Shelter in Place

Stay Home Except For Essential Needs                                                  

New Order Announced 3/31/20

Contra Costa Health Services, along with other Bay Area health departments, issued an updated order to continue the shelter in place until at least May 3, 2020. 

When Does this Order Take Effect? When Does it End? As of 11:59 pm on March 31, 2020, all individuals in the County must strictly follow the provisions in this new Order. This new Order will be in effect until May 3, 2020, but that date could be changed by the County Health Officer. 

Please see below links for this updated information.

Previous Shelter-in-Place Order - 3/17/20

Health Officers from Contra Costa and other Bay Area Counties issue a new Order that is effective 12:01 a.m. on March 17, 2020 and will continue to be in effect until 11:59 p.m. on April 7, 2020, unless extended or rescinded.  This public health order requires residents to stay home to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. 

View original Order of the Health Officer: Shelter at their Place of Residence (PDF). See Health Officer Order in Spanish (PDF)

California State Order

The State of California has also issued an executive order directing residents to stay home except for essential needs. Read more about that order here.

What to do

Everyone should stay home except for essential needs, such as getting food, caring for a relative or friend, getting necessary health care, or going to an essential job. Vulnerable populations must stay home.

It is okay to go outside for walks if you are not in a group.

What can I do? What’s open?

These essential services will remain open:

  • County and city government services: Police stations, fire stations, hospitals/clinics and healthcare operations, and some city offices 
  • Garbage/sanitation
  • Public transportation (including Muni, BART, Caltrain)
  • Utilities (water, power and gas)
  • Gas stations
  • Pharmacies
  • Food: Grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, take-out and delivery restaurants
  • Hardware stores/plumbers/electricians and those who provide services necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences
  • Banks
  • Bicycle Shops and Auto Repair Shops
  • Community benefit organizations on a case-by-case basis
  • Laundromats/laundry services
  • Cemeteries
  • Newspapers, television, radio, and other media services
  • Food-delivery services

View City of Richmond Business Guidance here (English & Spanish)

Where can I learn more?

See more Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (PDF). See Answers to Frequently Asked Questions in Spanish (PDF). If you have questions about the Health Order, you can reach the Contra Costa County Call Center in English or Spanish at 1-844-729-8410, 8 AM - 5 PM. After hours, call 211 if you need assistance.