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9/17 Update from City Manager Joe Gorton:

Dear San Ramon Community,

This week, additional businesses were permitted to re-open under an updated Social Distancing Order from Contra Costa County, aligning with the State of California's guidelines for the County's current COVID-19 Tier (purple). The County has also released guidelines for residents to plan for safe Halloween celebrations.

Locally, this Friday's Virtual Mayor's Breakfast will focus on how local elections will work in 2020, along with COVID-19 updates from local leaders. Another upcoming event, San Ramon's annual Culture in the Community celebration, will be virtual this year—and residents are invited to submit videos for the event.

Below are the latest updates for the San Ramon community. 

County Health Updates & What's Open at a Glance

This week, Contra Costa County updated its Social Distancing Health Order to align with the State of California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. As of Wednesday, additional businesses may reopen, following the state health guidelines for their industries:

  • Personal care services that involve close contact with the face may begin operating outdoors, except for tattooing, piercing and nonmedical electrolysis
  • Racetracks and cardrooms may operate outdoors
  • Music, television and film production may resume
  • Professional sports without live audiences may resume

The County also updated its Mass Quarantine Order to align with CDC recommendations, adding essential critical infrastructure workers to the exception that already allows health care workers and first responders to continue working after an exposure under certain conditions.

> Read the Contra Costa County Press Release on Social Distancing Health Order Updates

> View current Contra Costa County Health Orders, including the updated Social Distancing Order and Mass Quarantine Order

> View Contra Costa County Openings at a Glance

> View the State of California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy

> View the State of California’s Industry Guidance for Businesses


Contra Costa County Shares Guidelines to Plan for a Safe Halloween

With the holiday season approaching, Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) "advises county residents to show their Halloween spirit this year by doubling down on dress-up and decoration and reducing their risk by avoiding trick-or-treating, haunted houses or big holiday gatherings," according to a press release from CCHS.

> Read the Contra Costa County Press Release on Planning for a Safe Halloween


Virtual Mayor's Breakfast on Local Elections: Friday, September 18 at 9 a.m.

This Friday, San Ramon Mayor Bill Clarkson hosts a Virtual Mayor's Breakfast with a focus on how local elections will work in 2020, with Contra Costa County Clerk-Recorder Debi Cooper and San Ramon Deputy City Manager Steven Spedowfski sharing information about the process, including how to register to vote, ballot return, and District Elections in San Ramon.

In addition, local COVID-19 updates will be shared by San Ramon City Manager Joe Gorton, Contra Costa County Supervisor Candace Andersen, and Dr. Patrick Joseph, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCSF.

> Learn more about Virtual Mayor's Breakfasts, including how to submit questions

> Learn more about Elections in Contra Costa County

> Learn more about District Elections in San Ramon


Video Submissions Now Open for Virtual Culture in the Community Celebration

The Culture in the Community Celebration is going virtual this year—and we want you to be a part of it! We are looking for video submissions from solo and group performers, restaurants/home cooks, families, and community members to showcase the different cultures in our community and around the world. We're looking for music, dance, cooking demonstrations, fun facts, immigration stories, or anything that you want to share about your culture. Make it fun, exciting, and entertaining for everyone—we are looking forward to seeing your videos!

The deadline to apply is October 1, 2020. Videos will be posted on November 13, 2020.

> Learn more about Culture in the Community and Apply


Community Resources for San Ramon

The following information and resources are available at the City of San Ramon’s website, and are updated regularly:


Ways to Stay Informed


Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, NextDoor

General Questions: (925) 973-2500

General COVID-19 Help Line for San Ramon: (925) 570-1186

Senior Hotline (English): (925) 973-3250

Senior Voicemail Line (Mandarin): (925) 973-3277

Contra Costa County Help Line: 2-1-1


Once again, I want to thank you all for your commitment to one another's well being—together, we can continue to keep our community strong!

Joe Gorton
San Ramon City Manager

Previous COVID-19 updates from the City of San Ramon