COVID-19 Information
Posted on 03/15/2020

State Re-Opening on June 15th
April 7, 2021

Governor Gavin Newsom announced yesterday that California will fully reopen its economy June 15 as long as Covid-19 vaccinations remain widely available and hospitalization continues to be stable. On April 15, California opens vaccinations to everyone over the age of 16. 

If hospitalization and vaccination measures are met, everyday activities will be allowed and businesses can open with common-sense risk reduction measures. The state will monitor hospitalization rates, vaccine access and vaccine efficacy against variants, with the option to revisit the June 15 date if needed.

We owe it to ourselves and to our community to remain vigilant in the steps we know keep us safe and moving in the right direction to a fully open economy:  wear a mask, wash your hands often, watch your distance when around others not in your household, and get vaccinated. Don’t let your guard down just yet.

The state's mask mandate will continue to stay in place. No date for lifting that order has been announced.

If hospitalization and vaccination measures are met, the lifting of restrictions in June will happen statewide rather than county by county. The eight-week march towards reopening gives businesses and individuals who want to get vaccinated time to get the vaccine, Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly said at a Tuesday briefing.

State health officials detail moving beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy on the State’s COVID 19 website.


Alameda County Moves to the Red Tier
March 10, 2021

Effective today, Wednesday, March 10th, the State of California has moved Alameda County into the Red Tier of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Moving into the Red Tier allows additional activities to occur and businesses to resume operation.

Businesses and activities permitted to open indoors, with capacity restrictions and modifications:

  • Restaurants: 25 percent maximum capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer
  • Retail: 50 percent maximum capacity and food courts permitted with indoor dining restrictions
  • Grocery stores: full capacity while following retail industry guidance
  • Movie Theaters: 25 percent maximum capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer
  • Museums, Zoos and Aquariums: 25 percent maximum capacity
  • Gyms, fitness centers and studios (including at hotels): 10 percent maximum capacity
  • Outdoor Sports: Pickleball & Tennis doubles are permitted and face coverings are required while on and off the courts; see the California Department of Public Health website for further details about outdoor sports

Though outdoor gatherings are still strongly encouraged, small and time-limited private gatherings among no more than three household are now permitted indoors under State guidance. Masks and physical distancing are still required for these gatherings, and large gatherings are still prohibited.

See the Alameda County Public Health Department press release for more details, including information and live performances with fans/attendees, amusement parks, and schools.



CA Notify Notification App
Wednesday, March 3, 2021

CA Notify is the official COVID 19 exposure notification app of California, supported by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). The app was developed using the Google Apple Exposure Notification API through a collaboration between Google, Apple, California Department of Technology, CDPH and the University of California. The free, mobile technology is now available and can be accessed on mobile devices.

Californians can receive notifications informing them if they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID 19. Californians with iPhones can enable CA Notify in their settings and Android phone users can download the CA Notify app from the Google Play Store to start receiving exposure alerts on their phones. Use of the technology is completely voluntary, private, and secure. CA Notify does not collect the location of a phone or individual to detect exposure, and it does not share a user’s identity. Californians opt in to use the tool and may to opt out at any time.

When individuals voluntarily activate CA Notify, the tool uses Bluetooth technology to exchange random codes between phones without revealing the user’s identity or location. If a CA Notify user tests positive for COVID 19, they will receive a verification code from the California Department of Public Health at 855-976-8462 to plug into the app, if they choose. Any other CA Notify users who have been within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more of the COVID 19 positive individual will get an anonymous notification of possible exposure. CA Notify will accelerate how quickly people get notified of a possible COVID 19 exposure, giving people the information they need to make responsible decisions around quarantine and testing. The more people who install and use it, the more effective it will be.

CA Notify is not a contact tracing app but augments the contact tracing process by issuing exposure notifications to people you may not know. Contact tracing identifies the close contacts of someone who has tested positive for COVID 19, and contact tracers reach those individuals by phone, email, and text. CA Notify does not track or trace information about the people you are in contact with and does not collect or exchange any personal information.

Visit CANotify.ca.gov to learn more about how CA Notify works.

