The administration at the City of Riverbank last week announced a variety of services it could help connect local senior citizens with in these difficult times of “physical distancing” and “stay-at-home” directives.
According to the state’s coronavirus website, http://www.COVID-19.ca.gov, “everyone in California is required to stay home except to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or go to an essential job. If you go out, stay at least 6 feet away from other people. This order began Thursday, March 19, 2020 and is in place until further notice.”
Riverbank officials have noticed that these conditions can be especially difficult for local seniors, said to be among those most vulnerable to possibly contracting the virus.
The city is continuing to ask citizens who “are or know a senior who is in need of assistance due to COVID-19” to contact the office so that they “may check-in and refer them to free services and resources.”
The city is able to refer them to assistance with free senior meals, including delivery, buying groceries, toiletries, etc., prescription pick up, transportation and COVID-19 and other health updates, along with emergency preparedness.
Those needing this information can call the main office, at 209-863-7150, or find more information on the city’s website, www.riverbank.org.
New Office Hours
The notice included a subtle but important change in office hours. They’re now available at City Hall on Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
City Parks Closed
Also last week, the City of Riverbank announced that it is closing all of its parks and playgrounds until further notice. This is in line with what other cities, counties, even the State of California have done to help combat the spread of the virus. Previously, just the playground equipment was off limits.
The full closure includes the Skate Park, Sports Complex, Castleberg playground and ball fields as well as Jacob Myers Park.