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Question of the Day – Do you have to Commute to Work?

Due to the recent Shelter at Home order issued by Bay Are counties I imagine most people are working from home, if they still have a job. Unemployment is skyrocketing for obvious reasons as people huddle at home waiting for the situation to clear up. Some who work at “essential” businesses such as hospitals, groceries, restaurants offering take-out etc. have no option but to go to work, sometimes by mass transit. For those that must commute, are you worried or is it so empty that it’s not hard to maintain the six foot social distancing rule?


Lesher Center Closed through April 30 in Walnut Creek

1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek

The Lesher Center is closed through April 30th in downtown Walnut Creek

From their website:

In response to the Contra Costa Health Services order to cease non-essential operations and gatherings in order to limit community exposure to COVID-19, all City buildings are closed until further notice.

Therefore, the Lesher Center for the Arts will be closed to the general public, and ALL EVENTS through April 30 are postponed/canceled. Lesher Center staff is communicating with all clients and ticketholders.

All impacted ticketholders will have the option of:
1. Ticket credit
2. Exchanges
3. Donation to producing company
4. Refund

We appreciate your patience as we work our way to you. There is NO NEED FOR YOU TO COME IN to exercise your option.


TravisMathew Opened at Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek

Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

Not the greatest timing for a new store but SoCal-based men’s clothing store TravisMathew opened over the weekend at Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek. Interestingly there is a tabletop video game (Pac-Man I think), which you can see in the photo below at left. Too bad nobody can go out to see it. Since parts of SoCal are shutting down as well it’ll be a while before online orders are delivered but you can check out their online selection here.

From their website:

Due to the Orange County Ordinance issued on March 17th regarding COVID-19 requiring businesses to temporarily shut down, the TravisMathew office and warehouse will be closed until end of day March 31st at the earliest. Unfortunately, orders will see a delay in shipment until at least this date. Thank you and be safe!

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Shelter at Home Order Issued by Contra Costa and Other Bay Area Counties

I’ve been harping about coronavirus since before it was officially declared a pandemic, with increasingly distressing news from around the world, and now it has come to this. A Shelter at Home order in all of Contra Costa and other Bay Area counties, mandating people stay home except for essential needs through April 7th, punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both.

From the FAQ:

Vulnerable populations must stay home. Everyone should stay home except to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or go to an essential job. It is OK to go outside for walks if you are not in a group. It may be extended depending on recommendations from public health officials.

What’s Closed?

Dine-in restaurants
Bars and nightclubs
Entertainment venues
Gyms and fitness studios

• You cannot engage in group activities in person with others.
You cannot have dinner parties. You cannot invite friends over to your home to hang out.
You cannot go to a nail salon or get your hair cut by a stylist or barber.
• You cannot go shopping for non-essential goods.
• You cannot take unnecessary trips on public transport or in your car or motorbike.

Stay safe everyone!

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Help for Small Businesses

Photo by Flickr user alachuacounty

As more and more restaurants, bars, cafes and shops are impacted by effects of the coronavirus pandemic, small businesses and their employees are surely suffering as they temporarily close or limit their capacity in order to stop the spread of the virus. Thanks to a reader for pointing out that there is a special Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster program specifically for coronavirus, providing low cost loans up to $2 million which you can find out about here. Contact your local chamber of commerce if interested.

Another reader also pointed out that many restaurants offer take-out services so help support local restaurants by ordering take-out when you can.

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Schools Close across Contra Costa and Beyond

As coronavirus infections and deaths mount throughout the world, increasingly stringent orders are coming into effect locally in order to maintain social separation among people so as not to overwhelm hospitals. Schools are closing for multiple weeks coinciding with spring break. Check out the latest Bay Area school closures here. Are there any schools remaining open round here?

With many people working from home with school-aged kids, I imagine there will be plenty of  families at home together which should be quite an interesting experience!