Shelter in Place Guidance & Safe Recreation

Governor Newsom has issued an Executive Order mandating a statewide Shelter in Place until further notice.

Shelter In Place Ordered by Alameda and Contra Costa Counties

Contra Costa and Alameda counties have ordered all residents to shelter in place and stay away from others until January 4th. The announcement is a bold step towards slowing down the spread of COVID-19 and it is imperative we take action now to self-isolate and keep our community safe. Residents should only leave their homes for essential reasons. Read more about the order here .

  • Essential business includes; grocery stores at 35 % capacity, certain retail at 20% capacity, pharmacies, gas stations and hospitals as well as public transportation including BART will remain open. Restaurants will remain open but only for takeout and delivery.
  • Non-essential business non-essential gatherings of any size are now banned, along with any non-essential travel.
  • Essential/Non-Essential Workers: to work from home or stop work unless their work is an essential service such as health care workers, public safety, utility providers and sanitation workers. Day care centers may remain open (with certain restrictions).is being asked Everyone

Contra Costa County has provided a Frequently Asked Questions fact sheet on their webpage and opened a hotline for those with questions about the order: 1-844-729-8410

Alameda County has also provided a Frequently Asked Questions fact sheet.

Stay Up-To-Date with Local County Health Departments

of Public Health, are on the front lines in combating the spread of COVID-19. Visit their websites regularly and follow them on social media for updates.DeptOur local county public health departments, in conjunction with the California

What You Can Do To Stop the Spread of Germs

The California Department of Public Health has issued guidance to use cloth face coverings while out in public conducting essential businesses. Learn more about the guidance here .

  • Wash hands with liquid soap and water and rub for at least 20 seconds, before and after eating and when you arrive home from being out in public.
  • Use liquid hand sanitizer when not able to wash hands with soap and water.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve or the crook of your arm (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Refrain from touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Get a flu shot to protect yourself and others from the flu, which has similar symptoms to COVID-19.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Common Signs and Symptoms of COVID-19

1. Fever

2. Fatigue

3. Dry cough

*If you think you may have COVID-19, please contact your healthcare provider or local county health department first for an assessment. Going to the doctor’s office or hospital if you are positive could result in further transmissions of the virus.

Contra Costa County Public Health phone number: 925-313-6740

Alameda County Public Health phone number:

Weekdays 8:30 am–5pm: (510) 267-3250

After hours: (925) 422-7595 and ask for the public health duty officer on call

Travel Advisories Outside of the United States

If you are planning to travel internationally, please consult the CDC’s risk assessment here:

Food Security

10 Tips for Safe Shopping During COVID-19

CalFresh is the program formally known as Food Stamps and federally known as SNAP. This program issues electronic benefits to purchase food to California residents who meet the eligibility requirements.

Apply online:

CalFresh Info Line: 1-877-847-3663

Pandemic-EBT A new program created to help feed children eligible for Free or Reduced Price school meals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Contra Costa and Solano County Food Bank

You can find information about getting help with food in your city, as well as income eligibility guidelines, here:

Call: 925-676-7543

Monument Crisis Center

Monument Crisis Center will hold emergency food distribution open to all in need during the following dates and times:

Tuesday March 24th 9am-12pm

Call: (925) 825-7751

Visit their website:

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Alameda Food Bank

Alameda County Foodbank operates a helpline that will work with you to address your food security needs. They’re open M-F from 9 am – 4 pm. Call: 1-800-870-FOOD (3663) or 1-510-635-3663. Service in multiple languages Visit their website:

Restaurants Offering To-Go and Delivery


Public Health officials understand the need to enjoy the benefits of nature during the coronavirus pandemic situation. For those wishing to take a break in the outdoors, they are advising them to walk, run, hike and bike in their local neighborhoods and walk to parks. Everyone has the responsibility to “Flatten the COVID-19 Curve at Parks” by maintaining a social distance of 6 ft. or more when recreating in the outdoors, and staying home if they are sick. If visitors cannot maintain social distancing, they need to leave the park.

  • California State Parks

Non-campground outdoor areas of parks, including trails and beaches, are open, however parking lots are closed. All State Park campgrounds are closed. Please check before any outing, as circumstances may change:

  • East Bay Regional Parks Trails remain open for the public’s use for recreation. Picnic areas and restrooms are closed, water is turned off, and trash must be packed out. Please check this EBRPD link before any outing, as circumstances may change:

  • East Bay MUD Recreation Areas

The Lafayette and San Pablo Reservoir recreation areas are currently closed, but some trails elsewhere remain open. Please check this link before any outing, as circumstances may change:

  • County and City Parks

Closures vary widely. Please check with your county or city for the most up-to-date information: Alameda County:

Contra Costa County:


East Bay MUD and PG&E have issued Customer Disconnection Moratoriums effective immediately and until further notice.

Local Agency Closures

  • Contra Costa County has a webpage with more information about department closures and service modifications.

Domestic Violence Resources

COVID-19, like many crises, has a disproportionate impact on the most vulnerable people in society. That means seniors, immunocompromised people, and people with disabilities in terms of the health risks but also includes victims of domestic violence, who may be sheltering in place with abusers. If you do not feel safe at home, there are resources that are available to help. You are not alone.

If you are in immediate danger or in an emergency situation, please call 911.
24/7 Hotlines:

State Actions to Protect Californians from COVID-19

  • March 20th: Covered California announced it will extend the open enrollment deadline to June 30, effective immediately.
  • March 19th: Governor Newsom issued an Executive Order mandating a statewide Shelter In Place until further notice.
  • March 17th: Governor Newsom issued an Executive Order to ease restrictions on commercial drivers engaged in support of emergency relief efforts in order to ensure key commodities can be delivered to retailers.
  • March 17th: Governor Newsom placed the National Guard on alert to be prepared to perform humanitarian missions across the state including food distribution, ensuring resiliency of supply lines, as well as supporting public safety as required.
  • March 16th: Governor Newsom issued new guidance asking the entire state to stop gatherings of any size, have restaurants open only for takeout and delivery as well as close gyms.
  • March 15th: Governor Newsom issued guidance, which asks all persons over 65 and those with immune deficiencies to self-isolate. Additionally, the guidance requests that all bars, wineries/breweries, and nightclubs close. It also stated that restaurants cut their occupancy by half and use social distancing when seating patrons with a focus on takeout/delivery.
  • March 11th: State public health officials announced updated guidance stating that gatherings of 250 people or more should be postponed or canceled across the state until at least the end of March. Gatherings of individuals who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 should be limited to no more than 10 people, while also following social distancing guidelines .
  • March 4th: Governor Newsom declared a State of Emergency to streamline processes that will allow California to more rapidly address the impacts of suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases throughout the state.
    • This includes price gouging protections for emergency and medical supplies statewide, including, but not limited to, antibacterial products, hygiene products, prescription and over-the-counter medications, and personal protective equipment;( file a complaint)

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