FAQ - Shelter at Home Health Order

What does it mean to "shelter at home"?

  • The term “shelter at home” means to stay in your home and not leave unless necessary for one of the designated exceptions listed in the Order.
  • In other words, everyone should stay home to slow the spread of the virus. You should limit your movements to essential outings.
  • Some reasons you would leave your home are to get food, to get a prescription, to see a doctor, to go to work if your work is essential as defined in this Order, to take your child(ren) to and from childcare if that childcare facility is authorized under this Order, and to help people you care for get the things they need to live and be healthy and safe (see more below).

When is the order set to end?

  • Like the Governor's Executive Order, this Order does not have a specific end date so that Solano County can respond and make modifications as necessary (either loosening or tightening restrictions) as changes in the data and state orders may dictate.

How is this order being enforced?

  • At this time the community is being asked to follow the stay at home order voluntarily. However, this order is enforceable pursuant to California law, including, but not limited to, Government Code section 8665.

What activities are considered essential?

  • Getting necessary services or supplies for yourself and your family, household members, and pets, or delivering services or supplies to others. For example, you can purchase food, medicine, pet food and supplies, and other household consumer products, and items that are necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences.
  • Going outside to walk, hike, cycle, or run while staying at least six feet away from other people.
  • Working to provide essential products and services at an Essential Business.
  • Caring for a family member or pet in another household.

What is the difference between "shelter at home" and "shelter in place"?

  • Shelter at home means staying home and going out only for essential activities, working for an essential business, or going for an essential travel.
  • Shelter in place is implemented when it is dangerous to go outside, and individuals are ordered to find a safe location indoors until told to evacuate. This is used when there are environmental emergencies, such as a toxic chemical spill, natural disasters, active shooters, or other hazards. This is usually for a short duration.
  • Solano Public Health has issued a shelter at home order; however, they mean the same thing as other Bay Area health departments' health orders: stay at home, but leave for essential needs and activities.

How will I get food and medicine I need if I must shelter at home?

  • The Order specifically allows people to leave their home to buy food, purchase medicine, and purchase necessary items. It also encourages businesses selling those items to remain open, and allows employees of those businesses to keep working.
  • Social distancing means staying 6 feet or more away from others and not attending or participating in public or private gatherings.

Can people still have funeral and burial services?

  • Funeral services and burial services are allowed as long as social distancing to maintain 6-feet distance between individuals is practiced.

Can support groups such as Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) continue to operate?

  • Group counseling meetings such as NA and AA must occur via teleconference or videoconference. In-person meetings are not allowed under the health order.

Are In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) care providers allowed to continue working during this time?

  • In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) care providers are designated as essential workers and should continue to provide care for their client(s), as long as both the care provider and their client have not tested positive for COVID-19 and do not have symptoms, such as a fever, cough, or shortness of breath.

Are residential and/or commercial evictions banned during this state of emergency?

  • In response to Governor Newsom's Executive Orders N-28-20 and N-37-20 waiving time limitations on residential evictions and providing other protections for renters, the Solano County Superior Court issued a standing order during Emergency Operations (see MISC Order 002718) prohibiting processing of any default judgments or writs of possession through May 1, 2020.
  • The court will not be providing any trial dates for any evictions (unlawful detainers) through May 1, 2020 nor will it be issuing any writs of possession for unlawful detainers through this same period.
  • Any unlawful detainer trials scheduled from March 20, 2020 through April 6, 2020 will be postponed for 60 days. Any writs previously issued are not affected by the Court's direction and are still valid.
  • The County will continue to monitor the Court's actions and ensure that residential or commercial evictions due to COVID-19 are protected in accordance with Gov. Newsom's Executive Orders.