A Message from the City of Alameda: Stay at Home

Stay at home, when out, use social/physical distancing

Residents and businesses in Alameda County have been ordered to shelter in place or stay at home, with exceptions for certain essential activities, business and government services and public infrastructure construction. When performing these exceptions, using social/physical distancing of at least 6 feet will help slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect the most vulnerable members of our community. 

The Alameda Police Department (APD), along with other police departments in the Bay Area, are focused on education about the stay-at-home order, rather than enforcement, however, APD may issue citations if warranted. 

The city is aware that groups of people have been gathering at specific locations. While it is ok for families living in the same household to be together, it is not OK to mingle with people outside your immediate household. Alameda Police Department patrol officers have been increasing spot checks of these high-traffic areas and are asking people to abide by the public health order. Individuals who repeatedly violate the public health order may be subject to fines or arrest.

Essential businesses are listed on page 5 of the shelter-in-place order available at https://tinyurl.com/vcpldm2. Please report non-essential businesses who are not complying with the public health order to city staff at (510) 747-6818 and email the county at Covid19compliance@acgov.org.

CIty staff will continue to monitor the compliance of the stay-at-home order as we navigate through these unprecedented times. We encourage all community members to call the police when you see others committing crimes, but only use 911 for emergencies. Patrol officers are still responding to typical calls for service and the APD Communications Center must prioritize all calls. 

Please remember, we all have a role to play in slowing the spread of COVID-19. While people older than 65 and community members with compromised immune systems are the most at risk, more than half the positive COVID-19 cases in California are people aged 18 to 45. This disease affects us all, and we must take responsibility for ourselves and each other, and follow common-sense health guidelines. 

Resources for Employers Impacted by COVID-19 
This information was provided by the City of Alameda Community Development Department.

  • Tax Assistance: Employers may request up to a 60-day extension from the EDD to file state payroll reports and/or deposit payroll taxes without penalty or interest. A written request for extension must be received within 60 days from the original delinquent date of the payment or return.  Employers may call the EDD Taxpayer Assistance Center for more information at (888) 745-3886.
  • Reduced Work Hours: Employers can apply for the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Work Sharing Program if reduced production, services, or other conditions cause them to seek alternatives to layoffs. 

The Work Sharing Program helps employers and employees: 

Minimize or eliminate the need for layoffs

Keep trained employees and quickly prepare when business conditions improve

Avoid the cost of recruiting, hiring, and training new employees

Receive Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits

Keep their current jobs

j Avoid financial hardships

  • Potential Closure or Layoffs: Employers planning a closure or major layoffs as a result of COVID-19 can get help through the Rapid Response program. Rapid Response teams will meet with you to discuss your needs, help avert potential layoffs, and provide immediate on-site services to assist workers facing job losses. For more information, refer to the Rapid Response Services for Businesses Fact Sheet (DE 87144RRB) (PDF) or contact America’s Job Center of California. 
  • Alameda’s One Stop Career Center can be reached at (510) 748-2208. Or online at https://tinyurl.com/sf2bacg.
  • Disaster Relief Loans: The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be offering up to $2 million in disaster assistance loans.  For additional information, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center. Call 1-800-659-2955 or e-maildisastercustomerservice@sba.gov.
  • Business Counseling: EAST Bay Score is offering business counseling services in Room CV 225 at the College of Alameda. They are open Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and can be reached at (510) 381-7741.
  • Protect Your Workers: The latest Cal/OSHA Interim Guidance on Requirements to Protect Workers from COVID-19 is available online at https://tinyurl.com/rwwusfq.  

General Business Recommendations
The California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) suggested that businesses take the following approach with COVID-19: 

  • Postpone rather than cancel events — the State has emphasized that the public health advisories are very fluid, with the situation changing daily with new factual information. To minimize disruptions, businesses and community organizations may decide to postpone instead of cancel major events.
  • As with general good business practices to help manage economic volatility and uncertainty, the State recommends that businesses develop a range of scenarios to help with planning future operations. These scenarios can be adjusted as more current information becomes available.