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Contra Costa to Postpone COVID-19 Reopening Timeline
"Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) will delay the opening of businesses and activities previously planned for July 1 until the COVID-19 outbreak in Contra Costa is better contained.

On Sunday, Gov. Gavin Newsom recommended that Contra Costa County, along with several other counties in the state, not reopen bars. The county’s timeline had previously cleared bars, personal services not involving close contact with the face, indoor dining, gyms and fitness centers, limited indoor leisure activities and museums, and hotels for tourism and individual travel to reopen July 1."

Information and details can be found in the County Health Department Press Release and the Contra Costa County Openings at a Glance.

Updated June 29, 2020 at 1 p.m.

City offices are closed and all City events and non-essential meetings are canceled until further notice. Please email building@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us for construction and building permits.

The Recycling Center and the Swim Center (opens on July 6) are open for limited services.

Frequently asked questions (FAQS) about the stay at home order 

DepartmentServicesContactNotes
City ManagerGeneral Administrationcitymanager@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us
City ClerkCouncil Meeting Communications, Claims, & Public Records Requestscityclerk@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us

Passports (Suspended)1-877-487-2778 or travel.state.gov

All other inquiries(510) 215-4305
cityclerk@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us

Community DevelopmentBusiness Licenses/Parking Permits(510) 215-4314
community@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us
el-cerrito.org/CommDev

Housing/Tenant Protections/Rent Registry(510) 215-4361
housing@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us
el-cerrito.org/tenantprotections
Community Development - BuildingRental Inspections(510) 215-4363
rinspection@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us
el-cerrito.org/Building

Building Permits & Inspections(510) 215-4360
building@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us


Code Enforcement(510) 215-4363
codeenforcement@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us

Community Development - PlanningPlanning Applications & Services(510) 215-4330
planning@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us
el-cerrito.org/Planning

All other inquiries(510) 215-4360
FinanceFor all inquiriesfinance@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us
Human ResourcesFor all inquirieshr@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us
Public WorksEngineering Servicesstreet@ci.el-cerrito.ca.usel-cerrito.org/public-works

Curbside Recycling Servicesgreenassistant@ci.el-cerrito.ca.usCurbside garbage and recycling services will continue.

Recycling Center (RERC)
Recycling Center is open as of May 19. See el-cerrito.org/recyclingcenter for details.

Maintenance Servicesmaintenance@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us

All other inquires(510) 215-4382
RecreationGeneral inquiries(510) 559-7000
recreation@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us
el-cerrito.org/recreation All programs, events, and facility rentals cancelled.

Senior Services(510) 215-4382
midtown@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us
All programs and events have been cancelled, except Services Available.

Contra Costa County Continues to Open Businesses and Activities
"The Contra Costa Health Officer has amended the county's health order to allow hair salons and barbers to reopen for business beginning Wednesday morning. They must follow state health guidance to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.

The new order also increases the number of swimmers who may share a pool to 1 person per 75 square feet, as allowed by the state.

The social distancing order also allows as many as 100 people to attend a funeral or other religious service at an indoor place of worship, in line with the state's health guidance."

It is still advised that residents stay home as much as possible.

Details can be found in the County Health Department Press Release and the County Health Order.

Updated June 17, 2020 at 9:01 p.m.

County Issues New Shelter in Place Order, Easing Some Restrictions
The Contra Costa County Health Department issued a new shelter-in-place Order on June 2. This Order continues to restrict most activity, travel, and governmental and business functions to essential needs and to the outdoor activities and businesses that the prior Order allowed to resume. But in light of progress achieved in slowing the spread of COVID-19 in Contra Costa County, the Order allows a limited number of additional businesses and additional activities to resume operating as of June 3, subject to specified conditions and safety precautions to reduce associated risk of COVID-19 transmission.

Information and details can be found in the County Health Department Press Release and the new County Health Order.

Updated June 2, 2020 at 6 p.m.

County Will Allow Curbside Retail on May 19
Bay Area Health Officers, including Contra Costa County, issued a new Health Order which opens all retail to storefront pick-up. Associated manufacturing and logistics are also now allowed, with safe practices.

This does not mean you can go inside a non-essential store and shop, and there are guidelines in how stores and facilities must operate for the safety of customers and workers.

It is still advised that we stay home as much as possible.

The new Health Order is here.

Updated May 18, 2020 at 2:17 p.m.

Shelter-in-Place Orders Extended through May 31, 2020 as Some Rules Ease
Seven Bay Area Public Health Officers who ordered a shelter in place in mid-March will extend the orders through May 31 while some restrictions are eased and tools to strengthen containment of COVID-19 are put into place. The social distancing intervention has slowed the increase of new cases and prevented the anticipated medical surge. As restrictions are eased, it is critical to ensure that most of the Prior Order’s restrictions remain in place.

However, the new Order makes a number of significant changes, which are summarized as follows: Most real estate, construction, landscaping, and outdoor businesses can resume granted that appropriate social distancing protocols and project safety protocols are followed as detailed in the health order.

Additionally, the County Health Officer will consider easing or expanding restrictions based on progress we collectively achieve on several key indicators described in the new Order and referred to as the COVID-19 Indicators.

An executive summary is here: Current Health Order Executive Order through May 31, 2020 and the full order is here: Full Order through May 31, 2020

Updated April 29, 2020 at 1:17 p.m.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation. The complete clinical picture with regard to COVID-19 is not fully known. Reported illnesses have ranged from very mild (including some with no reported symptoms) to severe, including illness resulting in death.

information about the virus and disease



Coronavirus Call Center: (844) 729-8410 
Open Daily from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Abierto diariamente de 8 a.m. - 5 p.m

  1. How You Can Protect Yourself
  2. What to do if You Think You're Sick
  3. 4 Ways You Can Help Prevent Novel Coronavirus

Every person has a role to play. Protecting yourself and your family comes down to common sense:

  • Staying home except for essential needs/activities.
  • Practicing social distancing.
  • Washing hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds.
  • Avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Covering a cough or sneeze with your sleeve, or disposable tissue. Wash your hands afterward.
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  • Staying away from work, school or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.
  • Following guidance from public health officials.

For more information visit: https://www.contracostahealth.org/

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