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For the most recent Covid-19 updates, please see the Alameda County Public Health Department Covid-19 page. 

California Reopens: What You Need to Know
June 14, 2021

Tomorrow, June 15th, marks the reopening of California’s economy. Simply put, many public health restrictions, mandates, bans, and color-coded tiers will come to an end. We encourage our community to visit the Alameda County Public Health Department's COVID-19 web site or the State of California’s COVID-19 web site for the latest updates and information about California’s reopening.

Though many portions of California will reopen on June 15th, rules regarding all workplaces are still being determined by the state. CalOSHA is expected to announce updated standards for workplaces as early as this week. Once the workplace guidelines are released, the City of Piedmont will review the plan and determine a path forward for reopening city facilities. Our goal is to protect the health of our community members and employees while remaining in compliance with the applicable workplace safety laws and regulations.

We want to thank our community for your support and perseverance over the last year. We ask for your continued patience as we navigate California’s reopening. We will continue to update residents through the City of Piedmont website, social media platforms, and our weekly Constant Contact newsletters.

Guidance Regarding Masks and Vaccinations
April 28, 2021

The CDC has issued updated guidance on choosing safer activities during the pandemic. The new guidance places indoor and outdoor activities into three categories for both unvaccinated and fully vaccinated people: Safest, Less Safe, and, Least Safe. Please see the graphic below for a visual representation of the guidance. Discussing masks, the Alameda County Public Health Department says, “Masks continue to be an important and proven intervention to protect residents from COVID-19. Vaccinated residents and families are strongly advised to continue to wear masks in public places, especially in crowded settings, including indoors.”


Choosing Safer Activities

State Re-Opening on June 15th
April 7, 2021

Governor Gavin Newsom announced yesterday that California will fully reopen its economy June 15 as long as Covid-19 vaccinations remain widely available and hospitalization continues to be stable. On April 15, California opens vaccinations to everyone over the age of 16. 

If hospitalization and vaccination measures are met, everyday activities will be allowed and businesses can open with common-sense risk reduction measures. The state will monitor hospitalization rates, vaccine access and vaccine efficacy against variants, with the option to revisit the June 15 date if needed.

We owe it to ourselves and to our community to remain vigilant in the steps we know keep us safe and moving in the right direction to a fully open economy:  wear a mask, wash your hands often, watch your distance when around others not in your household, and get vaccinated. Don’t let your guard down just yet.

The state's mask mandate will continue to stay in place. No date for lifting that order has been announced.

If hospitalization and vaccination measures are met, the lifting of restrictions in June will happen statewide rather than county by county. The eight-week march towards reopening gives businesses and individuals who want to get vaccinated time to get the vaccine, Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly said at a Tuesday briefing.

State health officials detail moving beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy on the State’s COVID 19 website.

Alameda County Moves to the Red Tier

Effective today, Wednesday, March 10th, the State of California has moved Alameda County into the Red Tier of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Moving into the Red Tier allows additional activities to occur and businesses to resume operation.

Businesses and activities permitted to open indoors, with capacity restrictions and modifications:

  • Restaurants: 25 percent maximum capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer
  • Retail: 50 percent maximum capacity and food courts permitted with indoor dining restrictions
  • Grocery stores: full capacity while following retail industry guidance
  • Movie Theaters: 25 percent maximum capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer
  • Museums, Zoos and Aquariums: 25 percent maximum capacity
  • Gyms, fitness centers and studios (including at hotels): 10 percent maximum capacity
  • Outdoor Sports: Pickleball & Tennis doubles are permitted and face coverings are required while on and off the courts; see the California Department of Public Health website for further details about outdoor sports

Though outdoor gatherings are still strongly encouraged, small and time-limited private gatherings among no more than three household are now permitted indoors under State guidance. Masks and physical distancing are still required for these gatherings, and large gatherings are still prohibited.

See the Alameda County Public Health Department press release for more details, including information and live performances with fans/attendees, amusement parks, and schools.

CA Notify Notification App
Wednesday, March 3, 2021

CA Notify is the official COVID 19 exposure notification app of California, supported by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). The app was developed using the Google Apple Exposure Notification API through a collaboration between Google, Apple, California Department of Technology, CDPH and the University of California. The free, mobile technology is now available and can be accessed on mobile devices.

