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To Our Danville Community,
We are currently faced with a challenge that is unprecedented in our nation’s history. While the uncertainty surrounding this crisis is weighing on all of us, we want you to know you are not alone. Your Town government is working around the clock to ensure Danville is safe, to limit the spread of the virus, and to maintain vital Town services including the police department.
Our Town staff has been working hard to implement the recommendations by the Contra Costa County Public Health Department and the State of California. This includes the following measures:
- Declaring a State of Local Emergency at the March 17th Town Council meeting which gives us access to state and federal emergency funding
- Cancelling or rescheduling of non-governmental Town events and meetings
- Deferring certain non-essential Town services while having employees work remotely when possible to perform essential activities
- Postponing all Commission and Board meetings until at least April 7th
- Streaming Town Council meetings to allow all Danville residents to participate remotely
- And, of course, continuing to provide uninterrupted Police services to ensure the safety of our community
All of the decisions we are making are designed to minimize the community’s exposure to the novel coronavirus so that everyone stays safe while at the same time focusing Town resources on meeting the community’s fundamental needs. We are staying on top of all developments as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves. We will continue to adapt to changes we need to make to provide essential Town services and to keep everyone safe. Here is where you can access the latest information on local services and information:
- Contra Costa County Health Services www.coronavirus.cchealth.org
- Town of Danville www.danville.ca.gov/coronavirus
We know this shelter-in-place order creates challenges for everyone. The entire Town has come together as it has in previous challenging times. There are so many examples of Danville Town residents and businesses helping each other out. Our first responders and medical professionals have been selfless and dedicated. And, don’t forget the unsung heroes, the employees who are working so hard to keep our stores open and to keep us supplied with food and essential products. Be sure to thank them when you have the opportunity.
Many of you are asking what else you can do to help. Here are a few ideas:
- Support your more vulnerable neighbors. Many can’t get out to shop and could use your help.
- Support the many local restaurants who are offering take-out services. We have a list on the Danville website. https://www.danville.ca.gov/759/Danville-RestaurantsOffering-Takeout
- Support your local retailers who are offering on-line and/or delivery services
- You can find other ways to make a difference at this link: https://californiavolunteers.ca.gov/get-involved/covid-19/
And, finally, the most important thing you can do is stay at home with your family! We are in a critical period in the progression of this pandemic. Your biggest contribution will be to maintain social distance. Don’t risk getting infected or infecting others. Together we can and will slow the impacts of this disease.
We know this is a daunting time. We also know that what makes living in Danville so unique is our sense of community. Your Town Council and Town Government are in this together with you. We will get through this crisis and will appreciate our community even more when we can all gather together again.
Take care and stay safe,
Danville Town Council
Mayor Karen Stepper
Vice Mayor Lisa Blackwell
Councilmember Newell Arnerich
Councilmember Renee Morgan
Councilmember Robert Storer
Check in on your older neighbors with a call, text or physically-distanced door knock to make sure they’re ok.
For questions or and get assistance during this crisis call 833-544-2374
The 2-1-1 system is able to help older Californians access grocery and medication delivery while staying at home.
Latest Update from the Town
County Recommends Wearing Masks in Public
At a press briefing on 4/3/2020, Contra Costa Health’s Dr. Chris Farnitano recommended that in order to further limit potential spread of the COVID-19 virus, residents should wear masks while conducting business in public. This recommendation follows in line with a similar one from the Centers for Disease Control. Masks are difficult to come by, so residents can also cover up their faces with scarves or bandanas.
Coronavirus Rumor Control
SHELTER IN PLACE ORDER
Stay Home Except For Essential Needs
Contra Costa with Health Officers from the Bay Area have announced a Public Health Order that requires residents to stay home except for essential needs. This starts on March 17. This Order will remain in effect until May 3, 2020, but that date could be changed by the County Health Officer.
There are also updated FAQs on the CCHealth Website.
Within the Order, there are a number of exemptions that allow individuals and businesses to continue “essential activities” such as shopping for or delivering food, receiving medical care, or providing essential services within our communities. The exemptions also allow for engaging in outdoor activities like exercise as long as Social Distancing Requirements (6 feet) are adhered to. These exemptions are in place to ensure the health and safety of our communities, and the continued availability of resources such as gas, groceries, prepared meals, and banking.
