News & Updates ∙ November 25, 2020
Contra Costa Moves Back to Purple Tier, Statewide Curfew Enacted
With new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations surging across California, the state recently placed several counties, including Contra Costa, back into the purple tier, meaning there is widespread risk of community transmission in our region.

The adjusted average daily number of new cases in Contra Costa has increased in recent weeks, more than doubling from 4.3 per 100,000 population on Oct. 16.
 
Local changes caused by the state's action include: 
  • Social gatherings involving people from different households are permitted outdoors only, with a maximum of three households and 25 people, preferably for less than two hours. 
  • K-12 schools may not reopen for in-person instruction unless they have already begun to do so.
  • Worship services and cultural ceremonies must now be held outdoors only. 
  • Higher education institutions must move indoor lectures and student gatherings outdoors only. 
  • Movie theaters may operate outdoors only. 
  • Museums and exhibit spaces may open outdoors only. 

On Nov. 13, the County took advance precautions and ordered restaurants and gyms to cease its indoor operations, effective Nov. 17. 

Following the return to the purple tier, the State also issued a stay-at-home order, generally requiring that non-essential work, movement and gatherings stop between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. in counties in the purple tier, including Contra Costa County. This limited order is designed to reduce opportunities for disease transmission, and it is expected to remain in effect until Dec. 21.

To prevent unnecessary illness and death in our community, Contra Costa Health Services urges residents to take the safety requirements seriously and consider what we can all do to reduce the risk of infection to ourselves and our families – such as wearing face coverings. 

Since testing began, Contra Costa County has reported 23,381 positive cases, with 2,983 positive cases in Concord. To review a demographic and geographic breakdown of cases, please see the County's COVID-19 dashboard.

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.
Tips for Safer Holiday Celebrations
While our holiday celebrations may look a little different this year, the spirit of the season remains the same. As you plan for and enjoy the holidays, please take steps to keep yourself and others safe while enjoying traditions with a twist.

If you're hosting an in-person celebration, some simple planning can keep you and your guests safe.

Shop Concord This Holiday Season
The City of Concord and the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce have announced the creation of the Shop Concord program to support the city’s small businesses by encouraging residents to shop locally this holiday season.

Shop Concord has launched with a $10,000 contribution from the City of Concord to supply a bonus gift card with every purchase, while supplies last. Customers who purchase a $50 gift card through Shop Concord receive a free $25 gift card in return, which can be used for purchases at any participating business. Customers also have the option to purchase a $20 gift card through Shop Concord and receive a free $10 gift card in return.

Local business owners who would like to participate in the Shop Concord program can still register.

“The Shop Concord program will make this year’s holiday gift giving more impactful because each purchase made is a direct benefit to our community,” said Mayor Tim McGallian. “While the purchase of a gift card may seem like a small act, it is a huge gesture of support for our community that will go a long way toward helping our local businesses keep their doors open.” 
State Fund Aims to Support Small Businesses
The State of California recently launched the California Rebuilding Fund to support small businesses, a critical segment of our economy. Businesses with fewer than 50 full-time employees and revenues of less than $2.5 million may be eligible to apply for loans of up to $100,000. Learn more at www.caloanfund.org
Get Artsy with Concord Live

"Concord Live!," in partnership with the Concord Art Association will be going live with local artist Lisa Fulmer.

Lisa is back with a new art project for the holidays! Make your own unique wreath with stenciled paper leaves to hang wherever you please.


Find your supplies list here, and tune in at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3, to the City's Facebook page for a fun and free virtual art class.
We're Hiring
The City of Concord is currently seeking candidates to fill the following positions:
  • Information Technology Managers (IT) - two positions
  • Programmer Analyst (IT)
  • Payroll Technician (Finance)

Applications are due soon. Learn more at: www.cityofconcord.org/jobs
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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