Californians can receive notifications informing them if they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID 19. Californians with iPhones can enable CA Notify in their settings and Android phone users can download the CA Notify app from the Google Play Store to start receiving exposure alerts on their phones. Use of the technology is completely voluntary, private, and secure. CA Notify does not collect the location of a phone or individual to detect exposure, and it does not share a user’s identity. Californians opt in to use the tool and may to opt out at any time.

When individuals voluntarily activate CA Notify, the tool uses Bluetooth technology to exchange random codes between phones without revealing the user’s identity or location. If a CA Notify user tests positive for COVID 19, they will receive a verification code from the California Department of Public Health at 855-976-8462 to plug into the app, if they choose. Any other CA Notify users who have been within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more of the COVID 19 positive individual will get an anonymous notification of possible exposure. CA Notify will accelerate how quickly people get notified of a possible COVID 19 exposure, giving people the information they need to make responsible decisions around quarantine and testing. The more people who install and use it, the more effective it will be.

CA Notify is not a contact tracing app but augments the contact tracing process by issuing exposure notifications to people you may not know. Contact tracing identifies the close contacts of someone who has tested positive for COVID 19, and contact tracers reach those individuals by phone, email, and text. CA Notify does not track or trace information about the people you are in contact with and does not collect or exchange any personal information.

Visit to learn more about how CA Notify works.

Read Governor Newsom’s announcement.  

Vaccine Availability Expanded to Seniors and Essential Workers Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Alameda County today announced that COVID-19 vaccine eligibility has been extended to include seniors, essential workers, and individuals at high risk of contracting the disease.

Within this newly eligible population, vaccine distribution through Alameda County Points of Dispensing (PODs) will be prioritized for individuals from communities with disproportionally high COVID case rates and those who are older, disabled, uninsured, or facing high risk of exposure because of where they live or work. The County will rely on state guidance to specify who is eligible for Phase 1b.

As newly eligible Alameda County residents over the age of 65 and essential workers in Phase 1b seek access to the vaccine, the County encourages residents to:

  • Contact their health care provider - Members or patients of Kaiser Permanente, Sutter Health, and Stanford Health Care are encouraged to seek the vaccine first through their health care provider. Kaiser and Sutter receive their own distribution of the vaccine directly from the state. The County also shares its vaccine allocation with eight federally qualified health centers and two community health centers.
  • Look for outreach via their employer and/or community organizations - Alameda County is working with employers and local community groups to issue invitations directly to high-risk workers and communities.
  • Sign up to get notification when it's their turn for vaccine - Visit the County’s COVID-19 Vaccine web page to register for vaccine eligibility notification.

“While we work to vaccinate County residents, we urge everyone to continue the other measures proven slow the spread of COVID-19, including wearing masks and practicing physical distancing,” Dr. Nicholas Moss, Alameda County Health Officer said. “These simple strategies are the best way for people to remain safe and to protect their loved ones and co-workers until more people are vaccinated.”

The County also praised the Governor’s announcement that the State of California will partner with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to launch a mega vaccination site at the Oakland Coliseum, which is expected to launch on February 16th.

For more information on COVID-19, please see the State’s COVID-19 web site and the County’s COVID-19 web site.

Alameda County Returns to the Purple Tier
Posted Monday January 25, 2021

California public health officials have lifted the regional stay-at-home order for the Bay Area region and Alameda County has returned to the Purple Tier of the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. This allows certain businesses which were closed during the more restrictive order to resume operations, including outdoor dining at restaurants. In addition, small, time-limited outdoor gatherings with members of up to three families are now permitted.  You can look here to read the press release, and to the Alameda County Public Health Department website for further information.

Community members must continue to comply with COVID-19 orders and undertake common sense safety precautions to protect families, friends and neighbors from this debilitating and deadly virus and to reopen more activities: wear masks whenever leaving home, keep at least six feet of distance from anyone you don’t live with, wash hands frequently, and stay home if you don’t feel well.

Health Officers Impose Stricter Shelter In Place Requirements
Alameda County Order Effective 12:01 a.m. on December 7, 2020

The Health Officers of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and Santa Clara Counties, along with the City of Berkeley have announced that these health jurisdictions will impose the provisions of the State of California’s stricter shelter in place order sooner than required by the state. This is in an effort to take proactive steps to reduce COVID-19 infections rampant in the community and the related strain it is causing on the health care system. In Alameda County, the revised shelter in place order will become effective at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, December 7th and will remain in effect until January 4th.

