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Fundamental Town services will continue to operate, but will do so incorporating social distancing protocols that will limit in-person public contact. The underlying fabric of services will continue - police, fire, emergency response, enforcement, water, sewer, inspection services, etc. - and will continue to be provided by the respective servicing entities. But, in-person public contact will be minimized and moved to electronic or telephonic communication systems wherever possible. Staff will be shifted to remote access when feasible. Most programs, services, and meetings will be postponed or cancelled; such as public events, community meetings, or other engagements at City Hall or the Park. The Park remains open, but all facilities at the Park are Closed to Public Access.
Details and protocols are subject to being ramped up or down based on staffing availability and expansion of COVID-19 emergent issues. The Town will post any changes to its COVID-19 website, here, via News Flash, and post on the Bulletin Board at Town Offices in the Park.
The Town will comply with the San Mateo County Health Officer directive for all individuals and businesses in San Mateo County. These changes in operations are effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020 and will continue through April 7, 2020. This Order is subject to extension. The full text of the order is available via the following link. Residents are urged to stay informed and follow the recommended COVID-19 prevention measures and the directives from the San Mateo County Health Officer. There is an FAQ section of the County’s website for COVID-19 and and FAQ section of the County’s website on the Shelter in Place (SIP) Order that is very useful. The Town will also be aggregating FAQs for its website as well.
— All businesses with a facility in the County, except essential Businesses as defined in the order are required to cease all activities at facilities located within the County.— All public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside of a household or living unit are prohibited.— All travel, including, but not limited to travel on foot, bicycle, scooter, motorcycle, automobile, or public transit, except Essential Travel and Essential Activities as defined in the Order, are prohibited.— For the purposes of the Order, individuals may leave their residence only to perform Essential Activities, as defined in the Order.
Section 10 of the Order includes various Definitions and Exemptions. Some key areas of allowed activity are:
— Section 10(a)(i) - engaging in activities or performing tasks essential to health and safety or the health and safety of family or household (cleaning services, childcare, adult-care, etc.)— Section 10(a)(ii) - obtaining necessary services or supplies (deliveries of food, medical, etc.)— Section 10(a)(iii) - engaging in outdoor activity, with social distancing (walking, hiking, biking, running, etc.)— Section 10(b) - obtaining healthcare (does not include fitness and exercise gyms and similar facilities)— Section 10(d) to perform emergency services - specifically emergency responders
Section 10 (f) of the Order lists out Essential Businesses that are allowed to continue operations under the Order. This area is quite broad and includes a number of support businesses - healthcare, grocery stores, farmers markets, pet stores, farming, gas stations, newspapers, banks, hardware stores, educational (distance learning), laundromats, drycleaners, restaurants (take out or delivery), essential supply businesses, home-based care, transportation, professional services, etc. Section 10(f)(x) provides that "...plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining their safety, sanitation and essential operation of residences, essential activities and essential businesses. This is interpreted to mean work associated with maintaining the safety and sanitation of a residence but not its basic operation. For example, plumbers and electricians for necessary repair; house cleaning for sanitation; care for at-home children or elderly, pest control for sanitation; but not landscaping for basic maintenance, or window cleaning services, or gardening services. If these services are related to an emergent safety situation such as a failed tree or broken window, etc. these services would become necessary under maintaining the safety of a residence.
All activities must be done compliant with social distancing protocols. Social distancing requirements include maintaining at least 6-foot social distancing from other individuals, washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as frequently as possible or using hand sanitizer, covering coughs or sneezes (into the sleeve or elbow, not hands), regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces, and not shaking hands.