Health Advisory and COVID Updates

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation continues to evolve, Visit Concord is working closely with our city government and industry partners to stay informed and prepared.

The well-being of our community, visitors and guests is our number one priority and we urge everyone to take the necessary precautionary measures. 

The CDC has recommended the cancellation or postponement of events over 50 people for the next eight weeks. In addition, the City of Concord has proclaimed a local state of emergency to empower the city to effectively respond to the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19. In doing so, all bars, gyms and fitness centers, private social clubs and sit-down restaurant service in the city will be closed to the public, with the exception of take-out and delivery services. These new restrictions are necessary to stop large numbers of people from gathering and staying in close proximity. The restrictions will be in effect until further notice. Those businesses and employers not covered by the closure order are encouraged to find ways to maximize social distancing including reducing hours and voluntary closure.

We are currently working with our clients to reschedule events that are booked at our facilities in the immediate future to a later date. The majority of events, meeting and convention business have indicated that they will be postponing, rather than cancelling their events.

We are also working closely with the City of Concord, Contra Costa County Department of Public Health as well as hotel and tourism partners. We are monitoring guidance from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and our tourism industry partners such as US Travel, Destinations International, and Visit California.

We all appreciate the understanding and patience of our clients, event attendees and partners during this unprecedented time.

(March 18, 2020)

Preparedness Measures

Our local health authorities continue to recommend our community implements individual and community mitigation measures to reduce the risk of spread of illness. Individuals can take everyday precautions to reduce the risk of getting sick with seasonal colds or flu including:

▪ Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

▪ Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

▪ Cover your nose and mouth with your elbow or a tissue when coughing or sneezing.

▪ Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

▪ Avoid contact with people who are sick.

▪ Stay home and away from others when you are sick.

▪ Be sure to get your influenza vaccine to protect yourself from the flu.

The CDC has provided new guidance recommending older adults and travelers with underlying health issues avoid situations that put them at increased risk for more severe disease. This entails avoiding crowded places and avoiding non-essential travel such as long plane trips.

You can also prepare for possible disruptions to daily routines that could be caused by COVID-19:

▪ Make sure you have a supply of all essential medications for your family

▪ Make a childcare plan in case you or a care giver are sick

▪ Understand your employer’s policies regarding leave and options for working from home

▪ Make family arrangements for managing a school closure

▪ Plan how to care for a sick family member without getting sick yourself

For the latest news on the coronavirus, visit CDC / Coronavirus

State Update

State Park Closures March 24, 2020

State COVID-19 Information 

State Shelter in Place Order

City and County Update

The City of Concord, San Francisco City & Contra Costa County officials declared a local state of emergency as it relates to COVID-19. A reminder that this declaration is all about preparedness, not panic. These declarations allow cities and counties to qualify for additional state and federal funding needed to more effectively prevent, prepare and respond to COVID-19.

Contra Costa Health Services COVID-19 Information Page March 23, 2020

Contra Costa Shelter in Place FAQs - English

Contra Costa Shelter in Place FAQs - Spanish

Contra Costa Emergency Order Link - English

Contra Costa Emergency Order Link - Spanish

Contra Costa Portal for Community Resources & Information  

City of Concord Business Resource Page March 18, 2020

Contra Costa County Alert March 16, 2020

City of Concord Declares State of Emergency, March 13, 2020

In addition, Governor Newsom declared a state of emergency for California to help California prepare for broader spread of COVID-19. The California Department of Public Health reports the health risk to the general public in California remains low.

(March 11, 2020)

Advocacy

US Travel Sign on Letter March 26, 2020

California Travel Association Updates March 24, 2020

California Travel Association Coalition Letter March 23, 2020

US Travel Sign on Letter March 19, 2020

Resources

City of Concord - Resources for Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

California Advisory on Gatherings / Coronavirus

Center for Disease Control / Coronavirus

Center for Disease Control / Travel

Contra Costa County / Civic Alerts

California Department of Public Health / Coronavirus

City of Concord / Civic Alerts

California Travel Association / Coronavirus

Visit California / Coronavirus

San Francisco Travel / Coronavirus Travel Alerts

San Francisco Business Times / Coronavirus