Shelter in Place extended, support healthcare workers, testing sites, eviction moratorium & more

The shelter-in-place order has just been extended until May 3, 2020. See the full order and summary of major changes from the Alameda County Public Health Department 

This extension was announced by seven Bay Area Counties to slow the spread of COVID-19 and mitigate the impact on delivery of critical healthcare services to those in need. 

Social distancing is now MANDATORY. Use of playgrounds, dog parks, public picnic areas, and similar recreational areas is prohibited. Use of shared public recreational facilities such as golf courses, tennis and basketball courts, pools, and rock walls is prohibited. Sports or activities that require use of shared equipment, like frisbees, basketballs, baseballs, and soccer balls, may only be engaged in by members of the same household.

Alameda County has launched [email protected] for compliance concerns or complaints regarding non-essential businesses and non-essential activities in potential violation of the public health order. 

See the city's multilingual COVID-19 outreach hub for important messages and resources translated in Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Arabic, Tagalog, Khmer, Korean.


Update on Testing Sites

  • Site 1: The city has been partnering with Brown and Toland Physicians, a Bay Area physician network, to offer COVID-19 testing for city employees since March 20. Starting last Thursday, March 26, Oakland began allowing neighboring jurisdictions Albany, Alameda, Berkeley, Emeryville, and Piedmont and public agencies including BART, Caltrans, and East Bay MUD, to provide testing access to their frontline and first responder staff.  The drive-up site was launched with financial support from Oakland's COVID-19 Relief Fund, which you can also contribute to.
  • Site 2: Yesterday, Monday, March 30, the city set up a site in the Kaiser Auditorium Parking Lot near Lake Merritt to expand testing service for additional frontline, first responders and vulnerable populations. It will open soon, in partnership with La Clinica


3 Ways to Support Our Healthcare Workers

Ensuring that our nurses, physicians and healthcare workers stay healthy and have proper protection is essential to preventing hospital overload and flattening the curve.

  1. Join grassroots efforts urging Governor Newsom to help meet the demands of California's healthcare workers to fight this pandemic.
  2. Donate protective gear and medical supplies at many drop-off locations throughout the Bay Area.
  3. Spread the word about California Health Corps, Governor Newsom's effort launched yesterday to expand our healthcare workforce to address the COVID-19 surge. Health care professionals with an active license, public health professionals, medical retirees, medical and nursing students, or members of medical disaster response teams statewide are all encouraged to join.

Newsom also signed an executive order that will temporarily expand the health care workforce and allow health care facilities to staff at least an additional 50,000 hospital beds the state needs to treat COVID-19 patients.


4 Resources on New Eviction Moratorium

We've compiled resources to support those with questions about Oakland's new emergency eviction moratorium, which passed unanimously last Friday. Thanks again to all who supported my legislation and continue to organize for urgent next steps to #SuspendRent, #SuspendMortgage, #HaltForeclosures, and #ForgiveDebt. 

  1. Oakland Moratorium FAQ: See this question-and-answer guide put together by local community organizations involved in housing and tenant protections. It also includes contact information for organizations where you can seek legal and non-legal support.
  2. The City of Oakland's Rent Adjustment Program staff are available to assist tenants and landlords at (510) 238-3721 and [email protected] during normal business hours M-F, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. Leave a message and a housing counselor will return your call within 24 hours. Stay tuned for multilingual moratorium resources from RAP soon.
  3. Keep Oakland Housed, which assists with legal and financial resources for Oaklanders facing housing insecurity, has ramped up services to support you.
  4. See the actual moratorium legislation on the City of Oakland website.   


For Our Small Businesses, Nonprofits & Artists 

  1. Commercial Eviction Moratorium: If your small business or nonprofit has questions about the eviction moratorium, please email the City at [email protected].
  2. Small Business Emergency Grants: The city is partnering with Working Solutions to provide grants to very low-income small businesses owners who have lost revenue due to COVID-19. Details on how to apply for these grants are available here. Also check the Oakland COVID-19 Relief Fund for the latest info.
  3. Small Business FAQ: See the city's online FAQ to support small businesses, nonprofits, and artists. Check the city's Business & Worker Resource Hub for regular updates too.
  4. See updated SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan information, including the ability to apply for a loan advance of up to $10K.
  5. Resources for Oakland artists and nonprofit arts organizations: The city developed this list which focuses on emergency / direct assistance funds.
  6. Temporary White Curb: Businesses that are in delivery or take-out operation can now request a temporary white curb in front of their business to make customer pick-up and delivery easier. Contact Oak 311 to request.   


Stay healthy and safe!

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  • Nikki Fortunato Bas, Council President