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Posted on: March 12, 2020

[ARCHIVED] City Of Emeryville Takes Action To Slow The Spread Of COVID-19 And Protect Our Community

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

Emeryville Senior Center to Close
Spring Carnival & Community Expo Cancelled

The City of Emeryville is unwavering in our support of public health and ensuring the safety of our community is our top priority. The City’s Community Services Department (CSD) operates programs that impact some of the more vulnerable members of our community as well as programs that are essential, such as Emeryville Child Development Center and our afterschool care. Below are a few examples of proactive precautions we are taking now to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

The California Department of Public Health has issued recommendations to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the community. Health officials encourage social distancing and advise that vulnerable populations, such as older adults and people with existing health conditions, avoid large gatherings. Persons at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 should stay home and away from crowded social spaces as much as possible. These recommendations will impact our facilities and programs.

Emeryville Senior CenterClosed March 13 through April 3
Effective Friday March 13, 2020, the Emeryville Senior Center will be closed through Friday April 3, 2020.
Community Services Programs/ClassesCancelled March 13 through April 3
Effective immediately, the following Community Services programs will be cancelled or closed through Friday April 3rd at the Senior Center, ECCL and Bridgecourt:
  • Events with more than 50 people
  • Cardio based physical fitness classes
  • Social dance programs
  • Computer labs and classes
Community EventsSpring Carnival and Community Expo on April 11th Cancelled
Based on Public Health Department guidance that large public gatherings should be cancelled or postponed, we are unfortunately cancelling the Annual Spring Carnival and Community Expo that was scheduled for April 11th.
Meals on Wheels ProgramTo remain in operation
The Meals on Wheels program will continue to deliver to existing clients. Congregate lunch will still be available in the form of “to-go” containers at 11:45am Monday-Friday. There are a limited number of meals available and will be distributed on a first come, first served basis to seniors who are registered for the program.

Additional Information

Non-essential Activities and Rentals with fewer than 50 people may continue provided that the activity can implement and maintain social distancing of 6 feet per person. 

All other events and programs are being individually evaluated to protect public health.  The City of Emeryville may take additional action to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect our community as additional information becomes available. Please check back for updates and notices.

Extra cleaning of shared surfaces is being performed and hand sanitizer is available at facilities wherever possible. Posters explaining proper hygiene and other healthy measures recommended by health officials are posted at City facilities. Staff is regularly washing their hands and encouraging the same of everyone around them.

The City is encouraging employees who feel unwell to stay home. Everyday actions help slow the spread and protect everyone. We all have a responsibility to protect our entire community. Here are simple actions we all need to make part of our routine:

  • Wash hands with soap and water (while singing happy birthday twice and washing for 20 seconds).
  • Cover your cough or sneeze.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Follow guidance from public health officials.
  • Call your health care provider first before seeking medical care.
  • Stay away from work, school, or other people if you become sick.

The City takes its direction on health issues from the Alameda County Department of Public Health, who is posting regular updates. There is a lot of good information on prevention and protection on the Center for Disease Control’s website.

 Please contact the front desk staff if you have any questions 510-596-3730.

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