Statement by Senator Wiener and Assemblymembers Ting and Chiu on Six-County Bay Area Stay-at-Home Order

Monday, March 16, 2020

San Francisco - Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) and Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) released the following statement regarding the six-county Bay Area shelter-in-place order:

“We are in unprecedented times. The Coronavirus pandemic poses a massive threat to our community’s health and well-being, to our economy, and to our way of life. We must confront it with firm and resolute steps to slow the contagion’s spread.

“Today’s six-county public health order directing people to remain at home unless absolutely necessary, and to close all non-essential businesses, is a critical step to combat the pandemic.

“We fully support this action by our county health authorities, and we ask that our constituents please respect this directive. Even if you are not experiencing symptoms, you may still be infectious, and it's important that you stay inside to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and to avoid overwhelming our healthcare system. We know that people are hurting, financially and otherwise. This short-term pain will help us avoid much more severe long-term consequences.

"We will work closely with local authorities to obtain any needed state approvals, and to eliminate any state barriers, to help ensure our communities can effectively combat the pandemic and help those in need."