On March 31, 2020, County of San Mateo Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow, along with along with 6 other Bay Area public health officers, extended the stay-at-home order through May 3, 2020, to preserve critical hospital capacity across the region.
While the March 16 order seemed to reduce the rate of transmission of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), it is not enough. There has been a significant increase in the number of positive cases, hospitalization and deaths from COVID-19, which is beginning to strain local health care resources.
The health officers have determined that more and stricter social distancing is needed to slow the rate of spread, prevent deaths and stop the health care system from becoming overwhelmed.
The new stay-at-home order will supersede the previous countywide shelter-in-place order and go into effect at 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, March 31. It is a complement to the ongoing statewide stay-at-home order issued by Governor Gavin Newsom earlier this month.
Like the previous local order, this extended order requires people to stay at home except for doing essential activities, such as grocery shopping. Nonessential businesses will remain closed.
Residents are encouraged to review the County’s Frequently Asked Questions for the stay-at-home order. The new order adds some clarifying language around essential business and activities, as well as some new directives, including:
“Our message remains the same: stay home. Staying at home is the best way to flatten the curve and protect yourself, your family and our entire community,” said Mayor Cecilia Taylor. “Essential activities are not group basketball or soccer, children’s playdates in cul-de-sacs or visiting your grandmother. They are weekly grocery runs, pharmacy visits and medical necessities.”
In additional to previous actions by the City of Menlo Park, we continue to closely monitor park visitors and social distancing in public places. Social distancing is the most powerful tool to slow the spread of COVID-19. Further actions will be taken as necessary to protect public health and support the health officer’s latest order.
For more local Menlo Park updates, please visit the city website at menlopark.org/coronavirus. For health officer updates from San Mateo County Health, visit smchealth.org/coronavirus.