Due to the COVID-19 virus, there is a County-wide Shelter-in-Place order which includes the City of Richmond. City of Richmond emergency staff are working in the City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to maintain essential services, take precautionary measures to flatten the curve, and provide information to the public and employees.
We are actively working to ensure that the plans, policies, and protocols related to the COVID-19 virus will sustain the continuity of the City’s operations, services, and safety of city employees and the Richmond community. A local state of emergency has been declared to allow the City to be reimbursed for eligible emergency-related expenses from the State of California’s California Disaster Assistance Act.
Essential services such as Police, Fire, and Public Works are operational. Other services may be handled by city staff remotely, so we appreciate your understanding that responses may be somewhat delayed. For information on how to contact staff in a particular department, please visit their webpage.
Richmond Community Services Department launched the Virtual Recreation Center with lots of great ideas for indoor and outdoor activities your family can engage in during the shelter in place.
Community Letter from City Manager Laura Snideman - 3/20/20 English | Spanish
As a reminder of how best to protect yourself and our community members, we continue to follow the guidance of our local public health department, Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS). We must take specific precautionary measures to limit the spread of disease in our community.
Individual and Family Preparedness & Prevention Recommendations to Practice Healthy Habits
Wash your hands! Frequent hand washing is easy, under your control, and has no significant downsides.
Don’t touch your face, eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
Stay at home unless you need to leave for essential needs, such as getting food, caring for a relative or friend, getting necessary health care, or going to an essential job
Stay home if you are sick unless you need medical attention.
Cough into the crook of your arm or a tissue.
Use a barrier, such as a paper towel or tissue, to touch surfaces, such as bathroom door handles and elevator buttons.
Ensure you have some essentials (such as food, beverages, and toiletries) in case you need to stay in your home.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, counter tops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
The California Department of Public Health is not recommending the use of masks by the public and purchasing these will contribute to a shortage for health care workers.