As we begin the so-called “quarantine” second week, many begin to wonder if ‘staying inside’ is truly worth it. We’ve been held in our houses longer than wanted, students itch to get out to see their friends, businesses must use take out and look down upon sudden walk-ins, and many smaller stores shut down because they are not deemed “essential” by California’s government. But behind the scenes, the City of Walnut Creek is working to COVID-19 from infecting its residents.
Dan Buckshi, Walnut Creek’s current city manager, gave a statement regarding Walnut Creek’s current position: “We are complying with the public health orders from the county and state. All city facilities are closed to the public and most employees are working from home…We are also looking for ways to help local businesses survive the severe economic downturn that is occuring…The best way for people to help is by adhering to the public health orders- stay at home and practice social distancing and good hygiene.”
The city also posted several websites regarding topics involving the coronavirus, including tips for the elderly, businesses still open, and free parking. All the information is on their main website, walnut-creek.org/coronavirus, and the city’s main goal is to keep us its residents safe in these hard times. The website says: “We recognize the inconvenience these changes may cause for our community, and thank you for your patience and understanding as we all work together to protect public health and safety.”