SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Self-isolation and social distancing are the new norms as Sacramento County takes an urgent approach initiating a public health order telling people to stay home.

Just before midnight tonight, residents will be placed under a legal order to stay inside.

Effective March 19, at 11:59 p.m., the Sacramento County Health Officer is directing all individuals living in the county to stay at their place of residence. The legal order limits activity, travel, and business to the most essential needs, which are listed below.

The order is designed to protect those most vulnerable to the coronavirus, slow its spread, and preserve local healthcare capacity, according to a written statement from the city. It remains in effect until 11:59 p.m. on April 7 or until it is changed by the health officer.

The announcement was made Thursday morning. The county says the order is similar to what’s been happening in the Bay Area.

People there are only allowed to leave for certain reasons such as to go grocery shopping, health appointments or a walk but social distancing must be practiced.

County officials said the intent isn’t to cite or arrest people but law enforcement can if necessary. The sheriff’s office says not complying is similar to violating a court order. You can face a misdemeanor or fine of up to $1,000, put in jail or both.

As much as possible, people must also, as much as reasonably possible, maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any other person when they are outside their home, the order says. Further, county residents can still leave home, but only for essential activities, essential governmental functions, or to operate essential businesses. All businesses with a facility in the county, except essential businesses, are required to stop all activities at facilities in the county, except minimum basic operations. Businesses operating at home are not affected by the order.

All public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a household or living unit are prohibited, except for the limited purposes as expressly permitted, the city says. All bars, wineries, and brew-pubs should be closed, all in-dining at restaurants should stop, with the exception of home delivery and takeout. Gyms, bingo halls, and card rooms should also close.
All travel, including, but not limited to, travel on foot, bicycle, scooter, motorcycle, automobile, or public transit, except Essential Travel and Essential Activities.
Essential activities are defined as:
  • Engaging in activities or perform tasks essential to health and safety, or to the health and safety of their family or household members, such as, obtaining medical supplies or medication, visiting a health care professional, or obtaining supplies they need to work from home.
  • Obtaining necessary services or supplies for themselves and their family or household members, or to deliver those services or supplies to others, such as food and other grocery and cleaning products.
  • Engaging in outdoor activity, provided the individuals comply with Social Distancing Requirements as defined, such as walking, hiking, biking, running or equestrian activities.
  • Performing work to provide essential products and services at essential businesses and government entities as well as other nonprofit organizations.
  • Caring for a family member or pet in another household.
  • ​​Attending private gatherings of not more than six nonrelatives in a home or place of residence. Social distancing should be practiced at all times at such gatherings.
Sacramento County has 45 confirmed COVID-19 cases, and three who have died from complications of COVID-19.
Yolo, Solano, Yuba and Sutter Counties announced shelter-in-place directives on Wednesday.
Comments (25)
  1. Terra says:

    What about Sacramento City???

    1. Sac City is in Sac County.

  2. Kurt Elliott says:

    How nice, the sanctuary city problem has turned the cities into virus breeding grounds!

    1. Misinformation is worse than non-information. This has nothing to do with sanctuary cities; the virus did not originate in Mexico or Central America; and Red Flowers, it has been found in ALL STATES, so not being in California won’t exempt you. Stop spreading lies and ignorance; viruses don’t care if you have any political leanings.

  3. Good. Gotta patronize our restaurants and get take out. They are ones hit the hardest.

  4. katsview says:

    People need fresh air and sunshine! Sunshine helps dry up congestion!

  5. Ab says:

    so if I live in sac county , but work in placer county do I still go to work ?

  6. how are they going to enforce this and thousands of cars pass thru sac county every day will they stop traffic at the edges?

  7. das says:

    Thank you Sanctuary Cities and States! You liberals can’t do anything right, your whole existence is a total disaster. All you do is inflict misery but I must admit you do it equally..

  8. i depend soulfully on my small business for income and too provide for my home and i service clients everyday 1 by one hourly. how am i supposed to go to work and provide? this is ridiculous. give me an answer please.

  9. larry Bonilla says:

    Until Martial Law is enacted, they are suggestions. No matter how ‘legal’ they try to make it sound, don’t let them shred your Constitutional Rights!

  10. kevin shannon says:

    The people should get armed and resist this un-constitutional power grab.

    1. letmepicyou says:

      If the people would only get United they wouldn’t even need to be armed. 300 million feet can shatter a mountain. 300 million voices can destroy a government with but a single word.

      The word is no.

  11. letmepicyou says:

    If you don’t enact martial law there is a possibility you will lose the Republic.

    If you do enact martial law there is a guarantee you will lose the Republic.

  12. John says:

    Under what authority is this being done? It says “should”. They know they have no authority to order an entire county to be put under house arrest. We are being conned into becoming slaves. I will not comply.

    1. letmepicyou says:

      You became a slave when your quote-unquote country was sold to the Federal Reserve Bank. We have been Financial tax slaves for a hundred years now. There are none so hopelessly enslaved has those who falsely believe themselves to be free.

      They’re just now getting around to letting you know it.

      1. Mark Freemen says:

        You pay attention 1000 up votes for you the Federal Reserve isn’t even part of our government! Also property taxes are in essence rent you pay to the government for property you think you own.

  13. Red Flowers says:

    Glad I don’t live in CA anymore. Wait until the homeless camps get infected. There will be riots.

    1. swimologist says:

      Exactly. I left that hellhole 6 years ago after 25 years.

  14. Prof Watson says:

    The police will enforce this as much as they enforce the rule against gun possession by gangsters, which means no enforcement

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  16. sam whittemore says:

    congrats cali! you got the dictatorial liberal utopia you voted for. you ordered it, now eat it. i dare one of you to disobey. cops gotta be giddy about being able to have their way with you, and even less questions asked. than usual. they probably won’t have to dummy up a report on why they got to kill you and seize your stuff. #goteamkali!

  17. Welp I for one like the governors orders. About time. I like he is not sewing dissent, and working with the Administration, even if his aunt is being a first class witch. He should saying something about that.

  18. CBS, please do an intelligent story based on math (what a concept for the MSM). Health depts call for 3% infected mortality, that 80% to be infected, and therefore one million to die. Taking those numbers based on what “they” know of what originated in China, scale up for the population of China. Pop of China 2019: 1.435 billion. 80% infected = 1.148 billion. 3% of that =.03444 billion. Time 1,000= 34.4 million. Divide by 3 if you believe 1% mortality, still 10+ million which I think we might agree accounts for massive Chinese crematoria use over a 4 month period.

  19. So – based on math and science as of today – you either believe China really had 10 million to 30 million die of Covid-19, OR you’re spreading hysteria and panic. WHICH IS IT, CBS MSM?

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