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File #: 20-6405    Version: 1
Type: New Business
In control: City Council/Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency/Public Financing Authority/Parking Authority Concurrent
Final action:
Title: ADOPT A RESOLUTION AFFIRMING THE GOVERNOR'S EXECUTIVE ORDER DIRECTING ALL INDIVIDUALS LIVING IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA TO STAY AT HOME IN THEIR PLACE OF RESIDENCE EXCEPT TO PROVIDE OR RECEIVE CERTAIN ESSENTIAL SERVICES OR ENGAGE IN CERTAIN ESSENTIAL ACTIVITIES AND WORK FOR ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES AND GOVERNMENT SERVICES; DIRECTING ALL BUSINESSES AND GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES TO CEASE NON-ESSENTIAL OPERATIONS AT PHYSICAL LOCATIONS; AND PROHIBITING ALL NON-ESSENTIAL GATHERINGS OF ANY NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS
Attachments: 1. Proposed Resolution, 2. Exhibit 1 - Executive Order N-33-20

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ADOPT A RESOLUTION AFFIRMING THE GOVERNOR’S EXECUTIVE ORDER DIRECTING ALL INDIVIDUALS LIVING IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA TO STAY AT HOME IN THEIR PLACE OF RESIDENCE EXCEPT TO PROVIDE OR RECEIVE CERTAIN ESSENTIAL SERVICES OR ENGAGE IN CERTAIN ESSENTIAL ACTIVITIES AND WORK FOR ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES AND GOVERNMENT SERVICES; DIRECTING ALL BUSINESSES AND GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES TO CEASE NON-ESSENTIAL OPERATIONS AT PHYSICAL LOCATIONS; AND PROHIBITING ALL NON-ESSENTIAL GATHERINGS OF ANY NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS

 

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RECOMMENDATION

 

It is recommended that the City Council adopt a resolution in support of the Governor’s Executive Order N-33-20 to issue a health order directing all individuals living in the State of California to stay at home in their place of residence except to provide or receive certain essential services or engage in certain essential activities and work for essential businesses and government services; directing all businesses and governmental agencies to cease non-essential operations at physical locations; and prohibiting all non-essential gatherings of any number of individuals.

 

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Summary

 

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is easily transmitted, especially in group settings, and it is essential that the spread of the virus be slowed to protect the ability of public and private health care providers to handle the influx of new patients and safeguard public health and safety.

 

Because of the increase in reported cases and fatalities, the risk of the rapid spread of the virus, the need to protect all members of the community and the region, especially our members most vulnerable to the virus and our health care providers, this resolution supports the state in issuing public health orders to direct residents to stay at home - except for certain essential activities and work to provide essential business and government services or perform essential public services.

 

DISCUSSION

 

Background

 

On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization (“WHO”) declared the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. On January 31, 2020, the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services declared a Public Health Emergency.

 

On March 4, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a State of Emergency to make additional resources available, formalize emergency actions already underway across multiple state agencies and departments, and help the state prepare for a broader spread of COVID-19.

 

On March 12, 2020, Governor Newsom issued an Executive Order, implementing mass gathering and declaring emergency rules for certain activities and services.

 

On March 12, 2020, the County of San Joaquin (“County”) declared a public health emergency and, due to an escalating increase in the number of cases in San Joaquin County, under Stockton Municipal Code section 2.82.060, City Manager Harry Black signed a Proclamation of the Existence of a Local Emergency, which determines the legal, operational, and recovery resources available for the City to respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

 

On March 13, 2020, the County issued guidance for mass gatherings, which encourages the postponement or cancellation of gatherings of 250 people or more and recommends that all nonessential smaller gatherings be cancelled or postponed.

 

On March 15, 2020, Governor Newsom directed all bars, pubs, and wineries in the state to close, while also calling for restrictions on restaurants.

 

On March 16, 2020, Governor Newsom announced new guidelines that restaurants be limited to only takeout, delivery, and drive-thru, as well as recommending the closure of theaters, entertainment venues, and gyms.

 

On March 17, 2020, the City Council ratified the Emergency Declaration made in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak, established a temporary moratorium on residential evictions, and instituted a seven-day closure for certain businesses and a seven-day restriction that restaurants only operate for delivery, takeout, or drive-thru.

 

Present Situation

 

On March 16, 2020, the Counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, Marin, San Mateo, and Santa Clara issued orders for their residents to “shelter at home.” At that point in time, Alameda had eighteen (18) confirmed cases, Contra Costa had thirty-four (34), San Francisco had forty (40), Marin had nine (9), San Mateo had forty-two (42), and Santa Clara had nine (9).

 

On March 16, 2020, Santa Cruz County, which at that point had nine (9) reported cases, also declared a “shelter at home” order.

 

On March 17, 2020, Sonoma County issued a health order also directing residents to shelter in place. This was in response to their six (6) confirmed cases of COVID-19.

 

As of March 19, 2020, San Joaquin County has reported fifteen (15) confirmed cases of COVID -19 within the County, and two (2) deaths resulting from these cases.

 

On March 19, 2020 Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-33-20, ordering all individuals living in the State of California to stay at home, except for certain essential activities and work to provide essential business and government services or perform essential public services.