Dear Residents of Menlo Park,
Thank you for following the health officer’s shelter-in-place order. It is encouraging to see our city come together. Sheltering in place is the most important action your family and you can continue to take to prevent the spread of COVID-19. To emphasize, this means that you must shelter in place with people you live with. It does not mean that you socialize with your family members living in the neighborhood or town, gather with your neighbors in the evenings, or have your children play with their friends on your block.
Your elected officials and the City of Menlo Park are updated regularly by the county and state with new information about the virus, the number of people who have tested positive and new resources available.
I would also like to address questions that have come up in conversations and emails from you.
A question has been asked repeatedly regarding gardeners continuing to work. However, the health order and related frequently asked questions clearly state that gardeners are not an essential service unless they are providing maintenance related to the health and safety of that household.
Here are other resources that you can share with neighbors, employees and family members:
We continue to provide access and inclusion for all our Menlo Park residents at any level of need. The city is working to address concerns about outreach to our Spanish-speaking community members, elderly and the homeless.
Continue to stay home for the health and safety of all, especially our doctors, nurses, health care workers and other essential service workers. Practice human kindness and compassion toward yourself and others. Our actions during this time will define who we are as a city and community.