The revised, stricter shelter in place order is designed to limit interactions between persons living in different households which could spread the disease. The biggest change in the order is that private gatherings are prohibited and that social bubbles must be disbanded. The health officers stressed that this order aligns these health jurisdictions with the stricter standards announced by the state earlier this week but does so earlier than required by the state.

In a media release issued by the health officers, Santa Clara County Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody states, “We cannot wait until after we have driven off the cliff to pull the emergency break. We understand that the closures under the State order will have a profound impact on our local businesses. However, if we act quickly, we can both save lives and reduce the amount of time these restrictions have to stay in place, allowing businesses and activities to reopen sooner.”

Alameda County Health Officer Dr. Nicholas Moss said, “Rising hospitalization rates across the region threaten not only our community members with severe COVID-19, but anyone who may need care because of a heart attack, stroke, accident, or other critical health need. By acting together now we will have the greatest impact on the surge and save more lives.”

Among the changes required by this order are the closure of outdoor dining, personal care services, playgrounds, museums, zoos, wineries, and bars. Restaurants will remain able to serve takeout and delivery. In response to the changes mandated by this order, the City of Piedmont will close our playgrounds effective Monday, December 7th.

The emotional and physical health of Piedmonters is important. We encourage outdoor recreation and at this time, parks, with the exception of playgrounds, will remain open for recreational use. The City will be monitoring compliance with the social distancing requirements as well as restrictions on gatherings. Should residents not comply with these basic health protections, which are mandatory under the order, the City will have no choice but to close these spaces again. We hope that you will enjoy parks safely and in a manner that protects your own health and that of your neighbors.

“It is important that our entire community take action to stem the spread of this disease by limiting interactions with people outside their household,” said City Administrator Sara Lillevand. “Our collective well-being is at stake and we owe it to each other to keep our community safe.”

The City is currently examining other ways in which operations will be affected and will make announcements as appropriate.

Alameda County Public Health Department *New* COVID-19 Website

The Alameda County Public Health Department has a new, user-friendly website devoted to COVID-19. The webpage features links to the latest information on County Shelter-in-Place Orders; Reopening and Recovery; Health and Safety; Contact Tracing; and more. Visit the Covid -19 homepage at for the latest updates about the coronavirus and the County's response.

November 16, 2020 - State Moves Alameda County to Purple Tier
Due to a rapid rise in COVID-19 cases, the State of California has moved Alameda County – along with 40 other counties – back to the Purple Tier, the most restrictive level in the state's reopening framework. View the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy tier structure.

In recent weeks, the County has seen a steady climb in new COVID-19 cases reported, as well as COVID-19 hospitalizations. The press release stresses the steps known to prevent further spread of the virus: “avoid gathering with people you don’t live with, limit activities, wear face coverings whenever you leave home, stay home when ill, and keep interactions with others outdoors.”

With the holiday season approaching, and people gathering indoors, the County urges residents to be extra cautious.
Read the full press release.

Covid-19 Testing

Residents have asked about the availability of testing in the county.  Although the city of Piedmont is not organizing testing within the city, testing sites are available throughout Alameda County. To learn more about Covid-19 Testing and see a list of locations, visit Alameda County Public Health Department's Covid testing page.

November 9, 2020 - Safer Holidays and Travel
A joint statement was released by Bay Area Health Officers, with recommendations regarding upcoming holiday gatherings and travel during the COVID-19 pandemic. The statement recommended that holiday gatherings should only include members from one's household, as contact with extended family and friends increases the risk of getting and spreading the novel coronavirus. All gatherings should be "small, short, stable, and outdoors."

Additionally, all nonessential travel, including holiday travel, is not recommended. Travel outside of the Bay Area will increase the risk of catching and spreading the virus. For those who must travel over the holidays, the Health Officers recommend a self-quarantine of 14 days following a return to the Bay Area.

The statement also included recommendations on how to celebrate the holidays without gathering, including attending virtual parties; decorating one's home or yard; participating in drive-in events and activities; and visiting holiday-themed outdoor art installations.
Read the full press release.

October 15, 2020

The Alameda County Health Officer has issued guidance on how to celebrate Halloween and Día de Los Muertos safely and prevent spreading COVID-19 among friends and neighbors. The Health Officer encourages community members to focus on decorations, limit activities to the people you live with, and virtual costume parties, in an effort to keep our communities safe this season, especially our children. As with all COVID-19 prevention efforts, together, we need to do as much as we can to protect ourselves and those around us. Below are responses to some frequently asked questions:

Can we go trick or treating?

