COVID-19 Information
Posted on 03/15/2020


May 18, 2020

Thanks to residents’ efforts to slow the spread of Covid-19, on Monday, May 18th, the Alameda County Health Officer issued two orders that permit some retail activities and allow highly regulated vehicle based gatherings.  A summary of the new orders can be found here.

While not specifically impactful for businesses right in Piedmont, this new order impacts many businesses in areas directly surrounding Piedmont. Businesses and activities authorized under previous orders may continue, and the updated Shelter in Place Order (Health Officer Order 2020-11) allows for some additional businesses to resume operations, with Site Specific Protection Plans.  These include: 
• Retail stores for curbside or storefront pickup, and/or delivery only 
• Manufacturing businesses permitted to operate under the state Resilience Roadmap 
• Logistics and Warehousing permitted to operate under the state Resilience Roadmap

A current list of essential, outdoor, and additional businesses in Alameda County allowed to operate with Site Specific Protection Plans can be found here

The County Health Officer also issued an order (Health Officer Order 20-12) permitting vehicle-based gatherings  of up to 200 cars at a time, for no longer than 3 hours, under highly regulated conditions. The full text of this order can be found on the Alameda County Public Department’s web site. 

At this time, the county and state Shelter in Place orders remain in effect, so everyone should continue to stay and work at home as much as possible. This simple act helps protect our entire community. Please remember that public and/or private gatherings of any size are not allowed, and non-essential travel remains prohibited. Please wear a face covering outside the home, and stay at least six feet away from people outside your household.

On May 4th the local Alameda County Health Order was modified to allow construction projects to resume with strict social distancing and face covering guidelines, and landscaping activities were permitted to resume as well.  City of Piedmont parks were reopened on May 5th for essential outdoor exercise.  As a reminder, rules in the parks include wearing a face covering outside the home, and stay at least six feet away from people outside your household. Alameda County is using the State’s Resilience Roadmap as a guide to reopening but will be moving at a timeline based on local data and pandemic conditions. At this time, the data and response infrastructure have permitted the County to safely move into Early Stage 2 effective May 18th.  

You can also visit the City's webpage: Shelter in Place FAQs for Piedmonters

May 1, 2020
How the Alameda County Health Officer’s new shelter in place order affects Piedmont

The Alameda County Health Officer issued a revised and extended shelter in place order which takes effect on Monday, May 4th and lasts until Sunday, May 31st. The intent of this updated order remains the same: “To ensure that County residents continue to shelter in their places of residence to slow the spread of COVID-19 and mitigate the impact on delivery of critical healthcare services.” The provisions of the order are largely the same as the previous orders, with some exceptions. The City of Piedmont’s actions are based upon the intent and the letter of the order.

The Alameda County Health Officer’s order regarding use of face coverings outside the home remains in place and residents are encouraged to follow its requirements. The City recommends that community members carry masks with them at all times when outside the home and put them on when social distancing is not possible.

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Read on to see how Piedmonters will be affected by the new order. You can also visit the City's webpage: Shelter in Place FAQs for Piedmonters

Parks:
Beginning Tuesday, May 5th, the City of Piedmont will open the majority of its parks, to allow for socially distanced use of playfields, green spaces, and walking paths. The City will use Monday to perform necessary maintenance tasks which cannot be undertaken until the new order comes in to force. The openings will be staggered, to ensure that maintenance needs which were deferred due to the previous orders are taken care of before parks are opened.

• Social distancing requirements remain in place and no gatherings will be allowed.
• Pursuant to the order, playgrounds, tot lots, picnic areas, barbecue areas, and Linda Dog Park will remain closed until further notice.
• Park restrooms and water fountains will remain closed until further notice.
• Residents should use the parks with members of their own households and not mix or mingle with other households.

The City will be monitoring compliance with the social distancing requirements as well as restrictions on gatherings. Should residents not comply with these basic health protections, which are mandatory under the order, the City will have no choice but to close these spaces again. We hope that you will enjoy parks safely and in a manner that protects your own health and that of your neighbors.

Group sports, such as baseball, basketball, football, pickleball, and tennis, among others are permitted under the county order only with members of the same household or living unit. Tennis, pickleball, and basketball courts as well as the skate park will open when we have established appropriate protocols for these spaces.

Off Leash Areas:

The updated order requires dog parks to be closed. Piedmont’s only dog park, located in Linda Park, will remain closed. Because the three other off leash areas in Piedmont (Blair Park, portions of Dracena Park, and portions of Piedmont Park) are located within general use parks, which residents will have access to, the City instituted a temporary requirement that dogs BE ON LEASH IN THESE AREAS. Without this requirement, to comply with the order, the City would have to keep these areas closed. Signage will be posted.

