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Updated County Health Order Extended through May 3, 2020

Health officers in in six counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara, as well as the city of Berkeley, are extending a previous stay-at-home order through May 3, 2020.

The previous three-week order was set to expire on April 7. The new stay-at-home order will supersede the previous order and went into effect at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31. It is a complement to the indefinite statewide stay-at-home order issued by Gov. Gavin Newsom earlier this month.

Like the previous local order, the new order requires people to stay at home except for doing essential activities, such as grocery shopping. Non-essential businesses will remain closed.

The new order adds some clarifying language around essential business and activities, as well as some new directives, including:

  • Use of playgrounds, dog parks, public picnic areas, and similar recreational areas is prohibited and must be closed to the public.
  • Use of shared public recreational facilities such as golf courses, tennis and basketball courts, pools, and rock walls is prohibited.
  • Sports requiring people to share a ball or other equipment must be limited to people in the same household.
  • Requires essential businesses to develop a social distancing protocol before April 3.
  • Most construction—residential and commercial—is prohibited, with some exceptions.
  • Funerals limited to no more than 10 people attending.
  • Essential businesses expanded to include service providers that enable residential transactions (notaries, title companies, Realtors, etc.); funeral homes and cemeteries; moving companies, rental car companies and rideshare services that specifically enable essential activities.
  • Essential businesses that continue to operate facilities must scale down operations to their essential component only.

An executive summary is here: cchealth.org/coronavirus/pdf/2020-0331-Summary-Superseding-Order-Changes and the full order is here: contracosta.ca.gov/DocumentCenter/View/64727/2020-0331-Health-Officer-Order-COVID19

Updated April 1, 2020 at 9:37 a.m.

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Updated March 25, 2020 at 12:40 a.m.

  1. How You Can Protect Yourself
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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/

City offices will be closed through May 3, 2020. All City events and non-essential meetings are cancelled through May 31, 2020.

ALL CITY OFFICES ARE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC AS A RESULT OF THE “SHELTER AT THEIR PLACE OF RESIDENCE” ORDERED BY THE CONTRA COSTA COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT. LIMITED SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE.

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 (Suspended)(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

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

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.

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