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Riverbank Responds To Coronavirus
Nearly empty shelves and a limit on purchases are becoming the norm rather than the exception at area grocery stores and major shopping outlets, as residents try to stock up on supplies amid fears of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Photo Contributed

On Monday, March 16, the City of Riverbank’s Assistant Director of Emergency Services, Marisela Garcia, issued a City Proclamation of the Existence of a Local Emergency (“Proclamation”) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Proclamation follows President Trump’s declaration of a Nationwide Emergency on Friday, March 13 as well as California Governor Gavin Newsom’s statewide declaration on March 4 and the World Health Organization’s characterization of the COVID-19 outbreak as a global pandemic on March 11.

The City Proclamation is an important step to allow additional resources to flow into the city, officials said, to assist with the costs of efforts already underway to curb the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of city residents. The City is prepared to collaborate with Local and State request to ensure that we continue to address the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

After careful evaluation, officials have also announced that Riverbank City Hall lobbies will be closed this week. This difficult decision was made to ensure the safety of all visitors and for staff.

Updates and changes will be posted at all City Offices, the City’s website (, and on social media (City of Riverbank). Residents can reach all city departments via the main telephone number 209-869-7101 or they can call the individual departments.

Those include: Administration: 209-863-7122; Finance Department/Utility Billing/Business Licenses: 209-863-7109; Development Services/Planning & Building: 209-863-7128; Code Enforcement: 209-863-7190; Public Works: 209-869-7128; Parks & Recreation/Building & Facilities: 209-863-7150; Housing Department: 209-863-7126; Riverbank Police Services (Stanislaus Sheriff): 209-869-7162 or Non-Emergency Dispatch: 209-552-2472; Riverbank Industrial Complex (LRA): 209-863-8352.

City personnel will remain in close contact with Stanislaus County and State public health officials as they continue to address the situation and will keep all residents apprised of further developments as they arise. The City Council will be asked to ratify the Proclamation within the next few days.

Residents are encouraged to contact City Hall with any questions or concerns.