‘Stay at Home’ declaration coming for Solano County

UPDATE: Just before 5:30pm on Wednesday, March 18, Solano County issued a formal “Stay at home” order. See

Fairfield Daily Republic, March 18, 2020 at 3:24 pm

FAIRFIELD — Solano County is expected to release “stay at home” guidelines today.

Mayor Harry Price confirmed he had been informed by a county official about the upcoming announcement, and Suisun City Mayor Lori Wilson, on a conference call with local ministers and nonprofits, said it will essentially follow the same kind of guidelines that are found in the “shelter in place” health orders issued previously by seven Bay Area counties.

Solano and Napa counties were not part of that coordinated effort, a point of frustration for Supervisor Erin Hannigan.

Napa County on Wednesday afternoon announced its “stay at home” order to begin at noon on Friday and continue through April 7. The release came minutes after the conclusion of a 3:15 press conference on the matter.

It was not immediately clear when Solano’s order was going to be released. Details were not available.

Hannigan said having Solano and Napa left out of the action taken by the other counties left the impression that Solano County was not addressing the Covid-19 concerns as thoroughly as the other counties.

“And that is not the case,” Hannigan said.

Essentially what the Solano County guideline will mean, Hannigan said, is that anyone who does not have “an essential” reason for leaving their homes – including work, grocery shopping, picking up food from a restaurant, health appointments and the like – should instead stay at home.

That is particularly true for those segments of the population that are at a higher risk from the novel coronavirus, such as those 65 or older and those with underlying health issues.

“People have to hear there is a deep concern and there is a deep concern,” Hannigan said.

If residents do have to leave their homes, officials said they should practice the 6-foot social distance practices.