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False reports that Gov. Newsom extended stay-at-home order through May 15

By Roger Straw, April 12, 2020

A number of news outlets are reporting that California Governor Gavin Newsom extended the coronavirus stay-at-home order through May 15.

But as of today, nothing on the Governor’s coronavirus page confirms the extension.  Nor do any reliable news sources confirm the extension.

The story seems to have arisen in connection with actions taken by several southern California jurisdictions which extended the order through May 15, including Los Angeles County and the City of Santa Clarita.

California’s statewide stay-at-home order, issued on March 19, remains in effect “until further notice.”

Here in Benicia, we are also under Solano County orders to stay at home.  Solano County’s current extension order was issued on March 30, and continues through April 30.  The City of Benicia declared an emergency on March 15, and has repeatedly issued guidelines supporting the County’s order.

Benicia residents get phone alerts: 6-county shelter in place extended to May 3

Order does not include Solano County

By Roger Straw, March 31, 2020

My cell phone went off twice around 1:40 pm today with an emergency notice that our coronavirus shelter-in-place was being extended to May 3.

This was a little confusing, given that Solano County issued a statement just yesterday (on March 30) extending our Shelter at Home Order through April 30th.  ?Why would the County extend for just 3 days??

A little googling reveals that once again, a group of Bay Area counties acted jointly, exclusive of Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties.

According to ABC News Bay Area, “The new restrictions applied to six Bay Area counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Santa Clara, San Francisco and San Mateo. Those six counties, plus the City of Berkeley (which operates its own public health department) announced the shelter-in-place orders would be extended to May 3 in their jurisdictions.  Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties had not announced such extensions, as of Tuesday afternoon.

The new 6-county order adds new restrictions to what residents are allowed to do as they shelter in place.  Again according to ABC News Bay Area: “In addition to the restrictions put in place for the original three-week shelter-in-place order, officials are now requiring:

    • Funerals are limited to 10 people in attendance
    • Playgrounds, dog parks and picnic areas have to close to the public
    • Don’t use golf courses, or public tennis and basketball courts
    • When it comes to sports that require you to share a ball, only play them with members of your household
    • Most construction is banned
    • All essential businesses that are still open must develop “social distancing protocol” before April 3

What is considered an “essential business” has been expanded to include:

    • “Providers that enable residential transactions” (like notaries, title companies, and real estate agencies)
    • Funeral homes and cemeteries
    • Moving companies
    • Rental car companies
    • Rideshare services

Someone should compare these new 6-county restrictions to the restrictions covered in our Solano County Shelter at Home OrderPlease send your comparison to the editor, rogrmail at gmail dot com.

Bay Area events you can stream during ‘shelter in place’ order

San Francisco Chronicle DATEBOOK, March 16, 2020

All public events, including theater productions, concerts and even movie screenings, have been canceled through at least the end of the March in an effort to stop the spread of the new coronavirus. Six Bay Area counties announced a “shelter-in-place” order for all residents starting Tuesday, March 17, that emphasizes the importance of self-distancing and staying home. The directive begins at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, March 17, and will be enforced until April 7. It affects a combined population of more than 6.7 million.

Still, while patrons may not be stepping in a movie theater or a concert hall any time soon, arts organizations are starting to share their work through technology. Check out our running list of live-streamed Bay Area events here.

Editor’s note: Venues and organizations hoping to add their streamed events to this guide should email details to datebook@sfchronicle.com.


Culann’s Hounds: The band is offering a free live-stream of its annual St. Patrick’s Day concert from San Francisco. 7:30 p.m. March 17. www.sfhounds.com

Stephen Steinbrink: The Oakland-based musician and producer will be doing a lockdown live-stream set on his Instagram. He’ll be playing new songs, old songs, covers, and will be taking requests in the comments. 9 p.m. March 17. www.instagram.com/stephensteinbrink

Thao Nguyen: The San Francisco based singer-songwriter will try to entertain your children on a live-stream Q&A, answering only questions submitted by your children or someone else’s. 12:30 p.m. March 18. www.instagram.com/thaogetstaydown

Del Sol String Quartet: In lieu of the Pacific Pythagorean Music Festival originally scheduled for March 21, at Old First Church in San Francisco, the quartet will livestream a performance of music by Ben Johnston, Michael Harrison and Jung Yoon Wie. 7 p.m. March 21. bit.ly/delsolquartetlivestream

