News & Updates ∙ July 8, 2020
Updated Guidance for Face Coverings
On July 7 Contra Costa County updated its health order about when and where members of the public should wear face coverings during the COVID-19 pandemic to align it with current state guidance.

Local data indicate that COVID-19 is spreading rapidly in Contra Costa County. The county is currently on the California Department of Public Health's monitoring list because of increasing numbers of COVID-19 patients in local hospitals.

As of July 8, the County has 4,241 known cases, with 494 positive cases in Concord. To review a demographic and geographic breakdown of cases, please see the County's COVID-19 dashboard.

The updated order specifies that face coverings should be worn in businesses and in areas where people wait in line to enter businesses, and that everyone should wear a mask or face covering whenever they are within six feet of another person who is not a member of their household, except in very limited, industry-specific situations.

People who have certain health conditions are exempt from wearing masks that fit snugly over the mouth and nose but must instead wear plastic face shields with cloth draping beneath to contain coughs and sneezes.

The order also requires businesses that are open during the pandemic to ensure their workers and volunteers wear face coverings, and to not serve or allow entry to anyone not wearing face coverings.

For more information, please visit the County website. Residents can also call the Contra Costa County Coronavirus Call Center at (844) 729-8410 daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Paycheck Protection Program Accepting Applications
Attention Small Business Owners! The U.S. Small Business Administration has resumed accepting applications for the Paycheck Protection Program as of July 6. The new deadline to apply is August 8, 2020.

Participate in Virtual Public Meetings
Would you like to provide a public comment at an upcoming City Council meeting? We understand there has been some confusion about how to do this since public meetings went "virtual" in the era of COVID-19.

There are now three ways you can participate:
  1. Submit your comments via email to, and the comments will be sent to all Councilmembers and posted on the City's website.
  2. Submit your comments via email to when the agenda item you wish to speak on is up for discussion and request that City staff read your comment aloud into the record.
  3. Participate in the Council meeting through the Zoom webinar platform and provide your own comments (limit 3 minutes) when that agenda item is up for discussion.

Please find all of details and the consistent Zoom link/log-in credentials on our Public Meetings web page.
Help for Local Jobseekers
As part of the #BounceBackContraCosta campaign, the Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County created a web page specifically for jobseekers impacted by the pandemic. The page includes a video workshop series on how to write an effective resume and cover letter, as well as tutorials on how to access the CalJOBS platform and Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WOIA) services.

Community Spirit Alive with Virtual 4th of July Parade
While we couldn't all be together this Independence Day, our spirits were boosted by the incredible entertainment produced by the Concord 4th of July Committee, which treated viewers to a 4-hour show!

From the Best of the Concord July 4th Parades to the 2020 Virtual Neighbor Parade to music by the band Stung and a special patriotic tribute, we enjoyed great acts from community groups, families, businesses, and long-time Concord residents.

Sponsored by Marathon Petroleum Corporation and Pacific Service Credit Union along with the City of Concord and Visit Concord , this top-notch show brought all the Independence Day fun directly into people's homes.

The entertainment was broadcast on Concord TV and streamed online through Facebook and the City's website. If you missed it, don't worry! It will re-air throughout the month on Comcast 28, Wave 29 and U-verse 99), and you can view it on demand through Vimeo .
Concord Live Brings the Tunes
"Concord Live!" is excited to welcome the  The UnOriginals, a local band who will  perform some of your favorite covers on Facebook Live this Thursday, July 9. Tune in at 6 p.m. to our main Facebook page for a fun and free virtual concert!

The UnOriginals are a giga-power trio, a dynamic, exciting cover band that features an energetic stage show and virtuoso musicianship featuring hits from the 70s/80s/90s/00s/today!
Stay Informed
Stay up-to-date on news and information related to the local and state response to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Information for businesses, frequently asked questions about City services, as well as City resources are available through our website.
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