Updated April 9, 2020

County Issues New Shelter Health Order

On March 31, 2020, the Contra Costa Health Services department issued a new Health Order for people to stay at home. It supersedes and is more restrictive than the prior Health Order, issued on March 16, 2020. Here are links to the new Health Order, Prior Health Order, and Executive Summary of the New Health Order.

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.

Federal, State, and County Response

The national emergency response system has been activated to address COVID-19. The Contra Costa Health Services department and the Contra Costa County Office of Emergency Services are the agencies responsible for planning and delivering emergency response to COVID-19 in Contra Costa County. They are coordinating with all relevant agencies and organizations to plan and deliver appropriate emergency services.

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:

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

City of Pinole Response

Click here for a letter from the Mayor of Pinole regarding COVID-19 (April 7, 2020).

On April 7, 2020, the City Council adopted a temporary prohibition on evictions for qualifying residential and commercial tenants in Pinole. Click here for the full text of the Ordinance.

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 through at least May 3, 2020:

- 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.

Grocery Stores, Restaurants/Cafes, and Other Essential Businesses Remain Open

The Health Order permits grocery stores to remain open and restaurants/cafes to provide take-out food and drinks. Other businesses providing essentials goods and services are also permitted to remain open. Private, non-City websites, such as San Francisco on the Bay and Yelp (, provide information on which businesses are open.

How You Can Help

Find out how you can safely help your community during this difficult time by visiting the Governor’s California Volunteers website, here:

How You Can Get Help

Information on where you can get assistance for basic supplies and needs can be found here:
and Contra Costa County COVID-19 Food Distribution Map
Information on unemployment and other assistance can be found here:
Information on small business assistance can be found here: and

Updates from Other Public Service Providers

Below are links to service updates from other public service providers:

AC Transit
Republic Services

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.