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Updated shelter-in-place order wisely opens some doors

Uploaded: Apr 30, 2020
The latest shelter-in-place order by six Bay Area public health officials lifted the most unreasonable ban—construction.
The prior order, expiring this weekend, shutdown all construction activities other than affordable housing or government projects—such as freeway work—that were deemed essential. With such low traffic volume, it’s a perfect chance for CalTrans and contractors to get lots of work done without affecting many motorists.
The revised order will allow a wide variety of construction crews to get back to work and start making money to feed their families. It was notable that the Bay Area was the only spot in the state to slam the door on construction—it continued unabated in Los Angeles which has been harder hit by the virus than we have here.
The shutdown affected huge jobs like the high-rise buildings under construction in San Francisco to a friend who had their adult daughter and her husband living with them because remodeling of their new home stopped cold. It now can resume.
It also frees landscapers and other outdoor crews to start serving their clients again. Just in time for late spring planting season, outdoor nurseries also can open for regular business. Limitations on child-care also have lessened and there’s more flexibility in outdoor recreational use.
Golf courses still can re-open with Covid-19 precautions in place. Courses opened this week in the Sacramento area and the Palm Springs area.
As I pointed out Tuesday, everyone will need to wear face coverings when in public.
Large gatherings in public are a long way off—in the final phase of the governor’s plan that he released this week. Just how excited people will be to join large crowds or go out and sit down for dinner in a restaurant remains to be seen.
Today, the governor is going to close state beaches after people flocked to them in Southern California last weekend. That may be the toughest hurdle for both people and law enforcement during May when beach weather is common in the southland.
What we’ve learned if you’re under 50 with no underlying health conditions, your chances of being seriously ill from the virus are slight and particularly among children so the governor’s thought of launching schools again in July to make up for loss time seems to make sense both educationally and from a health standpoint. Depending on their age, it’s the teachers and staff who might have risks.
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Posted by BT, a resident of Del Prado,
on Apr 30, 2020 at 4:54 pm

You wrote, "What we've learned if you're under 50 with no underlying health conditions, your chances of being seriously ill from the virus are slight and particularly among children." The problem, of course, isn't that healthy individuals will become ill; the problem is that these individuals will transmit the virus to vulnerable people. As you correctly note, "depending on their age, it's the teachers and staff who might have risks." I'm certain you would agree that plans to reopen schools must take into account the health and safety of teachers and staff, not to mention their families, and the families of students who catch the virus from infected students, and everyone else in the population they encounter. My point is that, when deciding whether and to what extent restrictions should be relaxed, we have to consider the exponential rate of transmission.


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Posted by DKHSK, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on Apr 30, 2020 at 8:34 pm

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They're shutting down beaches and State Parks tomorrow. How's that "wisely" opening?

Dan


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Posted by Sarah, a resident of San Ramon,
on May 1, 2020 at 9:19 am

Appears the only beach they are closing is Orange County...how odd.

Is this virus more about politics than we thought?


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Posted by Spudly, a resident of Laguna Oaks,
on May 1, 2020 at 12:02 pm

I posted this before so please help me understand as my pea brain cannot process this scenario.

A person can fly on a crowded plane today with no mask but I cannot wear a mask and have a barber wear a mask to get my hair cut?



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Posted by Spudly, a resident of Laguna Oaks,
on May 1, 2020 at 12:02 pm

I posted this before so please help me understand as my pea brain cannot process this scenario.

A person can fly on a crowded plane today with no mask but I cannot wear a mask and have a barber wear a mask to get my hair cut?



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Posted by DKHSK, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on May 1, 2020 at 4:54 pm

DKHSK is a registered user.

Sudly,

I've been echoing the same thing since the beginning. It made no sense that all governments kept their mass transportation options open and airlines were allowed to operate.

Beyond stupid.


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Posted by Indigo, a resident of Pheasant Ridge,
on May 2, 2020 at 3:54 pm

Unbelievable how long airlines took. Looks like they are starting to require masks as of yesterday. Web Link


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