FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Originally Posted: March 4, 2020
Updated: March 13, 2020 at 12:00 pm
Updated March 15, 2020 at 8:30 am
City Manager George Rodericks announced actions to further the City’s COVID-19 public safety response, implementing town-wide service changes, and signing a proclamation of emergency. You can read the full news release here: Atherton City Manager COVID-19 Response. The Town of Atherton wants to ensure our residents have access to resources and information related to COVID-19. We continue to monitor the latest information and coordinate efforts with the San Mateo County Health Officials as it relates to COVID-19 preparedness and prevention.
The San Mateo County Health Department is coordinating with the region, the state, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The County has advised that the best resources available can be found at the CDC website, which has the most recent information about COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.html. The County Health Officer has posted messaging and information about COVID-19 and preparedness on the County Health website: https://www.smchealth.org/coronavirus. The San Mateo County Emergency Medical Services Agency has encouraged all residents to visit this site for County Health updates. The Town will continue to coordinate with San Mateo County Health Department to provide updates on COVID-19 as it affects local areas and will share County news releases on the Town website. If there is urgent news, it will be sent as a special edition of Atherton Online or News Flash. We have included general COVID-19 information below and will provide links to information provided by the County.
Public and Private Event Limits
On March 14, 2020 the County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow issued an update regarding the legal order prohibiting mass gatherings. Public and Private Gatherings of groups of 50 or more persons are now prohibited in San Mateo County. This order is effective until April 6, but may be extended. Details of this Order are available here. The Town will notify all currently planned Park events and all known Special Events throughout the community at private facilities that will occur through April 30. All events that occur prior to April 6 with planned attendance greater than 50 will be canceled pursuant to the Order. All events occurring after April 6 will be advised that they should plan for cancellation or postponement as the requirements of the Order may be extended.
A secondary part of there Order gatherings of fewer than 50 persons are prohibited unless hosts or sponsors implement all of the COVID-19 risk mitigation measures. These mitigation measures are:
- The space in which the gathering is held must accommodate social distancing by allowing all attendees to stand or sit a least 6 feet from any other attendee.
- Proper hand hygiene and sanitation materials must be readily available to all persons at all times, including soap and waste receptacles. If stop and water are not available, alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be used.
- Persons hosting gatherings must alert prospective attendees at least 24 hours prior to the gathering that gatherings pose a heightened risk of COVID-19 transmission, and that older adults and individuals with existing health conditions are at particularly serious risk if they contract COVID-19 and should not attend.
- Persons hosting gatherings must clean surfaces with disinfecting wipes or other standard cleaners before, during and after the event.
Relevant News Updates:
San Mateo County YouTube Links:
The County of San Mateo is working hard to protect and notify the public about how COVID-19 will affect our community and the Town continues to coordinate efforts with the County. Please see some information from San Mateo County Health on symptoms of COVID-19 and advice on when to seek medical attention.
George Rodericks, City Manager | firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve McCulley, Chief of Police | smcCulley@ci.atherton.ca.us
Anthony Suber, Deputy City Manager / City Clerk | email@example.com