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In ‘defining moment,’ San Francisco to order residents to stay home over coronavirus and New York is next by Joshua Sabtini and Michael Barba

Mayor announces drastic measures to curb spread of COVID-19 alongside five other Bay Area counties

In the Shadow of Coronavirus, the Bay Area Quiets Down

In a Bay Area beset by coronavirus, neighborhoods hum while downtown hollows out. There are fewer people out in the city and on the streets, making the Bay Area look and sound different as the population practices social distancing.

With the coronavirus pandemic rapidly spreading throughout communities around the nation, city leaders are taking the unprecedented step of placing San Francisco on lockdown for three weeks beginning Tuesday at midnight.

The City will legally prohibit residents from leaving their homes except to meet basic needs including visiting the doctor, or buying groceries or medicine, until at least April 7, Mayor London Breed announced Monday.

The dramatic restrictions, imposed under a city-issued Public Health Order, will also require non-essential businesses like bars and gyms to close. But pharmacies, banks and other businesses that perform an “essential” role for society will be allowed to remain open.

In a statement ahead of a City Hall press conference with city officials, Breed urged the public to remain calm and emphasized “that all essential needs will continue to be met.”

Police Chief Bill Scott said at the press conference that violations of the order are punishable by a misdemeanor, but “that is an absolute last resort.”

“We are going to take a compassionate, common-sense approach,” Scott told reporters. “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 added. To read more go to the link below:

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