Read Governor Newsom’s announcement.  

Vaccine Availability Expanded to Seniors and Essential Workers Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Alameda County today announced that COVID-19 vaccine eligibility has been extended to include seniors, essential workers, and individuals at high risk of contracting the disease.

Within this newly eligible population, vaccine distribution through Alameda County Points of Dispensing (PODs) will be prioritized for individuals from communities with disproportionally high COVID case rates and those who are older, disabled, uninsured, or facing high risk of exposure because of where they live or work. The County will rely on state guidance to specify who is eligible for Phase 1b.

As newly eligible Alameda County residents over the age of 65 and essential workers in Phase 1b seek access to the vaccine, the County encourages residents to:

  • Contact their health care provider - Members or patients of Kaiser Permanente, Sutter Health, and Stanford Health Care are encouraged to seek the vaccine first through their health care provider. Kaiser and Sutter receive their own distribution of the vaccine directly from the state. The County also shares its vaccine allocation with eight federally qualified health centers and two community health centers.
  • Look for outreach via their employer and/or community organizations - Alameda County is working with employers and local community groups to issue invitations directly to high-risk workers and communities.
  • Sign up to get notification when it's their turn for vaccine - Visit the County’s COVID-19 Vaccine web page to register for vaccine eligibility notification.

“While we work to vaccinate County residents, we urge everyone to continue the other measures proven slow the spread of COVID-19, including wearing masks and practicing physical distancing,” Dr. Nicholas Moss, Alameda County Health Officer said. “These simple strategies are the best way for people to remain safe and to protect their loved ones and co-workers until more people are vaccinated.”

The County also praised the Governor’s announcement that the State of California will partner with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to launch a mega vaccination site at the Oakland Coliseum, which is expected to launch on February 16th.

For more information on COVID-19, please see the State’s COVID-19 web site and the County’s COVID-19 web site.

Alameda County Returns to the Purple Tier
Posted Monday January 25, 2021

California public health officials have lifted the regional stay-at-home order for the Bay Area region and Alameda County has returned to the Purple Tier of the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. This allows certain businesses which were closed during the more restrictive order to resume operations, including outdoor dining at restaurants. In addition, small, time-limited outdoor gatherings with members of up to three families are now permitted.  You can look here to read the press release, and to the Alameda County Public Health Department website for further information.

Community members must continue to comply with COVID-19 orders and undertake common sense safety precautions to protect families, friends and neighbors from this debilitating and deadly virus and to reopen more activities: wear masks whenever leaving home, keep at least six feet of distance from anyone you don’t live with, wash hands frequently, and stay home if you don’t feel well.

Health Officers Impose Stricter Shelter In Place Requirements
Alameda County Order Effective 12:01 a.m. on December 7, 2020


The Health Officers of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and Santa Clara Counties, along with the City of Berkeley have announced that these health jurisdictions will impose the provisions of the State of California’s stricter shelter in place order sooner than required by the state. This is in an effort to take proactive steps to reduce COVID-19 infections rampant in the community and the related strain it is causing on the health care system. In Alameda County, the revised shelter in place order will become effective at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, December 7th and will remain in effect until January 4th.

The revised, stricter shelter in place order is designed to limit interactions between persons living in different households which could spread the disease. The biggest change in the order is that private gatherings are prohibited and that social bubbles must be disbanded. The health officers stressed that this order aligns these health jurisdictions with the stricter standards announced by the state earlier this week but does so earlier than required by the state.

In a media release issued by the health officers, Santa Clara County Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody states, “We cannot wait until after we have driven off the cliff to pull the emergency break. We understand that the closures under the State order will have a profound impact on our local businesses. However, if we act quickly, we can both save lives and reduce the amount of time these restrictions have to stay in place, allowing businesses and activities to reopen sooner.”

Alameda County Health Officer Dr. Nicholas Moss said, “Rising hospitalization rates across the region threaten not only our community members with severe COVID-19, but anyone who may need care because of a heart attack, stroke, accident, or other critical health need. By acting together now we will have the greatest impact on the surge and save more lives.”

