Yolo County has been working with partners, cities, school districts and organizations to help educate residents as well as mitigate and prevent further spread of COVID-19 into our communities. The most effective method to slow the spread of respiratory virus infections, including COVID-19, is by increasing social distancing (reduce close contact), especially for the more susceptible or immunocompromised populations (people who have a weakened immune system). By practicing social distancing, we can help prevent community transmission, lessen the strain on our already over-exerted healthcare system, and protect those most vulnerable to this disease.
On March 10, Yolo County issued strong recommendations to cancel all nonessential gatherings. A gathering is any event or convening that brings together people in a single room or space at the same time.
To strengthen this effort and protect our residents, Yolo County has now issued a health order to “shelter in place” to start March 19 and continue through April 7, unless extended by the Public Health Officer.
Shelter in place is a term used in emergency preparedness. In this situation, what it really means is to stay at home and not leave unless necessary for a designated “essential activity.” For most people, this means you and those you live with should remain at home. You are allowed to leave your home for specified reasons to make sure you have the necessities of life such as getting food and medical supplies. You are also allowed to go outside to take care of pets, go on a walk, exercise outside, and enjoy nearby parks, so long as you do not congregate in a group and maintain at least six feet of distance between you and other people. If you are sick you should stay at home and, to the extent you can, isolate yourself from others you live with.
To see the full list and learn what is considered ‘essential’ or ‘nonessential’ please review the rest of this document.