Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

A Message from Mayor Patz

Mayor Christian R. Patz

(Updated: April 30, 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 further notice. 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 on City services and to find available resources, visit

Dear neighbors,

As you know, the six Bay Area counties have extended the shelter in place orders through the end of May. While very similar to the prior order, the new order includes some limited easing of specific restrictions for a few of lower-risk activities. You can read the order here.

While I know this is hard (my family is ready to be done with staying home), we must let the medical experts guide us. While other states are opening up for the economy, the health and safety of our friends and family are more important than money. We continue to look for ways to support each other. The City is updating its COVID-19 page regularly with new information but know we are all working from home and information changes quickly, so please be patient and check back weekly.

We have avoided a large-scale outbreak in the East Bay, our hospitals continue to have adequate capacity to serve those who require medical attention, and our infection and death rates remain low. We did this through rigorous social distancing and by staying at home. It is important we continue to keep at it, so that we can open up with confidence when it is safe to do so.

Christian R. Patz, Mayor

Emeryville Staff Collage Opens in new window Emeryville, We’re Here For You!

Even though City Hall is closed to the public right now, we are still hard at work providing services! Whether working from home, onsite or out around town, City staff continues to work to keep essential services available for you!

We will all get through this together. We hope you enjoy this photo collage of your City staff members taking care of business each and every day!

This COVID-19 webpage is updated frequently and contains all sorts of good information. Also, follow our Community Services Department on Facebook and the City’s official Twitter page @EmeryvilleCA.

Emergency Proclamation Declaring an Emergency

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"Shelter in Place" Order Extended Until Further Notice


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.

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 and until further notice.

On Friday, August 28, 2020, the State of California announced a shift from its Monitoring List to a color-coded four-tier Blueprint for a Safer Economy. In doing so, the State altered the reopening plans for some businesses and activities, opening some that had been prohibited and imposing new standards on others. The State also reiterated that local Health Officers can be more restrictive than the State. Alameda County is in the Purple Tier, which indicates widespread COVID-19 in our county and Emeryville.

Alameda County Public Health Department ("ACPHD") has carefully examined the additional activities that may be permitted to reopen by the State in the Purple Tier. They are evaluating next steps and options for alignment with the State, while ensuring a reopening plan that reflects the specific disease conditions and needs in Alameda County and Emeryville.

In doing so, ACPHD is considering the risk, timing and cadence of reopening activities, as well as their downstream impact on local disease conditions that could limit future activities. ACPHD will issue another update this week on how they plan to proceed as they work through options and concerns.

For the list of activities that are open and not open in Alameda County, visit the Alameda County website.

Community Development

On April 29, 2020, the Alameda County Public Health Officer’s Order overseeing all jurisdictions in six Bay Area counties, including Emeryville, has been updated and requires residents to shelter in place from March 17, 2020, and until further notice, leaving only to receive or provide essential services.

For information about construction, inspections, and permit applications during this period, see guidance on ways to get planning and building services online.

Public Counter: Drop-in activities will cease during the closure period of March 17th and until further notice.

Planning Applications and Zoning: Planning applications may be submitted and will be processed electronically during the period from March 17th and until further notice. For detailed information, click here.  While City Offices remain closed under the Shelter in Place Order for Alameda County the Planning Division is experiencing a high volume of email correspondence. It may take 24-48 hours for you to receive a response. Thank you for your patience.

Permit Application and Plan Review: For detailed information, click here.  While City Offices remain closed under the Shelter in Place Order for Alameda County the Building Division is experiencing a high volume of email correspondence. It may take 24-48 hours for you to receive a response. Thank you for your patience.

Building Inspections: Permit holders may schedule inspections by calling the Building Division inspection request line at 510- 596-4315 and leaving a detailed voicemail message describing 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.

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.  Resources for businesses impacted by the pandemic are changing daily.  Please click here  for the latest information from the Economic Development and Housing Division, or contact Chadrick Smalley at

Additional COVID-19 assistance efforts were announced April 2nd by Governor Newsom:

iBank Loan Guarantees: Today, the Governor announced that the state is allocating $50 million to the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (iBank) for loan guarantees to businesses with up to 750 employees, and this program is targeted to businesses that do not qualify for the federal funds that have been announced in previous emails. For information on how to apply contact a participating Financial Development Corporation, a list is available at:

Sales Tax Payment Plan: Also effective today, businesses with less than $5 million in annual taxable sales can obtain a payment plan for up to $50,000 of sales and use tax liability. Plans are for 12 months and interest and penalty free. Once the system is up and running, taxpayers will request the payment plan through the Department of Tax and Fee Administration online services portal at this link:

Resources for Employees: The State has partnered with several foundations and companies to launch, a services center for displaced employees. This is a “one stop shop” including resources, retraining and job placement assistance. For more information and additional resources, please click here and contact our Labor Standards line at 510-596-4351.

Resources for Tenants and Homeowners:  [Updated 10/09/20] On March 19, 2020 the Emeryville City Council adopted a temporary moratorium on residential and commercial evictions 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 unless necessary to protect health, safety and welfare. The moratorium is effective as of March 19, 2020 and expired on September 30, 2020. Additionally, on June 30, 2020, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors amended its previous eviction moratorium ordinance to ensure all tenants and homeowners Countywide can shelter-in-place during this crisis. This emergency ordinance now outlaws all evictions anywhere in the County with few exceptions. This ordinance will remain in effect until 60 days after the local health emergency is lifted or 60 days after December 31, 2020, whichever is later. 

The Emeryville Rental Assistance Program will be accepting applications for November Rental Assistance until October 30. Assistance is available to tenants with incomes up to 100% AMI. Applicants are allowed to apply for a 3rd month of assistance, if the meet certain requirements.  

For additional information on the Emeryville Eviction ordinance, Alameda County Eviction ordinance, Emergency Rental Assistance Program and other COVID-19 Housing Resources, please click here.

Community Services

Meals on Wheels: We are delivering 7 meals per week, the delivery schedule is three times per week (2 meals on Mondays, 2 meals on Wednesdays, and 3 meals on Fridays).

Congregate Meals: Changed to delivery service similar to Meals on Wheels. Serving 7 meals per week, the delivery schedule is two times per week (three times per week (2 meals on Mondays, 2 meals on Wednesdays, and 3 meals on Fridays).

The 8 To Go Paratransit Shuttle: The shuttle is currently operating on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 9:00 AM - 12:30PM and 1:30PM - 5:00 PM. 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. 

City Park Play Areas: Play areas at City parks are closed 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

Maintenance staff is working at reduced crews, performing daily inspection of City facilities and addressing servicing of critical infrastructure. Janitorial services are in place and public bathrooms are serviced twice per day in addition to inspections. Maintenance is also responding to reports of safety critical issues.

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 collection services, including bulky pickup, are operational. Some in-person payment centers may be closed, please check the Waste Management website for updates. Commercial and residential customers can temporarily adjust or suspend service levels by contacting Waste Management customer service. For proper household hazardous waste or oil disposal, please visit Stop Waste website. For waste management permitting issues, please contact or

Environmental Events:  Bike to Work Day has been postponed until September 24th. Bulky Spring Cleanup has been rescheduled for July 13 & 14. Bay Wheels is now providing a free 30 day bike share membership for critical healthcare workers.

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

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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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