San Francisco mayor, London Breed, has ordered all incoming travelers outside of the nine Bay Area counties to a mandatory 10-day quarantine. 

Medical workers and first responders are exempt, but anyone else violating the health order is a misdemeanor.

The order has gone into effect on Dec. 18 at 12:01 a.m. and will remain until Jan. 4.

“This virus spreads through human interaction and social gatherings, including through people with no symptoms. We need to take steps now to control the spread of the virus and save lives. Quarantining people who have traveled and been in contact with others is one way to help manage the spread of COVID-19’,” said Dr. Grant Colfax, Director of Health, City and County of San Francisco.

People coming from the following counties are exempt from the quarantine in San Francisco: San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano, Sonoma, Napa, Marin, Santa Cruz.

The city of San Francisco in a press release said:

“Individuals required to quarantine must remain home without physical interaction with others outside their household except in emergency or health care situations. They are not allowed to go to work, school, or any other venue outside their home for 10 days.”

Anyone who is traveling due to medical appointments or court-ordered requirements are also exempt, as are travelers passing through San Francisco International Airport but not staying overnight in San Francisco. 

“COVID-19 cases are surging in San Francisco and across the country. Hospitals in the Bay Area are close to being overwhelmed. We must do whatever we can to contain the virus and stop its circulation in our community. Now is not the time to travel and risk being exposed or exposing others. We need to do the right thing to protect ourselves, our neighbors and our loved ones and make sure that we can celebrate together when this is over,” stated San Francisco mayor London Breed.

The city of San Francisco says that “San Francisco will continue its approach of first educating people about what is required under the health orders, but the City will take additional enforcement steps if the situation demands.”

San Francisco resident, Sam Lord, a Cell biology and microscopy researcher in the 

Mullins Lab at UCSF took to Twitter to say,

Visit the San Francisco Department Health Department’s page “Travel Ordered Explained”, for a quick breakdown of the new health order in case you plan on visiting the Golden city anytime soon.

Written ByEddie Huijon

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