Update regarding Coronavirus ( COVID-19) & Shelter In Place
March 26, 2020
Good evening Morgan Hill community.

We hope everyone is safe, healthy, and taking good care of themselves and their loved ones. We continue to stress how important it is for all community members to follow the State and County orders to shelter in place. Stay home. Save lives!

We are here for you. We will get through this together!
Read on for updates related to Food and Senior Services, Housing, Resources and Volunteer Opportunities, Schools, Transportation and Utilities.

Food and Senior Services
Visit the City website for the most up to date list of stores offering hours for seniors and those at higher risk. You can also learn more about organizations that are providing drive through food distribution services.

Housing
Eviction Moratorium
The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted on, March 24, 2020, to halt evictions that would displace families and businesses as a direct result of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). All cities within the county, including Morgan Hill, are included in the evictions ban. The moratorium on evictions takes effect immediately and lasts through May 31, 2020. For more information and to access the full ordinance, read this summary of the ordinance .

Property Taxes
Property owners can take advantage of the partial payment program and make multiple partial payments on the installment due. Visit the County's website for more information including how to submit a request for a penalty waiver.


Resources and Volunteer Opportunities
Essential Healthcare Workers and First Responders childcare program
The Morgan Hill Unified School District, in partnership with the Santa Clara County Office of Education and the YMCA, is rolling out a childcare program aimed at helping Essential Healthcare Workers and First Responders continue to do their jobs without having to worry about childcare issues due to closing of schools and daycares around the County. The program will be held at Barrett Elementary School in Morgan Hill. Please visit the MHUSD website for more information.

Health and Wellness
In an effort to support your mental health and wellness, the County Behavioral Health Service Department has developed some information sheets to help you cope effectively during these times.

Work Sharing Program
Employers can apply for the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Work Sharing Program if reduced production, services, or other conditions cause them to seek an alternative to layoffs.

Volunteer and Paid Opportunities
  • The Health Trust is looking for drivers for Meals on Wheels. This is a paid position. You need to be 18 years old with a driver’s license and your own vehicle. You can find more information and apply here.
  • Second Harvest Food Bank needs volunteers to pre-box and deliver food to the community. Sign up here.
  • Silicon Valley Strong is looking for volunteers. Sign up here.

Business Resources
The City of Morgan Hill, the Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Association, and Visit Morgan Hill are all committed to doing what we can to support our business community during these uncertain times. We are focused on providing information and resources available to our business community. To better understand the range of impact COVID-19 is having in our local business community, we are asking businesses to respond to this COVID-19 Morgan Hill Business Impact survey . In addition, the City is continuously updating information for businesses and employees on the City website .


Schools
School Closures Extended to May 1, 2020
On March 25, 2020, the Santa Clara County Office of Education in conjunction with the County Health Department announced Bay Area School Closures and Student Dismissals from Regular School Attendance to be Extended Through May 1, 2020.


Transportation
Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) is prioritizing essential service to hospitals, health care facilities, pharmacies, grocery stores, food banks, shelters, and other essential destinations during this time of extraordinary caution.
Effective 3/30/20 until further notice, VTA will operate reduced bus and rail service and not collect fares. Bus and light rail service will end at 9 p.m. with the exception of Route 22 which will continue to operate 24/7. Visit the VTA website to learn more.


Utilities
City of Morgan Hill water and wastewater services
To assist our residents and businesses during these uncertain times, Morgan Hill will not assess late penalties nor terminate services due to delinquency during April. We ask customers to reach out to Utility Billing for more information or request a payment arrangement.

Pacific, Gas & Electric
PG&E has implemented a moratorium on service disconnections for non-payment. This suspension will apply to both residential and commercial customers and will remain in effect until further notice. To further support customers who may be impacted by the pandemic, PG&E will offer its most flexible pay plans to customers who indicate either an impact or hardship as a result of COVID-19. More information can be found on their website .

Recology South Valley
All trash must be bagged and placed inside Recology cart(s) or personal can(s). Read the full announcement for more information. If you have any questions regarding these changes, please contact our customer service department at 408-842-3358.

Morgan Hill residents with non-emergency questions or concerns are directed to call or text 408.767.6404 . This number is monitored regularly, Monday - Friday, during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Messages will be responded to within 24 hours, during weekdays.

If you haven’t already, we encourage you to:

Information and resources are being continually updated on the following websites:

Santa Clara County residents should call 2-1-1 for public health information on COVID-19. Please be aware that you may need to remain on hold for a period of time.

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