Del Sol String QuartetPhoto: Lenny Gonzalez


American Conservatory Theater: Ticket holders to “Gloria” and “Toni Stone” can now stream those productions, and as a bonus they get one week of access to the catalogue of BroadwayHD, ACT’s streaming partner. New patrons may also purchase streaming capability for a limited time; they’ll get a link to a password-protected site (though they do not get access to BroadwayHD’s catalogue). Both streaming options are available through March 29. $15-$100 sliding scale for new buyers, with ACT’s website instructing: “Pay the price that works for you, and when you choose your price think about the number of people you will watch it with.” 415-749-2228. www.act-sf.org

Mummenschanz: Hammer Theatre Center will livestream “you & me” by Swiss mime troupe Mummenschanz. 7:30 p.m. March 16-17. $10. 408-924-8501. www.hammertheatre.com


San Francisco Ballet: A taped performance of the Ballet’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will be available to ticket-holders only. The company will share an access link via email. sfballet.org

Smuin Gala 2020: The live-streamed performance for Smuin Contemporary Ballet’s annual gala, which was scheduled for March 15, is available to ticket holders only. The company will share an access link via email. The recorded performance will be available for ticket holders to view indefinitely. There is also an online auction open until noon March 20.  smuinballetjoinme.org


The Quarantine: Virtual Open Mic: This two-hour live stream event will feature poets, emcees, actors, visual artists and other artists showing off their best work. Interested performers can sign up through the event’s Facebook page. 6-8 p.m. March 18. Participants can access this event on Zoom.us/join with meeting ID: 415-402-7164. bit.ly/virtualopenmic


Blow the Man Down: A film about two young women from a Maine fishing village, who cover up a murder, was originally intended as a simultaneous Amazon Prime and theatrical release. The theatrical release has been dropped, but the film debuts on Amazon Prime on March 20. www.amazon.com

Trolls World Tour: Universal Studios will be releasing this animated film to both live stream and into theaters on April 10. (It was originally planned to open in theaters only.) The price for a 48-hour rental is $19.99.

Arts and Exhibits

Monterey Bay Aquarium: The aquarium has 11 live-cam streams available to the public through their website. These include Aviary Cam, Monterey Bay Cam, Jelly Cam, and others from the aquarium’s popular attractions. 831-648-4800. www.montereybayaquarium.org/animals/live-cams

Anna Wiener writes about her life working in San Francisco’s tech startup scene in her book “Uncanny Valley: A Memoir.”


Anna Wiener: The San Francisco author of “Uncanny Valley” had a conversation with writer Robin Sloan over a City Arts and Lectures livestream on Thursday, March 12. The conversation is available to watch on YouTube for anyone who missed it. bit.ly/annawienertalk

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems: The  Caldecott Medal-winning children’s author (Knuffle Bunny, Elephant and Pig series) is offering up daily doses of school-time structured fun for the next few weeks. Episodes air at 10 a.m. on YouTube daily. bit.ly/lunchdoodlesmo


Thao Nguyen: The San Francisco based singer-songwriter will try to entertain your children on a live-stream Q&A, answering only questions submitted by your children or someone else’s. 12:30 p.m. March 18. www.instagram.com/thaogetstaydown

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems: The  Caldecott Medal-winning children’s author (Knuffle Bunny, Elephant and Pig series) is offering up daily doses of school-time structured fun for the next few weeks. Episodes air at 10 a.m. on YouTube daily. bit.ly/lunchdoodlesmo

Storytime From Space and Science Time: The Global Space Education Foundation is offering children’s stories read from space as well as educational demonstrations with Canadian astronaut Bjarni Tryggvason on their website.  storytimefromspace.com/library/

Bay Area shutdown: 7 million people ordered to shelter-in-place to stop spread of coronavirus

KRON4 News, arch 17, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – A shelter-in-place mandate is now in effect for nearly 7 million living in 6 Bay Area counties.

The measure was ordered Monday to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

The order went into effect at midnight and will last for the next three weeks.

It requires people living in San Francisco, Marin, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Alameda, and Contra Costa Counties to stay at home unless absolutely necessary.

This new health order only limits activity and travel.

Necessary government functions and essential stores will remain open.

You will still be allowed to buy groceries, pick up prescriptions, get gas for your car, and go to the bank.

City and county government services such as police, fire departments and hospitals will also be open.

Your trash will still be picked up.

Public transportation will still run, some with modified service.

Your mail will still be delivered.

Also, plumbers, electricians, hardware stores, and laundromats will still be available.

It’s also important to check on your elderly neighbors, friends and loved ones. Offer to pick up their prescriptions or groceries if you can.

Non-essential functions refer to places like bars, gyms, movie theaters, and dine-in restaurants.

This doesn’t mean restaurants will be closed at this time.

Many are still offering take-out and delivery. Uber Eats announced Monday it was waiving all delivery fees for independent restaurants.

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