COVID-19 FAQS | Shelter in Place
DCARA has an important information to share with the community. Watch our video below.
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1. What is shelter in place?
The term “shelter in place” means:
– Must stay at home (encouraged to stay home)
– Can only leave your home for “essential activities,” to work for an “essential business” which are defined in the Order
– Cannot host or attend any gatherings
Can leave your home for essential activities defined by Order:
– get food
– get a prescription
– see a doctor
– go to work if you work is essential
– help people you care for get the things they need to live and be healthy and safe
– you should also maintain 6 foot distance from other people as much as possible
2. How long does the Order last?
The Order is currently set to last for three (3) weeks. The duration can be either shortened or extended by the County Health Officer or the State Public Health Officer. We want to be sure the Order is in place for only as long as necessary, and the Health Officer will be closely monitoring the situation every day in order to determine what adjustments make sense.
3. When is the Order in effect?
Right now the order that the governor announced is now in effect for the whole state of California.
4. Is this mandatory or is it just guidance?
Yes, it is mandatory. This Order is a legal Order issued under the authority of California law. You are required to comply, and it is a crime (a misdemeanor) not to follow the Order (although the intent is not for anyone to get into trouble). Also, it is critical for everyone to follow the Order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect themselves, their loved ones, friends, neighbors and the whole community. All persons, businesses, and other entities are required to comply if they do not fall within the exemptions that are specified in the Order.
5. Can I leave home to visit friends or family members if there are no urgent needs?
No. For your safety as well as their safety, we need to help each other fight the spread of COVID-19 by staying at home. At every possibility, you should also maintain 6 foot distance from other people as much as possible.
For more information: www.dcara.org/coronavirus