Coronavirus - “Stay at Home & State Services”

March 20, 2020

Coronavirus - Sheltering at Home & State Services

Dear Neighbor,

I am writing to provide an important update on the Coronavirus and the resources available to the community. Please know that my colleagues and I are working with the Governor to rapidly respond and confront this evolving crisis. We are working to get more testing kits, stop the spread, support those impacted, and continue to keep our constituents informed.

The health and safety of our community is of utmost importance to me. Until the coronavirus (COVID-19) has been contained and it is safe to resume daily life, my Stockton district office is OPEN.  We want to ensure that everyone has access to correct, reliable sources.  However, we encourage you to contact us via phone, email, standard mail or through my website. We want to ensure that everyone has access to correct, reliable sources. 

We are working with our community partners along with our local, state and federal officials to give you the most current information available.

As of noon of March 20th, the Governor has ordered California residents to "Shelter at Home".

This means activities, travel, and business functions should only be limited to those related to essential needs. You are still able to take walks to get fresh air and leave your house to get essential supplies while this order is in place. However, social distancing of 6 feet apart should be practiced and activities are limited to those that are essential to your health and safety.

Businesses and government buildings will be closed except for the following:

  • Health care operations, businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged individuals
  • Fresh and nonperishable food retailers including convenience stores
  • Pharmacies
  • Childcare facilities
  • Gas stations
  • Banks
  • Laundry businesses and services necessary for maintaining the safety, sanitation and essential operation of a residence
  • Health care, law and safety, and essential government functions
  • Agriculture and related activities within the food supply chain

As the Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, I’m bringing our food industries together to speak with one voice to remind the Governor and local officials that the state’s food processing, packing and harvesting industries are an essential service.  We need to ensure that these industries continue their work, while providing for the health and safety of their employees.

For the most up-to-date guidelines, please visit the Public Health Department. California Department of Public Health, San Joaquin County Department of Public Health , Stanislaus County Public Health, and Sacramento County Public Health

Below are a list of resources with up-to-date information from state and local agencies:

If you are not able to work or keep your business open due to impacts by COVID-19, the state offers benefits that could help cover lost wages for employees and assistance for employers to pay wages to staff.  All information and resources for affected workers and employers can be found at Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Resources for Employers and Workers.

There are also loans available at low interest rates for small businesses (3.75%) and non-profits (2.75%). Please call (800) 659-2955 or visit www.sba.gov.

Although schools are closed, school districts are providing to-go meals for families to pick-up throughout the closure. Please see the information below:

COVID 19 California Response

We are working with our community partners along with our local, state and federal officials to give you the most current information available.


Sincerely,

Galgiani eSignature
Cathleen Galgiani
Senate District 5

If you have any questions, please call my Stockton office at (209) 948-7930.

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