Examples of essential services include:
- Healthcare Operations and Essential Infrastructure
- Grocery stores, certified farmers’ markets, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, food banks, convenience stores, and other establishments engaged in the retail sale of canned food, dry goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, pet supply, fresh meats, fish, and poultry, and any other household consumer products (such as cleaning and personal care products). This includes stores that sell groceries and also sell other nongrocery products, and products necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences
- Food cultivation, including farming, livestock, and fishing
- Businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals
- Newspapers, television, radio, and other media services
- Gas stations and auto-supply, auto-repair, and related facilities
- Banks and related financial institutions
- Hardware stores
- Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, Essential Activities, and Essential Businesses
- Businesses providing mailing and shipping services, including post office boxes
- Educational institutions—including public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities—for purposes of facilitating distance learning or performing essential functions, provided that social distancing of six-feet per person is maintained to the greatest extent possible
- Laundromats, dry cleaners, and laundry service providers
Updated Shelter in Place - Brief summation of changes:
- Use of playgrounds, dog parks, public picnic areas, and similar recreational areas is prohibited. These areas must be closed to public use.
- Use of shared public recreational facilities such as golf courses, tennis and basketball courts, pools, and rock walls is prohibited. These facilities must be closed for recreational use.
- Sports requiring people to share a ball or other equipment must be limited to people in the same household
- Requires essential businesses to develop a social distancing protocol before April 3
- Most construction—residential and commercial—is prohibited
- Funerals limited to no more than 10 people attending
- Essential businesses expanded to include service providers that enable residential transactions (notaries, title companies, Realtors, etc.); funeral homes and cemeteries; moving companies, rental car companies and rideshare services that specifically enable essential activities
- Essential businesses that continue to operate facilities must scale down operations to their essential component only
We strongly encourage residents to read the executive summary as it gives a much more detailed look at the expansions of the shelter order. As in the previous order, the community is asked to stay at home except for essential activities such as grocery shopping. Residents are asked to limit grocery trips to one per week and limit the number of people going to the grocery store.
The new order clarifies language in regard to landscapers and gardeners. Under the order these services should be suspended with the exception of necessary abatement or direct threat to public safety or the home itself. An example of this would be a hanging tree limb threatening to strike power lines or fall onto the home.
The order also reinforces the need for social distancing outside the home unit. Residents are asked to maintain a six-foot distance between themselves and anyone outside their family unit. This includes going out on area hiking trails for exercise. The community is asked to be mindful of that six-foot distance when out on the trail or in the park.
For more details, visit the Contra Costa County Health Services website, and read their FAQs here.
Contra County Health Services line for questions regarding this order is 1-844-729-8410. The line will be in operation from 8.00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.
In an effort to prevent the exposure and spread of COVID-19, both the front counter of the Town offices and the front counter of the Danville Police Department will be limiting public access during normal business hours. The exterior doors will be locked, and staff will let one person in at a time to conduct business. It is strongly encouraged that any business that can be done by phone, online or appointment only so that residents do not have to wait in line.
Departments can be contacted at the following numbers during regular business hours (M–F, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.):
A full directory can be found at: www.danville.ca.gov/directory.aspx.
|Town Manager and Town Council||(925) 314-3378|
|City Clerk||(925) 314-3401|
|Building Services||(925) 314-3330|
|Planning, Engineering and Transportation Services||(925) 314-3310|
|Administrative Services and Finance||(925) 314-3320|
|Recreation, Arts and Community Services||(925) 314-3400|
|Maintenance Services||(925) 314-3450|
Town Council Meetings
In order to adhere with the Shelter in Place Order, the Danville Town Council will holdtheir April 7, 2020 meeting remotely using the Zoom app. The meeting will begin at 5:00p.m. Members of the community will be able to watch the meeting using the app andwill have the opportunity to speak during ‘For the Good of the Town’ and during publichearings. In the days leading up to the meeting we will post the URL to join the meetingand any other relevant information to the Town’s website and all social media platforms.