Construction:

The revised order allows work on construction projects to resume on Monday, May 4th. As most Piedmonters are working from their homes, the Planning & Building Department is asking contractors and property owners to be considerate of their neighbors when doing work which creates noise. Construction noise is permitted in Piedmont from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday and 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. We suggest you reach out to your neighbors when resuming work and to keep an open channel of communication with them.

All construction projects must comply with Appendix B of the Alameda County Health Officer’s order regarding construction safety. 

Landscaping:

The revised order removes the restrictions on landscaping work. Effective Monday, May 4th, landscapers are allowed to resume work in Piedmont but they must strictly comply with social distancing requirements. Landscaping work on City parks and property will resume on Monday. Piedmont’s prohibition on the use of gas leaf blowers at any time remains in effect.

Childcare and Recreation Programs:

The Alameda County Health Officer’s order allows for some child care and other recreation programs for children of essential workers to resume. At this time, the Piedmont Recreation Department is examining whether it is feasible to begin programming, in compliance with the order’s restrictions. More information will be provided when it becomes available.


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Alameda County Health Officer Extends Shelter In Place Order to May 31st


On Wednesday, April 29th, the Alameda County Health Officer issued a revised shelter in place order which will become effective on Monday, May 4th. The revised order largely keeps current shelter in place requirements and restrictions on non-essential activities in place and extends them through the end of May. The new order includes limited easing of specific restrictions for a small number of lower-risk activities.

It’s important to note that provisions of the current order remain in force until the end of the day on Sunday, May 3rd. In addition, the requirement to wear face coverings when leaving the home is still in place.

The City of Piedmont is determining how the revised order will affect activities in Piedmont and will provide detailed information to the community on or before Friday, May 1st. 

To read the order, a summary document, and the joint press release, please visit the Alameda County Public Health Department’s COVID-19 page.


April 18. 2020
Alameda County Requires Face Coverings Outside the Home

On Friday, April 17th, the Alameda County Public Health Department announced a requirement that that members of the public wear face coverings when outside of their household. The order became effective on Saturday, April 18th and can be enforced beginning Wednesday, April 22nd at 8:00 a.m.

Face coverings can be simple and homemade, made of cloth, fabric, or other soft or permeable material without holes, that covers the nose and mouth. The face covering must be worn in three main settings:

  • Essential Businesses, or other businesses and facilities engaged in Minimum Basic Operations, Essential Infrastructure or Essential Government Functions
  • When seeking health care (health care workers and facilities have a different set of requirements)
  • Public transportation or other types of shared transportation

Children aged 12 and younger are not required to wear a face covering, and any child two years old or younger should not wear a face covering. The order does not apply if a person is only with members of their own household. A person engaged in walking, hiking, bicycling and running is not required to wear a face covering but that person must take steps to maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance from others, and carry a face covering in case one is needed when encountering other people.

Click to read the County Health Officer’s order. Click to read the County’s press release regarding the face covering order.

The CDC has information on how to wear and make a cloth face covering for yourself and your family. 


Alameda County Health Officer Extends Shelter in Place Order to May 3, 2020

The Alameda County Health Officer extended its shelter in place order for Alameda County residents through May 3, 2020 and strengthened, clarified, and extended the previous order issued on March 16, 2020.

The new order is available on the Alameda County Public Health Department’s website. A summary of changes between the prior order and the updated order is available here and a Frequently Asked Questions page is also available on the County's website.

Pursuant to the County Order, the City of Piedmont will close all of its parks effective April 1, 2020, until further notice. 

Visit the Shelter in Place FAQ for Piedmonters for answers to common questions from residents. This revised order makes changes in several important items, including: park closures, construction and landscaping restrictions. Visit one of these page from more information on these areas.


For more information on COVID-19, please see: Centers for Disease ControlCalifornia Coronavirus Response and the Alameda County Public Health Department



April 3, 2020

New Bay Area Public Health Recommendation to Cover the Face 

Cloth face coverings, when combined with physical distancing and hand washing, may prevent transmission of coronavirus to others when leaving the house for essential activities. 

Bay Area health officials are recommending residents cover their nose and mouth with cloth when leaving home for essential travel such as to doctor appointments, grocery shopping or pharmacy visits. This regional recommendation aligns with new guidance from the California Department of Public Health (California Department of Public Health website). 

The face coverings do not have to be hospital grade but need to cover the nose and mouth. For example, bandanas, fabric masks and neck gaiters are acceptable. Fabric covers and bandanas can be washed and used again. Please do not use N-95 masks, as it helps preserve supply for health care workers who need the additional protection that these masks provide. 

