Tuesday, March 31, 2020

CoVid-19: Following The Bay Area, A Glimpse of What Is To Come

Darren, his mother Billie, and nephew Jonathan taken January 2020
Darren was born an raised in the Bay Area, so we have a long-running joke/argument about things being better in San Francisco vs San Diego. The burrito debate. The public transit. The culinary scene. It's generally all in jest and out of love. But we have certainly been paying attention because his senior mother still lives in Contra Costa county with his two nephews, one of which takes the bus and BART daily to his job at an Amazon distribution center. San Diego has lagged slightly behind the Bay Area in cases, but also in responses, but we've noticed that any guidelines they enact are soon followed or replicated here, with perhaps a few days or a couple weeks of lagtime.

Today, the Bay Area extended their Shelter-In-Place order through May 3rd and have added the following restrictions. I wouldn't be surprised to hear similar restrictions placed on our entire region in the coming days:

  • Use of playgrounds, dog parks, public picnic areas, and similar recreational areas is prohibited. These areas must be closed to public use.
  • Use of shared public recreational facilities such as golf courses, tennis and basketball courts, pools, and rock walls is prohibited. These facilities must be closed for recreational use.
  • Sports requiring people to share a ball or other equipment must be limited to people in the same household.
  • Essential businesses must develop a social distancing protocol before April 3.
  • Most construction—residential and commercial—is prohibited.
  • Funerals are limited to no more than 10 people attending.
  • Essential businesses will include service providers that enable residential transactions (notaries, title companies, Realtors, etc.); funeral homes and cemeteries; moving companies, rental car companies and rideshare services that specifically enable essential activities.
  • Essential businesses that continue to operate facilities must scale down operations to their essential component only.

I missed the County of San Diego update today but will post if there's any new info.

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