An Update to the Elk Grove Community

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An Update to the Elk Grove Community

Posted: 03/19/2020

Today, the Sacramento County Health Officer upgraded their previous directive to a stay at home Public Health Order. A Health Order is issued for extremely serious situations, is mandatory and enforceable by law. This order goes into effect today, March 19, 2020 at 11:59 PM and will be in effect until April 7, 2020 at 11:59 PM, unless changed by the Sacramento County Health Officer.

The intent of this Health Order is to ensure that the maximum number of people self-isolate to slow the spread of the coronavirus to the maximum extent possible, while still enabling essential services to continue.

What does this mean for us in Elk Grove and for everyone in Sacramento County?

The specifics of the Health Order include:

  • All individuals currently living within the County of Sacramento are ordered to stay at home or at their place of residence.
  • If you are using shared or outdoor spaces, you must maintain social distancing of six feet from another person.
  • People may leave their residences only for essential activities, essential governmental functions, or to operate essential businesses.
  • All businesses with a facility in Sacramento County, except essential businesses, are required to cease all activities at facilities located in Sacramento County, except for minimum basic operations. For definitions, please refer to the Public Health Order.
  • All public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a household or living unit are prohibited, except for the limited purposes that are expressly permitted.
  • All bars, wineries, and brew-pubs should be closed; all restaurant in-dining should cease, with the exception of home delivery and takeout; all gyms, bingo halls and card rooms should close.
  • All travel, including travel on foot, bicycle, scooter, motorcycle, automobile or public transit is prohibited, except for essential travel and activities specified.

Essential Activities are defined as:

  • Activities or tasks essential to health and safety of you, your family or household members, such as obtaining medical supplies or medication, visiting a healthcare professional, or obtaining supplies needed to work from home.
  • Necessary services or supplies for you or your family or household, or to deliver services or supplies to others, such as food, cleaning supplies or other grocery items.
  • Outdoor activities such as walking, hiking, biking, running or equestrian, as long as you comply with social distancing requirements.
  • Work that provides essential products or services at essential businesses, government and nonprofit organizations.
  • Caring for a family member or pet in another household.
  • Attending private gatherings of not more than six nonrelatives in a home or place of residents, as long as social distancing is practiced.

Please take the time to read the Health Order announcement in its entirety here.

How is City Hall and City Services affected by this order?

  • All City facilities have closed to the public. Essential services including law enforcement, public transit, trash service and recycling, some public works functions, and essential administrative functions remain operating.
  • City staff who can work from home are doing so and those employees who are at City facilities are adhering to social distancing guidelines.
  • The City intends to provide as many services as possible to our residents. Staff phones and emails will also be monitored remotely. Residents can also report many issues through our website at For a more comprehensive list of city services available during the closure, see our March 18, 2020 Update
  • The Elk Grove Police Department is tasked with enforcing the Public Health Order. However, there is no desire to make arrests for violating the order. Instead, the Police Department will focus on education and trying to keep everyone safe. Enforcement of the order will be a last resort and a violation of order could result in a citation or fine.
  • Animal Services has discontinued all services except lost pet redemption and stray animal sheltering. Animal Service Officers will respond to emergency calls for service including dangerous dogs, sick or injured animals, police assistance, animals creating a hazard, bite reports, animal cruelty investigations, domestic animals in the roadway and dead animal disposal. For more information, see their online announcement on the city’s website at
  • Staff is continuing to update our webpage and social media platforms with the latest information.

Stay informed, stay calm, and stay home. Together we can get through this. For more information about issues specific to Elk Grove’s response to COVID-19, please visit For a statewide perspective, visit the California’s COVID-19 Coronavirus Response site at

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