News & Updates ∙ September 2, 2020
New State Guidelines Standardize Re-Opening Rules
The CA Department of Public Health has created new state guidelines to standardize re-opening regulations throughout the state. Contra Costa County and most other counties are in the purple (most restrictive) tier.

Per these new regulations, hair salons and barbershops can resume indoor operations. Indoor shopping malls may also reopen at 25% maximum occupancy as long as public congregation points and food courts are closed. Gyms and fitness centers may begin operating outdoors. Businesses must follow applicable safety guidelines and checklists.

Businesses preparing to move operations outdoors can find the City's temporary master license application for outdoor operations, as well as other useful information, on the #ConcordForward web page.

For more information about the new guidelines and how it affects Contra Costa County, please read the county's press release, re-openings chart and updated frequently asked questions (FAQs).

Since testing began, Contra Costa County has reported 14,111 positive cases, with 1,852 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.
Emergency Rental, Utility Assistance Available
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Concord has partnered with Concord-based Shelter, Inc., for emergency rental and utility assistance for its low income tenants.

Concord allocated $378,780 in Community Development Block Grant-Coronavirus funds and $375,000 in Coronavirus Relief Funds for a total of $753,780 to support low-income renter households affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

These funds are available to assist low-income households who are unable to pay rent or utility bills due to a reduction of work hours, furloughs, unemployment, and/or diagnosis with COVID-19. Preference will be given to families with children and seniors. Documentation that the inability to pay rent is directly related to COVID-19 must be provided. Tenants can receive up to three months of assistance with the depth of assistance based on need.

Wondering how to participate in this program? Call Shelter, Inc., to find out more and see if you qualify to receive assistance: (925) 338-1038
Concord Connected
Concord Connected is back with more good news from around our community.

In the latest episode, Downtown Programs Manager Lisa Potvin shares stories that highlight the Concord Farmers' Market, Concord Police Department, Parkside Bar & Grill, John Muir Health and the upcoming Concord Virtual Jazz Festival!
COVID Health Tips for People with IDD
Listos California, the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities and the California Department of Developmental Services have collaborated to ensure Californians with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), their families and caregivers have help navigating the COVID-19 pandemic.

Help us share these important tips and resources. Check out the City's Listos web page to learn more!
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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