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NEWS: Bay Area extends shelter-in-place to May 3 with tighter restrictions

Tuesday, March 31, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Matthew Peralta
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The following six Bay Area Counties—Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara—plus the city of Berkeley have just announced an extension to the original March 17 shelter-in-place order to May 3, with tighter restrictions surrounding essential businesses, parks and construction. The changes from earlier Bay Area lockdown rules include prohibiting most residential and commercial construction, closing dog parks and playgrounds, banning play with a ball unless it involves only family or living unit members and a requirement that essential businesses enact tighter new social-distancing rules for their workplaces.

In reading the order for how this may impact some of our BOMA members, here is what is described as an essential business in the order:

  • Construction only if it meets the following criteria:
    • Projects immediately necessary to the maintenance, operation, or repair of Essential Infrastructure;
    • Projects associated with Healthcare Operations, including creating or expanding Healthcare Operations, provided that such construction is directly related to the COVID-19 response;
    • Affordable housing that is or will be income-restricted, including multi-unit or mixed-use developments containing at least 10% income-restricted units;
    • Public works projects if specifically designated as an Essential Governmental Function by the lead governmental agency;
    • Shelters and temporary housing, but not including hotels or motels;
    • Projects immediately necessary to provide critical non-commercial services to individuals experiencing homelessness, elderly persons, persons who are economically disadvantaged, and persons with special needs;
    • Construction necessary to ensure that existing construction sites that must be shut down under this Order are left in a safe and secure manner, but only to the extent necessary to do so; and
    • Construction or repair necessary to ensure that residences and buildings containing Essential Businesses are safe, sanitary, or habitable to the extent such construction or repair cannot reasonably be delayed;
  • Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the habitability, sanitation, and operation of residences and Essential Businesses, but not for cosmetic or other purposes;
  • Arborists, landscapers, gardeners, and similar service professionals, but only to the limited extent necessary to maintain the habitability, sanitation, operation of businesses or residences, or the safety of residents, employees, or the public (such as fire safety or tree trimming to prevent a dangerous condition), and not for cosmetic or other purposes (such as upkeep);

Click here to read the news story in the San Jose Mercury News

Click here to read the order in its entirety from the Santa Clara County Department of Public Health

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