On Tuesday, March 17, 2020 the Beaumont City Council approved a resolution declaring a local emergency amid concerns over the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
“The health and safety of our residents remains our top priority. The declaration allows the City to be proactive rather than reactive should the virus directly impact our community’, stated Mayor Rey Santos.
The declaration further allows, among other things, the City Manager, or his designee, the authority to enforce orders of other governmental agencies and qualify for financial assistance for costs associated with responses to the coronavirus epidemic.
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The City is encouraging residents to educate themselves about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), including how to protect themselves and their families, by reviewing resources available at:
Riverside County Public Health: https://www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
On Tuesday, March 17, 2020 the Beaumont City Council is scheduled to consider authorizing the declaration of a local public health emergency amid concerns over the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The declaration allows, among other things, the City Manager, or his designee, the authority to enforce orders of other governmental agencies and qualify for financial assistance for costs associated with responses to the coronavirus epidemic. The declaration of local emergency will not affect the work schedules of police, fire, and utilities employees whose work is required to provide basic and emergency services.
“The health and safety of our community remains our top priority. We have a strong team in place that will continue to monitor the situation and ensure we are taking the proper steps moving forward”, stated Mayor Rey Santos. “The best way to protect yourself and others is by washing your hands, covering your sneeze or cough, staying away from others who are sick, and staying home if you are sick”.
The declaration of local emergency follows precautionary actions taken over the weekend which include the closure of all City buildings, reduction in transit schedules and suspension of all recreation programs in Beaumont.
Future public meetings could be cancelled or delayed in the near future, including City Council meetings. At meetings that do occur, attendees will be encouraged to stay at least six feet away from another person. All public meetings will be streamed via the City’s official YouTube at BeaumontCa.gov/livestream. Residents who do not wish to attend in-person but want to participate in Public Comment are encouraged to email comments to the Deputy City Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The “coronavirus” or “COVID-19” continues to generate concern globally, domestically and locally. The City of Beaumont as a local government agency remains closely engaged with our County Health and emergency management partners.
The health and safety of the citizens and City employees is our paramount concern. City services are being modified in order to provide a safe environment while maintaining basic services throughout the crisis. Your patience and understanding are appreciated.
Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, the following precautionary actions will take place in the best interest of the public’s health and welfare:
Customer Service Desk – The Beaumont Civic Center and the Albert A. Chatigny Sr. Community Recreation Center are closed to walk-in customers. Utility payments may be made online or can be placed in the drop box located at the Civic Center parking lot. Passport services will be suspended until further notice. Our full customer service team is available by phone at (951)769-8520.
Police Department – The Beaumont Police Department lobby is closed. Individuals in need of assistance are asked to utilize the call box located at the entrance to the lobby. Livescan services will be suspended until further notice. Residents may utilize the non-emergency phone number at (951)769-8500 for questions. There is no impact to 911 Emergency service.
Fire Station - All CalFire Fire Stations are restricted to the public until further notice. If you have an emergency, please 911 and the proper response will be dispatched to you. Questions from the public can be answered during business hours 8:00 am - 5:00 pm by calling 951-845-3718.
Community Recreation Center (CRC) – All recreation programs, including Day Camp and Senior Center, are suspended until further notice. Customer service representatives are available by phone at (951)769-8524.
Field Operations – Maintenance crews for parks, streets and wastewater will continue their regular duties. Public service requests may be submitted online at BeaumontCa.gov and will be prioritized to limit exposure to City employees.
Building Permits and Inspections – The building permit window will be closed to the public. Permits may be submitted online or by mail. Inspectors will only conduct site walkthroughs if the sites/areas to be inspected are cleared. Customer service representatives are available by phone at (951)769-8529.
Beaumont Transit – Reduced schedules have been implemented on multiple routes. Please visit our website for current schedules.
Animal Control – Operations will continue to operate as normal.
The City plans to evaluate the status of these closures on a weekly basis. Please visit the City online at BeaumontCa.gov for additional services. For more information regarding COVID-19, please visit www.RivCoPH.org/coronavirus.
Typically, human coronaviruses cause mild-to-moderate respiratory illness. Symptoms are very similar to the flu, including:
There is currently no vaccine available to protect against COVID-19, but it is recommended for everyone to get their flu vaccine and practice proven preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
If you feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing within 14 days after you traveled to a country with widespread sustained transmission of COVID-19, you should:
For updates and information in the novel coronavirus and other important public health information, please visit: