The City of Albany is working closely with Alameda County Public Health to monitor and mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
The City of Albany is cancelling all non-essential meetings and events on a rolling 30-day basis to limit exposure and slow the transmission of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. Steps include operational changes and closure of City facilities to limit person-to-person spread of the virus. Please note that the top priority in all decisions made is ensuring the wellbeing of our staff and the community.
Emergency Proclamation and EOC Activation
The Albany City Council declared a local emergency at their Council meeting on March 16th, 2020. The City of Albany has activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and assigned additional personnel.
Public Facilities and Counters Closed
To ensure the safety of our staff and the public, and mitigate the spread of the virus, all City facilities are currently closed, including City Hall, the Community Center, the Senior Center, and the Public Works Center. This includes the Passport, Finance, and Community Development counters. If you need assistance, please call or email (see a full list of contact information below).
Senior Center Services and Friendship Club
To safeguard those at increased risk of severe illness, all classes and programs at the Albany Senior Center and the Albany Community Center have been cancelled. Meals-On-Wheels will continue to be provided. The congregate meal program will distribute to-go meals available for pick up Monday through Friday between 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. If you would like to contact the Senior Center, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1+ (510) 524-9122. Friendship Club, the City’s afterschool program, is also closing due to the school closure.
Meetings and Events
Based on guidance from the California Department of Public Health and the Alameda County Public Health Department, all large events have been cancelled, including Senior Center and Community Center rentals. All public meetings not essential to serving the interest of public health and safety have been cancelled for the remainder of the month, including advisory body meetings. You can access the City Calendar to get updated information on meetings.
Albany CARES and Homeless Outreach
Assistance and referrals to human services remain available in Albany during the COVID-19 outbreak. If you are experiencing homelessness, and/or if you need help while sheltered in your home or know someone who does, please contact our Albany CARES hotline to reach Human Services Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm at 1 + (510) 524-9122. After hours, please contact 211 here.
Assistance and referrals to services include:
- Meals-on-Wheels delivery for seniors
- "Pick-up-and-go" meals available at the Albany Senior Center Monday-Friday 12:00pm-1:00pm
- Groceries: The Mercy Brown Bag Program will be delivering food items at the Senior Center on Friday. Bags of groceries will be filled and delivered by city staff to low-income seniors in Albany.
- Shelter and Housing
Additionally, the following services are available to qualifying Albany residents:
- The Berkeley Food Network pantry will remain open to Berkeley and Albany residents at their 1925 Ninth Street location at the following times:
- Monday – Thursday – 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
- Monday & Wednesday – 5:00pm – 7:00 pm
- 1st & 3rd Saturdays – 10:00am to 12:00 noon
- The Berkeley Food Pantry will will remain open to Berkeley and Albany residents at their 1600 Sacramento Street location at the following times:
- Monday, Wednesday, Friday – 2:00pm – 4:00pm
The Albany Unified School District will provide grab-and go breakfast and lunch for youth 18 and under between 11:00am-1:00pm at the Albany High School Cafeteria, 603 Key Route Blvd.
A portable toilet and hand washing station is available for use in the Albany Community Center parking lot at 1249 Marin Avenue.
Additionally, the City of Albany is partnering with Alameda County—the lead public health agency—to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among unsheltered residents through partnerships with local assistance providers.
City Department Contact Information
Call 9-1-1 in an Emergency
The City of Albany provides full-service police, fire, and emergency medical services. All emergency services will remain in operation during the COVID-19 outbreak.
email@example.com | 1(510) 524-9122 | 1(888) 886-9660 (after hours)
The Albany CARES program is continuing to provide assistance to seniors, unsheltered individuals, and those in need during the COVID-19 outbreak such as food, meals for seniors, shelter and housing, legal aid, medical, dental and mental health care, utility bill payment assistance and more.
firstname.lastname@example.org | 1(510) 528-5710
City operations oversight, City Council meeting administration and agendas, public information, and overall management of COVID-19 issues and response within the City.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT
email@example.com | 1(510) 528-5760
Building permits and inspections, solid waste and recycling services, local business outreach and coordination.
firstname.lastname@example.org | 1(510) 528-5730
Accounts payable and receivable, business licenses.
PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT
email@example.com | 1(510) 524-9523
Infrastructure and facilities maintenance (streets, sewer, sidewalk, trees, parks, city trash cans, etc.).