Hello. I’m Mayor Susan Seaman. As I’ve shared with you in my previous communications, the City of Eureka is working hard to support the health and well-being of our citizens, our community, and our economy during this COVID-19 pandemic.
This was a big week. California has now moved into Stage Two of a four-stage reopening plan, and some non-essential businesses have begun to gradually reopen following specific guidelines set out by state and local authorities.
Humboldt County officials developed a plan to receive a county wide variance from the State to allow for an increased pace through Stage 2. They are following a new process outlined by the governor. The variance request for Humboldt County includes a variety of benchmarks that must be demonstrated to the state’s satisfaction to allow local retail businesses to expand their operations from curbside engagements to include limited interior interactions as well as service delivery.
In order for businesses to achieve this goal, each business – even essential businesses who have been open to date – must submit detailed plans to protect both the public and their workers from COVID-19 to the County of Humboldt. Once these plans are approved the business will receive certification.
To expedite this process, four Eureka City staff members will be working with the Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services to assist with the certification. More information about this process can be found at humboldtgov.org.
At the City of Eureka, we’re committed to doing all we can to support our residents and our businesses during this time. While this process may feel cumbersome, the more cautious we are in re-opening, the more likely we will be successful. Please be respectful to our business owners, employees and other residents by supporting them in their efforts to serve the community – wear masks, maintain social distancing and be kind if there is occasionally some confusion in the process. Everybody is learning together.
And, to give us something to think about that isn’t virus related – let’s face it, we need some more of that – the City of Eureka and our marketing and public relations partner, Eddy Alexander, have launched new a photo contest to celebrate Eureka’s most iconic people, places, and moments. And, the best part, we’re giving out three $500 cash prizes for the top submissions.
As we prepare to launch our new brand next month, we’re once again calling for community participation. The photo competition is open to all residents of Humboldt County who are over 18 and not directly employed by either the City of Eureka or Eddy Alexander.
Photographers are strongly encouraged to use existing photos from their collections and to think about the events, activities, and experiences that have always made Eureka a great place to live, work, and visit. While new shots can be entered, if you go out to take new photos, it is important to be mindful of social distancing, facial covering requirements, and other relevant Humboldt County orders related to COVID-19.
For more information about the photo contest and to submit your best work, please visit the URL shown below (https://bit.ly/2yOm9N6). There is also a link to this page on both the City of Eureka’s Facebook page as well as the Visit Eureka Facebook page.
Again, I’m Mayor Susan Seaman. As always, I appreciate your attention to this message, and your commitment to doing everything you can to protect and celebrate our great community.
Be safe, stay healthy, be patient with yourself and kind to your neighbors and family. We’ll talk again soon.