The Briefing volume 4 | march 19, 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.

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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.


We have been getting a lot of questions about if you can go outside during the shelter in place order. The short answer is: YES. We encourage you to read the FAQs provided by the Santa Clara County Public Health Department about all that you can and cannot do during this time.

In Mountain View, you are encouraged to walk, run, and bike while practicing safe social distancing (6 feet apart). Please note, to help flatten the curve, we are temporarily closing play structures at local parks.

Let us know how we're doing. Take this survey to help us build these daily digests going forward.

Stay at Home Resources

  • Here’s how to safely support local food businesses during the shelter in place order (and stay well-fed, too!) A running list of 6-5-0 area code restaurants offering food for pickup or delivery
  • Raley's, Safeway, and Whole Foods have all adjusted hours to allow those who face a greater risk if they contract COVID-19 (those with underlying illnesses, the elderly) to shop safely during certain times. Check your local store for more.
  • Nextdoor has launched a "Help Map" to keep neighbors in need connected with their greater community
  • LIBRARY: Today we’re highlighting digital storytime options that you can enjoy from home.
  • Keep up-to-date with the latest news by using your library card. You can access The New York Times online for free.

REMINDER: Santa Clara County residents can now call 2-1-1 for information on novel coronavirus and COVID-19 thanks to a new partnership between the County of Santa Clara and 2-1-1. Residents can also receive information on novel coronavirus by simply texting the word “coronavirus” to 211211 and following the prompts provided.

Share your #WFHselfie

Bo Stern was the first to take on our #WFHselfie challenge and submitted this photo of his home workspace to us on Twitter.

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.

Keeping everyone safe and healthy, particularly our city staff, is of the utmost priority.

City Resources

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.