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COVID-19 Recent Announcements

June 5, 2020

The Alameda County Health Officer released two new orders this afternoon which will affect Piedmont. The first, which is effective immediately, strengthens the existing face covering requirement. The second, which is effective on Monday, June 8th, allows certain additional business, recreational, social, and cultural activities to resume, while maintaining the restrictions on movement and public and private gatherings set forth in previous shelter in place orders.

For more detailed information on the County orders issued today, please see the Health Officer's press release at http://www.acphd.org/media/584409/press-release-2020.06.05.pdf. For the full text of the orders, please see the Health Officer Order page at http://www.acphd.org/2019-ncov/health-officer-orders.aspx.

The City of Piedmont is examining these orders and will provide guidance early next week as to how they will affect Piedmonters and businesses located within our City.



May 18, 2020

Thanks to residents’ efforts to slow the spread of Covid-19, on Monday, May 18th, the Alameda County Health Officer issued two orders that permit some retail activities and allow highly regulated vehicle based gatherings.  A summary of the new orders can be found here.

While not specifically impactful for businesses right in Piedmont, this new order impacts many businesses in areas directly surrounding Piedmont. Businesses and activities authorized under previous orders may continue, and the updated Shelter in Place Order (Health Officer Order 2020-11) allows for some additional businesses to resume operations, with Site Specific Protection Plans.  These include: 
• Retail stores for curbside or storefront pickup, and/or delivery only 
• Manufacturing businesses permitted to operate under the state Resilience Roadmap 
• Logistics and Warehousing permitted to operate under the state Resilience Roadmap

A current list of essential, outdoor, and additional businesses in Alameda County allowed to operate with Site Specific Protection Plans can be found here

The County Health Officer also issued an order (Health Officer Order 20-12) permitting vehicle-based gatherings  of up to 200 cars at a time, for no longer than 3 hours, under highly regulated conditions. The full text of this order can be found on the Alameda County Public Department’s web site. 

At this time, the county and state Shelter in Place orders remain in effect, so everyone should continue to stay and work at home as much as possible. This simple act helps protect our entire community. Please remember that public and/or private gatherings of any size are not allowed, and non-essential travel remains prohibited. Please wear a face covering outside the home, and stay at least six feet away from people outside your household.

On May 4th the local Alameda County Health Order was modified to allow construction projects to resume with strict social distancing and face covering guidelines, and landscaping activities were permitted to resume as well.  City of Piedmont parks were reopened on May 5th for essential outdoor exercise.  As a reminder, rules in the parks include wearing a face covering outside the home, and stay at least six feet away from people outside your household. Alameda County is using the State’s Resilience Roadmap as a guide to reopening but will be moving at a timeline based on local data and pandemic conditions. At this time, the data and response infrastructure have permitted the County to safely move into Early Stage 2 effective May 18th.  

You can also visit the City's webpage: Shelter in Place FAQs for Piedmonters

May 1, 2020
How the Alameda County Health Officer’s new shelter in place order affects Piedmont

The Alameda County Health Officer issued a revised and extended shelter in place order which takes effect on Monday, May 4th and lasts until Sunday, May 31st. The intent of this updated order remains the same: “To ensure that County residents continue to shelter in their places of residence to slow the spread of COVID-19 and mitigate the impact on delivery of critical healthcare services.” The provisions of the order are largely the same as the previous orders, with some exceptions. The City of Piedmont’s actions are based upon the intent and the letter of the order.

The Alameda County Health Officer’s order regarding use of face coverings outside the home remains in place and residents are encouraged to follow its requirements. The City recommends that community members carry masks with them at all times when outside the home and put them on when social distancing is not possible.

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Read on to see how Piedmonters will be affected by the new order. You can also visit the City's webpage: Shelter in Place FAQs for Piedmonters

Parks:
Beginning Tuesday, May 5th, the City of Piedmont will open the majority of its parks, to allow for socially distanced use of playfields, green spaces, and walking paths. The City will use Monday to perform necessary maintenance tasks which cannot be undertaken until the new order comes in to force. The openings will be staggered, to ensure that maintenance needs which were deferred due to the previous orders are taken care of before parks are opened.

• Social distancing requirements remain in place and no gatherings will be allowed.
• Pursuant to the order, playgrounds, tot lots, picnic areas, barbecue areas, and Linda Dog Park will remain closed until further notice.
• Park restrooms and water fountains will remain closed until further notice.
• Residents should use the parks with members of their own households and not mix or mingle with other households.

