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This is an updated message from Emeryville Mayor Christian R. Patz regarding actions the City is taking to slow the spread of the coronavirus in our community. The Mayor would like to remind residents that the City is only providing essential services and that City facilities, programs and in-person services are suspended until April 7th. Please note that the City is closely monitoring this situation and as additional precautions are implemented, the City will communicate these updates through all of our available channels. To learn more about impacts to City services and to find available resources, visit www.emeryville.org/coronavirus.
Dear Emeryville Community,
The entire City Council and I are committed to everyone’s health and safety. City staff and I have been in regular contact with the Alameda County Health Department, California Department of Health, and federal authorities. I want to commend City staff for their quick actions. We have closed all non-essential activities but city staff and our dedicated public safety officers continue the essential work of the city. This includes the closing of play structures, while leaving parks open to allow for much needed outdoor time.
Please remember to practice social distancing of at least six feet when you are out in public. This includes when you are using open space, in line at Trader Joe’s, Pak-n-Save, Target, or other local stores. Local restaurants are open for take-out and some are still delivering, so enjoy good food while supporting our neighborhood eateries.
The impact of this crisis will have a lasting impact on our country. Locally, we have put rental and commercial evictions on hold, and will be discussing how to help those most impacted financially. The city is constantly updating our website with the latest information and links to supports available to those that have lost their job and small businesses struggling during the shutdown.
Everything we have done will shape the outcome of this crisis, and save lives if we stay calm, care for one another, and stay focused on protecting our community. That is why we must follow the guidelines laid out by public health officers, continue addressing local needs, and put the health and safety of the most vulnerable first in every choice we make. Emeryville and the Bay Area have endured difficult situations before, and our strength, resilience, and heart saw us through then, and will do so again.
Christian R. Patz, Mayor