible is to protect health care workers from the virus so that the health care system won't be overtaxed, she said.

The counties will post detailed FAQs on their websites to explain the order, Cody said.

Liccardo said it will take time to work out details of enforcement of the order. It will be up to local officials to determine what constitutes "essential workers" in their community, a definition that will be much broader than police and fire and that is expected to include social workers, health care workers and utility employees.

Standing together — but 6 feet apart from each other — at the press conference, the health officers asked residents to unite as a community and to follow their advice.

"We are in a rough place," said Scott Morrow, San Mateo County health officer. "And we are going to have difficult times ahead of us.

"The measures we're putting in place are temporary, but they will last longer than any of us want. This is the time to unite as a community, come to each other’s aid and dig really deep."

More information about COVID-19 is available on the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Santa Clara, San Francisco, San Mateo and the city of Berkeley COVID-19 websites.

A livestream of the announcement is archived on the Facebook page of Santa Clara County Public Health Department.

Find comprehensive coverage on the Midpeninsula's response to the new coronavirus by Palo Alto Online, the Mountain View Voice and Almanac here.

Gennady Sheyner contributed to this report.

Comments

have house guest
Fairmeadow
on Mar 16, 2020 at 1:21 pm
have house guest, Fairmeadow
on Mar 16, 2020 at 1:21 pm
10 people like this

Is passenger air travel restricted?


Frustrated mom
Palo Verde
on Mar 16, 2020 at 1:34 pm
Frustrated mom, Palo Verde
on Mar 16, 2020 at 1:34 pm
43 people like this

How am I supposed to pay my rent and by food to stay alive? I work as a bartender and and have no job as las week?


MPFamily
College Terrace
on Mar 16, 2020 at 1:36 pm
MPFamily, College Terrace
on Mar 16, 2020 at 1:36 pm
7 people like this

Does anyone know whether families that are currently travelling but expecting to come home later this week will be impacted? I assume we will be able to return to our home(s)?


James Felix Cook
College Terrace
on Mar 16, 2020 at 1:38 pm
James Felix Cook, College Terrace
on Mar 16, 2020 at 1:38 pm
8 people like this

Will we be allowed to walk dogs and go to parks?


Midtown Local
Midtown
on Mar 16, 2020 at 1:49 pm
Midtown Local, Midtown
on Mar 16, 2020 at 1:49 pm
23 people like this

James: This article explicitly says that walking dogs is ok.

An article in the Chron says "People in the six counties will still be able to go shopping for items such as food and household supplies, and seek medical care. They will be able to go outside for walks or exercise as long as they keep six feet away from anyone they don’t already live with."


Jay
Old Palo Alto
on Mar 16, 2020 at 1:53 pm
Jay, Old Palo Alto
on Mar 16, 2020 at 1:53 pm
22 people like this

We are compounding our problems by acting hysterical and irrational. This is the plague, this response by the people will do more harm to our livelihoods than any virus like this Coronavirus.


Amy Y
Mountain View
on Mar 16, 2020 at 2:01 pm
Amy Y, Mountain View
on Mar 16, 2020 at 2:01 pm
10 people like this

@Frustrated mom: I think the state of California will make an announcement about the tenants who have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus crisis. So you don't need to worry about that. For food, you can get assistance from Web Link. For your other expenses, try to apply here: Web Link. Also call your county officers.


Nancy
Old Palo Alto
on Mar 16, 2020 at 2:03 pm
Nancy, Old Palo Alto
on Mar 16, 2020 at 2:03 pm
4 people like this

Frustrated mom

Sorry for your situation.

Just a idea, I'm trying to be helpful. Start working at a grocery store until things change. Ask your landlord for help and apply for relief from the government.


Dale
Midtown
on Mar 16, 2020 at 2:07 pm
Dale, Midtown
on Mar 16, 2020 at 2:07 pm
9 people like this

"Frustrated mom" I'm so sorry for your situation :( it sounds rough
It's my understanding that unemployment applications and benefits have been expanded in response to mass job loss. If you start running out of food, I highly suggest using Nextdoor to ask neighbors for donations. Same goes for elderly and vulnerable who can not leave home. There are a lot of people who want to help, just ask :)


Resident
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 16, 2020 at 2:15 pm
Resident, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 16, 2020 at 2:15 pm
1 person likes this

As at lunch time today, Midtown Safeway was very busy, many aisles devoid of food and other essentials, but strangely enough shopping carts were overloaded.


