The Briefing volume 3 | march 18, 2020


Gathered together by our Strategic Communications Team to help keep you up-to-date and informed as we work together to surmount the spread of COVID-19.

The Briefing is our resource guide to connect various groups and populations to those they may need most, be it housing resources, medical resources, food resources, and more. Text MVCOVID to 22828 or sign up to the have The Briefing delivered to your email.


Mayor Margaret Abe-Koga today released a statement to the Mountain View community addressing the impacts of COVID-19, how the City is working to help as we all combat the pandemic, and above all, how we are better together as we weather this storm.

The Mountain View Police Department has temporarily suspended proactive parking enforcement efforts, including 72-hour violations, in an effort to help prioritize safe social distancing practices, other requirements laid out by the Santa Clara County Public Health Department's shelter in place directive, and sensitivity to the impacts these requirements is having on our vulnerable community. At this time, officers will only conduct parking enforcement if we receive complaints regarding a public health or a public safety hazard.

The City has set up a business resource page for those who have been impacted by closures resulting from the pandemic.

REMINDER: The COVID-19 Resource page contains FAQs and will be updated regularly on Mountain View-specific measures that are being done to help address the pandemic in our community.

Every day, the Santa Clara County Public Health Department shares updates and news on their social media channels and website.

Where to Get Updated Information

Given the nature of how quickly information updates regarding the virus, we continue to encourage community members to first and foremost visit the Public Health Department's website here. On the site, you will be able to view information ranging from frequently asked questions, information for healthcare providers, case updates, and more.

The County today released a map of all locations where restaurant locations remain open to provide take-out or to-go options particularly for senior nutrition. The County also noted that Meals on Wheels continues to provide home delivery of meals.

REMINDER: On Friday, March 13, 2020, the Public Health Department announced that anyone who had questions regarding COVID-19 could call or text 2-1-1 any time of the day, seven days a week, and would get a response. We encourage you to use this resource.

Share your #WFHselfie

MVPD Command staff is not hindered by distance as we work to help slow the spread of coronavirus.

We'd like to share some community smiles and know that many of you are transitioning to a work from home (WFH) lifestyle. We'd love for you to tweet at us with #WFHselfie. Smiles, cats on laptops, and new home offices all welcome.

Life at Home

How to Talk to Your Kids

From the Governor's Office

On Tuesday, March 17, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom issued the following:

  • New COVID-19 guidance for K-12 educators to help meet the needs of students as they work to flatten the curve.
  • Additional protections for those who rely on Medi-Cal health coverage, CalFresh food assistance, CalWORKS, Cash Assistance for Immigrants; and In-Home Supportive Services.
  • Authorized emergency funding for more hospital beds, provide beds for unstably housed individuals, as well as assistance for protecting health care facilities.
Keeping everyone safe and healthy, particularly our city staff, is of the utmost priority.

Preventative Measures In Place

REMINDER: The Mountain View Farmers market has been deemed a “grocery store” in regards to the Santa Clara county and will remain open as essential to society. The Santa Clara County Public Health Department issued a new order prohibiting public or private gatherings of more than 100 people and restrictions on gatherings of 35-100 people. For the purposes of the order, CFMs are considered a “grocery store” and not subject to the order. We have revised the guidelines for CFM operations.