Coronavirus Updates - PLEASE CHECK BACK AS INFORMATION CHANGES OFTEN

  1. DECEMBER 4, 2020
  2. November 17, 2020 Update
  3. November 4, 2020 Update
  4. August 30, 2020 update
  5. July 13, 2020 Update
  6. July 2, 2020 Update
  7. June 29, 2020 Update
  8. June 17, 2020 Update
  9. June 2, 2020 Update
  10. May 18, 2020 Update
  11. April 29, 2020 Update
Bay Area Health Officers Move to Implement the State’s New Regional Stay Home Order, Not Waiting Until Local Hospitals are Near Crisis to Act

In response to rising COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, Contra Costa County is joining the Counties of Alameda, Marin, San Francisco, and Santa Clara as well as the City of Berkeley in implementing a Regional Stay Home Order. Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the Regional Stay Home Order would apply once less than 15% of ICU beds are available. Rather than waiting until ICU bed availability reaches critical levels, these Bay Area jurisdictions are implementing the Regional Stay Home Order now.

In Contra Costa County, the new restrictions go into effect beginning Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 10pm and will continue until Monday, January 4, 2021 at 6am. The restrictions include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Restaurants may operate for take-out and delivery only
  • Bars and tasting rooms must close
  • Indoor retail, including grocery stores, may operate at 20% capacity. Food courts and common areas in indoor malls must close.
  • Low-contact indoor retail services (pet grooming, shoe repair, etc.) are allowed for curbside drop-off and pick-up only
  • Personal care services, including nail and hair salons, must close
  • Gyms and fitness centers may operate outdoors only
  • Playgrounds must close
  • Outdoor recreation facilities (sports fields, basketball courts, tennis courts, golf courses, skate parks, etc.) may operate with no mixing of households and no food or beverages
Please also note that social bubbles of multiple households are now prohibited.

For more information, please reference the links provided below. Contra Costa County residents and businesses can also call the COVID-19 Call Center at (844) 729-8410 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily.

Resources


For up-to-date information from Contra Costa Health Services, please visit: https://www.coronavirus.cchealth.org

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

Passports1-877-487-2778 or travel.state.govNot offered at City Hall

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.

  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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