Get ready to spend more time at home – NBC Bay Area has
learned that public health officials in all nine Bay Area counties plan to
extend the shelter at home order to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Word of the upcoming extension in the Bay Area came as President
Trump offered a marked shift in tone this evening, moving to extend nationwide social
“The better you do, the faster this nightmare will end,”
Trump said. “So we will extend the guidelines to April 30 to slow the spread.”
Trump, once hoping to get people back to work by Easter, now
says that was just an aspiration and that he expects things to begin recovering
around June 1.
Meanwhile, in the Bay Area, the push continues for social
distancing – especially by keeping people out of parks and beaches.
After large crows last weekend, this weekend parking lots were
closed and people seemed to get the message, mostly staying away.
“We’ve got to change behavior if we want to maintain the
ability to keep parks open,” said Robert Doyle, general manager at East Bay
Regional Parks. “We are talking with the health department every day and if we
can’t change the crowds then we will have to get more restrictions.”
Public health officials hope people will remain even more vigilant next month.
Trump said he plans to reveal details of the extended
federal guidelines on Tuesday.