Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

A Message from Mayor Martinez

Council Member Dianne Martinez

(Updated: January 26, 2021)

This is an updated message from Emeryville Mayor Dianne Martinez 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 further notice. 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 on City services and to find available resources, visit

Dear Emeryville Community Members, 

Alameda County issued a new Health Officer Order which is effective today, January 26th. Due to decreasing COVID-19 case rates compared to several weeks ago, Alameda County is now in the state of California’s “Purple Tier.” Emeryville residents and businesses may resume personal and business activities allowed in the Purple Tier. Activities that are allowed outdoors include restaurants, gyms, places of worship and zoos.  Hair salons, barbershops and other personal care services are allowed indoors with modifications.  Grocery stores are allowed to increase their capacity to 50%. Please check the County’s website for the specific details about these and other newly allowed activities. 

Please remember however, that the County’s case rate remains very high, at 37.7 new cases per 100,000 residents per day, and a test positivity rate of more than 8%. In order to move into the state’s “Red Tier”, where more activities will be allowed, case rates must fall below 7 new cases per 100,000 residents per day with a test positivity between 5% and 8%. 

Even with the start of vaccines being distributed, we need to keep wearing our face coverings, keep avoiding large groups, keep washing our hands at frequent intervals, and keep staying home when sick so that we can make enough progress for our community to move into the less restrictive tiers.  Together we will move through this, and together we will recover as a community. Thank you for everything you and your family are doing to keep our community safe and healthy.

Dianne Martinez, Mayor

Emeryville Staff Collage Opens in new window Emeryville, We’re Here For You!

Even though City Hall is closed to the public right now, we are still hard at work providing services! Whether working from home, onsite or out around town, City staff continues to work to keep essential services available for you!

We will all get through this together. We hope you enjoy this photo collage of your City staff members taking care of business each and every day!

This COVID-19 webpage is updated frequently and contains all sorts of good information. Also, follow our Community Services Department on Facebook and the City’s official Twitter page @EmeryvilleCA.

Emergency Proclamation Declaring an Emergency

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"Shelter in Place" Order Extended Until Further Notice


Police, Fire and all first-responder services, and essential Public Works infrastructure services, will remain in operation.  Emergency management personnel, emergency dispatchers, court personnel, and law enforcement personnel, and others who need to perform essential services are exempt from the Order. Our first responders are on the job prioritizing the health and safety of the community. To help limit the spread of coronavirus, we encourage the public to utilize our online police reporting services here or calling our 24/7 non-emergency line at (510) 596-3700. In the event of an emergency, dial 9-1-1 for assistance.

Additionally, public works construction, construction of housing, airport operations, water, sewer, gas, electrical, oil refining, roads and highways, public transportation, solid waste collection and removal, internet, and telecommunications systems, including the provision of essential global, national, and local infrastructure for computing services, business infrastructure, communications, and web-based services will continue.

Essential workers searching for child care can connect with Alameda County Child Care Resource and Referral agencies to find care during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Please click here for more information.

City Administration

The City Hall Administration building and Old Town Hall, located at 1333 Park Avenue, have been closed since March 17th and will remain closed in compliance with state and local Stay At Home orders until further notice.

For the most up-to-date information and updates on COVID-19 allowed activities, please visit the Alameda County's Public Health Office COVID-10 webpage.

Community Development

[UPDATED 01/27/21]

On January 26, 2021, the Alameda County Public Health Officer’s Order overseeing all jurisdictions in six Bay Area counties, including Emeryville, has been updated and requires residents to shelter in place from March 17, 2020, and until further notice, leaving only to receive or provide essential services.

For information about construction, inspections, and permit applications during this period, see guidance on ways to get planning and building services online.

Public Counter: Drop-in activities will cease during the closure period of March 17th and until further notice.

Planning Applications and Zoning: Planning applications may be submitted and will be processed electronically during the period from March 17th and until further notice. For detailed information, click here.  While City Offices remain closed under the Shelter in Place Order for Alameda County the Planning Division is experiencing a high volume of email correspondence. It may take 24-48 hours for you to receive a response. Thank you for your patience.

Building and Fire Permit Application and Plan Review: For detailed information, click here.  While City Offices remain closed under the Shelter in Place Order for Alameda County the Building Division is experiencing a high volume of email correspondence. It may take 24-48 hours for you to receive a response. Thank you for your patience.

Building Inspections: Permit holders may schedule inspections by calling the Building Division inspection request line at 510- 596-4315 and leaving a detailed voicemail message describing the scope of work. Inspection requests submitted prior to 7:00am will be scheduled for that business day, Monday-Friday. Inspection requests submitted after 7:00am will be scheduled for the next business day. Prior to requesting an inspection, the general contractor shall verify that the work to be inspected is complete and ready for inspection.

