San Francisco Mayor on Monday ordered for a 24 hour lockdown over San Francisco and six Bay Area counties, requiring everyone to stay in their homes unless its for medical emergency or grocery run.
Mayor London Breed announced what she termed a “defining moment” in U.S. response to the pandemic, the lockdown begins 12am Tuesday and will last through April 7th.
The order asks all residents of six Bay Area counties, including San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Marin, Contra Costa and Alameda, to remain home as much as possible.
“We know these measures will significantly disrupt people’s day-to-day lives, but they are absolutely necessary,” San Francisco Mayor London Breed said. “This is going to be a defining moment for our city and we all have a responsibility to do our part to protect our neighbors and slow the spread of this virus by staying at home unless it is absolutely essential to go outside.”
Residents can leave their homes under “limited circumstances,” according to the order. At such times, people are expected to remain six feet apart, wash their hands, cover their coughs or sneezes and abide by a number of other requirements.
San Francisco reported 40 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Monday morning, according to the county’s department of health. Neighboring Santa Clara and San Mateo counties have reported 114 and 41 confirmed cases, respectively.