San Francisco Orders Self-Isolation, Jail Penalty For Offenders

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In a strongly worded prohibition, the city of San Francisco has issued an order demanding that residents stay home except in narrow circumstances.

“All individuals currently living within the City and County of San Francisco (the “County”) are ordered to shelter at their place of residence,” reads the health order issued by San Francisco’s Department Of Public Health.

With limited exception, the order prohibits “all public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or living unit” as well as “all travel, including, but not limited to, travel on foot, bicycle, scooter, motorcycle, automobile, or public transit.”

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The city’s order made it clear that the purpose of the new rule is to push people to “self isolate.” The order states it is “the intent of this Order is to ensure that the maximum number of people self-isolate in their places of residence to the maximum extent feasible, while enabling essential services to continue, to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the maximum extent possible.”

The new rule comes with serious penalties for those who are found guilty of violating its direction. “Please read this Order carefully,” states Health Rule C19-07. ” Violation of or failure to comply with this Order is a misdemeanor punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both.”

According to San Francisco Chronicle, the county has 138 confirmed cases COVID-19 as of Monday.

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