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Shelter-at-home order issued in Solano County effective immediately

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SOLANO COUNTY, Calif. (KRON) – Solano County has joined the rest of the Bay Area in issuing a shelter-at-home order effective immediately.

At this time, the order will remain in effect until April 7 at 11:59 p.m.

County officials say the order is to protect the health and safety of the community, and ensure that everyone complies with social distancing and self-isolation measures.

“We are taking this health crisis seriously and trying to protect our community while still ensuring that the essential parts of our County can function and attempting to lessen the substantial burden placed on workers and businesses,” says Dr. Bela Matyas, M.D., M.P.H., County Public Health Officer.  “We trust our community to adhere to these directives, and we stress the importance of working together to get this through this difficult time.” 

The order includes:

  • Any size gatherings that individuals are unable to maintain six-feet of distance between them are strongly prohibited.
  • Bars, wineries, nightclubs, breweries, and movie theaters must close.
  • Restaurants may remain open for takeout and delivery options only.
  • Health clubs, tanning facilities, gyms, and spas must close.
  • Non-essential travel prohibited.
  • Employers required to ensure compliance with social distancing guidelines and should implement teleworking where appropriate and feasible. Only employees performing essential duties that are not able to be done remotely should physically come to work. 
  • Employers that require a doctor’s note for a leave of absence due to illness must suspend those policies. Employers are strongly encouraged to allow employees flexible use of paid time off/sick leave.
  • All people with fever, cough, or other respiratory symptoms should stay home until seven days after symptom onset. Self-management of these symptoms is encouraged, but if difficulty breathing and lethargy develop, or symptoms suddenly become worse, they should contact their healthcare provider or urgent care center immediately. Calling ahead is strongly encouraged.
  • Childcare centers may remain open if they strictly follow social distancing protocols in accordance with the guidance distributed and posted on the Solano Public Health website.
  • Nonessential personnel are prohibited from entering hospitals and long-term care facilities, including patient visitation. All essential personnel displaying symptoms of COVID-19 should self-isolate until seven days after symptom onset, and hospitals are urged to delay elective procedures.
  • Populations with higher risk of complications from infection should stay home and away from all gatherings involving people outside of their immediate families. These populations include: people with chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes cancer, heart disease, lung disease, immuno-compromising conditions and those over 65 years of age. Pregnant individuals should also strongly consider self-isolating to the extent possible.
  • All Solano County Residents, regardless of risk-level, should stay home to the extent possible, and continue practicing universal precautions of handwashing for at least 20 seconds, disinfecting commonly used surfaces, and covering coughs or sneezes with their elbow or tissue instead of hands. 

County officials remind residents that this is rapidly evolving and can get the latest information from the CDC HERE.

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