At 1:00PM today, in response to the expanding COVID-19 pandemic, six San Francisco Bay Area counties announced a “shelter in place” order for all residents — the strictest measure of its kind in the country — directing everyone to stay inside their homes and away from others as much as possible for the next three weeks.
The directive begins at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, March 17 and involves San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Marin, Contra Costa and Alameda counties — a combined population of more than 6.7 million. It is to stay in place until at least April 7. The order falls just short of a full lockdown, which would forbid people from leaving their homes without explicit permission, and it wasn’t immediately clear how, or to what degree, it would be enforced. The order calls for the sheriff or chief of police to “ensure compliance.” The Bay Area orders are the most restrictive yet in the U.S. The region is the first to direct people to stay at home as much as possible and avoid even small social interactions.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time for all. We will make every effort to keep all communications current and accurate though please keep in mind that both manufacturing and shipping will be affected by this temporary interruption in operations.
-Steve Dathe, President