Teddie
Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 16, 2020 at 2:34 pm
Teddie, Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 16, 2020 at 2:34 pm
29 people like this

Does anybody know how this impacts landscape contractors, or landscape gardening services who work outdoors. Will those workers be forced to stop working? I am sure enforcement will be difficult.


Jonathan Brown
Ventura
on Mar 16, 2020 at 2:56 pm
Jonathan Brown, Ventura
on Mar 16, 2020 at 2:56 pm
10 people like this

Please fix error in this article that says "... they are asked to stay within six feet of other people during these outings." At least the SF order allows for the exempted activities like getting medicine, food, and exercise "provided that you maintain at least six feet of social distancing."


DTN Paul
Downtown North
on Mar 16, 2020 at 2:57 pm
DTN Paul, Downtown North
on Mar 16, 2020 at 2:57 pm
17 people like this

You can read the actual order for Santa Clara county here:

Web Link


CrescentParkAnon.
Crescent Park
on Mar 16, 2020 at 3:11 pm
CrescentParkAnon., Crescent Park
on Mar 16, 2020 at 3:11 pm
6 people like this

> but they are asked to stay within 6 feet of other people

Is your proof-reader maintaining social distancing from your articles? ;-)

No, that is not what they are asking, this is phrased exactly wrong.

They are asking people when they are out to stay at least 6 feet away from other people,
and maintain "social distancing".



Wandering Worried Minds
Professorville
on Mar 16, 2020 at 3:13 pm
Wandering Worried Minds, Professorville
on Mar 16, 2020 at 3:13 pm
9 people like this

In this uncertain time there are many distracted drivers. While running this afternoon I witnessed two fender benders and was almost hit by a car I thought I made eye contact with. Be safe while behind the wheel- focus on the task at hand and be extremely cautious while outside walking or riding your bike. We are an amazing community! We can rise to this unfortunate situation in order to save the lives of our fellow citizens and medical workers. Stay home, touch base with your elderly and immune compromised neighbors regularly (you can slide a note with your contact info under their door), and stay healthy.


Mail?
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 16, 2020 at 3:16 pm
Mail? , Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 16, 2020 at 3:16 pm
11 people like this

Does anyone know about mail delivery? Will that continue? Maybe the weekly can find out and let us know


resident
Midtown
on Mar 16, 2020 at 3:39 pm
resident, Midtown
on Mar 16, 2020 at 3:39 pm
10 people like this

Mail delivery is considered an essential service and will continue. The official government order encourages you to have medicine and other essentials delivered by mail instead of you traveling to the store.


Jobs
Mountain View
on Mar 16, 2020 at 3:40 pm
Jobs, Mountain View
on Mar 16, 2020 at 3:40 pm
12 people like this

@frustratedmom, just saw an article that Safeway has 2000 jobs open to help with the increased demand in thenstores


CSW
South of Midtown
on Mar 16, 2020 at 3:46 pm
CSW, South of Midtown
on Mar 16, 2020 at 3:46 pm
6 people like this

@FrustratedMom, and anyone else who is now not able to work because of COVID-19 shutdowns: You can apply for unemployment benefits. The one week waiting period has been waived. General information is here: Web Link. The specific page for filing a claim is here: Web Link


Elissa
another community
on Mar 16, 2020 at 3:46 pm
Elissa, another community
on Mar 16, 2020 at 3:46 pm
11 people like this

Please please allow the farmers markets to continue to stay open. The farmers need our support and we need their produce meat and dairy and products. Shoppers are self-spacing in payment lines. Vendors are wearing gloves and not touching produce once handled by customers. No free fruit samples. Outdoor markets are much less likely to be a vector than grocery stores. Some outdoor markets like CSM and Campbell have been closed, which makes no sense. The best way to avoid infection is by staying healthy. If anything, there should be more weekly outdoor markets, as they are obviously less contaminated than a grocery store. You bring your own tote bags. I am counting on you!


