City proclaims local emergency in response to COVID-19, city buildings closed to public

Updated March 25, 2020

In a special city council meeting, the City of Roseville officially proclaimed a local state of emergency today, March 17, 2020, in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) public health crisis. The local emergency is now in effect.

The proclamation of a local emergency does not signify an increased risk to the residents of Roseville. A proclamation of a local emergency allows the city to provide or receive mutual aid from other jurisdictions and assists in securing available resources, mutual aid, funding, and staffing. 

"Our City teams are working around the clock to respond to new circumstances, get information to the public, and protect the health and safety of our community,” said Roseville Mayor John B. Allard II. “The proclamation is an important administrative step in our city’s mission to reduce the risk of exposure.”    

City buildings will close to the public effective Wednesday, March 18 through Monday, April 13. The closures and cancellations are intended to help slow the spread of the outbreak so healthcare systems are not overwhelmed.

City parks, trails, and golf courses remain open and available for public use, keeping social distancing in mind.

City services will continue, including police, fire, electric, water, wastewater, garbage pickup, transit, planning, inspection, and permitting services. 

For updates on closures, cancellations, city services available online or by phone, links to public health notices, and resources available to businesses and community members, visit roseville.ca.us/covid-19.

Utility shutoffs for non-payment are suspended until further notice. Refunds of class registrations and special event fees will be issued. Due dates on library materials will be extended throughout the closure period so that no overdue fines will accrue. 

Roseville City Council meetings will be held as currently scheduled, and the meetings will be conducted following social distancing guidelines.  To protect public health, the public is encouraged to submit public comment in advance to cityclerk@roseville.ca.us and to watch on the City’s government-access channel, the city website, and on the city's YouTube channel.

The City Council will only consider urgent or pressing items at meetings where teleconference is used. City Council meetings are live-streamed on the city’s website.  

Proclaiming a local emergency allows the City of Roseville to align with state emergency management and to leverage local, state, and federal resources to contain the spread COVID-19. Placer County proclaimed a public health emergency on March 3, California Governor Newsom proclaimed a statewide emergency on March 4, and President Trump declared a national emergency on March 13.

In collaboration with federal and state agencies, the Placer County Department of Public Health is the lead agency managing response to local novel coronavirus testing, investigations, coordination with health providers, and public information. Learn more and stay informed at placer.ca.gov/covid19.

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