The Alameda County Health Officer indicates that trick-or-treating is a high-risk activity, because it increases contact with people outside of your household who may not be as careful about COVID-19 prevention. Door to door trick or treating is not recommended because it can be very difficult to maintain proper social distancing on porches and at front doors, ensure that everyone answering or coming to the door is appropriately masked to prevent disease spread, and because sharing food is risky.

What about Halloween parties?

Parties are high-risk, because mixing among people who don’t live in the same home introduces more opportunities for the virus to pass from one person to another. Halloween gathering, events or parties with non-household members are not permitted even if they are conducted outdoors.  Carnivals, festivals, live entertainment, and haunted house attractions are not allowed.

How About Trunk or Treat?

“Trunk or treating” where children go from car to car instead of door to door to receive treats is also not recommended, particularly when part of Halloween events, since it is difficult to avoid crowding and sharing food.

Community members are reminded that Halloween and Día de Los Muertos are no different than the rest of the year when it comes to reducing the spread of COVID-19. Stay home if you feel sick or have come into close contact with someone who has COVID-19; wear a face covering whenever you leave home; and keep your distance from others (even relatives) who don’t live in your household, and remember that being outside is safer than being inside, especially in combination with face covering and keeping your distance.

Click to read the full statement Alameda County Halloween Statement for ideas of low and moderate risk activities for this spooky season. 

August 22, 2020

On Friday evening, August 21st, the Alameda County Health Official issued a revised Shelter in Place order, which, effective August 28th, allows the reopening of outdoor pools, permission for outdoor personal care services, and permission for outdoor tasting at wineries. A summary of the order is available on the County’s web site.

As this is the first guidance issued by Alameda County for the reopening of pools, the City will spend the next two weeks determining whether the conditions imposed by the order can be applied in a way that makes sense to reopen the Piedmont Community Pool. Staff had previously developed reopening frameworks based upon guidance from other health jurisdictions.

The City understands the importance of the pool to the community and will examine whether reopening under the requirements imposed by the order is practicable. It is likely that a decision on whether to reopen the Piedmont Community Pool will be considered by the City Council at its meeting of September 8th.

June 18, 2020

The Alameda County Public Health Officer has issued a revised order today, opening up more types of business, places of worship, and outdoor spaces in the county. Click to read the revised order. Click to read the order summary.

Highlights of this revised order include loosening restrictions on religious and cultural ceremonies; outdoor dining; indoor and outdoor retail; and permission to open dog parks, each are subject to stringent health and safety requirements. The order also requires that people exercising their first amendment rights (during protests or demonstrations) to wear face coverings and maintain social distancing of 6 feet at all times.

The County’s strengthened face covering order remains in effect. The order mandates that face coverings be worn at all times in public, if you are or are likely to be within 30 feet of another person outside of your household. 30 feet is roughly the length of 2 cars. There is NO EXEMPTION for persons engaged in exercise. The face covering does not have to be worn the whole time exercising, but it must be carried and then put on when within 30 feet of other people.

The City of Piedmont will closely examine this revised order and will announce a timeline for opening our off- leash areas by the close of business on Friday, June 19th.

Effective immediately, dogs are welcome to be off leash in the Linda Dog Park and the designated off-leash areas in Blair, Dracena, and Piedmont parks. Dogs using these areas must have a dog license and an off leash permit, both of which are available from the Piedmont Police Department. Dog owners in these areas must practice social distancing, wear a face covering, and not enter if they have a fever or cough.

The City is now able to allow off-leash dogs in these areas as a result of a revised order issued by the Alameda County Health Officer on June 18th, which, among other provisions, allows the opening of dog parks.

We appreciate the understanding of the community while dogs had to be on-leash so that parks could be open for all users.

June 5, 2020

On Friday June 5th, Alameda County released two new health orders which strengthen the existing face covering requirement, and makes changes to existing Shelter in Place restrictions. The County’s updated face covering order mandates that face coverings be worn at all times in public, if you are or are likely to be within 30 feet of another person outside of your household. There is NO EXEMPTION for persons engaged in exercise. The mask does not have to be worn the whole time exercising, but it must be carried and then put on when within 30 feet of other people.

