Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

A Message from Mayor Patz

Mayor Christian R. Patz

(Updated: March 24, 2020)

This is an updated message from Emeryville Mayor Christian R. Patz regarding actions the City is taking to slow the spread of the coronavirus in our community. The Mayor would like to remind residents that the City is only providing essential services and that City facilities, programs and in-person services are suspended until April 7th. Please note that the City is closely monitoring this situation and as additional precautions are implemented, the City will communicate these updates through all of our available channels. To learn more about impacts to City services and to find available resources, visit

Dear Emeryville Community, 

The entire City Council and I are committed to everyone’s health and safety. City staff and I have been in regular contact with the Alameda County Health Department, California Department of Health, and federal authorities. I want to commend City staff for their quick actions. We have closed all non-essential activities but city staff and our dedicated public safety officers continue the essential work of the city. This includes the closing of play structures, while leaving parks open to allow for much needed outdoor time. 

Please remember to practice social distancing of at least six feet when you are out in public. This includes when you are using open space, in line at Trader Joe’s, Pak-n-Save, Target, or other local stores. Local restaurants are open for take-out and some are still delivering, so enjoy good food while supporting our neighborhood eateries. 

The impact of this crisis will have a lasting impact on our country. Locally, we have put rental and commercial evictions on hold, and will be discussing how to help those most impacted financially. The city is constantly updating our website with the latest information and links to supports available to those that have lost their job and small businesses struggling during the shutdown. 

Everything we have done will shape the outcome of this crisis, and save lives if we stay calm, care for one another, and stay focused on protecting our community. That is why we must follow the guidelines laid out by public health officers, continue addressing local needs, and put the health and safety of the most vulnerable first in every choice we make. Emeryville and the Bay Area have endured difficult situations before, and our strength, resilience, and heart saw us through then, and will do so again.

Christian R. Patz, Mayor

Emergency Proclamation Declaring an Emergency

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Police, Fire and all first-responder services, and essential Public Works infrastructure services, will remain in operation.  Emergency management personnel, emergency dispatchers, court personnel, and law enforcement personnel, and others who need to perform essential services are exempt from the Order. Our first responders are on the job prioritizing the health and safety of the community. To help limit the spread of coronavirus, we encourage the public to utilize our online police reporting services here or calling our 24/7 non-emergency line at (510) 596-3700. In the event of an emergency, dial 9-1-1 for assistance.

Additionally, public works construction, construction of housing, airport operations, water, sewer, gas, electrical, oil refining, roads and highways, public transportation, solid waste collection and removal, internet, and telecommunications systems, including the provision of essential global, national, and local infrastructure for computing services, business infrastructure, communications, and web-based services will continue.

[UPDATED 03/30/20] Essential workers searching for child care can connect with Alameda County Child Care Resource and Referral agencies to find care during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.  Please click here for more information.

City Administration

The City Hall Administration building and Old Town Hall, located at 1333 Park Avenue, will be closed as of Tuesday, March 17th through Tuesday, April 7th.

Community Development

Public Counter: Drop-in activities will cease during the closure period of March 17th through April 7th.

Building inspections: [UPDATED 03/26/20] The Building Division will continue on-site building inspections related to immediate safety and housing construction or mixed-use development that includes housing (allowed under the County Order).  The following are the inspections we will be providing in accordance with the County Order:

  1. Where the project is necessary to ensure the provision of healthcare services and Healthcare Operations;
  2. Where the project is necessary to ensure the continued operation of an Essential Business or Essential Governmental Function;
  3. Where the project is necessary to protect human health or safety;
  4. Research and Development projects;
  5. Electrical Meter Releases due to no power;
  6. Gas Meter Releases due to no gas;
  7. Water Service due to no water, main water line damage, or leak within the home;
  8. Water Heater replacement due to malfunction/non-operation of water heaters;
  9. Furnace (Heat Only) due to malfunction/non-operation of furnace;
  10. Imminent Hazard - Soil/Hillside Stabilization, Retaining Wall failures;
  11. Inspections for affordable housing projects - ALL TRADES.

 All inspection requests are being evaluated individually based on the above criteria, the scope and importance of an individual inspection, and whether the safety of the inspector, contractor and community member can be maintained. 

Permit holders may schedule by calling the Building Division Inspection request line at 510- 596-4315 before 7:00 a.m., the business day on which the inspection is requested and leaving a detailed voicemail message for the scope of work. Prior to requesting an inspection, the general contractor shall verify that the work to be inspected is complete and ready for inspection.”

Planning and Zoning:  No appointments will be made in during the period from March 17th through April 7th.  For urgent questions about Planning application matters, please contact Navarre Oaks at

Small Business & Non-Profit Community:  There are several disaster relief and assistance programs available for the small business and non-profit communities.  Alameda County and the City of Emeryville have also issued guidelines to assist employers in navigating through this crisis.  Please click here for more information, or contact Chadrick Smalley at

Resources for Tenants and Homeowners: On March 19, 2020 the Emeryville City Council adopted a temporary moratorium on residential and commercial evictions due to nonpayment of rent and foreclosures initiated by Homeowner Associations due to nonpayment of assessments, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The moratorium does not relieve the tenant from the obligation to pay rent, but provides that tenants cannot be evicted for not paying rent during the term of the moratorium. The moratorium is effective as of adoption (March 19, 2020) and expires on May 31, 2020 unless otherwise extended by the City Council. The full text of the ordinance enacting the moratorium can be found here. Additional guidance on the ordinance will be posted soon.

