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County Announces Criteria for Lifting Mask Mandate
Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) recently announced the criteria they will use to lift the current indoor-masking order in our county. They include:

  • The county reaches the CDC’s moderate (yellow) COVID-19 transmission tier and remains there for at least three weeks; AND
  • There are fewer than 75 COVID-19 hospitalizations in the county; AND
  • One of the following conditions is met:
  • 80% of the total population is fully vaccinated
  • Eight weeks have passed since a COVID-19 vaccine has been authorized for emergency use by federal and state authorities for 5- to 11-year-olds

When these criteria are met – which is projected to be at the end of 2021 or beginning of 2022 – the CCHS Health Officer will lift the local masking order, which requires everyone to wear face coverings in indoor public settings regardless of vaccination status. After the local masking order is lifted, unvaccinated residents will still need to wear masks in indoor public settings under the state’s face-covering order.

City Announces Opportunities to Share Input on City Projects
In early October, the City mailed a four-page newsletter to all Concord addresses to inform residents and businesses about three major projects seeking community input: the Housing Element Update, the Redistricting process, and the investment of federal funds to aid in local recovery efforts.

The community update features an overview letter from City Manager Valerie Barone in English and in Spanish, and it provides details for how people can get more information on each project. It also lays out a few key dates for community meetings and public hearings.

Upcoming Dates to Note:

Saturday, Oct. 16: Town Hall meeting regarding Concord's Housing Element Update -- in-person/outdoors at the Concord Senior Center, 12-3 p.m.; Lunch provided to the first 50 participants

Tuesday, Oct. 19: Town Hall meeting regarding Concord's Housing Element Update -- virtual meeting via Zoom. Register here.

Tuesday, Nov. 2: Public Meeting #1 on Redistricting -- virtual meeting via Zoom as part of the regularly scheduled City Council meeting. The agenda and staff report will be posted on the City's website by Oct. 29.

Job Fair Coming to Concord Oct. 20-21
Are you looking for an exciting new professional opportunity?

Concord businesses are hiring!

Check out the Concord Job Fair next week - Oct. 20 and 21 - at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Concord, 45 John Glenn Drive.

Stop by to meet local employers and apply for an exciting new position. Participating businesses have been listed on the Facebook event page.

This event is brought to you by the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce, the Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County, Visit Concord, and the City of Concord.
PG&E Partners with 211 to Provide Support During Power Shutoffs
To receive support and access resources during periods of critical need, such as PG&E's Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS), call or text 211. 211 is a free, confidential calling and texting service that provides a resource database on a variety of topics. Services are available 24/7 for everyone.

For public safety, PG&E may need to turn off power during severe weather to help prevent wildfires. This is known as a PSPS. Losing power disrupts lives, which is why they are now working to provide additional resources to the community.

Through the partnership with 211, PG&E customers can connect with local organizations for:
  • Transportation and lodging needs
  • Portable backup power
  • Food replacements and home-delivered meals
  • Bill assistance programs and more

For additional information, please call 211 or visit their website.
Concord Live Virtual Event Features Creepy Cool Art
It's time to get creative, Concord!

Join us Thursday, Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. on our main Facebook page for a FREE spooky (virtual) art class led by the Concord Art Association!

Create a creepy cool Halloween jar by turning an empty pickle jar into a Halloween gift or decoration. With the lid on, stuff it with wrapped candy for your best trick-or-treaters. With the lid off, put a tea light candle inside for a spooky warm glow.

Contra Costa Animal Services Seeks Feedback on Priority Services
As part of their efforts to provide the services Contra Costa County residents most desire of their Animal Services Department, Contra Costa Animal Services (CCAS) is soliciting your feedback about what services County residents would like prioritized. Please take a few minutes and complete this brief survey that will help their Department make informed decisions about their services.

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