Newspapers declared 'essential services,' exempt from San Francisco's Shelter in Place edict

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Newspapers, television, radio and other media services were listed among the essential services that are exempt from a Shelter in Place order set out by the City and County of San Francisco Department of Public Health, in recognition of the critical importance of reporting by a free and independent press during crises like this.

To combat the spread of COVID-19, the order issued yesterday requires individuals anywhere in San Francisco to stay at home, except for "certain essential activities and work to provide essential business and government services or perform essential public infrastructure construction, including housing."

America's Newspapers is unaware of any government restrictions that fail to recognize the essential function that newspapers and other media services are providing to the public during this health crisis.  But, we call on our members to alert us to any issues they may encounter.

Read the Shelter in Place order from San Francisco

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