News & Updates ∙ September 30, 2020
Contra Costa Moves into 'Substantial,' Red Tier
Contra Costa Health Services announced this week that the county has qualified to move into the less restrictive red tier (“substantial”) of the state’s four-tiered, color-coded reopening system.
Moving into the red tier means the following sectors can reopen with modifications:
  • Places of worship, restaurants, movie theaters and museums can operate indoors at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer
  • Gyms can reopen indoors at 10% capacity
  • All personal care services, including massage, can move indoors
  • Indoor shopping malls can operate at 50% maximum occupancy (instead of 25%). Food courts can also open following the state’s guidelines for restaurants.
  • Indoor retail stores can now operate at 50% capacity (instead of 25%)
  • Outdoor playgrounds
Schools can choose to reopen for in-person instruction on Oct. 13 if the county remains in the red tier for two more weeks. Currently, schools must apply for a waiver from the health officer to reopen.
Health officials caution that COVID-19 is still circulating in the community and people should continue to take all the same precautions health officials have been advising for months: wear face coverings in public, maintain physical distancing, wash hands frequently and stay home if you’re sick.

Since testing began, Contra Costa County has reported 16,893 positive cases, with 2,233 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.
City Playgrounds to Open Oct. 1
The City of Concord will be reopening its 19 playgrounds on Thursday, Oct. 1. Public Works staff inspected and prepared all playgrounds today, and will be installing new signage indicating usage rules designed to keep people safe from the spread of COVID-19.

Parents and caregivers are responsible for protecting their children and themselves. Rules include:
  • Wear a Mask
  • Maintain Distance
  • No Food or Drink
  • Wash Hands (Remember to bring sanitizer to the playground)
  • Know When to Stay Home (If ill or if particularly vulnerable to COVID)
  • Share Our Space (Wait your turn, let others have a turn)

Stay safe and play safe, Concord!
Free Flu Shots Available in October
Getting vaccinated is more important than ever this flu season. Vaccination will help keep hospitals from being overwhelmed by flu patients while they also care for those with COVID-19.

Vaccinations are available to everyone age 6 months and older. No appointment is needed, and all are welcome regardless of insurance or immigration status. Please wear a face covering!

Concord's flu clinics will take place:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 14 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Monument Crisis Center, 1990 Market St.
  • Saturday, Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (drive-thru) at Loma Vista Adult Center, 1266 San Carlos Ave

Please see the flyers (English & Spanish) for more information and to find additional locations outside of Concord.
Autumn Art on Concord Live
Get the kids and join the Concord Art Association this Thursday evening for some family fun making autumn art! Local artist John Nakanishi will be the special guest on Concord Live! teaching participants how to make paint-stamped autumn leaves.

Use a variety of household objects to paint-stamp patterns on strips of paper, then collage them together and cut into leaf shapes. Use your creative leaves to decorate for the fall season. Turn them into a table runner, a centerpiece, a wreath, place cards - whatever you like!

Get your supplies ready and log on Thursday at 6 p.m.!
Stay Informed
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