The City will be monitoring compliance with the social distancing requirements as well as restrictions on gatherings. Should residents not comply with these basic health protections, which are mandatory under the order, the City will have no choice but to close these spaces again. We hope that you will enjoy parks safely and in a manner that protects your own health and that of your neighbors.

Group sports, such as baseball, basketball, football, pickleball, and tennis, among others are permitted under the county order only with members of the same household or living unit. Tennis, pickleball, and basketball courts as well as the skate park will open when we have established appropriate protocols for these spaces.

Off Leash Areas:

The updated order requires dog parks to be closed. Piedmont’s only dog park, located in Linda Park, will remain closed. Because the three other off leash areas in Piedmont (Blair Park, portions of Dracena Park, and portions of Piedmont Park) are located within general use parks, which residents will have access to, the City instituted a temporary requirement that dogs BE ON LEASH IN THESE AREAS. Without this requirement, to comply with the order, the City would have to keep these areas closed. Signage will be posted.

Construction:

The revised order allows work on construction projects to resume on Monday, May 4th. As most Piedmonters are working from their homes, the Planning & Building Department is asking contractors and property owners to be considerate of their neighbors when doing work which creates noise. Construction noise is permitted in Piedmont from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday and 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. We suggest you reach out to your neighbors when resuming work and to keep an open channel of communication with them.

All construction projects must comply with Appendix B of the Alameda County Health Officer’s order regarding construction safety. 

Landscaping:

The revised order removes the restrictions on landscaping work. Effective Monday, May 4th, landscapers are allowed to resume work in Piedmont but they must strictly comply with social distancing requirements. Landscaping work on City parks and property will resume on Monday. Piedmont’s prohibition on the use of gas leaf blowers at any time remains in effect.

Childcare and Recreation Programs:

The Alameda County Health Officer’s order allows for some child care and other recreation programs for children of essential workers to resume. At this time, the Piedmont Recreation Department is examining whether it is feasible to begin programming, in compliance with the order’s restrictions. More information will be provided when it becomes available.


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Alameda County Health Officer Extends Shelter In Place Order to May 31st


On Wednesday, April 29th, the Alameda County Health Officer issued a revised shelter in place order which will become effective on Monday, May 4th. The revised order largely keeps current shelter in place requirements and restrictions on non-essential activities in place and extends them through the end of May. The new order includes limited easing of specific restrictions for a small number of lower-risk activities.

It’s important to note that provisions of the current order remain in force until the end of the day on Sunday, May 3rd. In addition, the requirement to wear face coverings when leaving the home is still in place.

The City of Piedmont is determining how the revised order will affect activities in Piedmont and will provide detailed information to the community on or before Friday, May 1st. 

To read the order, a summary document, and the joint press release, please visit the Alameda County Public Health Department’s COVID-19 page.

COVID-19 Information

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The City of Piedmont is working to keep residents informed on the evolving COVID-19 situation. This email update will be sent out weekly on Wednesday night. We want to make sure as many people as possible get this important information so please share this with others and encourage them to subscribe to the update. The City is also updating the City's website and social media channels. Stay connected and informed! Click  to subscribe to receive the COVID-19 email in your inbox.


April 18. 2020
Alameda County Requires Face Coverings Outside the Home

On Friday, April 17th, the Alameda County Public Health Department announced a requirement that that members of the public wear face coverings when outside of their household. The order became effective on Saturday, April 18th and can be enforced beginning Wednesday, April 22nd at 8:00 a.m.

Face coverings can be simple and homemade, made of cloth, fabric, or other soft or permeable material without holes, that covers the nose and mouth. The face covering must be worn in three main settings:

  • Essential Businesses, or other businesses and facilities engaged in Minimum Basic Operations, Essential Infrastructure or Essential Government Functions
  • When seeking health care (health care workers and facilities have a different set of requirements)
  • Public transportation or other types of shared transportation

Children aged 12 and younger are not required to wear a face covering, and any child two years old or younger should not wear a face covering. The order does not apply if a person is only with members of their own household. A person engaged in walking, hiking, bicycling and running is not required to wear a face covering but that person must take steps to maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance from others, and carry a face covering in case one is needed when encountering other people.

Click to read the County Health Officer’s order. Click to read the County’s press release regarding the face covering order.

