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The City of Citrus Heights has officially proclaimed a local state of emergency today, March 19, 2020, in response to the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) public health crisis.
While it may seem contradictory, this proclamation does not signify an increased risk to Citrus Heights residents. Rather, by proclaiming a local emergency, the City is taking important administrative action. "This proclamation allows our City potential access to additional aid and available resources — and ultimately assists us in ensuring the safety and well being of our community," said Citrus Heights Mayor Jeff Slowey.
City Officials urge community members to stay informed and follow the directives of Public Health Officials, which have been deemed mandatory within City limits. Complete County directives related to COVID-19, including recommendations about gathering can be found online at www.SacCounty.net/COVID-19/.
"During this crucial time, City Hall remains committed to providing the quality services our City deserves, while ensuring the safety of our residents and employees," said Citrus Heights City Manager Chris Boyd. "I’m truly proud of the commitment to customer service our City Staff have demonstrated these past few days. All departments remain operational and are available via phone, email, and through our website."
While City Hall has closed its lobby and front counters for increased safety, residents and business owners in Citrus Heights still have access to services remotely.
To make it as easy as possible for residents and businesses to continue to work with the City, a one-stop contact webpage for easy reference has been created. Click here for a list of 13 City service lines that are still here for residents and businesses, including Community Service Requests, Building, Planning, and Economic Development.
Today’s declaration of a local emergency comes as local, State, and Federal governments work collaboratively to control the spread of COVID-19 and mitigate the impact on hospital systems. California Governor Gavin Newsom proclaimed a statewide emergency on March 4. Sacramento County proclaimed a public health emergency on March 5, and President Trump declared a national emergency on March 13. The City of Citrus Heights local emergency is currently in effect. For more City updates, visit www.CitrusHeights.net/covid-19.