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COVID-19 Recent Announcements

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

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