In an unprecedented move to head off what many foresee as a gradually worsening public health crisis, the director of Contra Costa County’s Health Services Division Monday issued a far-reaching shelter in place order for the county and its residents.
The directive, issued in conjunction with orders given to residents of 6 Bay Area Counties, remain in effect until April 7.
The order allows for travel for medical purposes and other essential services like grocery shopping and pick-up from restaurants, but drastically curtails gatherings of any substantial size and closure of venues where contact with others is possible.
The order defines essential activities as those necessary for the health and safety for individuals and their families. Essential businesses allowed to operate during the recommended action include health care operations; businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals; fresh and non-perishable food retailers (including convenience stores); pharmacies; child care facilities; gas stations; banks; laundry businesses and services necessary for maintaining the safety, sanitation and essential operation of a residence.
Officials said health care services, law and safety, and other essential government functions will continue to function under the recommended action.