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March 19, 2020
Dear Antioch community:
I want to share with you that your City Government is actively working through the Coronavirus (COVID-19) public health pandemic to continue to maintain Antioch safe, to limit the spread of the virus, and to sustain vital City services, including the Police Department. I have been on calls with State, County, and Local officials.
Yesterday, the Mayor’s and City Managers of East Contra Costa County met on a conference call regarding measures to help the elderly get the essential resources while staying safe and supporting our local hospitals with supplies.
Our City staff has been working vigorously to enforce policies and arrangements recommended by the State of California and the Contra Costa County Public Health Department. Such actions include but are not limited to the cancellation or rescheduling of non-governmental City events and meetings, and limitation or deferral of non-essential services, to minimize the exposure to COVID-19, and to focus our City’s resources on meeting fundamental needs.
In response to this pandemic and the Contra Costa County Health Officer’s order, On March 17, City Manager Ron Bernal enacted a Local State of Emergency. By taking this action, we have positioned our City to potentially be able to access state and federal funds in the event of financial losses that may occur as a result of COVID-19.
Under the current health order, and our State of Emergency, all non-essential commission, and board meetings will be postponed until after April 7, unless otherwise noted, while all City Council meetings will be held via technology to allow remote Council, staff and public participation.
COVID-19 has evolved into a threatening worldwide pandemic, reaching numerous communities and affecting everyday life. The City of Antioch will continue to provide essential services, doing whatever we can to help, while also following the shelter-in-place order to continue protecting our community.
Although this is a daunting time, together, we will prevail. Now more than ever, we must come together as a community. We must do all we can to help with social distancing to protect our loved ones that may be in danger. Many are confused and worried about the health of the community and the impacts on our families. Below I have attached a Resource page with links with information to keep us all up to date regarding the County, State, and programs set up to help us through to a healthy future.
Mayor Sean Wright