News & Updates ∙ August 26, 2020
New Health Order Allows Some Personal Services, Outdoor Gyms
Contra Costa Health Services announced today that daily hospitalizations due to COVID-19 and the percentage of COVID-19 tests returning positive remained steady or fell slightly in Contra Costa County during early August, reflecting recent local progress in slowing the spread of a deadly virus.

These key data indicators for the pandemic remain at dangerously high levels in Contra Costa, which remains on the California Department of Public Health's county monitoring list, but are not currently increasing as they did in June and July.

Given the improvement, Contra Costa County today made small changes to its social distancing health order to allow certain business sectors to begin operating again outdoors. The changes align Contra Costa's policy with recently updated state health guidelines:
  • Personal care services that do not involve close contact with the face, such as nail salons and massage, may begin operating outdoors in accordance with the state-issued industry guidelines and checklist.
  • Gyms and fitness centers may begin operating outdoors in accordance with their own state guidelines and checklist.
  • Hotels and short-term rentals in the county may open for personal or recreational travel, not just for essential business purposes.

These updates to the health order are effective Friday, August 28. Hair salons and barbers have already been permitted to perform limited work outdoors in the county, with no reported outbreaks.

As of Aug. 26, Contra Costa County has 13,259 known cases, with 1,709 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.
Tenant Protection Program in Effect Aug. 28
Concord's new Residential Tenant Protection Program goes into effect on Friday, August 28.

On July 28, the Concord City Council adopted the Program, which allows for, among other things: relocation assistance for no-fault just cause evictions; requires that a tenant be provided a written lease with the appropriate minimum lease terms; and sunsets on January 1, 2030.

For more information, please visit our Tenant & Landlord Resources web page, and review the City Ordinance and the Program Flyer.
Childcare Program Registration Opens Aug. 27
The City of Concord's Parks & Recreation Department is proud to announce its brand new, full-day childcare program to assist working families with distance learning, provide supervision, and recreational activities during the week.

Registration will open on Thursday, August 27 at 9 a.m. for residents and will be first come first serve. Non-resident registration will open August 29 at 9 a.m.

For more information on the program, please visit our website.

Explore N' More is a new full day care option to assist working families in distance learning, provide supervision, and recreational activities during the week. Based on the success of our socially distanced day camps (Backyard Explorers and East Bay Explorers), we are confident the City of Concord Parks & Recreation Department can provide a safe program for your child.

This program is available for children TK-8th grade, and runs Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. The program is open to students in any school district.
Tools to Keep You Informed
The City of Concord is committed to keeping its residents, businesses and visitors safe and informed, especially when it comes to communicating about emergencies. The City has a number of communications tools and social media sites through which City staff and the Concord Police Department share important updates.

News and information is also posted to the City’s website, and residents are encouraged to subscribe to news alerts that can be emailed and/or texted to subscribers.

In addition, all residents of Contra Costa County are strongly encouraged to subscribe to the County Warning System to receive emergency alerts via phone, text and email.

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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