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Posted on: March 3, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)


UPDATE 3/16/2020

Beaumont City Council Scheduled to Consider Declaration of a Local Public Health Emergency

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 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

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:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

UPDATE 3/14/2020

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.

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 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 for additional services. For more information regarding COVID-19, please visit

What Are the Symptoms of COVID-19

Typically, human coronaviruses cause mild-to-moderate respiratory illness. Symptoms are very similar to the flu, including:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

How to Protect Yourself 

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:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick and stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

When to Seek Treatment

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:

  • Seek medical care. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with others.


For updates and information in the novel coronavirus and other important public health information, please visit:

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