Bay Area COVID-19 Shelter In Place Orders – Essential Information, and Suggested Next Steps for Impacted Businesses
March 18, 2020
Authored by: Tom Lee, Steve Poplawski and Susan Brice
On March 16, 2020, seven Bay Area counties issued shelter in place orders that run from midnight on March 17th through April 7th, with the possibility that the period will be extended or shortened as the situation develops. This alert provides guidance on movement that is still allowed under the order and recommendations on immediate steps your business can take:
What movement do the orders still allow?
While everyone in the seven counties1 is “ordered to shelter at their place of residence,” people can leave their residences for:
- Essential Activities – These include shopping for food, medical supplies, and household supplies; seeking medical care; engaging in outdoor activities including walking, hiking, or running; performing work at an Essential Business, or caring for family members or pets in another household.
- Work performing Essential Government Functions – Each government agency will determine what functions are essential, and identify appropriate employees and