The CDC has information on how to wear and make a cloth face covering for yourself and your family. 



Alameda County Health Officer Extends Shelter in Place Order to May 3, 2020

The Alameda County Health Officer extended its shelter in place order for Alameda County residents through May 3, 2020 and strengthened, clarified, and extended the previous order issued on March 16, 2020.

The new order is available on the Alameda County Public Health Department’s website. A summary of changes between the prior order and the updated order is available here and a Frequently Asked Questions page is also available on the County's website.

Pursuant to the County Order, the City of Piedmont will close all of its parks effective April 1, 2020, until further notice. 

Visit the Shelter in Place FAQ for Piedmonters for answers to common questions from residents. This revised order makes changes in several important items, including: park closures, construction and landscaping restrictions. Visit one of these page from more information on these areas.


For more information on COVI-19, please see: Centers for Disease ControlCalifornia Coronavirus Response and the Alameda County Public Health Department

Stay Home Piedmonters!

WE OWE IT TO EACH OTHER TO STAY HOME and are required by the State of California and Alameda County to do so. The best thing we can do for the community and each other is to comply with the order to shelter in place at our homes. Please watch this 8 minute video on why staying at home is vitally important.

Even outdoors, social activities are discouraged. Community Members should leave their homes for essential activities only and then, practice good social distancing. According to the experts, sheltering in place is one of the most important factors in controlling the spread of COVID-19. Check on friends and family using text, phone calls, video chats, and social media.

What does it mean to “shelter in place?”

The term “shelter in place” means to stay in your home and not leave unless necessary for one of the designated exceptions listed below:

  • To get food
  • To get a prescription
  • To see a doctor
  • To go to work if your work is essential
  • To take your children to and from authorized childcare
  • To help people you care for get the things they need to live and be healthy and safe
  • To exercise, so long as you are maintaining a safe distance of six feet from people who aren't in your household. Gathering on fields and in parks is not permitted.

  • If you go out, practice effective social distancing by staying at least 6 feet away from all others. Whether or not you go out, it’s a great idea to use good hygiene practices which can help mitigate your exposure, including:

    • Washing hands often
    • Utilizing hand sanitizer which is at least 60% alcohol
    • Not going out if you feel sick

    If you or someone you know needs assistance, please consider using one of the resources below:

    • Alameda County 211
    • Crisis Support Services of Alameda County (800) 309-2131
    • Piedmont Public Safety Dispatch (510) 420-3000 (non-emergency) or 911 for emergencies


    What We are Doing to Keep Piedmont Residents Safe

    The City of Piedmont is working closely with Alameda County Public Health to monitor and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The City of Piedmont has cancelled all non-essential meetings, events, programs and closed City facilities through May 3rd to limit exposure and slow the transmission of COVID-19. As the situation changes, the City website pages will be updated.

    Closed City Facilities
    See which City Facilities are closed: City Facilities 

    City Services
    We continue to provide essential services and remain available to serve the Piedmont community. We have closed City Hall counters but are working to provide services via phone, web, etc. The City Services page on this site will have the most up to date information on City Services and how to access them. 

    See this announcement regarding temporary changes to Solid Waste Collection Services.

    Have Questions about Shelter in Place Order
    We have complied a list of answers to common question from residents on the Shelter in Place FAQ for Piedmonters page.

    In need of Assistance?
    If you are in need of resources or sevices please go to the Available COVID-19 Services & Resources page for a list. If you are in need of emergency services call 911.

    What Can You Do to Help Your Neighbors & the Community

    The best thing you can do to help slow the spread of the virus to the comply with the Shelter in Place Order, practice social distancing and follow the guidelines from the CDC on how to Stop the Spread. We have gathered a list of links to the various ways you can assist or volunteer.

    • Wash hands with liquid soap and water, and rub for at least 20 seconds
    • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water aren't available. Look for one with at least 60% alcohol.
    • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
    • Follow the CDC’s guidance to Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using normal household cleansers
    • Practice social distancing, and try alternatives to shaking hands, like an elbow bump or wave
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
    • If you have recently returned from a country, state or region with ongoing COVID-19 infections, monitor your health and follow the instructions of public health officials.
    • Stay home if you are sick
    • Cover your cough or sneeze
    • There is no recommendation to wear masks at this time to prevent yourself from getting sick.
    • Stay informed