“While there is no replacing the important role of physical distancing and handwashing, wearing face coverings is one more tool to prevent the spread of this virus in our community,” said Dr. Erica Pan, Alameda County Health Officer. 


See the full Alameda County Public Health Department Press Release



March 31, 2020

ALAMEDA COUNTY HEALTH OFFICER EXTENDS 
SHELTER IN PLACE ORDER TO MAY 3, 2020

CITY PARKS TO CLOSE EFFECTIVE APRIL 1, 2020

Today, the Alameda County Health Officer extended its shelter in place order for Alameda County residents through May 3, 2020 and strengthened, clarified, and extended the previous order issued on March 16, 2020.

The new order is available on the Alameda County Public Health Department’s website. A summary of changes between the prior order and the updated order is available here and a Frequently Asked Questions pageis also available. This revised order makes changes in several important items, including:

Pursuant to the County Order, the City of Piedmont will close all of its parks effective tomorrow, April 1, 2020, until further notice.

The City of Piedmont will have updated information available on its website by Thursday, April 2nd detailing how these changes will affect the Piedmont community. The City asks residents to be patient as we work to implement the County’s new order. 

WE OWE IT TO EACH OTHER TO STAY HOME and are required by the State of California and Alameda County to do so. The best thing we can do for the community and each other is to comply with the order to shelter in place at our homes. 

Please check back for the most up to date information on the City’s response to COVID-19 as well as how the orders affect Piedmonters. 

For more information on Covid-19, please see: Centers for Disease ControlCalifornia Coronavirus Response and the Alameda County Public Health Department

 


City Facility Closure Update
Posted on 03/20/2020
CITY FACILITY CLOSURE UPDATE
Tennis Courts, Play Structures, Beach Field, Coaches Field Closed to the Public

In response to the continuing rise of COVID-19 cases in Alameda County and to promote adherence to the existing shelter-in-place order, the City of Piedmont has decided to close all City tennis courts and play structures as well as Beach Field and Coaches Field effective immediately.

As of today outdoor activity such as walking, hiking and running are allowed as long as specific social distancing requirements are followed. We are closing the facilities where we are seeing frequent violations of the social distancing requirements.

The potential for escalation of this event is real. Assume that anyone outside your home could be carrying the virus.

Please comply with the spirit of the order by staying home unless absolutely necessary.

Go to the following links to view the complete list of City Facility Closures and COVID-19 Information & Resources.


Governor Newsom's Executive Order N-33-20
Posted on 03/20/2020
On March 19th, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-33-20.

"The California State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health is ordering all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence, except as needed to maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sectors." Critical Infrastructure Sectors During COVID-19

Visit the California Coronavirus Response website for more information about the Order or read the full Executive Order (pdf).


Looking for services or want to help?
Posted on 03/19/2020
In accordance with the County’s Shelter-in-Place Order, and with the health and well-being of Piedmont residents and City employees in mind, Piedmont will continue to provide essential services to our residents while allowing people to remain sheltered in place at home and maintain social distancing.
Many of you have asked where to go for assistance, how you can help others, and how to reach City Departments for continued services. Below are resources that we will continue to update as information comes available. 

In Need of Services?

City Services
For service from City Departments, please use the main numbers below:
Public Works Department: (510) 420-3050 | nfinley@piedmont.ca.gov

211 logoAlameda County Resources 211
Consider dialing 211 for Alameda County Resources. Dialing 211 helps direct callers to services for the elderly, the disabled, those who do not speak English, those with a personal crisis, and those who are new to their communities. If you get a voicemail due to high demand, leave a message and someone will call you back. You can also send a text message with your questions. Send a text to 898211 with your questions and zip code. Visit: www.211alamedacounty.org/covid19

Oakland At Risk Match
www.oaklandatrisk.com
They will match you with a low-risk volunteer who lives in your community and wants to help you by getting groceries, picking up prescriptions, and checking in every couple of days. Piedmonters in need can sign-up on their site or call (510) 306-4973.

Alameda County Public Health Resources for the Community
www.acphd.org/2019-ncov/resources/community

Oakland At Risk Flyer

How Can Piedmonters Help?