Among the changes required by this order are the closure of outdoor dining, personal care services, playgrounds, museums, zoos, wineries, and bars. Restaurants will remain able to serve takeout and delivery. In response to the changes mandated by this order, the City of Piedmont will close our playgrounds effective Monday, December 7th.

The emotional and physical health of Piedmonters is important. We encourage outdoor recreation and at this time, parks, with the exception of playgrounds, will remain open for recreational use. 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.

“It is important that our entire community take action to stem the spread of this disease by limiting interactions with people outside their household,” said City Administrator Sara Lillevand. “Our collective well-being is at stake and we owe it to each other to keep our community safe.”

The City is currently examining other ways in which operations will be affected and will make announcements as appropriate.


Alameda County Public Health Department *New* COVID-19 Website

The Alameda County Public Health Department has a new, user-friendly website devoted to COVID-19. The webpage features links to the latest information on County Shelter-in-Place Orders; Reopening and Recovery; Health and Safety; Contact Tracing; and more. Visit the Covid -19 homepage at https://covid-19.acgov.org/index.page for the latest updates about the coronavirus and the County's response.


November 16, 2020 - State Moves Alameda County to Purple Tier
Due to a rapid rise in COVID-19 cases, the State of California has moved Alameda County – along with 40 other counties – back to the Purple Tier, the most restrictive level in the state's reopening framework. View the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy tier structure.

In recent weeks, the County has seen a steady climb in new COVID-19 cases reported, as well as COVID-19 hospitalizations. The press release stresses the steps known to prevent further spread of the virus: “avoid gathering with people you don’t live with, limit activities, wear face coverings whenever you leave home, stay home when ill, and keep interactions with others outdoors.”

With the holiday season approaching, and people gathering indoors, the County urges residents to be extra cautious.
Read the full press release.

Covid-19 Testing

Residents have asked about the availability of testing in the county.  Although the city of Piedmont is not organizing testing within the city, testing sites are available throughout Alameda County. To learn more about Covid-19 Testingand see a list of locations, visit Alameda County Public Health Department's Covid testing page.


November 9, 2020 - Safer Holidays and Travel
A joint statement was released by Bay Area Health Officers, with recommendations regarding upcoming holiday gatherings and travel during the COVID-19 pandemic. The statement recommended that holiday gatherings should only include members from one's household, as contact with extended family and friends increases the risk of getting and spreading the novel coronavirus. All gatherings should be "small, short, stable, and outdoors."

Additionally, all nonessential travel, including holiday travel, is not recommended. Travel outside of the Bay Area will increase the risk of catching and spreading the virus. For those who must travel over the holidays, the Health Officers recommend a self-quarantine of 14 days following a return to the Bay Area.

The statement also included recommendations on how to celebrate the holidays without gathering, including attending virtual parties; decorating one's home or yard; participating in drive-in events and activities; and visiting holiday-themed outdoor art installations.
Read the full press release.


October 15, 2020

The Alameda County Health Officer has issued guidance on how to celebrate Halloween and Día de Los Muertos safely and prevent spreading COVID-19 among friends and neighbors. The Health Officer encourages community members to focus on decorations, limit activities to the people you live with, and virtual costume parties, in an effort to keep our communities safe this season, especially our children. As with all COVID-19 prevention efforts, together, we need to do as much as we can to protect ourselves and those around us. Below are responses to some frequently asked questions:

Can we go trick or treating?

The Alameda County Health Officer indicates that trick-or-treating is a high-risk activity, because it increases contact with people outside of your household who may not be as careful about COVID-19 prevention. Door to door trick or treating is not recommended because it can be very difficult to maintain proper social distancing on porches and at front doors, ensure that everyone answering or coming to the door is appropriately masked to prevent disease spread, and because sharing food is risky.

What about Halloween parties?

Parties are high-risk, because mixing among people who don’t live in the same home introduces more opportunities for the virus to pass from one person to another. Halloween gathering, events or parties with non-household members are not permitted even if they are conducted outdoors.  Carnivals, festivals, live entertainment, and haunted house attractions are not allowed.

How About Trunk or Treat?