Community Services

Meals on Wheels: No changes this week. Beginning next week, we will still deliver 7 meals per week, but the delivery schedule will be reduced from four times per week to two times per week (more meals will be included with each delivery).

Congregate Meals: This week, we began a “to go” service for seniors to pick up meals to take home at. This week, we will serve two meals today (Tuesday), and a meal on Thursday and Friday. Starting next week, we will move to a similar schedule as Meals on Wheels where the meals for the week can be picked up on two days. We are still determining which days they will be available, but they are tentatively schedule for Monday and Friday. Meal pickup is available from 11:45am-12:15pm.

The 8 To Go Paratransit Shuttle: The shuttle is continuing normal scheduled operations. However, we are limiting rides to only one passenger in the vehicle at a time and are sanitizing the van more frequently. Additionally, we are asking riders to limit rides to medical appointments and grocery store visits only. The program runs 9:00am-12:30pm and 1:30pm-5:00pm, Monday-Friday.

City Park Play Areas: Consistent with actions taken by other cities, the City of Emeryville is closing the play areas at City parks due to the COVID-19 virus. The parks themselves will remain open, and residents are encouraged to get outside and walk, bike, jog or hike while maintaining safe social distances. In order to limit potential transmission of the coronavirus it is essential that appropriate social distancing (6 feet of space between individuals) is maintained.

Public Works

Encroachment Permits and Public Works Inspection: Email encroachment permit applications and Public Works inspection requests to Keely Nelson, Associate Civil Engineer, at Fees for new permits will be invoiced once City Hall is re-opened. Emergency work necessary for the preservation of life or property may be conducted without a permit, as long as a permit application is submitted as soon as reasonably possible to

Waste Services: All curbside and commercial collection services will continue as scheduled. Transfer stations will remain open to self-haul material. Most other in-person services will be closed. Call centers will be temporarily unavailable while transitioning to remote operations and service requests should be emailed to Details on services provided can be found here, with ongoing updates posted to the Waste Management website.  For urgent waste management permitting issues, please contact or

Bike Share: Bay Wheels bike share is continuing operations. Updates on their service status can be found on their website.

City Finance Department Functions

  • New business license applications and business license renewals will not be processed during the closure; business license certificates will not be mailed out to businesses until after City Hall re-opens.
  • Vendor checks will not be processed, issued or mailed out until after City Hall re-opens.
  • Staff will respond to inquiries when City Hall is re-opened.

Resources for Seniors

2-1-1 is available 24 hours/day, 7 days a week throughout the year and connects callers to health, housing and human services. Calling or clicking on 2-1-1 will connect you to trained resource specialists who have access a huge database of information about health, housing and human services programs available in Alameda County. The information includes assistance with rent and utilities, food, emergency shelter, employment, medical (physical, mental and emotional health), transportation, and other critical needs and overall information for seniors and their families. Information can be provided in over 300 different languages. Click here for more information , or dial 2-1-1 on your telephone.

Another resource is the Born to Age directory for older adults which is available in hard copy or online and includes health, housing and human services listings available in Alameda County.  Click here for more information.

Paid Sick Leave Guidance

This is an important reminder to all Emeryville employers and employees of Emeryville businesses about Emeryville’s Sick Leave Law and guidance from the State of California regarding paid leave and unemployment eligibility.  Please read the full memo here.

Social Distancing and Personal Hygiene

Scientific evidence shows social distancing is one of the most effective approaches to slow the transmission of communicable disease. The shelter-at-home order follows new data of increasing local transmission of COVID-19, including 258 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 4 deaths shared by the seven jurisdictions, as of March 15. The Bay Area’s collected confirmed cases is more than half of California’s case count. This does not account for the rapidly increasing number of assumed cases of community transmission. As testing capacity increases, the number of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases is expected to increase markedly.

The order defines essential activities as necessary for the health and safety for individuals and their families. Essential businesses allowed to operate during the recommended action include health care operations; businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals; fresh and non-perishable food retailers (including convenience stores); pharmacies; child care facilities; gas stations; banks; laundry businesses and services necessary for maintaining the safety, sanitation and essential operation of a residence. In addition, health care, law and safety, and essential government functions will continue under the recommended action. For the full list, please see section 10 of the Order.

The CDC continues to provide and update guidance for preventing the spread of COVID-19 in communities. For additional information visit CDC’S website.

Prevention & Good Hygiene Remain Key

The best way to reduce the risk of becoming infected with a respiratory virus, whether the flu or COVID-19, is to practice good hygiene:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before eating, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or crook of your elbow (not your hands). If you use a tissue, throw it away and wash your hands afterward
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Stay home from work or school if you have a fever or are feeling sick
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
  • Get your flu shot to protect against flu

Additional information, including what to do if you are feeling sick and official updates from Alameda County Public Health are available here.

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