Six Bay Area counties announced even more restrictive shelter-in-place orders Tuesday — including limits on how many people can attend a funeral and directives to close golf courses, playgrounds, dog parks and tennis courts — in an effort to further slow the regional coronavirus outbreak. The new restrictions, which take effect at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday and extend the stay-home order until at least May 3, were issued the same day the state superintendent told county officials that California schools should not reopen this school year, according to a letter obtained by The Chronicle. Though the superintendent cannot order schools closed, his guidance will almost certainly mean all campuses stay shuttered through the end of the school year. The announcements came even as public health and other experts say that sheltering in place appears to be working, both in the Bay Area and across the state. The number of new cases reported daily is still growing, but not nearly as dramatically as in New York and other places with explosive outbreaks. And the Bay Area so far is not seeing an alarming surge in people needing hospital care. But more time and more extreme social distancing — along with closing loopholes… Read full this story
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