Today, seven Bay Area counties including Alameda announced a legal order directing residents to “shelter in place” for three weeks beginning tomorrow, March 17. We should take this extremely seriously but not panic. We have an opportunity to flatten the curve of disease spread. We have been through emergencies before and can get through this one together, as always.
- Grocery stores and pharmacies will remain open so there is no need to jam stores or hoard items.
- Those engaged in or requiring essential services can continue their tasks while practicing good sanitation habits and social distancing.
- Exercising out-of-doors at our local parks while practicing social distancing is good for the body and mind.
- If you are able to offer assistance, two of the organizations that need volunteers now are Meals on Wheels and Alameda County Community Food Bank.
- You can also get involved with Oakland At Risk Match, a new effort seeking to match those with needs with those who can help.
Because keeping people safe at home is the most powerful tool we have to stop the spread of infection, our office has called on Oakland, the county Courts and the Governor for an emergency moratorium on evictions to:
- Halt all residential evictions and foreclosures during this time, and
- Halt evictions from commercial properties for our local small businesses.
Just in: Governor Gavin Newsom today issued an executive order that authorizes local governments to halt evictions for renters and homeowners, slows foreclosures, and protects against utility shutoffs for Californians affected by COVID-19. My office is committed to ensuring we have the strongest protections possible for our Oakland community to weather this storm and stay afloat afterwards.
Our Oakland schools are closed during this time and providing free ‘grab n go’ meals to the many students who rely on them at specific sites. Alameda County Community Food Bank also provides free food assistance to families and individuals through its County-wide network of food pantries and soup kitchens.
Reminders for those who live and/or work in Oakland:
- Individuals who work in Oakland have rights to paid sick leave.
- California’s State Resources for Employers and Workers includes waiving the 1 week waiting period for unemployment and disability insurance.
- Keep Oakland Housed provides emergency financial assistance and services to residents at risk of losing their housing.
- We can support Oakland’s small businesses by ordering take-out, purchasing gift cards now, and shopping online.
We will continue to keep you updated.