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May 27, 2020 - City of Davis Extends Eviction Moratorium and Economic Relief Measures Through June
The City of Davis announced today that the City Manager has extended the City’s urgency ordinance that states that residential and commercial landlords cannot evict renters impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic during this period of local emergency. The initial ordinance authorized by the City Council allows the City Manager to make this extension. So far, the ordinance has affected rent payments due April 1 and May 1, and this extension continues the ordinance to apply to June 1 rent payments.
The City will also continue to waive new City utility bill late fees for all residential and commercial customers, thereby allowing late payments without penalty through June 2020. Customers need not apply and do not need to submit any special forms. The City will suspend water shut-offs for both commercial and residential accounts through June 2020.
In addition, the resolution extension defers hotel transient occupancy tax (TOT) payments through June 2020.
Please see the press release for more information.
May 26, 2020 - Yolo County Allows State's Later Stage 2 Activities to Resume
Yolo County announced Yolo cities are approved for the following activities with modifications:
- 5/27 - Non-essential offices (telework strongly encouraged), non-essential retail for in-store shopping, dine-in restaurants
- 5/28 - Hair salons and barbershops
- 5/29 -Place of worship (remote services strongly encouraged)
Please see Yolo County's press release for more details.
May 20, 2020 - City Summer Recreation Programming Update
Due to the dynamic COVID-19 situation, the City has made the determination that all summer camps, programs and activities listed in the Recreation Guide are being canceled through Sunday, July 5, 2020. The City continues to re-assess summer programming as new information and guidelines become available and hopes to be able to offer modified activities after July 5. City employees continue to re-design and modify programs in order to be in compliance with health & safety standards; train and mobilize available summer employees; and update participant information should certain guidelines permit. Please see the press release for a complete list of cancelled or modified programs.
May 18, 2020 - City Summer Recreation Programming Update
The City of Davis Parks & Community Services Department has cancelled additional upcoming summer programs, and is evaluating other programs for the possibility of modification to meet health and safety requirements. Please read the press release for a list of cancelled programs and other information.
May 14, 2020 - County Updates Health Order with New Allowed Activities
This is an update from Yolo County on additional activity openings, such as childcare for non-essential workers, certain business services and outdoor museums. Non-essential offices in Yolo are not opened under these guidelines. Please read the press release for all the details.
May 8, 2020 - City Launches COVID-19 Resource Web Page
May 7, 2020 - Health Order Updated to Include Retail Pick-up, Manufacturing and Logistics Businesses
HEALTH ORDER UPDATE: Yolo County details the move into Stage 2 of the State's Resilience Roadmap - Health Order Now Includes Retail Curbside Pick-up, Manufacturing and Logistics businesses. Read the County press release for details.
May 4, 2020 - City of Davis Sports Courts Open
The City of Davis announced today that based on current State of California and Yolo County shelter in place health orders, sports courts operated by the City have re-opened as of May 4, 2020 for limited public use under continuing social distancing restrictions. Playground equipment, exercise equipment, pools, and athletic fields remain closed.
Read the May 4, 2020 Press Release for more information.
April 30, 2020 - Yolo County Extends Shelter in Place Order to May 31
Effective immediately, Yolo County will extend the countywide health order for residents to shelter in place through May 31. The extended order aligns the County approach to “sheltering in place” with the requirements of the State Shelter in Place Order -which limits what the County can allow local business and residents to do - and is similar to the extension timelines of neighboring counties. In addition, the health order is intended to continue to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The original Shelter in Place order, issued on March 18, established a shelter in place through April 7, but was extended on March 31 to May 1.
While the State Order to stay at home is still in effect, counties may only permit activities to resume that are not prohibited by the State Order. Counties can only be more restrictive than the State Order, not less. This means that the County cannot allow certain activities to resume unless also allowed by the State Order.
