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Regional shelter-in-place orders to curb the spread of the coronavirus have been extended through May 31, according to a joint press release from seven public health officials. This order applies to the six Bay Area counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara, as well as the City of Berkeley, an independent public health jurisdiction.
The new order eases some restrictions from the previous order, including:
- Certain construction projects, so long as the project complies with the safety protocols in the order.
- Some businesses that operate primarily outdoors, like wholesale and retail nurseries, landscapers, gardeners and other businesses that provide outdoor services. This does not include restaurants or bars with outdoor seating.
- Certain outdoor activities — like skate parks, golf courses and fields — that were previously shut down can resume, so long as there is no shared equipment or physical contact.
The order also allows certain child care facilities, including "summer camps and other educational or recreational institutions or programs," to reopen for the children of essential workers. The orders require that groups of children be no larger than 12, and that children not change from one group to another. During his daily press briefing, Gov. Gavin Newsom said the opening of these child care facilities would be a "point of clarification" between the state and Bay Area health officials.
In a press conference on Wednesday, Santa Clara County Public Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody praised the progress that Bay Area residents had made and said the new order is designed to "preserve" that progress.
"If we move too fast to ease restrictions, the potential of exponential spread could have grave impacts to the health and wellness of our residents, as well as to our economy," Cody said.