Well. This is a big way to end the week.
Starting Sunday night, five counties in the San Francisco Bay Area will enter stay-at-home orders. And that means all “nonessential travel” (we’ll get to that in a second) is prohibited. Lodging providers aren’t allowed to even host nonessential travelers.
(Seriously. If you’re planning to visit anywhere in California, please don’t. You’ll be miserable. And if San Francisco starts lockdown now, many other areas will likely soon follow. No city here — especially Los Angeles — can stand it when another region gets more attention.)
San Francisco Bay Area Shutdown
First of all, five Bay Area counties go into shutdown mode starting Sunday evening. They are:
- San Francisco
- Santa Clara
- Contra Costa
Here’s what closes under the order:
- Outdoor restaurant dining
- Hair salons, barbershops, nail salons and other personal care services
- Outdoor cardrooms and satellite wagering and casinos
- Outdoor museums, zoos and aquariums
- Outdoor movie theaters
- Outdoor wineries
- Overnight stays at campgrounds
- Food, drink or alcohol sales at outdoor recreational facilities
— Los Angeles Times
Supermarkets and drugstores will remain open in most of the Bay Area, as will malls. But all will likely operate at even more reduced capacities than they are now.
According to the Los Angeles Times, hotels and other lodging providers in shelter-in-place orders “safer-at-home” phases (gross) are prohibited “for tourism, leisure and other nonessential reasons, like nonessential travel, whether it be a vacation or a road trip to see family or friends.”
So what’s considered “essential”?
The Times says, “workers in healthcare, food, agriculture, energy, utilities, transportation, communications, government operations, manufacturing, financial services and the entertainment industry.”
Yep. The entertainment industry.
Now, if you’re going to visit friends and family and staying at their homes, I don’t believe that’s prohibited. (As long as they’re not charging you as a hotel or AirBNB.)
This likely is the start of a snowball effect up and down California, IMHO. I wouldn’t be surprised to see it pick up along the West Coast, either.
Hopefully, this all drastically curbs the spread of COVID.
But will it? Well…
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