(E) Seven counties of the San Francisco Bay Area have ordered nearly 7 million residents to shelter in place for the next three weeks as health officials scramble to keep the coronavirus from spreading among the population:
“The City (of San Francisco) issued a Public Health Order requiring people to stay home except for essential needs.
Vulnerable populations must stay home. Everyone else is required to stay home except to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or go to an essential job.
It is OK to go outside for walks or bike rides if you are not in a group.
Stay at least 6 feet apart when leaving your home for essential activities.
This order is in effect until April 7.
It may be extended depending on recommendations from public health officials.”
While on the other side of the Ocean, Parisian cafes that remained open throughout virtually every historic challenge – they didn’t go dark during the Nazi occupation in World War II – will be closed starting Tuesday, March 17th.
After Italy, and that the same time as Spain, France’s government ordered most businesses to close Tuesday, March 17. Groceries, pharmacies, gas stations were exempted, but restaurants, cafes, and bars were not.
“We are just at the beginning of this crisis,” French President Emmanuel Macron said in an address to the nation. “In spite of all our efforts to break it, this virus is continuing to propagate and to accelerate.”
Last Saturday, March 14th, French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe asked French people to stay indoors, but recent warm weather brought thousands to Paris cafe and parks on Saturday, “We have seen too many people in cafes and restaurants. In usual times, this would make me happy. Because this is France we all love. But for a few weeks, this is not what we should be doing.”
Prime Minister Édouard Philippe said the number of people in France in intensive care was growing, and earlier guidelines for the public were being ignored.
As part of this accelerated fight against the coronavirus outbreak, France is requiring people to produce a form justifying why they left home.
During the lockdown, people will be able to leave their homes only if necessary and must fill out a form that gives their reason for being outside:
Note: The picture above is The Eiffel Tower.
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