For those of you who are curious what a lockdown situation might look like in your part of the USA, here is a FAQ about the SF lockdown, which starts tomorrow 3/17 and continues until 4/7 at least.
The FAQ restates a lot of similar questions to really drive home the point.Vulnerable populations must stay home. Everyone should stay home except to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or go to an essential job.
I know @jacob mentioned a scenario where a pipe bursts and you need a plumber/hardware to fix it. They've taken that into consideration.These essential services will remain open:
City/County government services: Police stations, fire stations, hospitals/clinics and healthcare operations, jails, courts, garbage/sanitation, transportation (including Muni), utilities (water, power and gas), and certain city offices. Use online or mobile services whenever possible.
Food: Grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, take-out and delivery restaurants
Community benefit organizations on a case-by-case basis
What can't I do?
You cannot engage in group activities in person with others.
You cannot have dinner parties. You cannot invite friends over to your home to hang out.
You cannot go to bars or nightclubs.
You cannot go to a nail salon or get your hair cut by a stylist or barber.
You cannot go shopping for non-essential goods.
You cannot take unnecessary trips on public transport or in your car or motorbike.
No visiting friends or family unless in a care-giving capacity and generally, no visiting sick loved ones at the hospital either. Deliveries from online shopping are considered essential services and will still happen.Is this mandatory or is it just guidance?
It is mandatory. This Order is a legal Order issued under the authority of California law. You are required to comply, and it is a misdemeanor crime not to follow the order (although the intent is not for anyone to get into trouble).
It is critical for everyone to follow the Order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect themselves, their loved ones, friends, neighbors and the whole community.
All persons, businesses, and other entities are required to comply if they do not fall within the exemptions that are specified in the Order.
It'll be really interesting in the next week or two to see: 1) if the data start to show that this is working (might be tricky considering how little testing data there actually are to begin with); 2) if other states/cities implement something similar or go for something more/less strict; 3) if being "early" relative to other places in the US really does help dramatically (I sure hope so!)