Mayor London Breed Just Extended San Francisco's Stay At Home Order Until May 31
"We are not out of the woods yet."
Wanting to go out? You're going to have to wait a while. San Francisco's stay at home order was just extended through the end of May. This also includes 6 other Bay area counties.
The initial order was set to expire on May 3; now it will last through May 31.
San Francisco's Mayor London Breed said that the city was seeing a spike of COVID-19 cases and "we are not out of the woods yet."
Six Bay counties joined together to release an official statement from health officials.
According to ABC7 News, the stay at home extension affects Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties. It also includes the city of Berkeley, which has its own public health department.
This affects over 7 million local residents within these areas.
Health officials said that more details on the shelter in place order would be released later this week.
But for now, that means locals can only go out for essential activities and the six feet apart social distancing order is still in place.
Going out for essential shopping such as groceries, prescriptions, and physical exercise is still allowed. San Francisco residents are required to wear a face mask or face $1,000 fines and jail time.
Breed said choosing to extend the order was one of the most difficult things she has had to do as a mayor.
She compared COVID-19 to the Spanish 1918 flu when people took off their masks and decided to go back outside too early. This resulted in a prolonged pandemic and even more casualties, she said.
When describing her decision, Breed said, "we want to be very careful that we don't take steps out of frustration ... we don't move too quickly and repeat mistakes that have been made in our past history."