Malcolm
College Terrace
on Mar 16, 2020 at 4:00 pm
Malcolm, College Terrace
on Mar 16, 2020 at 4:00 pm
2 people like this

Can I walk outside hand in hand with my wife? The Santa Clara County order suggests not. We are not maintaining social distances inside our home, and there doesn't appear to be any recommendation to do so.


Jobs
Mountain View
on Mar 16, 2020 at 4:07 pm
Jobs, Mountain View
on Mar 16, 2020 at 4:07 pm
9 people like this

Just saw this on Ron Owens page, answers a lot of above questions
Click the link in the picture at the bottom of this list for a complete rundown from sfgate.com of how the Bay Area shelter in place order will affect you. Below is a list of the businesses that will be allowed to remain open:

Essential services like health care operations and infrastructure
Pharmacies, grocery stores, certified farmers' markets, convenience stores, food banks and the like.
Businesses that provide food, shelter and social services
Gas stations and auto repair shops
Hardware stores
Banks and financial institutions
Plumbers, electricians and exterminators
Businesses that provide mailing and shipping services, including the post office
Educational institutions, as long as social distancing is practiced. Many school districts and institutions of higher learning have already canceled school, however.
Laundromats, dry cleaners and laundry services
Restaurants but only for delivery or take-out
Businesses that "supply products needed for people to work from home"; businesses that "supply other essential businesses with the support or supplies necessary to operate"; businesses that ship or deliver groceries and food
Airlines, taxis or private transportation for essential activities
Home-based care for seniors, adults or children
Residential facilities and shelters
Professional services such as legal and accounting services
Child care facilities
Newspapers, television, radio and other media

In additional, key government services will continue as before, like police, fire and garbage pick-ups.


PAPD
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 16, 2020 at 4:35 pm
PAPD, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 16, 2020 at 4:35 pm
2 people like this

Will PAPD be out enforcing anyone out walking to make sure they are just dogwalking and nothing else?


Vasche LaMou
Green Acres
on Mar 16, 2020 at 4:45 pm
Vasche LaMou, Green Acres
on Mar 16, 2020 at 4:45 pm
2 people like this

"they are asked to stay within 6 feet of other people during these outings."

Shouldn't that read "they are asked to STAY AT LEAST 6 FEET AWAY from other people during these outings."? [caps for highlighting, not shouting]


Ahem
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 16, 2020 at 4:55 pm
Ahem, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 16, 2020 at 4:55 pm
17 people like this

Airline passenger travel and passenger rail should be shut down.

Packing people into a poorly ventilated confined space and then moving them around from one place to another is a very efficient way to spread any infectious agent.

The cities of San Francisco and San Jose should shut down their airports to all but the very most essential travel and freight.


Gennady Sheyner
Palo Alto Weekly staff writer
on Mar 16, 2020 at 5:32 pm
Gennady Sheyner, Palo Alto Weekly staff writer
on Mar 16, 2020 at 5:32 pm
2 people like this

Sorry for the error, @Jonathan Brown. It's been fixed.


Wand3r3r
Community Center
on Mar 16, 2020 at 6:23 pm
Wand3r3r , Community Center
on Mar 16, 2020 at 6:23 pm
1 person likes this

I have no actual evidence of this, just anecdotal, but I heard that Costco is also trying to hire people – along with Safeway. As for Safeway, the article I read said applicants can go directly to the store and hand in an application to the manager. Seems like the quickest way to get it done to me. We have four of them close by: two in Menlo Park, one in Midtown, and one at San Antonio and ECR.


TimR
Downtown North
on Mar 16, 2020 at 6:36 pm
TimR, Downtown North
on Mar 16, 2020 at 6:36 pm
3 people like this

I've read the order, and while it specifically mentions jogging as something that IS allowed, it's unclear if you can drive to, say, an OSP for exercise/a trail run. I'm thinking you can, but I guess we'll have to find out.


