Pinole's CORONA VIRUS (COVID-19)

CORONA VIRUS (COVID-19)

Updated August 2, 2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory disease that may result in serious illness or death and is easily transmissible from person to person.

Health Order Requiring All People to Wear Masks in Indoor Public Settings

In order to slow the spread of the more contagious Delta variant of COVID-19, all people, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear face coverings in public indoor settings in in Contra Costa County until further notice, beginning August 3, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. Public settings include but are not limited to business offices, retail stores, restaurants, theaters, family entertainment centers, meeting rooms and State and local government facilities where services are provided to the public.

This order does not apply to people in the following circumstances:
• When alone in a room.
• When actively eating or drinking.
• When swimming or showering.
• When receiving care or other service that requires removal of the face covering, including by way of    example and without limitation, medical care requiring exposure of the nose or mouth, cosmetic services involving the face, and dental procedures.
• When exempt from wearing face coverings under the State Face Covering Guidance or other applicable California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidance. The State Face Covering Guidance exempts the following individuals from wearing masks:
º Persons younger than two years old. Very young children must not wear a mask because of the risk of suffocation.
º Persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a mask, including persons with a medical condition for whom wearing a mask could obstruct breathing or who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a mask without assistance.
º Persons who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.
º Persons for whom wearing a mask would create a risk to the person related to their work, as determined.

Repeal of Requirements for Congregate Living and Residential Care Facilities

In response to regulations that have been adopted by California Department of Public Health and the California Department of Community Care Licensing and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, health orders which required congregate living facilities in Contra Costa County to follow specified testing, collaboration, reporting and guidance requirements of the Contra Costa County Health Department are repealed effective immediately. Click here for the full order.

Information on COVID-19 in Contra Costa County

The Contra Costa Health Services department COVID-19 website contains up-to-date information on cases, health practices, and legal requirements (including the stay at home Health Order) related to the virus, here: https://www.coronavirus.cchealth.org

The department has also created a Coronavirus Call Center to answer questions from the public: 844-729-8410

Contra Costa County Extends Ordinance for Eviction Protection and Rent Freeze


At a Board meeting on February 2, 2021, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed Urgency Ordinance No. 2021-04 that continues a temporary eviction moratorium for certain residential tenants and a moratorium on certain residential rent increases through June 30, 2021. The Urgency Ordinance also continues a temporary eviction moratorium for certain commercial tenants through March 31, 2021. Ordinance No. 2021-04 supersedes Ordinance No. 2020-29.

California's COVID-19 Rent Relief

Housing is key photoContra Costa County has partnered with the State of California to operate a Countywide Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) pursuant to Senate Bill 91. The program includes authority for both rental and utility assistance for County residents impacted by COVID-19.

Visit the State's Housing is Key website for more information.


City of Pinole Response

Click here for a letter from the Mayor of Pinole regarding COVID-19 (October 21, 2020).

To protect the health and safety of the residents and employees of the City of Pinole, and to comply with the County Health Order, the City has taken the following steps, effective March 17, 2020 until further notice.

- Cancelled all City-sponsored recreation programs and events
- Cancelled all rentals of City facilities
- Closed all City buildings to the public (including public restrooms)
- Cancelled all non-essential public meetings
- Cancelled or reduced some other City functions

The Police, Fire, Public Works and Wastewater Departments continue to be fully operational.  Click here for a letter from Chief Neil Gang regarding COVID-19. 
Building and Planning are available for limited services.  Click here for more information.

For COVID-19 updates visit shorturl.at/JKZ07, resources visit shorturl.at/tGIMS, or information on how to avoid scams and frauds visit shorturl.at/gAQR1

Emergency Declaration Timeline


January 31, 2020 - U.S. Department of Public Health and Human Services declared a public emergency March 4, 2020 - State of California declared a state of emergency
March 10, 2020 - Contra Costa County declared a local health emergency
March 18, 2020 - City of Pinole declared a local emergency

The City will update this website as new information becomes available.