San Francisco Health Director Dr. Grant Colfax, announced on Thursday a new travel order that includes a mandatory 10-day quarantine for anyone traveling, relocating or returning to the city from outside the Bay Area.
Colfax did not provide details on how the city will enforce the order, but said anyone who does not obey it could face a misdemeanor.
“This is really not the time to travel,” Colfax said at the press conference. “The consequences are grave. We are just asking people to understand this and comply with Health Ordinance as that is the right thing to do. The city can take additional enforcement action if the situation calls for wrongdoing.”
The order also stipulates that anyone who comes to San Francisco will be quarantined for 10 days if they have been outside of the following nine boroughs in the Bay Area: San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano, Sonoma, Napa, Marin and Santa Cruz.
“COVID-19 cases are increasing in San Francisco and across the country. Hospitals in the Bay Area are almost overwhelmed, ”said the Mayor of San Francisco, London Breed. “We must do everything we can to contain the virus and stop it from spreading in our community. Now is not the time to travel and risk exposure or expose others. We must do the right thing to protect ourselves, our neighbors, and our loved ones, and to make sure we can celebrate together when this is over. “
The new regulation also includes a stronger language that prevents unnecessary travel, even within the Bay Area.
Basic workers such as health professionals and those doing essential infrastructure work are exempt. (A full list of exceptions can be found here.)
“People who fly through San Francisco International Airport on connecting flights and do not stay overnight in San Francisco do not need to be quarantined,” the city said.
The travel order will take effect on December 18 at 00:01 a.m. and will continue until January 4, 2021 at 00:01 a.m., unless extended.
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