The City of Albany is working closely with Alameda County Public Health to monitor and mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). This is a new disease, and information and recommendations are changing rapidly and the local, state and federal response is evolving. On March 10, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors declared a public health emergency based on evidence of community transmission and increasing circulation of COVID-19 across the Bay Area. The World Health Organization characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic on March 11th. On March 12th, the Alameda County Public Health Department confirmed the first reported cases of community-acquired transition in Alameda County. Alameda County Public Health is updating the case count daily on their website.
The Albany City Council declared a local emergency at their Council meeting on March 16th, 2020 and the City of Albany has activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC).
Shelter in Place Order
On March 16, Alameda County issued an order directing Alameda County residents to shelter at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The County updated the Shelter-in-Place Order on March 31st to extend the timeline and tighten restrictions.
The order limits activity, travel and business functions to only the most essential needs. Alameda County Public Health has created FAQs to address questions regarding this mandate. All individuals currently living within the County of Alameda are ordered to shelter at their place of residence. To the extent individuals are using shared or outdoor spaces, they must maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any other person not from within their household. Residents may only leave their homes for essential activities, including:
- Obtaining food and household products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences
- To engage in outdoor activity, provided the individuals comply with social distancing requirements of at least six feet
- To care for a family member or pet in another household
- To go to work if it has been deemed essential, such as essential government services, healthcare work, essential infrastructure maintenance, law enforcement and emergency management, grocery stores, food service providers such as restaurants (but only for delivery take out), hardware stores fueling stations and auto supply and repair, financial institutions, mailing and shipping services, laundry service providers, and other essential service providers
Additional restrictions may be issued as the outbreak progresses. All non-essential City meetings and events have been cancelled and City facilities are closed to the public. We continue to provide essential services and remain available to serve our community, particularly those that may not have easy access to food and other needed services. Please note that these services are subject to change, and we urge you to check this site for the most up-to-date information.
Updates on City Services
While all non-essential City meetings and events have been cancelled and City facilities are closed to the public, the City of Albany continues to provide essential services and remains available to serve our community, particularly those that may not have easy access to food and other needed services. Many services can be conducted by phone and/or email .
Albany CARES continues to provide food and housing assistance to seniors and unsheltered individuals through their hotline Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm at 1(510) 524-9122.
Street sweeping operations continue, but parking enforcement for these violations has been suspended during the shelter in place. Officers may address other parking violations that may be deemed necessary for the safety or well-being of the community.
Governor Newsom signed emergency legislation providing $500 million authorizing up to $1 billion to increase hospital bed capacity and purchase medical equipment, protect hospitals, nursing homes, and other facilities most vulnerable to COVID-19 spread, provide lifesaving services to Californians isolating at home, support local governments to provide safe beds for people experiencing homelessness, and provide funding to clean child care facilities that remain open.
To learn more, visit the CDC’s website, and find a full list of prevention tips here. Please subscribe to our e-notifications and weekly enews to receive email updates from the City of Albany, including new COVID-19 information. This webpage will be updated regularly.