Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Your health and safety are my top priority. Today we received news of the first confirmed "community spread" COVID-19 case in Berkeley. What does this mean and why is it important?
Community spread means the source of the infection is unknown. The patient had not traveled or been in contact with anyone who was sick. So it is apparent that the COVID-19 virus is in our community.
That is why it is essential that you stay at home and if you go out,
observe the social distancing standard of 6 feet of separation.
Many people have emailed me describing situations in grocery stores and parks where social distancing is being ignored. PLEASE,
follow the protocols
All of us are at risk now. Although people over 60 are at greater risk of severe symptoms, epidemiologists are also seeing younger adults get very sick.
We are all facing major adjustments in our daily routines. Staying in the house for many days is a challenge. Being isolated from friends and family is really difficult. But the sacrifices that we make today will leave us all stronger and in better health tomorrow.
Please cooperate with the Executive Order and
stay at home
. For a comprehensive list of FAQs about the Shelter In Place, see
What will Berkeley be like when we come out of this nightmare? It's hard to say, but I do know that Berkeley's small businesses and restaurants, performance venues, and the artists and workers that make Berkeley so vibrant and special are all suffering financially. It is excruciatingly painful for me to hear their personal stories. The City is trying to help the most vulnerable as much as we can.
In that spirit the Mayor and City Council established a $3 million dollar Relief Fund and are launching a
LIVE RELIEF FUND
effort on Sunday, March 22 at 3pm, hosted by Mayor Arreguin and MC'd by author Michael Lewis. Please open your hearts and pockets and give generously to this fund to help our merchants, restaurateurs, performing artists, and vulnerable tenants. More information is
Also in this newsletter is some information about parking regulations and transit changes.
Please call 510 981-7160 with your questions. Although my staff and I are working from our respective homes, we are checking our office machine twice daily and will get back to you within 24 hours.
Take care and be well,