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City Manager's Weekly Update May 8, 2020
Bay Area Health Orders
Local Restrictions Remain
As expected, the governor released more details yesterday on how and when some businesses can start to reopen, with modifications.The governor also provided criteria yesterday that would allow counties to open things more quickly than the state. However, San Mateo County officials have reiterated that our region would not likely meet the criteria of 14 days with no new COVID-19 related deaths any time in the near future. So, for now, openings in San Mateo County will based on the County rules (see below for the County's news release) . You can see the entire slide show from the governor’s news conference here.
Bay Area Health Orders Remain In Effect.
In a joint news release, Bay Area Health Officers commended the tremendous sacrifices made by many to flatten the curve and protect community health and said they will carefully study the guidance outlined by Gov. Newsom today for non-essential businesses to reopen.
The regional Health Orders that took effect May 4 are still in effect. These orders – in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties and the City of Berkeley – loosen restrictions on construction as well as outdoor activities and businesses. The Bay Area orders do not currently permit curbside pickup from non-essential, non-outdoor businesses, and that is not allowed to begin on Friday, May 8.
Health officers will continue working in collaboration with local elected officials, community and business leaders to find ways to reopen more businesses and activities safely, while sustaining the progress that has been made to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. In the current environment, if a county order differs from a state order, the more restrictive order takes precedence.
The entire news release can be read at https://bit.ly/2WeoqtO
Find frequently asked questions about the shelter-in-place order here: https://www.smcgov.org/shelter-place-faqs
SMC Strong Awards $1 Million to Small Businesses
In just under three weeks since the San Mateo County Strong Fund (SMCSF) small business grant program was created with seed money by the Board of Supervisors, a major milestone was reached today with approximately 100 businesses allocated a total of $1 million to help them survive the impacts of COVID-19.
“It’s clear that the need is great for our small businesses. These grants are a start to help some of our small businesses – all which are vital to a vibrant community – get through financial hardship caused by this pandemic. Thank you to all our partners, including SAMCEDA and the San Mateo Credit Union to make these grants reality,” said Supervisor Warren Slocum, President of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors.
Read the entire announcement at https://bit.ly/3fvlXD6
San Mateo County COVID-19 Cases
San Mateo County Health has updated the number of positive cases to 1,377 as of May 6, 2020. County Health provides detailed information on cases by age group and date and deaths by age group. Learn more at https://www.smchealth.org/coronavirus
Residents with non-medical, non-emergency questions about the coronavirus can call 211 at any time, day or night. Callers from landlines and cellular telephones located within San Mateo County are connected with a trained service professional from 211, a confidential service available in 180 languages.
Workers Compensation and Property Taxes
The governor issued two new executive orders yesterday. One provides workers compensation benefits to cover more employees who contract COVID-19. The other waives penalties for property taxes paid after April 10 for taxpayers who demonstrate they have experienced financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This will apply to residential properties and small businesses. The new order also extends the deadline for certain businesses to file Business Personal Property Statements from today to May 31, 2020, to avoid penalties. Here’s the news release and links to the executive orders.
Keeping a Safe Distance: Running, Jogging and Biking Amid Covid-19
Seeking fresh air and stress-relieving endorphins, many have taken up outdoor exercise of running, jogging and biking. These are good forms of exercise and alternatives to closed gyms and cancelled group exercise classes; however, runners, joggers and bikers should use safety precautions when out and about.
According to guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, outdoor activities such as running and biking are fine to continue doing, even during a shelter-in-place mandate, as long as you stay physically distant (six feet away) from others and avoid groups. When your runs or bike rides are on remote trails, these rules are easier to follow. But in narrow pathways, it’s harder for runners and cyclists to maneuver and remain a safe distance apart. Read more on how to keep you others safe.
Be Smart, Be Seen, Be Safe
With the warm weather upon us and the SIP extended, there is an increased amount of outdoor activity as more people are walking, biking, exercising and children playing. Please exercise care while driving, slow down and watch for your neighbors that are out and about. Those that are on foot, bikes and enjoying the fresh air should also use extreme caution by looking before entering the roadway. Be Smart, Be Seen, Be Safe. #StreetSmarts
First Responders and Elected Officials Gather to Applaud Health Care Workers
Monday morning, May 4th, personnel from Belmont PD, Belmont Public Works and Belmont Parks, gathered with personnel from San Mateo PD, Foster City PD, San Mateo Consolidated Fire, San Mateo Public Works & Parks as well as Foster City Public Works & Parks at San Mateo Medical Center, during morning shift-change, to give front-line medical workers a Star Wars-themed show of support (May-The-Forth-Be-With-You). They were joined by U.S. Representative Jackie Speier, State Senator Jerry Hill and Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, along with Belmont, Foster City, and San Mateo Officials to recognize the Medical Center staff for their work during the COVID-19 Emergency.
Belmont, Foster City, San Mateo and the San Mateo Consolidated Fire Department staff continue to work collaboratively at a Multi-Agency Emergency Operations Center that was formed to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic on March 16.
In Case You Missed It
Happy Bright Kids Interactive Puppet Show - If you missed our live family magic show with Magician Phil Ackerly at 1pm today, don’t fret! There’s a live, interactive puppet show coming your way. HBK troupe has diversified talent, we can entertain and teach them about magic, puppetry, ventriloquism, and even balloon twisting. We look forward to offering this free show to Belmont Residents! RSVP required and space is limited, register in advance.
Monday, May 11, 11:30am Register at bit.ly/happybrightkids
On the Parks and Rec Department Adults and Seniors website you will find New Opportunities for Food Delivery for Seniors, eligibility information and how you can apply for these free services. If you are a restaurant owner and you would like help follow the link to learn how. In addition to these new opportunities you will find a number of other resources including financial assistance, social and emotional support, and recreation ideas.
PG&E Reminds Customers to Update Contact information Ahead of Wildfire Season
PG&E is requesting customers to let know if you have changed your cell phone number, or preferred email address. Numerous customers updated their contact information in 2019. Many more still need to share their information to be prepared for the upcoming fire season. For the entire message from PG&E click here.
Final Thoughts for Friday May 8th
Thoughts and Tips from Public Works Director, Peter Brown on Belmont Open Space.. "As a new member of the community, I’ve hiked, jogged and pedaled just about every corner of our open spaces in the last few months. And despite some poison oak and a couple tumbles off my gravel bike attempting to bite off more than I can chew, I have loved every minute." read more
To Moms and Nurses
The City wishes all Moms a Wonderful Mother’s Day!
We also recognize National Nurses Week and thank you for your service to our communities your strength, nurturing and commitment are honorable, you are a beacon of hope for so many in need during this time of uncertainty. Moms and Nurses we celebrate you and THANK YOU!