Small Business & Non-Profit Community:  There are several disaster relief and assistance programs available for the small business and non-profit communities.  Alameda County and the City of Emeryville have also issued guidelines to assist employers in navigating through this crisis.  Resources for businesses impacted by the pandemic are changing daily.  Please click here  for the latest information from the Economic Development and Housing Division, or contact Chadrick Smalley at

Resources for Tenants and Homeowners:  [UPDATED 03/25/21] On June 30, 2020, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors amended its previous eviction moratorium ordinance to ensure all tenants and homeowners Countywide can shelter-in-place during this crisis. This emergency ordinance now outlaws all evictions anywhere in the County with few exceptions. This ordinance will remain in effect until 60 days after the local health emergency is lifted. On January 29, 2021, Governor Newsome signed into law SB91 which extend the COVID19 Tenant Relief Act by extending the statewide eviction moratorium until June 30, 2021, as long as a tenant pays at least 25 percent of the rent due from September 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021 to avoid eviction.  For additional information on the various Eviction Ordinances in Emeryville, click here.

Alameda County launched the Housing Secure Emergency Rental Assistance Program for Alameda County residents on March 17, 2021. The program will help income eligible households pay rent and utilities, both for past and future payments. To apply for assistance, please click here.  For additional information or for eligibility and application help, call 211.

Community Services

Meals on Wheels: We are delivering 7 meals per week, the delivery schedule is three times per week (2 meals on Mondays, 2 meals on Wednesdays, and 3 meals on Fridays).

Congregate Meals: Changed to delivery service similar to Meals on Wheels. Serving 7 meals per week, the delivery schedule is three times per week (2 meals on Mondays, 2 meals on Wednesdays, and 3 meals on Fridays).

The 8 To Go Paratransit Shuttle: The shuttle is currently operating on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 9:00 AM - 12:30PM and 1:30PM - 5:00 PM. However, we are limiting rides to only one passenger in the vehicle at a time and are sanitizing the van more frequently. Additionally, we are asking riders to limit rides to medical appointments and grocery store visits only. 

City Park Play Areas:  The Playgrounds and parks remain open, and residents are encouraged to get outside and walk, bike, jog or hike while maintaining safe social distances. In order to limit potential transmission of the coronavirus it is essential that appropriate social distancing (6 feet of space between individuals) is maintained and everyone is wearing a mask.

City Picnic Site Rentals:  [UPDATED 03/11/21] Park Picnic and BBQ use are allowed with modifications under the State of California and County guidelines. Below are the guidelines the City will follow for Park Picnic and BBQ use and rentals at all the City parks. When using Park Picnic and BBQ areas, the City will request all users to abide by the following simple steps to help keep everyone safe, and keep the parks open and fun. Please note, Park Picnic and BBQ areas are not sanitized daily. Users will be notified that Park Picnic and BBQ use during the COVID-19 pandemic is subject to their own judgment and risk. 

Public Works

Maintenance staff is working at reduced crews, performing daily inspection of City facilities and addressing servicing of critical infrastructure. Janitorial services are in place and public bathrooms are serviced twice per day in addition to inspections. Maintenance is also responding to reports of safety critical issues.

Encroachment Permits and Public Works Inspection: Email encroachment permit applications and Public Works inspection requests to Keely Nelson, Associate Civil Engineer, at Emergency work necessary for the preservation of life or property may be conducted without a permit, as long as a permit application is submitted as soon as reasonably possible to

Waste Services:  All collection services, including bulky pickup, are operational. Some in-person payment centers may be closed, please check the Waste Management website for updates. Commercial and residential customers can temporarily adjust or suspend service levels by contacting Waste Management customer service. For proper household hazardous waste or oil disposal, please visit Stop Waste website. For waste management permitting issues, please contact or

City Finance Department Functions 

Staff is operating on a remote basis and will respond to inquiries and requests, however there may be slight delays while City Hall remains closed.

Resources for Seniors

2-1-1 is available 24 hours/day, 7 days a week throughout the year and connects callers to health, housing and human services. Calling or clicking on 2-1-1 will connect you to trained resource specialists who have access a huge database of information about health, housing and human services programs available in Alameda County. The information includes assistance with rent and utilities, food, emergency shelter, employment, medical (physical, mental and emotional health), transportation, and other critical needs and overall information for seniors and their families. Information can be provided in over 300 different languages. Click here for more information , or dial 2-1-1 on your telephone.

Another resource is the Born to Age directory for older adults which is available in hard copy or online and includes health, housing and human services listings available in Alameda County.  Click here for more information.

Paid Sick Leave Guidance

This is an important reminder to all Emeryville employers and employees of Emeryville businesses about Emeryville’s Sick Leave Law and guidance from the State of California regarding paid leave and unemployment eligibility.  Please read the full memo here.

Social Distancing, Personal Hygiene and Steps tp Take if Exposed to COVID-19

Scientific evidence shows social distancing is one of the most effective approaches to slow the transmission of communicable disease. Please follow the protocols of good hand hygiene, wearing face coverings over your nose and mouth when you must be outside of your home or car, and keeping physically distant from anyone who does not live within your household.

If you or anyone in your household develops COVID-19 symptoms, please take the following steps:

  • Get tested for COVID-19.
  • Notify anyone with whom contact was made as soon as possible regarding the potential exposure.
  • State home as much as possible for 14 days after the potential exposure until a negative test result is received.
  • Avoid being around people who have higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

For the most up-to-date information and updates on COVID-19 allowed activities, please visit the Alameda County's Public Health Office COVID-10 webpage.

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