Coronavirus Updates - PLEASE CHECK OFTEN AS INFORMATION CHANGES OFTEN

City offices will be closed through May 1, 2020. All City events and non-essential meetings are cancelled through May 31, 2020.

The closure of all City offices has been extended through May 1, 2020. City offices are closed to the public as a result of the shelter in place order by the County Health Department  and the Governor to help reduce the spread of the COVID-19.

Additionally, all non-essential events and meetings are canceled through May 31, 2020.

The summary of closures are as follows:

  1. City facilities will remain closed through May 1.
  2. Recreation services and programs will remain closed through May 1. 
  3. Parks are open, but playgrounds are closed.
  4. All events and non-essential public meetings are canceled through May 31. Events through May include Earth Day (April 18); Bike to Work Day;  and Garage Sale (May 16)

City Council meetings will continue on the current schedule and some essential meetings (such as Planning Commission) may also need to be scheduled.

Updated March 26, 2020 at 11:42 a.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

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

City offices will be closed through May 1, 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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