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Belmont Proclaims Local Emergency Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Implements Service Changes
For health and safety of community and employees Effective March 16, 2020
Contact: Jozi Plut
Belmont, CA – On Monday, March 16th, The Belmont City Manager in accordance with Government Code Section 8630 and Belmont City Code 8-46, Proclaimed a Local State of Emergency to protect the public health and safety caused by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The City Council is scheduled to ratify the State of Emergency at a Special Council Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 18, at 4:00 pm. The proclamation can be read at https://www.belmont.gov/home/showdocument?id=19295
The rapid spread of COVID-19, and the measures needed to mitigate the disease, threaten to impair city government operation and delivery of essential services should employees be exposed or be suspected of being exposed to the disease, and may necessitate that the City request mutual aid under the California Emergency Services Act. The emergency declaration gives the City flexibility to mobilize resources in response to this unprecedented public health threat for the protection of the community. This action will also help ensure critical services have the resources needed to continue.
COVID-19 is causing a world-wide economic slowdown that is fiscally impacting the City. The city anticipates substantial revenue loss from transient occupancy tax, sales tax, property transfer tax, business license tax, gas tax, and regulatory fees due to declining local economic activity. The City will also experience loss of user fees as recreation programs are curtailed to help prevent the spread of the disease.
The City also anticipates that the residential and business communities may need economic assistance and services to mitigate impacts from COVID-19 that exceed the capacity of city resources.
“We as a community are stronger together. Please be sure to check in with neighbors, friends and family to see if any of their needs aren’t being filled. Be that resource and share, love, reach out, but remember to keep the 6-feet social distance. We are #BelmontStrong” said Mayor Warren Lieberman. “Even in these unprecedented times, working together with patience and community love will get us through this. The City Council and I thank you for your support and understanding.”
Upon the issuance of the Order by the County of San Mateo’s Health Officer for individuals in the County to Shelter in Place City in conjunction with the San Mateo Consolidated Fire District and partner cities the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was partially activated to support the Cities and County of San Mateo’s activated EOC.
These may be unprecedented times, but Belmont’s level of readiness and preparation is at all times high. Our city emergency services team is trained for such events and has been hard at work since January, closely tracking developments, refining our preparedness plans and lining up resources. This will allow enhanced real-time coordination and collaboration interdepartmentally with essential services, as well as with external partner agencies.
Your personal actions and behaviors matter. The City is encouraging all community members to keep our community safe by following county, state, and federal advice about preventing the spread of respiratory viruses including COVID-19 by heeding the shelter in place order and staying home, use hygiene best practices including washing your hands, covering your cough and calling your health practitioner before going to the hospital if you have COVID-19 symptoms.
The City will continue to keep you informed and will follow all guidance from public health officials. The City has an in depth webpage set up with additional details and will be updating it with latest information, including updates from the San Mateo County Health to protect the most vulnerable in the community, such as those 65 years and older and those with pre-existing health conditions. Find details in our online links at: https://www.belmont.gov/our-city/city-news/health-and-safety.
All City events and activities are postponed or canceled, and City facilities will remain closed to the public for the shelter in place period from March 17th through April 7, 2020. As such:
- There will be no over the counter permits available during this time.
- Permits for emergency home repairs such as roofing, electrical services, water heaters, and furnaces can be submitted via email or fax at (650) 595-7479.
- For email submissions, permit applications are available on the City of Belmont website at: www.belmont.gov/departments/community-development/app-packets-and-forms
- For all other Permit Center or Building Department questions please call 650-595-7422 or email at email@example.com
- For Planning and Zoning questions please call 650-595-7417 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
- For Public Works Department questions please call 650-595-7425 or email at Pworks@belmont.gov
- For Parks and Recreation Department questions please call 650-595-7441 or email at email@example.com
- For Business License questions/submittals please call (650) 453-0400 or email at Belmont@hdlgov.com