Hello. I’m Mayor Susan Seaman. As I’ve mentioned in my previous communications, the City of Eureka is working diligently to support the health and well-being of our citizens, our community, and our economy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Today, California, and Humboldt County, have moved into Stage Two of Governor Newsom’s four-stage reopening plan. As you know, essential businesses have been open serving customers by implementing social distancing and safety measures, as well as curbside pickup and delivery services.
Now, some additional businesses can begin to gradually reopen by following certain guidelines. These include retail businesses like florists, toy stores, sporting goods stores, bookstores and clothing stores. Seated dining and malls are not able to reopen yet.
All businesses are that are allowed to reopen are required to have social distancing and safety measures in place prior to reopening. These include:
- Masks or facial covering for all employees
- Limiting foot traffic to allow 6 feet of social distancing at all times
- Safe spacing of customers when outdoors or waiting to get into the store
- Easy availability of hand sanitizer for employees and customers
- Availability of handwashing for employees and customers
- Frequent cleaning and sanitizing of the facility
It’s up to all of us to support our businesses, not just by shopping there, but by helping them stay safe and following protocol.
More local information related to the gradual reopening can be found at Humboldtgov.org. California’s Resilience Roadmap, including more details and industry specific guidance for each of the stages, can be found at covid19.ca.gov.
Please remember that stage two is a gradual reopening. As we’re reopening, we should continue to follow safety protocols – wearing face coverings, practicing social distancing, and washing our hands - to ensure that this transition is a safe one.
Additionally, this week, healthcare systems, including St. Joseph Health, are able to resume deferred routine, elective, and preventative health care. The safety of patients, caregivers, and physicians is the number one priority, and a multi-layer screening process is in place at healthcare facilities. If you need to seek medical care, you do not need to delay calling your physician to set up an appointment.
I also want to provide some reassurance as we continue to navigate this new normal together. We’ve been sheltering in place for almost two months. We’ve adapted to change, and we’ve worked together to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our community. For that, I thank all of you.
Now, it’s important to recognize that while we’re moving toward a soft reopening, we are still under the state’s shelter in place order, and social distancing rules and guidelines are still in force. It’s uncertain how long we’ll be in this state of transition and this can cause stress and frustration. This is completely normal. If you do feel like the stress is too much, you can call the Humboldt County Community Behavioral Health Support line during regular office hours at 268-2999; or if you are having a crisis, the Humboldt County Crisis Line is available 24 hours a day at 707-445-7715. Know that we’re in this as a community, and the City of Eureka is committed to helping us navigate the coming weeks and months together.
As a reminder, you can find the most up to date, factual information on the COVID-19 virus on the City of Eureka website at ci.eureka.ca.gov.
The city’s website has regular City of Eureka updates, and links to the Humboldt Health Alert, the California Department of Public Health and the Center for Disease Control.
Again, I’m Mayor Susan Seaman, and I appreciate your attention to this message, and your commitment to doing everything you can to protect our community. Be safe, stay healthy, be patient with yourself and kind to your neighbors and family. Take good care of yourself. We’ll talk again soon.