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New "Stay-at-Home" public health orders in effect for Bay Area

The message below was emailed to CCA faculty, staff, and students on December 8, 2020.

Dear CCA Community:

Amid a nationwide surge in COVID–19 cases, California has issued a statewide “stay-at-home” order that goes into effect this week. Public health departments in San Francisco and Alameda Counties, where CCA’s campuses are located, have also issued new guidelines and restrictions intended to slow the spread of the virus and mitigate the impact on hospitals and healthcare systems. (Read the recent health orders from San Francisco and Alameda County.)

The new public health restrictions are scheduled to remain in place until January 4, 2021. We will communicate further updates before the end of CCA’s winter break (January 6). 

How the new public health orders affect CCA:

In general, the new orders require us to return to a level of on-campus staffing and services similar to last spring. Below are some of the main ways the health orders will affect our campuses:

  • Effective immediately, campus access is limited to essential employees, student residents, and others who must conduct work to close campus facilities and retrieve necessary work. After that, CCA campuses will be closed to all but residents and essential staff until the health order is lifted.
  • All campus access this week must be scheduled in advance with the relevant department, and Public Safety must be informed.
  • As of 5 p.m. Friday, December 11, only essential employees and student residents will be allowed on campus. 
  • All health department and CCA safety requirements must be followed at all times, including: completing a #CampusClear daily health assessment if coming to campus, wearing face coverings, and maintaining six-foot social distancing. See the Workplace Guidelines and COVID–19 pages on Portal for more information.
  • Services such as Shipping and Receiving will operate with reduced hours. Please check the Campus Access  page on Portal for updated information.
  • The DeHaro garden and 184 Hooper courtyard will remain open to Founders Hall residents, with COVID–19 precautions in place.
  • Media Services and the Libraries will create and post a schedule for students and faculty needing to return books and equipment. Find this soon on the Portal Campus Access page.

Key points of the “stay-at-home” public health order:

  • Requires all residents to stay home to the extent possible. Minimizing trips and activities outside the home will help reduce the risk of COVID–19 transmission
  • Allows people to only engage in activities necessary for essential services and needs (such as getting groceries or take-out food, or obtaining health care); certain governmental and essential infrastructure activities; and engaging in essential activities, outdoor activities, certain additional activities, and travel related to those activities
  • Urges older individuals and others who have serious underlying health conditions to remain home other than essential needs
  • Continues to require everyone to wear face coverings while outside their residences
  • Continues to require everyone to follow social distancing requirements, including staying at least six feet away from others outside of their household
  • Prohibits gatherings among different households to help reduce the transmission of the virus

Since the beginning of the pandemic, CCA has followed all guidance provided by our local public health departments, with the health, safety, and well-being of our community the first priority driving our decisions. As a community, we are especially grateful to CCA’s essential staff, and thank them for their important and good work throughout the pandemic. We look forward to moving forward with our plans for spring, and to increasing access to our campuses as soon as it is safe and permissible. In the meantime, we urge everyone to adhere to the public health orders, stay home, and keep yourselves and each other safe. 


Staff who have questions about their individual situation should contact their manager.

Supervisors who have questions may contact Human Resources (

Faculty should contact Julie Kirgis, Associate Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Partnerships (

Founders Hall residents should contact their RAs.

Students not currently living on campus should contact the Office of the Dean of Students (