Loren M. Taylor, Oakland District Six Councilmember, Letter On “Shelter In Place”

Loren Taylor Oakland City Council
(Last Updated On: March 17, 2020)

Loren M. Taylor, District Six Councilmember, Letter On “Shelter In Place”

Hi Residents,

During these unprecedented times of , it’s of upmost importance to take care of one another and make decisions that are in the best interest of public health. Alameda County along with our six neighboring counties have issued a shelter in place order beginning at midnight tonight and will continue until at least April 7th, 2020.

What does shelter in place mean? Stay home and only leave for “essential activities” or “essential travel.”

The shelter in place impacts everyone except essential businesses: Healthcare operations, grocery stores, pharmacies and banks. (See Section 1 below)

I know this measure may seem a bit extreme but it is informed by our public health experts and this action is in place to protect the most vulnerable among us. Therefore helping to ensure that our hospital facilities are not overwhelmed.

Those at high risk of severe illness from (everyone age 65 or older, and those who have an underlying health problem)should stay inside at all times except for health care appointments.

Police, Fire and other Emergency public safety services will not be affected during this time, and all other City facilities will remain open unless otherwise announced.

Click here to read the complete language of the order.

As always, please feel free to reach out to our office with any additional questions/ follow-up.

Email us at [email protected]

Please share with any neighbors who may not have received this update!

Yours in Service of ,

Loren M. Taylor, Councilmember
– District 6

1.Reasons To Leave Your Home?

Tasks essential to your family’s health and safety, including your pets

Getting necessary services and supplies, including groceries, prescriptions

Delivering such goods to family members or others

Going to appointments or obtaining services at any healthcare facility, including veterinary care (but not gyms)

Travel to care for elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable persons. Including pets

Travel to educational institutions to receive materials for distance learning or meals and other related services

Travel related to providing or accessing services exempted in the order

What is social distancing?

Social distancing is a strategy to limit the spread of . This is a conscious effort to reduce contact between people to slow down the spread of the virus.

Even if you are symptom free and not part of an at-risk group.

You should avoid public places if you cannot stay six feet away from other people.

2. Businesses NOT Impacted?

Hospitals, clinics, dentists, pharmacies, home healthcare providers, and other healthcare facilities and businesses

Grocery stores, farmers’ markets, food and produce stands, food banks, convenience stores, or any other retailer who sells food, household and cleaning supplies, and personal care products

Restaurants and cafes for to-go service only, and food delivery services

Gas stations, auto repair shops, and related businesses

Laundromats and dry cleaners

Banks and financial institutions

Hardware stores, plumbers, electricians, exterminators and related service providers

Shipping and mailing services

Childcare and private educational institutions, in observance of social distancing restrictions

Residential facilities, shelters, and home-based care facilities

Organizations and businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services to high-need populations

Personal transportation providers including airlines, taxis, para-transit operations, ride share and other services


By Councilmember Loren Taylor

Oakland Councilmember


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