Says the Mayor, “We all have a responsibility to do our part to protect our neighbors and slow the spread of this virus by staying home.”

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 16: A working class power washes the sidewalk near the San Francisco City Hall. Public areas across the country are mostly empty as people across the country stay away from large gatherings in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19. (Photo by Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)

San Francisco and the surrounding area are now closed due to the coronavirus.

Mayor of San Francisco on Monday London breed released a public health ordinance requiring all residents to stay at home except in cases where there is a “substantial” need to slow the virus’ progression. Due to basic needs, the mayor’s office released the following information.

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In a statement, Breed said while the order was inconvenient for residents, it was “absolutely necessary”.

“We know these measures will significantly disrupt people’s daily lives, but they are absolutely necessary,” Breed said in a statement, according to NBC Bay Area. “This will be a pivotal 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 home unless clearly necessary after to go outside. I encourage everyone to remain calm and emphasize that all essential needs continue to be met. San Francisco has faced major challenges before and we will do it again together. “

The arrangement allows people to go to grocery stores, pharmacies, banks and get gasoline, but still have to be at least two meters away from other people who are not part of their household. Restaurants are also open in limited capacity, so residents can only order takeaway and delivery. Businesses like gyms and bars are considered non-essential and are closed.

According to NBC Bay Area, San Francisco and five other counties in the Bay Area are subject to the order.

San Francisco Health Director Dr. Grant Colfax The agreement was made by health officials in the six counties as the best approach to contain the spread of the disease. Although residents must now stay home, Colfax said they could still walk or go for a walk with their dogs, provided they stay at least three feet away from others.

“The evidence shows us that now is the time to take this step,” Colfax told NBC Bay Area. “Based on what we can predict, now is the time to do whatever we can to prevent the situation from deteriorating in a matter of days or weeks. Every hour counts. “

Colfax also admonished residents not to “overwhelm” the hospital emergency room and emergency room during this time for no essential reason.

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“Please do not go for COVID-19 tests or for emergencies in emergency rooms or emergency rooms. Do not currently overwhelm the health system or emergency response systems. We need these services to care for the seriously ill, ”Colfax told the news agency. “If you are otherwise ill or fear that you have coronavirus, please contact your doctor.”

The order went into effect on Tuesday at midnight and runs through at least April 7th. Homeless people in the six counties are exempt from the order but are instructed to seek refuge.