BREAKING: San Francisco mayor orders 24-hour curfew
March 16, 2020
San Francisco issued a public health order Monday instructing all residents to stay home. The most drastic response in the United States to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 to date, the order prohibits recreational activity outside of “essential needs,” which include trips to the grocery store, visits to the doctor, caring for family members in another household, among other activities.
According to Mayor London Breed’s office, the measure begins at midnight Tuesday and lasts until April 7 or until it is extended.
Breed acknowledged the role such a disruption to routine will have, but emphasized the importance of community health and safety.
“We know these measures will significantly disrupt people’s day to day lives, but they are absolutely necessary,” Breed said in a statement. “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. I want to encourage everyone to remain calm and emphasize that all essential needs will continue to be met. San Francisco has overcome big challenges before and we will do it again, together.”
Essential stores remaining open include banks, grocery stores, gas stations and pharmacies, according to Breed’s office. Restaurants will be limited to take out only while gyms, venues and bars will close.
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