Under the County’s extension and not prohibited by the State Order, Yolo County is allowing the following activities to resume, effective May 4th, that have been assessed as low risk for the spread of COVID-19 and are consistent with the State Order, as long as they 1) follow guidelines from the County and its partners and 2) adhere to strict social distancing protocols:
- Drive-in religious services
- All construction
Guidelines for both activities will be forthcoming and available on the Yolo County website: https://www.yolocounty.org/coronavirus-roadmap. For businesses needing permits, please check with county and city departments for open hours. Yolo County continues to monitor developments related to the State Order as well as local data. Additional amendments on loosening or tightening activities under the County’s Shelter in Place order will be based on developments related to these two areas.
“The extension underscores the fact that the threat from the virus is still very real,” said Yolo County Board Chair Gary Sandy. “Please avoid crowds and large gatherings, stay at home, wash your hands regularly and use face masks. We must not let our guard down.”
The extension is part of Yolo County’s recently announced ‘Roadmap to Recovery” (R2R) response plan, which is a proposed strategy to chart a path forward through COVID-19 that is fluid and gradual. The draft plan was supported by the Board of Supervisors during the Board meeting on April 28th.
For additional information visit: www.yolocounty.org/coronavirus-roadmap. Residents can also call Yolo 2-1-1 for resource information. For additional updates follow Yolo County on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/YoloCounty/ or Twitter at: https://twitter.com/YoloCountyCA.
April 24, 2020 - Yolo County Mandates Face Coverings and Launches New Roadmap to Recovery Webpage
Yolo County issued a new health order that requires wearing a face covering in public and an amendment to the current Shelter in Place order that now allows certain activities to resume.
The broader Shelter in Place order that ends May 1 will be extended on or before May 1 and shared with the public once finalized. Residents are still required to stay at home and practice social distancing as much as possible.
The County's Roadmap to Recovery is a proposed strategy to chart a path forward through COVID-19 that is fluid and gradual, continues to protect public health, and allows the County and cities to begin reopening various businesses and organizations. The draft Roadmap to Recovery document was released on Thursday and will be considered by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, April 28.
Visit the County’s NEW webpage on ‘Roadmap to Recovery’ at: www.yolocounty.org/coronavirus-roadmap for the face covering health order, the amendment to the Shelter in Place order that allows these community activities to resume, infographics, and other supporting documents.
April 8, 2020 - Yolo County Releases Additional COVID-19 Guidance
Yolo County has provided infographics for the community with additional COVID-19 guidance, including information on face coverings and sheltering-in-place in close quarters and apartments. The infographics are linked below as PDFs and are posted at the bottom of the Yolo County Coronavirus Guidance webpage in the green box titled “Yolo County Guidances.”
Yolo County Infographics (PDF):
- COVID-19 Guidelines: Face Coverings and Masks
- COVID-19 Guidelines: Staying at Home for Apartments or Close Quarters
April 7, 2020 - Shelter in Place and COVID-19 Information for Seniors
April 2, 2020 - City of Davis Parks, Exercise Equipment, Sports Courts and Water Fountains Closed
Due to COVID-19, all play structures, exercise equipment, water fountains and sports courts are now closed and not available for use. These areas cannot be adequately sanitized for your family’s protection. #socialdistancing
April 2, 2020 - City of Davis Recreation Programming Cancellation Information
Please see this press release with details of City programming and facility rentals canceled through May 1.
April 1, 2020 - Yolo County Extends Shelter in Place Order to May 1 and Launches Online Dashboard
Yolo County has extended the countywide health order for residents to shelter in place through May 1. This extension is in line with the timeframes of recent federal directives and local school closure extensions and is intended to continue to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The original health order that was issued on March 18 only extended to April 7.
For the new Yolo County COVID-19 dashboard, visit: www.yolocounty.org/coronavirus-dashboard
March 25, 2020 - Davis City Council Passes Emergency Eviction Moratorium and Economic Relief Measures
The City of Davis announced today that the Davis City Council voted unanimously to adopt an urgency ordinance that states that residential and commercial landlords cannot evict renters impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic during this period of local emergency.