Lisa D
another community
on Mar 16, 2020 at 7:03 pm
Lisa D, another community
on Mar 16, 2020 at 7:03 pm
28 people like this

There has been no chemical spill or tornado or hurricane, nor is there an active shooter. Stop saying shelter in place - that phrase just makes people behave strangely. We have to practice a low contact lifestyle while living in a high density place. That means changes. We can leave the house, we can get all the practical things done. Just keep distance from most people. We can go to the grocery store to get our stuff. We can get take-out food from restaurants. We can do the necessary trips to the gas station, the doctor, the dentist... We are not sheltering in place, we are avoiding disease transmission by not being around so many people - we are avoiding unnecessary human contacts.
Web Link


sheltering in place
Escondido School
on Mar 16, 2020 at 7:12 pm
sheltering in place, Escondido School
on Mar 16, 2020 at 7:12 pm
6 people like this


Can I leave home to exercise?
If you will be both outdoors and not in close contact with other people, yes. Otherwise, no. Fitness and exercise gyms are not permitted to operate.

Q: I become anxious when cooped up in my house. Am I allowed to go to a park or on a hike? Can I travel to a County park or open space?
Answer: Yes. Spending time outside improves mood and well-being, and is particularly beneficial to children.
You can go for walks, go to the park, and engage in other similar activities, but should maintain social distance (i.e. be more than six feet away from persons who are not part of your household) when on walks and in parks to avoid spread of the virus.


sheltering in place
Escondido School
on Mar 16, 2020 at 7:23 pm
sheltering in place, Escondido School
on Mar 16, 2020 at 7:23 pm
3 people like this

Malcolm and others with questions --
Wording about distance should be "be more than six feet away from persons who are not part of your household".

Check out the full set of Frequently Asked Questions on the Santa Clara County website: Web Link
Worth a read as we all try to figure out the new reality.


Frustrated Mom
Palo Verde School
on Mar 16, 2020 at 7:32 pm
Frustrated Mom, Palo Verde School
on Mar 16, 2020 at 7:32 pm
14 people like this

Thank you so much for all your advise you are amazing. I was feeling really bad thinking that I going to become homeless and could not think clearly. I was not aware that the unemployment is a lot easier to apply. I was working as a bar tender, and because it was going slow due to corona virus. Two weeks ago they cut my hours so I started to work instructional aide sub, and was feeling better, and had just been working for one week, when I got the message that the schools are closing. I felt like the world was coming down on me. Again Thank you all for the information you provided me with.You are amazing.


PA parents.
Community Center
on Mar 16, 2020 at 8:10 pm
PA parents., Community Center
on Mar 16, 2020 at 8:10 pm
13 people like this

Can two people play tennis?


Parnelli Jones
another community
on Mar 16, 2020 at 8:38 pm
Parnelli Jones, another community
on Mar 16, 2020 at 8:38 pm
7 people like this

What about going for a drive just to get out of the house, or to go buy gas?

I assume that should be OK, but are the police going to be stopping people in cars and asking them where they are going?

I wish people would stop buying more than they need at the markets. I have not found any place that has any bread and toilet paper is reported out of stock almost everywhere. Come on people, think of everyone, not just yourselves.


Parnelli Jones
another community
on Mar 16, 2020 at 8:41 pm
Parnelli Jones, another community
on Mar 16, 2020 at 8:41 pm
23 people like this

And another thing ... everyone stop crowding the person in front of you in line somewhere and running up against their backsides. Stay back and chill. Things may take a bit longer, so what?


Natalia
another community
on Mar 16, 2020 at 11:12 pm
Natalia, another community
on Mar 16, 2020 at 11:12 pm
3 people like this

Will eye doctors be open / ability to get contacts and glasses?


Jennifer
another community
on Mar 16, 2020 at 11:58 pm
Jennifer, another community
on Mar 16, 2020 at 11:58 pm
5 people like this

Shelter in place makes more sense than cancelling events or school. This is effective, and cancelling events just moves people from Point A to Point B, which is ineffectual.

It's sad that it's come to this, but without a vaccine - it's necessary. Voluntary didn't stop the spread, and there's been more deaths today (18) than any other day.


Sophia
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 17, 2020 at 12:42 am
Sophia, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 17, 2020 at 12:42 am
3 people like this

[Post removed.]


Trump fired the national pandemic team
Greenmeadow
on Mar 17, 2020 at 6:17 am
Trump fired the national pandemic team, Greenmeadow
on Mar 17, 2020 at 6:17 am
3 people like this

[Post removed.]


