Continue to Support Your Community and Neighbors

March, 2020- By City Manager, Rachelle Rickard

In response to the status of the COVID-19/novel coronavirus outbreak, the City of Atascadero has now declared a State of Emergency. This is not a cause for additional concern or panic, what this very simply means is that the City will be able to access state and federal funding related to the pandemic, should they be made available; and can activate emergency plans in order to be prepared for any future developments.
 
As always, the health and welfare of the members of our community as well as our staff is our highest priority. The City of Atascadero continues to provide all essential services to our residents. City Hall is currently open for business with newly implemented limited public contact procedures. The Police and Fire stations are available by telephone. Colony Park Community Center and A-Town Park have been closed, and larger events and gatherings that had been scheduled for the upcoming weeks are being postponed or cancelled.
 
During this extraordinary time we currently all find ourselves experiencing, I wanted to take just a moment to express how very proud I am of our wonderful community. Many of our local service organizations as well as very kind and generous individuals are stepping up to provide services to community members who are currently isolated and to others in need. Some great suggestions for anyone wanting to help include delivering meals to vulnerable seniors, donating to the homeless shelter or food bank, volunteering at these or other local service organizations, providing wellness checks to your elderly and home bound neighbors, and donating blood. Also, support the local non-profits organizations that are serving the most vulnerable of our residents, such as seniors and low-income individuals. You can find more ideas and information at https://californiavolunteers.ca.gov/get-involved/covid-19/. In addition, Adopt A Neighbor, Adopt A Grandparent, MUST! Charities, Helpslo.com and other similar online social media groups and programs, help bring together those who can provide assistance with those who are in need. Be sure to research and connect with a reputable assistance service or program.
 
This is an extremely difficult time for our business community and I’m asking everyone to continue to support our many wonderful small local businesses as much as possible. Although bars, breweries, tasting rooms and sit-down service restaurants are closed to the public for now, establishments that provide drive-through and take out service are open for business. Many such eateries will provide curbside pick-up service, or you may want to have your meal delivered via one of the local delivery services that are available in town. For your springtime gift-giving needs, consider purchasing online gift cards from your favorite local vendors; and when you go out and about, be sure to check for all that can be found at perhaps somewhat unusual locations for your weekly shopping needs. In addition, see the great social distancing/self-isolating ideas and special offers that just a few of our Atascadero merchants have to offer (for more info, please see the links below).
I will paraphrase and reiterate here what Mayor Moreno has said: Atascadero is a very strong and resilient community that is made up of many wonderful individuals. By working together and helping each other, we will all get through this very unusual time, just fine.
 
As always, if you have any questions about these or other City-related items, please contact me at rrickard@atascadero.org.
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