However, this hasn’t stopped California cities from finding creative ways to serve their communities and ensure the safety and health of residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cities understand that in order to reduce the speed of virus transmission and “flatten the curve,” people need to stay inside, so they are finding ways to bring services to citizens while they are at home.
The City of Glendale
is helping their community stay safe at home during the pandemic by delivering groceries, as well as other essential items, to city residents who are considered high risk for COVID-19. Following Gov. Gavin Newsom’s request for people over the age of 65 and those with underlying health conditions to stay at home, the Glendale Fire Department stepped up to help buy and deliver groceries, allowing these residents to stay isolated in their homes.
Glendale firefighters committed to providing groceries and other essential supplies to community members who call the department requesting a grocery run. The firefighters receive grocery lists from residents, buy the groceries, and provide them with a receipt to repay the department for their groceries. The department does not charge a delivery fee; residents are only charged for their groceries.
While delivering groceries is not the typical fire department service, protecting the health and safety of residents is right up the fire department’s alley and the goal here is to help flatten the curve of coronavirus cases in their city.
Parks and Recreation is another department that doesn’t normally deliver, but over the holiday weekend, a number of cities recognized the importance of finding a way to keep children entertained while physical distancing.
The City of Watsonville
brought joy to families in their community through a virtual Easter egg hunt, which took place Easter morning. Since families were unable to gather Easter Sunday, the city brought Easter to residents. The Easter bunny, along with city employees, police officers, and McGruff the Crime Pup, the mascot for the Watsonville Police Activities League
, visited 250 homes to deliver Easter eggs and smiles. Residents were asked to decorate their homes so that the Easter bunny knew to stop at their homes. This not only delighted the children, it also brightened the streets of Watsonville with Easter decorations.
Coresta Angelo, Watsonville Police Activities League executive director stated, “The houses that were visited were all very appreciative of the effort our city is taking to ensure our youth are still being thought of during this time.”
Cities are also finding a way to continue carrying out essential projects not related to COVID-19, such as the development of a homeless shelter in the City of Bellflower
. The city is pushing the project forward despite the challenges brought up by the pandemic and intends to have the project complete by mid-May.
As cities work to provide resources and information for their residents, the League continues to update the coronavirus resource and response webpage
as a resource for city staff. Daily updates on COVID-19 news, resources, and guidance specifically geared toward local leaders will help local governments navigate the current situation and is updated as new developments occur.
Cities that would like to share the actions they have taken in response to coronavirus can contact the communications team at firstname.lastname@example.org
. If you have questions related to COVID-19, please send them to email@example.com