Certain construction projects and activities are allowed, within constraints, as long as social distancing practices are used during construction. Please review the Permitting Services During Shelter-In-Place, which includes Frequently Asked Questions.
Other Town Facilities
We are committed to maintaining essential Town services, consistent with the standing public health order.
- Police services and patrol will continue on an ongoing basis. For police emergencies, dial 911. For other Police related business call (925) 314-3700.
- The following facilities are currently closed to the public:
- Danville Library
- Danville Community Center
- Oak Hill Park Community Center
- Danville Senior Center
- Veterans Memorial Building
- Village Theatre and Art Gallery
- Parks will remain open; park visitors should maintain social distancing of 6 feet and practice recommended hand-washing measures. Due to concerns about potential transmission of the coronavirus, the Town of Danville has opted to close restrooms and turn off drinking fountains at Town parks. The parks remain available for use for hiking, running, biking and family outings, but residents are reminded to avoid gatherings outside the family group and maintain good social distancing.
The closures will remain in effect at least until May 3, 2020 at which time they will be reassessed.
- All current classes are canceled. Students registered in Winter classes will receive a credit back to their Active Net account for classes missed between March 16 – March 31 due to the cancellation. Spring programs starting as of March 16th through May 3rd will be put on hold until further notice.
- Upcoming events and Town of Danville sports leagues are suspended and will be postponed to a later date.
- Community engagement events, such as Coffee with the Cops, are currently suspended.
- Upcoming commission, committee, and advisory board meetings are cancelled until further notice.
- No rental reservations are currently being taken.
DANVILLE FARMERS’ MARKET
The Town of Danville and the Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association are currently discussing ways to reopen the market and maintain public safety. Once those measures have been decided and implemented a date to reopen the market will be announced.
All Contra Costa Libraries are closed until further notice. Book drops will remain open, but as materials can carry viruses for several days, patrons are encouraged to keep items until the libraries reopen.
The Library will automatically extend due dates on all materials. All overdue fines were eliminated in 2019 and no other negative consequences will result from late items during this closure.
Patrons are encouraged to use library services available online including access to eBooks and eAudiobooks with Enki eBooks, streaming movies through Kanopy and Video Storytime.
For questions about Library services or account information, contact the library via Chat Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or call (800) 984-4636.
HOW CAN I HELP?
www.californiavolunteers.ca.gov has ways that you can help make a difference to help your community safely with COVID-19.
Republic Services Update
Our friends at Republic Services have asked us to share some information regarding their operations as well during the coronavirus. Changes they have instituted include:
1. The front office is closed. Payment drop-off is still available through their mail slot. Customers can also call the customer service number (925) 685-4711 for assistance with online bill pay and other payment methods.
2. In order to reduce drivers’ exposure and direct contact with items, after this week, Bulky PickUp and On-Call Clean-up programs are suspended. This includes e-waste, appliances, furniture and other materials that do not fit in the regular waste bin. Pick-ups scheduled through this week will be completed but those scheduled after Friday will be cancelled.
Regular pick-up of garbage, recycling, and organic will continue as normal.
Reporting Health Order Violations
We have received a large number of calls, e-mails, direct messages, etc from residents reporting large gatherings, landscapers working and more violations of the shelter order. In order to allow us to better organize these issues for resolution by the police, we are asking residents to use our app Danville Connect as a means for reporting these.The app is available in either the google play or itunes stores for free. You can also use the app on our website by going to www.danville.ca.gov/danvilleconnect.
Beginning on March 27, 2020, the East Bay Regional Park District is instituting the closure of several of its parks or parking lots as a result of the coronavirus. This follows the action taken by the State of California, which closed several of their facilities following large crowds over the weekend. While the community is encouraged to get out and utilize hiking and biking trails int he area, it is imperative that social distancing is maintained to help limit the spread of the virus. The list of parks affected by the EBRPD’s order can be found at ebparks.org. At this time,Las Trampas and other Danville adjacent park district trails are not affected.
Tax Deadline Extension
In response to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, the federal government has extended the deadline for filing taxes to July 15.
The Town of Danville Veterans Memorial Building is closed until further notice.
Please visit the Veterans Memorial Website for information on Veterans Service Organizations serving the Veterans Community.