SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) – Mayor London Breed announced a public health ordinance on Thursday that will put a mandatory 10-day quarantine on anyone traveling, moving or returning to San Francisco from outside the Bay Area.

The order also advises against non-essential travel within the 10-county region in the Bay Area.

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“I absolutely didn’t know,” said Danny Kin from San Francisco. Kin wasn’t the only one who hadn’t heard.

Both San Francisco and other Bay Area travelers at the San Francisco International Airport were quite confused.

“I’m surprised my family didn’t call me and say you need to hurry up and come home,” said Judy Harris of Fremont.

The order takes effect on Friday, December 18 at 00:01 am.

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SFO staff say the trip has not been possible since Thanksgiving.

“Currently, our passenger activity is more than 80 percent lower than last year at this time,” says Doug Yakel, spokesman for the SFO.

While many we spoke to say they would be quarantined anyway, some say they would be more open to ideas like this if they hadn’t already lost confidence in the leaders who give the orders.

“Based on the choices made and the personal behavior of politicians, I think people are just getting tired and we’re still ready to do the important things that work and that may quarantine travelers, but there is a lot of pandemic fatigue.” says Christina Kalman of San Francisco.

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There is an exception for those traveling for certain critical activities, such as B. Healthcare professionals, first responders, and those traveling for official government business or important infrastructure work. There is also an exception for people traveling for medical care or having to travel due to a court order, e.g. B. the transfer of custody of a child. See this page for a full list of exceptions.

“COVID-19 cases are increasing in San Francisco and across the country. Hospitals in the Bay Area are almost overwhelmed,” said Mayor Breed. “We must do everything we can to contain the virus and stop its spread in our community. This is not the time to travel and risk, be exposed or expose others. We must do the right thing for ourselves, our neighbors and others To protect our loved ones and make sure we can celebrate together when this is over. “

The travel order will take effect on December 18 at 00:01 a.m. and will remain in effect until January 4, 2021 at 00:01 a.m. It can be extended if necessary if the rise continues.

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