Jason ramirez
Downtown North
on Mar 17, 2020 at 7:58 am
Jason ramirez, Downtown North
on Mar 17, 2020 at 7:58 am
2 people like this

What would happen if I get caught outside my home and not doing things that I'm supposed to be doing other than grocery shopping or medical or whatever what are the charges if I get pulled over by the police


Homeless & On The Streets
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 17, 2020 at 9:02 am
Homeless & On The Streets, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 17, 2020 at 9:02 am
4 people like this

It is very difficult getting by during these trying times & the recent COVID-19 mandates are making things even more difficult to survive when one has no stable home to sequester oneself.

Sourcing nutritious food, bathing facilities & shelter have become a daily challenge made worse by this pandemic.

Some people ask me if I am homeless & refuse to stand within 5 feet of me. This makes sense as I have not bathed nor changed my clothing since December of 2019.

This virus outbreak could be an act of Providence since pointing fingers or assigning geographical
blame is considered politically incorrect.

In any event, should a cure be found it will be too late for many whether homeless or home dwellers.


Member
Palo Alto Orchards
on Mar 17, 2020 at 10:08 am
Member, Palo Alto Orchards
on Mar 17, 2020 at 10:08 am
5 people like this

Hi Jason, I found the answer to your question from the first paragraph of the order.
“Please read this Order carefully. Violation of or failure to comply with this Order is a misdemeanor punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both. (California Health and Safety Code § 120295, et seq.)”


Moi
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 17, 2020 at 10:22 am
Moi, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 17, 2020 at 10:22 am
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EDITOR:

Please correct this:
“ Testing capabilities for the virus are increasing though commercial laboratories and other sites, . . “

I believe you mean “through commercial laboratories. . .”


Mark Weiss
Downtown North
on Mar 17, 2020 at 10:40 am
Mark Weiss, Downtown North
on Mar 17, 2020 at 10:40 am
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What's the difference between shelter in place and martial law?


PA parents.
Community Center
on Mar 17, 2020 at 10:51 am
PA parents., Community Center
on Mar 17, 2020 at 10:51 am
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Regarding tennis: I called the police dept. They did not give me a definitive answer. After pushing several times, all they said was, "It is not recommended." I hope this info is useful.


Barbara
Greenmeadow
on Mar 17, 2020 at 11:28 am
Barbara, Greenmeadow
on Mar 17, 2020 at 11:28 am
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I have read the information, that "walking", "hiking", maintaining the 6 ft social distance separation is allowed. I also read that seniors (and other at-risk populations) are required to stay in their homes.
Question: Is that subset of people (seniors, etc) also allowed to go walking, hiking, alone or with another as long as the separation is maintained? or does the special remain-at-home rule overrule this permission?


Arthur Keller
Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 17, 2020 at 12:37 pm
Arthur Keller, Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 17, 2020 at 12:37 pm
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Santa Cruz County also issued a shelter-in-place order, according to Web Link

Sonoma County is considering adopting a shelter-in-place order, according to Web Link


Arthur Keller
Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 17, 2020 at 12:42 pm
Arthur Keller, Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 17, 2020 at 12:42 pm
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Magical Bridge Foundation sent out this note this morning:

Update on Playing at Magical Bridge Playground in Palo Alto
To our MAGICAL and Beloved Community.
We've been receiving a lot of calls and emails with questions about visiting Magical Bridge Playground in Palo Alto. As of today March 17, 2020, a Public Health Order mandates everyone to stay off public playgrounds. This is a critical intervention to reduce harm from the spread of the coronavirus in our community.
In helping to "flatten the curve" we encourage you to follow ALL the guidelines issued by this Public Health Order from SF.gov. We expect the rest of the country to soon take the same measures enforced in the Bay Area to keep everyone safe and healthy. While this breaks our hearts, we know these necessary steps are needed to stop the spread of the Covid-19.
We've discovered a wonderful list of how to stay physically active with your kids and teens while at home. Web Link This huge list of active indoor activities will keep your kids — from toddlers to teens — busy and burning energy! Also, a friendly reminder that you and your family are allowed to go outside, walk your dog, or go on a hike. Just remember to keep a least six feet between you and others and avoiding contact with elderly and vulnerable individuals.
Here is how the public health order specifically answered the question about playgrounds.
How will I entertain my kids? Can we go to the playground or arrange playdates?
Do your best to entertain your children with games, reading, puzzles, and TV/videos at home. Engage them in education using online tools. However, you cannot take them to the playground or arrange playdates. Children are not able to maintain social distance, and even adults are prohibited from socializing with friends in this manner. It is essential that we stop the spread of the virus by not having in-person social interactions.
Web Link
Please do your best to stay safe and healthy. We care so deeply for everyone in our community, especially those who are vulnerable, socially isolated and marginalized. We'll continue to update our Facebook page with resources and ways to engage and play with your family and loved ones OFF the playground for now.
Remember, HAND WASHING IS MAGICAL!
Team Magical Bridge


