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Latest Covid-19 Coronavirus Information For Residents & Businesses

Post Date:04/02/2020 9:30 AM

The City of Lafayette continues to monitor the Coronavirus (Covid-19) situation and will keep residents and businesses informed of the steps being taken by the City, Contra Costa County Health Services, California Department of Public Health, and the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in responding to Covid-19.

Contra Costa County Stay Home Order for Covid-19 Extended Until at Least May 3

(March 31, 2020) The Covid-19 public health crisis in Contra Costa County has worsened significantly over the past two weeks. Confirmed cases in the six most populous Bay Area counties have increased more than eight-fold since the prior Stay Home order. While the prior Stay Home order has been effective in reducing the rate of transmission of the Covid-19 disease (“flattening the curve”), it is not enough. 

The County Health Officer has determined that more and stricter social distancing is needed to slow the rate of spread, prevent deaths, and stop the health care system from becoming overwhelmed. The new order strengthens, extends, and clarifies the restrictions for parks, childcare, construction, recreation, and enforcement, and adds additional requirements for essential businesses. Essential businesses that continue to operate facilities in the County must complete, post, and implement a social distancing protocol for each facility that remains open, before Friday, April 3, 2020. 

You can read the press release on the new Stay at Home Order here: 

https://www.contracosta.ca.gov/DocumentCenter/View/64726/Stay-home-order-press-release_0331_final-1

The full Health Officer Order can be found here:

https://www.contracosta.ca.gov/DocumentCenter/View/64727/2020-0331-Health-Officer-Order-COVID19

A summary of the new Stay at Home Order can be found here: 

https://www.contracosta.ca.gov/DocumentCenter/View/64733/2020-0331-Summary-Superseding-Order-Changes

 

Covid-19 Emergency Timeline

  • March 31: Bay Area Counties extend until May 3, and strengthen, new Stay at Home Order
  • March 20 Lafayette City Council holds "virtual" Special City Council Meeting. Watch the meeting on the City’s Channel here: https://youtu.be/sgtvcPWNep4.
  • March 17: Contra Costa Health opens COVID-19 Call Center (9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.). The telephone number is 1-844-729-8410. 
  • March 16: A Shelter In Place Order was issued for all Contra Costa County residents. The Order became effective at 12:01 a.m., March 17, 2020, and will continue to be in effect until midnight on April 7, 2020. Please read the Order carefully. Violation of or failure to comply with this Order is a misdemeanor punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both. (California Health and Safety Code § 120295, et seq.). The full text of the Order can be found here: https://cchealth.org/coronavirus/pdf/HO-COVID19-SIP-0316-2020.pdf 
  • March 16: All City of Offices be closed to the public through March 31, 2020. The closures affect City facilities at Desco Plaza (3675 Mt. Diablo Blvd.), the Community Center (500 St. Mary’s Road), and the Corporation Yard (3001 Camino Diablo). Essential services, such as police services, remain in operation.

Important Resources for Residents & Businesses

Reduce Your Risk of Becoming Infected: Practice Good Hygiene

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available
  • People who are sick should always cover their coughs and sneezes using a tissue or the crook of their elbow; wash your hands after using a tissue to wipe your nose or mouth
  • People who are sick should stay home from work or school until they are well
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with your unwashed hands
  • Practice "Social Distancing

How to Contact the City of Lafayette During the Covid-19 Emergency 

Police

Emergency: 911

24-Hour Non-Emergency Dispatch: (925) 284-5010 

Lafayette Police Department continues to be fully staffed, along with Dispatch Services.  The front lobby of the PD will be closed until further notice, which means no medication drop-offs or fingerprint services.  Code Enforcement is being limited to high priority calls only at this time.  Officers continue to actively patrol and respond to crimes in progress.  When possible, officers are handling calls for service by telephone.  The PD has additional staff on patrol to ensure public safety and the security of Lafayette businesses. 

 

Administration

Main City Offices: (925) 284-1968

City Council Email: cityhall@lovelafayette.org

City Staff Email: Find a directory of staff at www.lovelafayette.org/city-hall/contact-us

Communications and Public Information Email: jheyman@ci.lafayette.ca.us

Sign up for City of Lafayette e-notifications, including Covid-19 updates, at https://www.lovelafayette.org/city-hall/e-notification. Make sure to scroll down to the News section and select "Almost Daily Briefing," "General News," and "Weekly Roundup."


Engineering & Public Works

Public Works: (925) 934-3908

Public Works Crew is working to keep the City safe during this shelter-in-place order.  Messages may be left at the phone number above, or a work request may be filled out on-line.

Engineering: (925) 284-1951

Engineering staff are working remotely, providing most services previously offered during counter hours, including issuing and inspection of encroachment permits, with priority being given to permits for essential work. For updates about ongoing engineering-related applications or projects, directly emailing the engineer or inspector already involved with your project (see staff contact information here: https://www.lovelafayette.org/city-hall/city-departments/engineering) or, for general inquiries, emailing TKain@lovelafayette.org are the best means of communication at this time.

Essential and emergency projects involving work in the City’s right of way will continue to be issued encroachment permits and receive inspections. Should you require an Encroachment Permit, please follow these online instructions: https://www.lovelafayette.org/city-hall/city-departments/engineering/permits-agreements/encroachments.


Planning and Building

Planning: (925) 284-1976
Planning Email: planner@lovelafayette.org 

Visit www.lovelafayette.org/planning for self-service assistance including zoning, applications forms, and staff contact information.
A planner will be on-duty at our Virtual Planning Counter, Monday-Friday, 1:00-3:00 PM.  Click this link to connect with a planner in real time via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/699247459.  Join by telephone at Tel. (669) 900-9128, Meeting ID: 699 247 459.

Contra Costa County Building Inspection Department (CCCBID) has closed its facilities to the public.  Limited staff continue to work on essential and emergency projects.  Here is a link for more information.

 

Parks, Trails and Recreation

Recreation: (925) 284-2232

Email: Recreation@lovelafayette.org

Senior Services: (925) 284-5050

Email: Seniors@lovelafayette.org

Park facilities are closed, including restrooms and drinking fountains, playgrounds, the Lafayette Community Center and Lafayette Community Park, sports fields and batting cages at the Lafayette Community Park and Buckeye Fields, indoor facilities including the Lafayette Community Center and Buckeye Meeting Room, picnic tables and picnic areas, Petanque and Bocce Courts and associated picnic areas, and the Lafayette Multi-Sport Rink. Camps, classes, lectures and programs have been cancelled through April 7th, including Tot Drop, After School Awesome and Tiny Tots preschool. Please visit www.LoveLafayette.org/VirtualCommunityCenter for Parks, Trails & Recreation resources during the closure. 

 

Lamorinda School Bus Program

Program Manager: wsimon@ci.lafayette.ca.us

The school buses will not run when schools are closed. Once a decision to reopen schools is made, an official policy to issue refunds for unused service will be released, and parents will be notified of their options.  Our offices are closed, so please be patient until we are fully operational again.