“Trunk or treating” where children go from car to car instead of door to door to receive treats is also not recommended, particularly when part of Halloween events, since it is difficult to avoid crowding and sharing food.

Community members are reminded that Halloween and Día de Los Muertos are no different than the rest of the year when it comes to reducing the spread of COVID-19. Stay home if you feel sick or have come into close contact with someone who has COVID-19; wear a face covering whenever you leave home; and keep your distance from others (even relatives) who don’t live in your household, and remember that being outside is safer than being inside, especially in combination with face covering and keeping your distance.

Click to read the full statement Alameda County Halloween Statement for ideas of low and moderate risk activities for this spooky season. 

August 22, 2020

On Friday evening, August 21st, the Alameda County Health Official issued a revised Shelter in Place order, which, effective August 28th, allows the reopening of outdoor pools, permission for outdoor personal care services, and permission for outdoor tasting at wineries. A summary of the order is available on the County’s web site.

As this is the first guidance issued by Alameda County for the reopening of pools, the City will spend the next two weeks determining whether the conditions imposed by the order can be applied in a way that makes sense to reopen the Piedmont Community Pool. Staff had previously developed reopening frameworks based upon guidance from other health jurisdictions.

The City understands the importance of the pool to the community and will examine whether reopening under the requirements imposed by the order is practicable. It is likely that a decision on whether to reopen the Piedmont Community Pool will be considered by the City Council at its meeting of September 8th.

June 18, 2020

The Alameda County Public Health Officer has issued a revised order today, opening up more types of business, places of worship, and outdoor spaces in the county. Click to read the revised order. Click to read the order summary.

Highlights of this revised order include loosening restrictions on religious and cultural ceremonies; outdoor dining; indoor and outdoor retail; and permission to open dog parks, each are subject to stringent health and safety requirements. The order also requires that people exercising their first amendment rights (during protests or demonstrations) to wear face coverings and maintain social distancing of 6 feet at all times.

The County’s strengthened face covering order remains in effect. The order mandates that face coverings be worn at all times in public, if you are or are likely to be within 30 feet of another person outside of your household. 30 feet is roughly the length of 2 cars. There is NO EXEMPTION for persons engaged in exercise. The face covering does not have to be worn the whole time exercising, but it must be carried and then put on when within 30 feet of other people.

The City of Piedmont will closely examine this revised order and will announce a timeline for opening our off- leash areas by the close of business on Friday, June 19th.

Effective immediately, dogs are welcome to be off leash in the Linda Dog Park and the designated off-leash areas in Blair, Dracena, and Piedmont parks. Dogs using these areas must have a dog license and an off leash permit, both of which are available from the Piedmont Police Department. Dog owners in these areas must practice social distancing, wear a face covering, and not enter if they have a fever or cough.

The City is now able to allow off-leash dogs in these areas as a result of a revised order issued by the Alameda County Health Officer on June 18th, which, among other provisions, allows the opening of dog parks.

We appreciate the understanding of the community while dogs had to be on-leash so that parks could be open for all users.


June 5, 2020

On Friday June 5th, Alameda County released two new health orders which strengthen the existing face covering requirement, and makes changes to existing Shelter in Place restrictions. The County’s updated face covering order mandates that face coverings be worn at all times in public, if you are or are likely to be within 30 feet of another person outside of your household. There is NO EXEMPTION for persons engaged in exercise. The mask does not have to be worn the whole time exercising, but it must be carried and then put on when within 30 feet of other people.

The County shelter in place order has been amended to allow small gatherings of individuals from different households to take place in outdoor settings, subject to certain conditions (social bubbles). It also allows childcare providers to provide care to all children, not just children of essential workers, and establishes conditions under which youth extracurricular activities may resume.

These orders are effect until further notice and are a part of Alameda County’s reopening plan. For more detailed information, please see the Alameda County Public Health Department website or the links below:

Alameda County Public Health Department, June 5, 2020

Press Release on New Orders
Updated Face Covering Order No. 20-13
Updated Shelter in Place Order No. 20-14
Alameda County Reopening Plan



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:

 


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