As we previously reported, six Bay Area counties and the City of Berkeley previously issued expansive shelter-in-place orders requiring all but “Essential Businesses” to cease operations.  Yesterday, all seven jurisdictions (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara Counties and the City of Berkeley) issued orders extending their shelter-in-place requirements through May 3, 2020.

In addition, the new orders added further limitations on activities that can continue during this period.  Among other things, the new orders:

  • Clarify that, although Essential Businesses are encouraged to remain open, their employees should work remotely to the maximum extent possible;
  • Provide that Essential Businesses may only assign those employees who cannot perform their job duties from home to work outside the home;
  • Mandate that all Essential Businesses prepare, post, distribute to employees, and implement a Social Distancing Protocol at each of their facilities at which they are maintaining operations by no later than April 3, 2020; and
  • Require businesses that include an Essential Business component at their facilities alongside non-Essential components to scale down their operations to the Essential Business component only, to the extent feasible, while permitting mixed retail businesses that are otherwise allowed to operate to stock and sell non-Essential products.

A template Social Distancing Protocol is attached to each of the above-referenced orders as Appendix A.