On March 16, 2020, City Manager Steven Adams signed a Proclamation of a Local Emergency due to the current threat of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. A special meeting of the City Council was held on Friday, March 20, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. and the Council unanimously ratified the proclamation. Despite this action, the City continues to reassure the community that they should not panic, but you should take the public health threat posed by the COVID-19 very seriously. Following similar actions taken by the President, Governor, and County, the Proclamation of a Local Emergency may help the City qualify for reimbursement of costs associated with efforts to prevent the disease in the community, as well as plans and actions that may become necessary to respond to and prevent the spread of an outbreak should one occur in the future. This action was taken in coordination with the other South Monterey County cities of Gonzales, Soledad and Greenfield. A link to the Proclamation is below.