The country was shocked to hear that on March 16th, 2020, the San Fransisco Department of Public Health had issued a "Shelter in Place" order, which basically means to stay at home unless you have an essential reason to go somewhere. People are required to stay home except to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or go to an essential job. Social distancing measures of 6 feet are recommended. The order allows people to go outside for exercise as long as they are not in groups and maintain social distancing. The order is in effect until April 7, 2020, unless extended. The order is applicable to San Francisco city and San Francisco County as well.
The order caused all businesses operating in a non-essential sector to close their doors. Restaurants and eateries are limited to take-out and delivery. TThe order exempts businesses such as grocery stores, certified farmers’ markets, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, food banks, and convenience stores.
The term "Shelter in Place" was used by San Francisco officials for an unknown reason. Subsequently, the State of California issued a "Stay at Home" order on March 19, 2020, which is very similar in nature. It is likely that future orders will be called "Stay at Home" orders and the former term "Shelter in Place" will cease to be used by officials.
See our Ultimate Guide to Coronavirus Travel Restrictions and Stay at Home Orders.