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Weekly Update: October 21, 2021
Posted on 10/21/2021

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City of San Ramon News & Information Update

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Contra Costa Health Order Amendment to Allow Groups of Fully Vaccinated People to Remove Face Coverings Indoors Under Specific Circumstances on November 1

Updated Face Covering Order

With COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations declining, Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) has announced that it will lift masking requirements on November 1 in certain indoor settings where everyone is fully vaccinated.

Eligible settings are in controlled spaces not open to the general public, including offices, gyms and fitness centers, employee commuter vehicles, indoor college classes and organized gatherings in any other indoor setting, such as a religious gathering.

Under the order, participating businesses, organizations and hosts must verify that all patrons, employees and attendees are fully vaccinated before allowing people inside their facilities not to wear face coverings. There can be no more than 100 persons present at these facilities, and the group of those present must gather on a regular basis. Those present should also not have COVID-19 symptoms.

Indoor-masking requirements would remain in effect in Contra Costa for the time being in public settings, such as bars, restaurants, and retail stores until other targets are met, including when 80% of county residents are fully vaccinated.

Read the full Press Release from Contra Costa Health Services

Read the Amended Health Order from Contra Costa Health Services

CCHS Guidance for Safe & Healthy Halloween & Día de los Muertos Celebrations

With the Halloween and Día de los Muertos holidays coming up, Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) encourages everyone to celebrate safely and protect themselves and their loved ones from COVID-19.

According to CCHS, the single best protection from COVID-19 is vaccination. All the vaccines are the safe, effective and free in Contra Costa County for anyone who is 12 or older. Visit for locations, appointments and more information.

Other ways to make the holiday safer include:

Wearing protective masks, not costume masks
Masks on costumes are no substitute for well-fitted face masks that cover the mouth and nose. It’s also safer to avoid wearing a costume mask over a protective mask, as it can be dangerous if the costume mask makes it hard to breathe.

• Taking precautions while trick-or-treating
Many trick-or-treaters are too young for vaccine, so the community must work together to reduce their risk. Protective face coverings, physical distancing and liberal use of hand sanitizer are all healthy choices. Remember your mask when handing out candy!

• Gathering outdoors, and in smaller groups
Indoor gatherings where people from different households mingle are higher risk – especially if unvaccinated. Consider moving outdoors, and limiting how many visitors.

Contra Costa does still have local health orders requiring face masks in many indoor public spaces, and proof of vaccination or a recent, negative test to visit some businesses, including bars and restaurants. Learn more at

Anyone who is not feeling well should stay home and avoid close contact with others, especially if they have symptoms that could be COVID-19.

COVID-19 testing is a great choice for people who develop symptoms, or who attend gatherings with others outside the household, even if they have a gathering. Visit for information about getting tested in Contra Costa.

Read the full Guidance from Contra Costa Health Services

Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt Returns to Central Park
October 22–31

Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt

Scarecrows will once again be taking over Central Park (12501 Alcosta Blvd) this Halloween! This family-friendly event is great for all ages. So come on down October 22–31 and see which scarecrows have come to visit, and engage with them through fun missions in the GooseChase App. For more information, or to download the app, please visit the links below.

>  Learn More about the Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt

>  Download the GooseChase App in the Apple App Store

> Download the GooseChase App in the Google Play Store

Trick-or-Treat on the Farm: Sat, Oct 30, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Forest Home Farms

Trick or Treat on the Farm

Visit Forest Home Farms Historic Park (2228 Camino Ramon) in your Halloween costume on Saturday, October 30 from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. for a FREE Trick-or-Treat adventure! Travel around the farm to different stations for activities and treats to take home. Learn more at the link below.

> Trick-or-Treat on the Farm

Blood Drive: Sat, Oct 30, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Dougherty Station Community Center 

Blood Drive Oct 30 2021

The City of San Ramon is sponsoring a Blood Donation Drive on Saturday, October 30 from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. at the Dougherty Station Community Center (17011 Bollinger Canyon Road). For more details, and to sign up, visit the link below.

> Learn More and Sign Up

Upcycle Your HeART Out Art Exhibit
Oct 22–Nov 4 at Central Park
Nov 5–19 at Dougherty Station Community Center

Upcycle Your HeART Out 2

The Upcycle Your HeART Out Art Exhibit will be on display in Central Park (12501 Alcosta Blvd) from October 22–November 4 and at the Dougherty Station Community Center (17011 Bollinger Canyon Rd) from November 5–19.

Don't miss this unique exhibit of artwork from local artists upcycling old election signs and creating "Signs of Hope" for the community.

More Information on Upcycle Your HeART Out

General Plan Update Community Survey
Respond by Sunday, October 31

Plan San Ramon

How you envision San Ramon evolving over the next two decades? There's still time to share your thoughts!

Residents are invited to complete a Community Survey by Sunday, October 31. The survey contains 30 short questions and should take about 15 to 20 minutes to complete.

To learn more about the General Plan update, visit

> Respond to Community Survey

Free Online Bike Safety Course from 511 Contra Costa


Learn skills and gain confidence for safer biking on city streets. Learn the rules of the road to become a safer cyclist (and driver).

511 Contra Costa is hosting a free online class which will include tips and techniques for using your bicycle confidently for everyday trips, errand-running, and commuting to work or school.

The instructor will demonstrate simple bike adjustments for safety and comfort, basic handling skills for confident starting, stopping, turning, and riding, and easy ways to remember where to ride on the street between and through intersections. You’ll learn how to take your bike on BART and use transit bus bike racks, and hear about other local resources for in-person and on-bike learning and practice.

Presentations are led by a certified League of American Bicyclists instructor, and one more class will be held on Saturday, October 23 at 10 a.m.

> Learn More

> Register for Saturday, October 23 at 10 a.m.

Resident Survey on Contra Costa Animal Services

In their efforts to provide the services Contra Costa County residents most desire of their Animal Services Department, Contra Costa Animal Services (CCAS) is soliciting feedback about what services residents would like prioritized. Please take a few minutes and complete the brief survey below to help CCAS make informed decisions about their services.

> Respond to Survey

California’s Eviction Protections Changed October 1: Renters and Landlords Impacted by COVID-19 Should Still Apply for Rent Relief

COVID Rent Relief

The CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program covers 100% of unpaid rent and utilities for eligible renters and their landlords who have been impacted by COVID-19. The program will continue accepting applications until all funds are exhausted.

As of October 1, 2021, eligible renters who receive an eviction notice have 15 business days to apply for the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program and notify their landlord that they have applied (or intend to). Applying for assistance may reduce their risk of eviction.

As of October 1, 2021, landlords seeking an eviction based on non-payment of COVID-related debt or of rental debt incurred between October 1, 2021 and March 30, 2022, must prove that that they have applied to the COVID-19 Rent Relief program, and that the application has been denied or the renter has failed to complete their section, before a legal eviction can take place. Eligible renters who are at risk of eviction are urged to apply, even if their landlord has not applied.

Interested landlords and renters can check eligibility and apply at or by calling 833-430-2122. For assistance in another language, or to verify eligibility, get help with an application or upload paperwork, applicants are encouraged to schedule an appointment with a local organization by calling 833-687-0967.

Assistance from the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program does NOT count as earned income for renters and will NOT affect eligibility for any other California state benefit assistance programs, such as CalFresh and CalWORKS. Applying to the program will not impact your residency status or your path to citizenship.

If you need further assistance, please dial 2-1-1 or text “HOPE” to 20121.

Learn More and Apply for the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief Program

Call City Hall at (925) 973-2500 or email [email protected]