San Francisco area counties set virus closure rule

The health officers in six San Francisco Bay Area counties have issued a new stay-at-home order as the number of virus cases surge and hospitals fill in the region. (Dec. 4)

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CHRIS FARNITANO: The dark COVID winter that we feared would come has arrived in the Bay Area. I and other county health officers in the Bay Area don't think we can wait for the state's new restrictions to go into effect later this month. We must act swiftly to save as many lives as we can. This is an emergency.

Today the city of Berkeley and five Bay Area counties-- Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco and Santa Clara-- will issue new local health orders designed to reduce the spread of COVID-19. These health orders will become effective Sunday, December 6, and will stay into effect until January 4th. The orders will require many local businesses that operate indoors to further reduce occupancy to 20% and to write and enforce plans to ensure occupancy and face covering rules are followed.

Personal care services such as hair cutting and nail care must close. Restaurants must close outdoor operations and convert to a takeout and delivery only model. Outdoor wineries and card rooms must close.