For evictions, the ordinance states that the tenant must provide written notice to the landlord regarding inability to pay rent because of lost income and financial impacts due to COVID-19 no later than 10 days after the rent due date. The tenant must provide documentation of COVID-19 financial impacts within 30 days of the rent due date. Residential landlords may not initiate a no-fault eviction unless immediately necessary because of a hazardous condition (which would not include any condition related to COVID-19).
Other provisions of the ordinance are:
- The tenant shall pay the portion of the rent the tenant is able to pay.
- The tenant is not relieved of liability for unpaid rent, which the landlord may seek after the expiration of the local emergency.
- The tenant must pay back rent within six months of the expiration of the local emergency
The Council also voted unanimously to approve a resolution authorizing the City Manager to waive new City utility bill late fees for all residential and commercial customers, thereby allowing late payments without penalty through May 2020. Customers need not apply and do not need to submit any special forms. The City will suspend water shut-offs for both commercial and residential accounts through May 2020. The City Manager is authorized to extend this date as may be necessary
The resolution also allows for the deferral of hotel transient occupancy tax (TOT) payments through May 2020. Local hotels can defer payments of their transient occupancy taxes (TOT) through May 2020 and develop a payment plan with the City.
The resolution also provides funding authorization for the City to join the Sacramento Metro Chamber’s Small Business Call Center and Rapid Response Program to provide seven-day-a week support services to our Davis businesses. The center provides resources and referrals to connect small businesses with assistance options. Participation in this program will augment the local assistance work with Davis Chamber of Commerce, Davis Downtown Business Association and Visit Yolo.
“The ordinance banning evictions during this emergency and the resolution temporarily deferring payments for City services during this time of unprecedented economic unrest were necessary to help create a safety net for the many people and businesses affected the by COVID-19 pandemic,” said Davis Mayor Brett Lee.
“Many people who have served us in Davis shops and restaurants are suddenly unemployed or underemployed and need our help,” said Dan Carson, Davis City Councilmember. “I’m glad we will be able to help our residents who are struggling to make ends meet because of the health emergency. We must all take a compassionate approach in this time of crisis.”
“During this unprecedented time, it is imperative for us to attempt to help those - both commercial and residential tenants - that will most need assistance, so that we don’t end up with additional vacant storefronts, empty houses, and apartments throughout Davis,” said Councilmember Lucas Frerichs.
March 20, 2020 - City of Davis Fire Chief Tenney and Police Chief Pytel issued the following statement
- Executive Order N-33-20 (issued March 19, 2020)
- Order of the State Public Health Officer (issued March 19, 2020)
March 19, 2020 - City Offices Closure Extended to April 7, 2020
The Yolo County Public Health Officer has issued a county wide health order for residents to shelter in place, effective March 19, 2020 through April 7, 2020, unless extended by the Public Health Officer.
In order to remain consistent with the Yolo County Order, City of Davis offices will remain closed through April 7, 2020.
March 18, 2020 - Yolo County Issues Shelter in Place Order to Reduce Spread of COVID-19
The Yolo County Public Health Officer issued a countywide health order for residents to shelter in place from March 19, 2020, to April 7, 2020, unless extended by the Public Health Officer.
The order applies to the City of Davis and becomes effective at 12:01 a.m. on March 19, 2020.
The order limits activity, travel and business functions to only the most essential needs and is intended to slow the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), protect those most vulnerable to the disease, and preserve local healthcare capacity.
- Get food/groceries
- Go to medical appointments
- Seek shelter
- Go to an essential business or perform an essential activity (see below)
- Engage in outdoor activity such as walking, running, biking, and hiking
- Attend to family members and their health needs or care
- Do anything to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operation of a residence
The order defines essential activities as those necessary for the health and safety of individuals and their families. The order does not apply to the following essential workers/businesses:
- Healthcare workers
- Infrastructure workers (construction, public works, housing)
- First responders/essential government workers
- Essential businesses and workers that provide:
- Social services;
- Food retailers (including convenience stores);
- Restaurants and other facilities that prepare and serve food, but only for delivery or carry out;
- Businesses that supply other essential businesses with support or equipment necessary to operate, or that that ship/deliver groceries, food, goods or services directly to residents;
- Child care facilities;
- Gas stations;
- Laundry businesses;
- Any form of agricultural production and processing.
