San Francisco on Lockdown for Coronavirus

March 16, 2020, 11:00 PM

The City of San Francisco has just announced that residents must stay at home until at least April 7.

Residents are not allowed to leave home except for basic necessities like trips for buying groceries or seeking medical care. It will be possible to take your pet outside to use the restroom or to get some exercise, as long as you stay six feet away from others who are not household members. Restaurants will still be open for takeout and delivery.

Mayor London Breed emphasized “This is going to be a defining moment for our city... 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.”

The City of San Francisco is taking a gentle approach towards those who violate this order. Police Chief Bill Scott stated “We are going to take a compassionate, common-sense approach... we are looking for voluntary compliance... this is not about a criminal justice approach to a public health issue, this is about educating the public.”

Scott also stated that violations are considered a misdemeanor, but that would be a last resort.

This order goes into effect midnight at the start of March 17.

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