March 18, 2020 – Napa County’s Public Health Officer has issued a Shelter At Home Order effective at 12:00 AM on March 20, 2020 that will continue until 11:59pm on April 7, 2020 or until otherwise modified.
This order requires that most people stay at home unless engaged in certain “Essential Activities” like getting food and medical supplies. You are also allowed to go outside to take care of pets, go on a walk, or just get outside, so long as you maintain social distancing. If you are sick you should self-isolate, including to the extent you can, from the others you live with.
Individuals may also leave their homes to perform work necessary to the operation and maintenance of essential infrastructure, utilities, and telecommunication. Law enforcement, first responders and emergency and public safety personnel are exempt from this order when performing official duties.
The full order can be found here: www.countyofnapa.org/coronavirus
This Order is in place to address the ongoing spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 within the County and throughout the Bay Area. Due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus in the general public, which is now a pandemic according to the World Health Organization, there is a public health emergency throughout the County. It is essential to slow virus transmission as much as possible to protect the most vulnerable and to prevent the health care system from being overwhelmed.
One proven way to slow the transmission is to limit interactions among people to the greatest extent practicable. By reducing the spread of the COVID-19 virus, this Order helps preserve critical and limited healthcare capacity in Napa County.
Many considerations are made when implementing a Shelter At Home order, as this can be disruptive and difficult to people’s daily lives.
This is the time for our community to work together to protect themselves, others and our health care system. Our first responders are incredibly busy helping those in need, so we are asking for cooperation and compliance. Let’s come together, and work together for the health and well-being of our community.
For more information on Napa County’s response to COVID-19, including information on testing, please visit: www.countyofnapa.org/coronavirus