Ahem
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 17, 2020 at 12:53 pm
Ahem, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 17, 2020 at 12:53 pm
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From SFO's COVID-19 FAQ:

Q1. Is the airport closing due to the Coronavirus?
A1. No, SFO remains open and operational. Enhanced cleaning procedures have been enacted to combat the Covid-19 virus.

(how does social distancing work a the airport and on airliners?)

Q5. What measures is the airport taking to protect the travelers?
A5. SFO Custodial staff is cleaning “common touched” areas twice daily with antibacterial cleaning solutions.

(how does an antibacterial solution work on a virus?)

Q7. I’m flying out, will I be going through any medical screening before my flight?
A7. No.

With every other business in the Bay Area shut down it is really hard to understand why this industry, which is an obvious vector for transmission of the COVID-9 virus, is still open and operating? Why isn't San Francisco asking SFO to make the same sacrifice it is asking of every other business in the Bay Area?

When the airports and airlines comes begging for yet another multi-billion dollar bailout, I hope we all remember it was the poor public health policies and practices of the airports and airlines that brought the COVID-19 virus to our shores in the first place.


Green Gables
Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 17, 2020 at 1:19 pm
Green Gables, Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 17, 2020 at 1:19 pm
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The San Francisco Chronicle reported that SAFEWAY (full and part time), RALEY'S (delivery service), ANDRONICO'S, VONS and PAK 'N SAVE are hiring. Apply www.safeway.com or ask store management. Also, AMAZON and WHOLE FOODS. Need help paying rent, contact SEASON OF GIVING at the Chronicle and/or Santa Clara Social Services, Human Services (City of Palo Alto) at Cubberley.


@ ahem
Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 17, 2020 at 3:09 pm
@ ahem, Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 17, 2020 at 3:09 pm
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@ ahem

The City of San Francisco owns SFO and makes a lot of money off of its operations...

On the other hand, we do need some air traffic maintained for cargo (as opposed to passenger traffic).


Ahem
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 17, 2020 at 5:07 pm
Ahem, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 17, 2020 at 5:07 pm
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BP
Barron Park
on Mar 17, 2020 at 6:11 pm
BP, Barron Park
on Mar 17, 2020 at 6:11 pm
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Corporate socialism.

It’s OK to give money to companies if you’re a republican, but you can’t give it to the people or you’re a Socialist.

Brainwashing in open view people !!


Elon Musk is keeping Tesla open
Stanford
on Mar 17, 2020 at 10:58 pm
Elon Musk is keeping Tesla open, Stanford
on Mar 17, 2020 at 10:58 pm
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Confused
Menlo Park
on Mar 19, 2020 at 6:58 am
Confused, Menlo Park
on Mar 19, 2020 at 6:58 am
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I work for a Tech company in San Jose and they’re forcing some of the employees to continue working in the office. Can they do that? Even if they’re not an essential.


gimme shelter
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 19, 2020 at 11:23 am
gimme shelter, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 19, 2020 at 11:23 am
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Anon
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 19, 2020 at 11:33 am
Anon, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 19, 2020 at 11:33 am
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Posted by gimme shelter, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood

>> @Confused, at-will employment means you can always simply quit. No force involved.

Your dumb answer is not funny. But, since you asked, the company may differ in this case with the employee regarding what is "essential". Since it is a "tech" company, as stated, perhaps the system admins and security analysts are being required to work on-site to guarantee uptime for all the other people working from home. As long as they are allowed to maintain social distancing, I don't see a problem with it. They shouldn't be required to sit in meeting rooms with each other, and, the overall density of employees should be low.

The real ongoing threat to public health and safety that I see is that we all need food and certain other essentials, and, that is bringing too many of us in close contact with each other. We are all touching things others have touched.

"Back off!"


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