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CITY OF BENICIA
City Closed Down Through April 12th
The City Council and other public meetings are canceled through April 12th. City buildings––including City Hall, the Library, Community Center, and Senior Center––are closed as are the lobby areas of the Benicia Fire Department and Wastewater Treatment Plant.
City facilities including the Swim Center, Clock Tower, City Gym, and all park restrooms are closed. This includes the cancellation of facility and park rentals.
The Antifreeze, Battery, Oil and Paint Center at the Corporation Yard will be closed and the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Door-to-Door pickup will be stopped. (Contra Costa HHW will also be closed.)
If you have a critical issue that needs attention during the closure, call the following numbers 8:30 am–5:00 pm Monday–Thursday and on alternate Fridays: &07.746.4200 or 707.746.4289. You’ll receive a return call.
City Institutes Order Staying Evictions
City Manager Lorie Tinfow, Director of Emergency Services, signed an order staying evictions for non-payment of rent in the City of Benicia in accordance with California Emergency Services Act and Benicia Municipal Code in response to the COVID-19 emergency. The order does not relieve tenants of liability for unpaid rent but puts a moratorium on evictions for non-payment of rent due to the impact of COVID-19 and includes provisions for eviction notices and no-fault evictions. The order will remain in effect until May 31, 2020, or until superseded by a resolution of the Benicia City Council. To review the order, visit the City of Benicia's website.
City Passes Moratorium on Utility Billing Shutoffs and Fines
The City has issued a moratorium on Utility Billing Shutoffs and Fines. To learn how to apply, visit City of Benicia Utility Billing.
Benicia Closes Playgrounds and Parking Lots at Parks
The City has closed all playgrounds and the parking lots of the Community Park and the Lake Herman Recreational Area. This doesn’t limit access to the parks, but there will be no onsite parking other than DP parking.
Community Action Council (CAC) Continues Meal Service
The Benicia Community Action Council will continue to offer food services to Benicia residents who are in need of support. Even though the CAC offices are temporarily closed due to the Shelter-at-Home order, the kitchen is still operating Monday through Friday, delivering hot meals to over 60 senior citizens in Benicia, with the capacity to serve more.
If you are in need of a hot meal or have questions about the meal program, contact the CAC office at 707-745-0900 or 925-457-7727. If the CAC is not able to meet your needs, the staff will direct you to another organization that can. The CAC has been providing services to the economically disadvantaged in Benicia since 1967.
Update by County Health Official
On March 24, County Health Official Dr. Bela Matyas delivered an update to the County Board of Supervisors on how the county was responding to the pandemic. Dr. Matyas reported that there are 21 cases of the virus in Solano County. The availability of tests has been limited but is improving. The doctor indicated that there is no reason to believe that the pandemic will end soon. It could last for four to six months. We can influence the duration and impact of the coronavirus by sheltering in place and maintaining the recommended six-feet social distance when we are near anyone.
Solano County Closes Parks
Out of concern that the parks lacked adequate space for its many users to maintain social distance, Solano County has closed all parks.
Solano County Receives Grant
Solano County has received $430,000 to assist with the county’s homeless during the COVID-19 pandemic.