For those who are looking for ways to help in the community, here are organizations you can contact to help those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic:

Meals on Wheels

www.feedingseniors.org
(510) 777-9560

Mercy Brown Bag Program
www.mercybrownbag.org
(510) 534-8540 ext. 369

Oakland At Risk Match
www.oaklandatrisk.com
(510) 306-4973









A Letter from Mayor McBain
Posted on 03/18/2020
Dear Fellow Piedmonters:
Mayor McBain
This is an unprecedented time in our lives. It is imperative that we work together as a community to try and keep our residents from contracting (Coronavirus) COVID-19. As Mayor of Piedmont, I implore each and every one of you to follow the Alameda County guidelines to shelter in place, and only leave your homes for essential needs - groceries, pharmacy, gas, banking, and of course walking your furry housemates. 
We know Piedmont is a social place, but we ask that all residents, no matter what age, practice social distancing and avoid gathering for social purposes. This is also true at our dog parks and includes distancing your pets. It is not rude to stand 6 feet away, it is the most polite and thoughtful thing you can do for the next three weeks. This virus is not obvious. It is spreading throughout Alameda County and likely already spreading within Piedmont. It is possible to be contagious without symptoms. Our job as responsible citizens is to do everything in our power to slow down the spread of this virus so we do not overwhelm our healthcare system. 

We have many seniors living in our community. Please look out for your neighbors as you would during any emergency. And if you are older than 60 years or have underlying health conditions, please ask someone else to help you take care of your essential needs. Our city staff is working hard to keep our City website up to date with information and resources and of course our Police and Fire Departments are fully staffed and working to respond to any emergency calls. We need to keep our first responders safe and healthy as well. You should also have confidence in your neighbors. We are a community of smart, resourceful and compassionate people. With those collective strengths, I am confident we will persevere and meet the challenges in the days ahead. 

If we look out for one another, and prioritize our collective health, together we will get through this, one day at a time. 


Sincerely,

signed




 Robert McBain, Mayor



City of Piedmont Declares Local Emergency (3/16/2020)

On March 16, 2020, the City Administrator, acting in her capacity as Director of Emergency Services, proclaimed the existence of a local emergency. The City Code provides that such a declaration triggers applicable provisions of City emergency plans and grants the Director of Emergency Services the powers specified in Section 5A.6 of the City Code, including emergency requisition and procurement, coordination with other emergency efforts, and emergency rule making authority where needed for the protection of public safety.

Under Government Code section 8630 and Chapter 5A of the Piedmont City Code, the City Administrator is designated as the City’s Director of Emergency Services and is empowered to proclaim the existence or threatened existence of a local emergency where actual or threatened conditions of disaster or peril to safety, that are likely to be beyond the control of the services, personnel, equipment, and facilities of this city, requiring the combined forces of other political subdivisions to combat, including epidemics. Under Section 5A.6 of the City Code and Government Code section 8360, the City Council must take action to ratify the proclamation within seven days thereafter or the proclamation shall not no further force or effect.



Visit the ACPHD website for COVID-19 health information

Alameda County Health Officer Directs Shelter in Place Order Effective Midnight March 16
Update 03-16-2020

Alameda County Health Officer Dr. Erica Pan joined six other Bay Area public health jurisdictions to issue a mandatory health order for all Alameda County residents to shelter in place to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and preserve critical health care capacity across the region. Without this restrictive action, our healthcare systems may become overwhelmed.  This order is effective at 12:01 a.m. on March 17, 2020, through April 7, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. 

Residents should be prepared to shelter at home and leave only for essential activities and essential travel, both defined in Section 10 of the Order. 

Essential activities are those tasks that are essential to their family’s (including pets) health and safety including obtaining groceries, medicines, gasoline, and health care items. 

Essential travel is limited to travel to care for elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable persons, including pets, travel to obtain essential goods & services, or travel to work at a defined essential business, healthcare or government facility. Public transit remains open to allow people to engage in "essential travel".

Refer to the Alameda County Public Health Department for the full text of the Order and Frequently Asked Questions

Officers will conduct routine patrol to ensure general public safety and will address any compliance issues with the “Shelter In Place Order” that are observed. 

We need to ensure our public safety services do not get saturated with non-critical requests or non-emergent inquires.  In addition to contacting your personal physician,
the following advice phone numbers are being provided as a resource for general health information.

Alta Bates Berkeley and Alta Bates Summit 24hr line:
1-800-224-0336

Kaiser Oakland 24hr lines:
Adult Medicine: 1-510-752-1190
OB/GYN: 1-510-752-1080
Pediatrics: 1-510-752-1200

Highland Hospital Call Center:
1-510-437-8500

 


Update 03-15-2020 

All City Facilities Closed and Recreation Programs Suspended Through March 29th

The City of Piedmont is joining State and County efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, following recommendations to limit exposure and slow transmission of the virus by closing City facilities to the public and suspending all City programs through March 29th.  These measures to severely limit possibilities for community transmission are to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our community during the rapidly changing COVID-19 health emergency.

