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My fellow Alamedans:
The Public Health Officer of Alameda County, along with six other Bay Area Public Health Officers, issued a joint Shelter-in-Place Order in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 on March 17. We are being asked to remain in our residences until April 7, at which time the situation will be reassessed.

The scientific evidence shows that — at this stage of the emergency — it is essential to slow virus transmission as much as possible to protect the most vulnerable members of our community and prevent the health-care system from being overwhelmed. All modes of travel are prohibited except those that are necessary to accomplish essential activities, where social distancing of at least six feet can be maintained.

For community members who are not at high risk of illness, you have a tremendous role to play in helping slow the spread of this disease. We know you have questions and the City of Alameda will continually update information regarding services that will continue to operate, including government services and essential businesses.

All our updates are posted in one place, at www.alamedaca.gov/alerts. The time to act is now to decrease the reach of this pandemic and slow the spread of COVID-19. Thank you for your cooperation in complying with this order. 

— Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft

The Alameda Sun received a copy of this letter.

Dear attendees:
In light of the developing information regarding COVID-19, the Alameda Chamber of Commerce is rescheduling the City Manager’s Luncheon. Please note the new date for the luncheon will be Friday, Sept. 25. Stay tuned for further details. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this rescheduling, please contact me at madlen@alamedachamber.org or 522-0414.

— Madlen Saddik Alameda Chamber of Commerce

The Alameda Sun received a copy of this letter.

Honorable Alessandro Bozzano, Mayor of City of Varazze:
Your sister city community of Alameda are very much aware of the coronavirus epidemic the world is facing today. We hope and pray that you in Varazze are spared from another critical emergency after the recent December rains that destroyed homes.

For more than 100 years, Alameda and Varazze have been connected by a few good friend and family relations. After becoming sister cities, that connection in our diverse community has grown a thousand times overnight. We want you to know that we are thinking of your well being and that we want to hear from you. As sister cities we should let each other know our circumstances whether we need need help or not. We may even learn from each other in combating COVID-19.

We realize how unprepared we are in Alameda to respond quickly to calls for humanitarian aid should our sister cities abroad need us; so we are now driven to do something about it. We are thankful for the sister city bond that draws our worlds together.
Yours in compassion, community and peace.


— Cynthia A. Bonta & Alessandro Bertoncello Alameda Sister City Association