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City of Oakland Service Modifications, Suspensions & Closures In Response to Alameda County Public Health Order to Shelter in Place

Interim City Administrator Steven Falk announced on March 17, 2020, temporary changes to City government functions, effective today, in accordance with the Alameda County Health Officer’s order for all Alameda County residents to shelter in place to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and preserve critical health care capacity across the region.

Date Posted: March 17th, 2020 @ 5:29 PM
Last Updated: April 1st, 2020 @ 8:40 PM

City Facility Closures

  • Recreation centers (closed to the public, staffed during day for safety)
  • Libraries
  • Senior centers
  • Head Start sites
  • Fox Theater
  • Paramount Theatre
  • Oakland Convention Center

Maintenance Functions Shifted to Emergency Response Only:

Call 311 or report online:

  • Parks maintenance

Other Suspended or Canceled Services

Public Meetings and Events Canceled

  • Advisory Commissions
  • Neighborhood Crime Prevention Council meetings
  • Adopt a Spot Volunteer events. Please note that Earth Day is currently scheduled for April 18, 2020. Should the event be postponed or canceled, messages will be posted to the City’s website and social media accounts.
  • Bulky Block Party on March 28, 2020


  • Parking meters and time-limited parking not enforced
  • Residential permit parking and street sweeping parking regulations not enforced
  • City garages are open, but may be limited to monthly parkers at times
  • Towing will be suspended unless vehicles are blocking access, causing and immediate hazard, or are deemed a public safety concern.
  • NOTE: the City will continue to enforce all other parking regulations in service of public safety and public health, including, red curbs and fire hydrants, sidewalk and crosswalk blocking, double-parking and bike lane violations, wheelchair ramp obstruction, and unauthorized use of disabled person parking placards.
  • Please note also that many of the City’s essential infrastructure construction projects are still ongoing. Clear curbs are necessary for infrastructure work, so we ask that residents keep an eye out for 72-hour no-parking signs related to construction. If curbs are not clear where construction has been noticed, enforcement and vehicle towing could be necessary.

Counter Functions Closed/Suspended

  • Passports
  • Domestic partnership registration
  • Residency Verification
  • KTOP – Client services for stage rental and client use of media editing tools
  • OPD Special Events Permits
  • Film Permits

Open by Appointment Only

  • City Hall and other Frank H. Ogawa Plaza buildings are accessible to the public only by special appointment or for public meetings, but will otherwise be closed to the public.
  • Most public service counters at City Hall, 150 Frank Ogawa Plaza, and 250 Frank Ogawa Plaza are switching to online/phone/appointment access only; see below for details.
  • Private Sewer Lateral and other Wastewater Permits
  • Hazardous Materials Compliance Review
  • Creek and Watershed Permits
  • Construction and Demolition Recycling Permits

Public Counter Closures with Phone/Online Alternatives

During this shelter in place order, many City services will remain available by phone or online. View an index of available online services.

City departments are providing alternative ways to access City services during the shelter in place order, including email, telephone, and online: