Shelter-In-Place Impact

California Restricts Social Activity

At midnight March 19, 2020 California Governor Gavin Newsom issued the first statewide shelter-in-place order within the United States. This is essentially an expansion of Northern California Bay Area restrictions. Other cities and counties have similarly ordered more or less restrictive orders in response to COVID-19. Until further notice, the statewide decree is not law-enforceable, whereas Monterey County is more explicit and punishable as a misdemeanor.

⚠️ March 31, 2020 – Police are arresting and fining people for violating social distancing orders. —CNN

Essential services are exempted. So healthcare workers and first responders are still functioning. Pharmacies, banks, grocery stores, gas stations, and laundromats, are open for business. Restaurants are permitted to remain open only for delivery services. Companies that maintain functionality of residences, like electricity, plumbing, construction, trash collection, and home delivery, can operate. Critical infrastructure sectors remain functional.

There are 16 critical infrastructure sectors whose assets, systems, and networks, whether physical or virtual, are considered so vital to the United States that their incapacitation or destruction would have a debilitating effect on security, national economic security, national public health or safety, or any combination thereof. Presidential Policy Directive 21 (PPD-21):

  1. Chemical Sector
  2. Commercial Facilities Sector
  3. Communications Sector
  4. Critical Manufacturing Sector
  5. Dams Sector
  6. Defense Industrial Base Sector
  7. Emergency Services Sector
  8. Energy Sector
  9. Financial Services Sector
  10. Food and Agriculture Sector
  11. Government Facilities Sector
  12. Healthcare and Public Health Sector
  13. Information Technology Sector
  14. Nuclear Reactors, Materials and Waste Sector
  15. Transportation Systems Sector
  16. Water and Wastewater Systems Sector

Residents may leave their homes to shop for groceries, wash their clothes, take a walk, or go to work providing essential services. Because you may still shop while maintaining 6-foot social distancing rules or have items delivered, there is no need to hoard supplies. Non-essential businesses are either closed or moving activities online. This includes, but is not limited to restaurants, bars, gyms, and convention centers.


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