Fresno’s emergency order to ‘Shelter in Place’ extended to May 6; Mayor says there will start being fines for non-compliance

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FRESNO, California (KSEE/KGPE) — Fresno Mayor Lee Brand announced some big changes to the city’s Shelter in Place order that was in effect through Easter weekend.

The emergency shelter order was extended to May 6.

In addition to the extension, Emergency Order 2020-13 changes the shelter in place order to a directive, and it prohibits all gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or living unit, directs all essential businesses to use specific social distancing protocols and require employees to wear protective facial coverings, allows the City Manager to close any park that cannot operate within safe social distancing practices, and provides for the potential for penalties for egregious or persistent violations.

City of Fresno

“By all indications, the people of Fresno are doing an excellent job of sheltering in place and social distancing, but we must continue these practices if we are to protect every man, woman and child in our city,” Brand said. “The next two weeks are critical to slowing and eventually stopping the spread of COVID-19. I know we asking our residents and businesses to make tremendous sacrifices, but I wouldn’t ask if I wasn’t willing to make the same sacrifices and if I didn’t think it was the best way to protect everyone in our community.”

According to the emergency order, “When people need to leave their places of residence, whether to obtain or perform vital services, or to otherwise facilitate authorized activities necessary for continuity of social and commercial life, they should at all times possible comply with Social Distancing Requirements …”

The order states all public gatherings are prohibited.

RELATED: Read the full order here.

“Failure to comply with any of the provisions of [the] Order constitutes an imminent threat, menace to public health and constitutes a public nuisance. Egregious or persistent violators are subject to
penalties in accordance with state and local laws.

“Essential Businesses are directed to maximize the number of employees who telework,” the order states.

For the latest information on all Fresno emergency orders and other coronavirus-related decisions, call 3-1-1 or visit the city of Fresno website.

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