Six San Francisco Bay Area governments issued a stay-at-home order ahead of California’s statewide mandate, restricting activities in a drastic effort to reduce the spread of Covid-19 as hospitals cope with a surge of patients. The order applies to the Northern California counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin and Santa Clara, the combined city and county of San Francisco, and the city of Berkeley. The order covers more than 5.8 million people. California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a stay-at-home order that will go into effect for any of five regions 48 hours after hospital intensive care unit capacity drops below 15% in a region.


The Bay Area was projected to be the last region in the state to be subject to the governor’s stay-at-home order, predicted to surpass the threshold by mid-to-late December. This decision means the region will instead be the first. The Bay Area orders will go into effect beginning Sunday, December 06 and will remain in effect until January 4, 2021, Contra Costa Health Director Chris Farnitano said. “I don’t think we can wait for the state’s new restrictions to go into effect later this month,” Farnitano said. “We must act swiftly to save as many lives as we can. This is an emergency.”


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