The City Council of Riverbank has ratified a Local State of Emergency Declaration due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The City of Riverbank is recommending that members of the public shelter in place when possible, however, it is not mandatory. Additionally, it is critical that residents practice social distancing during this COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Gavin Newsom has directed that all gyms and movie theaters close and that restaurants limit their service to take-out and delivery meals only. This follows a previous directive, in which the Governor also asked that residents age 65 and over and those at higher risk for serious illness stay at home.
“I want our residents to understand that this City Council wants to assure everyone that we will continue to provide the best in municipal services but at the same time our top priority is to protect the public and the employees at all costs,” said Mayor Richard D. O’Brien.
By urging people to “shelter in place,” where feasible, the City asks that residents stay at home and only leave their homes for grocery shopping, necessary medical appointments, picking up meals at a restaurant, caring for a friend or relative, or traveling for essential job functions.
Residents who wish to walk or jog in public places are strongly encouraged to practice social distancing and keep a distance of six feet from each other.
“These measures can be crucial in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and (we) call upon each community member to do their part in confronting this challenge,” said Vice Mayor Luis Uribe. “This is a way of potentially minimizing risk given some of the unknowns of the current situation regarding this virus.”
Local restaurants can provide take-out food and make deliveries. The City encourages residents to support local businesses as they can but requests that residents not gather in groups or use restaurant dining rooms.
City public lobbies will continue to remain closed to the public but all City services will continue; residents can continue to contact staff for various needs via phone at 209-869-7101 and email.
The City will provide regular updates as new information becomes available; refer to the City’s website at www.riverbank.org for updates.