For the full list, see Section 10 of the order at: https://www.yolocounty.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=62364.
“We are hoping that people will voluntarily comply with the order,” said Davis Police Chief Darren Pytel. “The order does carry the weight of law, but the goal really is to educate our community about how important it is to take these measures seriously,” he added.
Please refer to the City website for news and updates at: https://www.cityofdavis.org/coronavirus
Yolo County is the lead agency for the COVID-19 response, for more information on the County response, please visit https://www.yolocounty.org/coronavirus for general information on the COVID-19 situation, and https://www.yolocounty.org/shelter-in-place for information on the Shelter in Place Order.
March 17, 2020 - City of Davis to Close Public Offices - Essential Operations and Services Will Continue
The City of Davis announced today that all City facilities, including City Hall, the Police and Fire Stations, the Corporations Yards, Veterans Memorial Center and Senior Center will be closed to the public effective March 18, 2020, through at least March 31, 2020. Non-essential City staff will be telecommuting or on leave during this time.
The City’s core public services will not be affected and will continue, including police and fire services, operations and maintenance of critical infrastructure (sewer and water and solid waste), limited parks maintenance, Davis Community Transit, and management of the City’s emergency operations center. This action is part of the City of Davis’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
For more information about building permitting, resale inspections, and construction inspection activity during this time, email your staff contact in the Community Development and Sustainability Department or call 530-757-5655.
Those conducting business with the City are encouraged to do so remotely by phone, email, online. Resources on how to do business with the City can be found at www.cityofdavis.org/coronavirus, by selecting “You Can Do Your City Business Online” at the top of the page.
These dates and services may be modified as any State and/or Yolo County guidelines evolve. Yolo County is the lead agency for the COVID-19 response, for more information on the County response, please visit: https://www.yolocounty.org/coronavirus
March 17, 2020 - City of Davis Issues COVID-19 Guidelines
The City of Davis announced today that it is urging residents to follow Gov. Gavin Newsom’s directives to shelter-in-place and practice social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. On Monday, March 16, 2020, Gov. Newsom said he planned to extend the Bay Area shelter-in-place guidelines statewide, however stopped short of issuing an order. He also directed that all gyms and movie theaters close and that restaurants limit service to take-out/delivery meals only. In a previous directive, he also asked that residents age 65 and over, and those at higher risk for serious illness stay at home.
Gov. Newsom also issued an executive order on Monday that authorizes local governments to stop evictions for renters and homeowners and protect Californians against utility shutoffs. The Davis City Council will discuss this topic at a special meeting scheduled for tonight at 6:00 p.m. at the Community Chambers.
“This is a challenging time for us all, and we are asking residents to look out for their neighbors by practicing social distancing,” said Mayor Brett Lee. “The City is working closely with the Yolo County Health Department to encourage practices to keep the community safe and healthy.”
Local restaurants can provide take-out food and make deliveries. The City encourages residents to support local businesses as they are able to, but is asking that residents not gather in groups or use restaurant dining rooms. Consistent with the Governor’s directives, the Davis Police Department is temporarily suspending all bar/restaurant entertainment permits. The City asks that residents celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at home.
By urging people to “shelter in place,” the City is simply recommending individuals stay at home and only leave their homes for essential purposes, such as necessary medical appointments, grocery shopping or picking up prepared meals at a restaurant, and traveling to perform essential job functions. Additionally, while walking in public places, people are strongly encouraged to practice social distancing and keep a distance of six feet from each other.
The City will provide regular updates as new information becomes available. Please refer to the City’s website at www.cityofdavis.org and the City’s Facebook page for updates. The City will also distribute information on the Nextdoor.com platform.