City of Walnut Creek Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
March 31: Bay Area County Health Officers Expected to Extend Shelter at Home Order through May 3
Essential City Operations Continue; City Facilities Remain Closed
Health Officers from six Bay Area counties, including Contra Costa, are preparing to extend the Order for people to shelter at home until May 3. That announcement will be formally made this week.
While our City programs and facilities are closed to the public, essential City services remain available and staff continue to be ready to help through this difficult time period. We have listed open businesses, what services are specifically available to our seniors, and how you can still enjoy community programs in our Virtual Community Center.
On March 19, the City Council ratified the proclamation of a local state of emergency, which gives the City Manager greater latitude and authority to make important and timely decisions. The Police Chief has outlined how public safety operations have been affected. City staff, when practical and possible, have moved to working remotely, but are available by phone or email. Each department's webpage has information on how to reach staff.
We continue to promote essential businesses that are operating, and thank you for supporting our Walnut Creek restaurants and other businesses that remain open. We will be expanding our online presence to help match those of you who need assistance with groceries or getting meals to the wonderful residents who have pledged to help.
Thank you to all of our Walnut Creek community for your efforts to stay informed and keep your family and friends safe. You can get the most current updates by following our social media channels and subscribing to our email notifications.
Contra Costa Health Services COVID-19 hotline: (844) 729-8410 between 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Bedford Gallery
- Boundary Oak Golf Course
- Clarke Swim Center
- City Hall
- City sports fields and sand volleyball courts (for rentals of organized activities)
- Civic Park Ceramics Studio
- Civic Park Community Center
- Heather Farm Community Center
- Larkey Swim Center
- Lesher Center for the Arts events and all rentals of City facilities will be canceled through April 30, 2020. The productions of Pride & Prejudice and 9 to 5 will be postponed. All ticket holders for those and other suspended performances will be contacted by staff regarding ticket exchanges or refunds. Renters and producers will be contacted by staff regarding options to reschedule or receive a refund of rental fees.
- Shadelands Art Center
- Tice Valley Gymnasium
- Walnut Creek Tennis Center
- All City playgrounds, tennis, pickle ball, volleyball and basketball courts, horse shoe pits and the skate park
- All Contra Costa public libraries, including the Walnut Creek and Ygnacio Valley libraries
- Open Space trails
- All public restrooms
- Dog Park
- All park walking trails and grass areas are open for responsible socially distancing. Please remain at least six feet from visitors that are not members of your household when visiting outdoor facilities.
The creation of new housing units, including both market rate and affordable housing units, is essential. The shelter in place order allows construction projects to proceed and new ones to begin if they contribute new residential housing to meet the county’s critical need for additional housing supply.Additionally, residential renovation projects of any kind that are currently underway may continue if necessary to a safe, sanitary and functional home. Likewise, residential remodeling projects that are partly completed may continue if delaying completion would pose a safety, security or sanitation risk to residents or impact the habitability of the residence.