City services remain operational, but facilities will be closed to the public for non-essential functions.  City facilities closed to the public include: 
Piedmont City Hall
Piedmont Police Department
Piedmont Fire Department
Piedmont Recreation Department
Veterans Memorial Building
Schoolmates Sites
Kennelly Skatepark
Piedmont Community Hall
Lower Level Community Hall
Piedmont Community Pool
Piedmont Center for the Arts
801 Magnolia East Wing
Piedmont Playschool at Hampton Park
Dress Best for Less Marking Room (Carriage House)

All Recreation Programs are postponed/cancelled through March 29 including:
Minimates
Schoolmates
All Preschool Classes and Programs
All After-School Enrichment Classes and Programming
Aquatics Programming including all swim lessons, water aerobics, facility rentals, and lap swimming 
Adult Drop-in Sports, including Basketball, Tennis and Pickleball
Adult and Senior programming, including Yoga and Walking on Wednesdays
Bunny Blast
Egg Dive

The goal of these measures is to continue to provide as many services as possible while minimizing in-person contact. City Hall will provide access to the public for essential City meetings, and by appointment only for essential services.  

For service at City Hall, please phone or email one of the contacts listed below.

Public Works: 510-420-3050 or cnakahara@piedmont.ca.gov
Planning & Building: 510-420-3050 or kjackson@piedmont.ca.gov
City Clerk’s Office: 510-420-3040 or largue@piedmont.ca.gov

To schedule an appointment with a Planning & Building staff member, please contact Mark Enea at 510-420-3051 or menea@piedmont.ca.gov

For questions or assistance at City facilities, please contact the following:
Recreation Department: 510-420-3070 or prd@piedmont.ca.gov
Veterans Hall: John Wilk 510-420-3089 or jwilk@piedmont.ca.gov
Community Hall: John Wilk 510-420-3089 or jwilk@piedmont.ca.gov
801 Magnolia East Wing:  John Wilk 510-420-3089 or jwilk@piedmont.ca.gov
The Piedmont Community Pool: Jackson Stearns 510-420-3075 or jstearns@piedmont.ca.gov or Zoe Clavere at zclavere@piedmont.ca.gov

You can also visit the Services and Departments page of our website for contact information for all departments.  



Update 03-14-2020
COVID-19 ADVISORY NOTICE REGARDING PUBLIC MEETINGS


The Alameda County Public Health Department has advised that non-essential gatherings should be canceled, postponed, or done remotely. Additional information is available at http://www.acphd.org/2019-ncov.aspx.

At this time, due to health/safety considerations with Covid-19, the City of Piedmont is cancelling all non-essential meetings through the end of March.

The City Council Meeting scheduled for March 16th starting at 7:30 p.m. will go forward as scheduled at this time. 

In adherence with the guidelines provided by the State of California and Alameda County Department of Public Health regarding gatherings during the COVID-19 outbreak, the City will adhere to the following practices during upcoming City Council meetings:

Seating in the City Council Chamber will be limited, as guests will be required to sit arm’s length from one another.

If necessary, overflow seating will be provided in the City Hall lobby and City Hall conference room. Safe distancing practices will also be followed in the overflow spaces.

Additionally, the City is asking members of the public to consider these Steps to Prevent Illness when deciding whether to attend this meeting. The City is asking members of the public to follow the California Department of Health’s Guidance on Mass Gatherings when deciding whether to attend this meeting. 

The public may submit public comments in advance and may view the meeting from home. Below is information on how to watch meetings via cable and/or live stream and how to send in public comments that will be part of the public record.

How to Watch Meetings:
1) Cable TV Broadcast on KCOM Channel 27 or AT&T Uverse Channel 99
2) Livestream online at https://piedmont.ca.gov/services___departments/kcom-tv/live_content_and_video_archive

How to Submit Public Comments:
Comments submitted by 5:00 p.m. prior to the commencement of a meeting will be included in the public record for the meeting. Comments can be submitted by email to cityclerk@piedmont.ca.gov or in person at City Hall, 120 Vista Avenue, Piedmont.

Note: If the Alameda County Public Health Department changes their recommendations relating to gatherings, the format of a meeting may be altered or the meeting may be cancelled. 
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Additional Information

The City of Piedmont is continues to monitor the public health risk related to the Covid-19 virus, sharing messaging and planning in conjunction with Alameda County. 

The Alameda County Public Health Department released information regarding guidance for mass gatherings.

For additional recommendations and resources on mass gatherings in relation to Covid-19, please see:


CDC Stop the Spread of Germs