Demystifying “Sheltering in Place” and COVID-19
To limit the spread of COVID-19, many California counties have required residents to “shelter in place.” A more rigorous form of “social distancing,” it means…
- Staying in your home, leaving only for “essential activities,” including certain types of work and travel.
- Not hosting or attending any gatherings, including religious services
- Maintaining a six-foot distance from other people as much as possible
- Washing your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds each time (or using hand sanitizer)
- Frequently disinfecting high-touch surfaces
- Always staying home if you are sick
During times of sheltering in place, you can…
- Order things online and get mail and deliveries at home. (Businesses that deliver goods or services directly to residences are “essential businesses” that may continue to operate.)
- Go out to do laundry, get prescriptions and healthcare. If you are feeling sick, call your doctor.
- Take a walk, walk pets, get exercise (though not on a golf course or gym).
- Provide home care for elderly relatives, protecting them and yourself by following social distancing guidelines such as washing hands before and after, using hand sanitizer, maintaining at least 6 feet of distance when possible and coughing or sneezing into a tissue.