The County shelter in place order has been amended to allow small gatherings of individuals from different households to take place in outdoor settings, subject to certain conditions (social bubbles). It also allows childcare providers to provide care to all children, not just children of essential workers, and establishes conditions under which youth extracurricular activities may resume.

These orders are effect until further notice and are a part of Alameda County’s reopening plan. For more detailed information, please see the Alameda County Public Health Department website or the links below:

Alameda County Public Health Department, June 5, 2020

Press Release on New Orders
Updated Face Covering Order No. 20-13
Updated Shelter in Place Order No. 20-14
Alameda County Reopening Plan

City of Piedmont COVID-19 Email Update
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The City of Piedmont is working to keep residents informed on the evolving COVID-19 situation. This email update will be sent out weekly on Wednesday night. We want to make sure as many people as possible get this important information so please share this with others and encourage them to subscribe to the update. The City is also updating the City's website and social media channels. Stay connected and informed! Click  to subscribe to receive the COVID-19 email in your inbox.

For the full archive of updates, see the Covid-19 Archive Page

Stay Home Piedmonters!

WE OWE IT TO EACH OTHER TO STAY HOME and are required by the State of California and Alameda County to do so. The best thing we can do for the community and each other is to comply with the order to shelter in place at our homes. Please watch this 8 minute video on why staying at home is vitally important.

Even outdoors, social activities are discouraged. Community Members should leave their homes for essential activities only and then, practice good social distancing. According to the experts, sheltering in place is one of the most important factors in controlling the spread of COVID-19. Check on friends and family using text, phone calls, video chats, and social media.

What does it mean to “shelter in place?”

The term “shelter in place” means to stay in your home and not leave unless necessary for one of the designated exceptions listed below:

  • To get food
  • To get a prescription
  • To see a doctor
  • To go to work if your work is essential
  • To take your children to and from authorized childcare
  • To help people you care for get the things they need to live and be healthy and safe
  • To exercise, so long as you are maintaining a safe distance of six feet from people who aren't in your household. Gathering on fields and in parks is not permitted.

  • If you go out, practice effective social distancing by staying at least 6 feet away from all others. Whether or not you go out, it’s a great idea to use good hygiene practices which can help mitigate your exposure, including:

    • Washing hands often
    • Utilizing hand sanitizer which is at least 60% alcohol
    • Not going out if you feel sick

    If you or someone you know needs assistance, please consider using one of the resources below:

    • Alameda County 211
    • Crisis Support Services of Alameda County (800) 309-2131
    • Piedmont Public Safety Dispatch (510) 420-3000 (non-emergency) or 911 for emergencies

    What We are Doing to Keep Piedmont Residents Safe

    The City of Piedmont is working closely with Alameda County Public Health to monitor and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The City of Piedmont has cancelled all non-essential meetings, events, programs and closed City facilities through May 3rd to limit exposure and slow the transmission of COVID-19. As the situation changes, the City website pages will be updated.

    Closed City Facilities
    See which City Facilities are closed: City Facilities 

    City Services
    We continue to provide essential services and remain available to serve the Piedmont community. We have closed City Hall counters but are working to provide services via phone, web, etc. The City Services page on this site will have the most up to date information on City Services and how to access them. 

    See this announcement regarding temporary changes to Solid Waste Collection Services.

    Have Questions about Shelter in Place Order
    We have complied a list of answers to common question from residents on the Shelter in Place FAQ for Piedmonters page.

    In need of Assistance?
    If you are in need of resources or sevices please go to the Available COVID-19 Services & Resources page for a list. If you are in need of emergency services call 911.

    What Can You Do to Help Your Neighbors & the Community

    The best thing you can do to help slow the spread of the virus to the comply with the Shelter in Place Order, practice social distancing and follow the guidelines from the CDC on how to Stop the Spread. We have gathered a list of links to the various ways you can assist or volunteer.

    • Wash hands with liquid soap and water, and rub for at least 20 seconds
    • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water aren't available. Look for one with at least 60% alcohol.
    • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
    • Follow the CDC’s guidance to Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using normal household cleansers
    • Practice social distancing, and try alternatives to shaking hands, like an elbow bump or wave
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
    • If you have recently returned from a country, state or region with ongoing COVID-19 infections, monitor your health and follow the instructions of public health officials.
    • Stay home if you are sick
    • Cover your cough or sneeze
    • There is no recommendation to wear masks at this time to prevent yourself from getting sick.
    • Stay informed