COVID-19 Archived News Items

Last updated:   10/14/2020 at   11:09:46 AM

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July 14, 2020

June 26, 2020

June 25, 2020

June 1, 2020

May 29, 2020

  • Mountain View Extends Eviction Protections
  • Mountain View Extiende Protección Contra el Desalojo
  • Castro Street Closure:  The City has received numerous requests about the possibility of closing Castro Street to support downtown restaurants. City staff is developing a plan to allow outdoor dining on the 100-400 blocks of Castro Street during the summer months once the shelter-in-place order is modified. The goal is to support downtown businesses while meeting social distancing requirements. As part of this planning effort, staff has been talking with the businesses on how best to make this work for them, coming up with potential layouts for tables that maintains social distancing and pedestrian paths, working with VTA on plans to re-route buses and move bus stops, and preparing logistics and operations plans. In conjunction with this work, City staff is also identifying short term parking spaces in City-owned parking lots or garages located behind Castro Street to support the increasing demand for curbside and take out services. Additional information about the plan will be shared through The Briefing and on the City website soon.
  • Summer Food Program - free lunch and snack for households with youth 18 and under.

May 22, 2020

  • Free COVID-19 Mobile Testing on May 25 in Mountain View for anyone who wants to get tested at a mobile pop-up testing site. Go to the Rengstorff Park Aquatic Center parking lot on Monday, May 25 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. ONLY ON MAY 25. The testing is free to everyone and does not require any insurance, appointments, documentation or pre-registration. Drive-ups, bike-ups or walk-ups are all welcome.

May 18, 2020

May 15, 2020

May 13, 2020

May 5, 2020

  • The City is temporarily suspending the reusable bag ordinance until the Governor's Executive Order expires, which is currently expected to be June 22 (unless extended).
  • Council approves re-allocation of Successor Agency funds in the amount of $1 million to help fill the need for rent relief.

May 4, 2020


April 30, 2020

April 29, 2020

  • Santa Clara County Public Health Department Modifies Stay-at-Home (SAH) Orders starting May 4 through May 31. Link to the April 29, 2020 Order
  • Mountain View Launches Small Business Resiliency and Small Landlord Relief Programs (news release)
  • The City of Mountain View launched a Small Business Resiliency Program to support Mountain View small businesses impacted by COVID-19.
    • Eligible small businesses within Mountain View city limits can apply for a loan of up to $10,000, with 0% interests, no fees or collateral and a term of up to three years.
  • The City of Mountain View launched a Small Landlord Relief Program to support small landlords and Mountain View residents impacted by COVID-19.
    • Eligible landlords of Mountain View rental properties can apply for a loan of up to $10,000, with 0% interests, no fees or collateral and a term of up to one year.
    • Landlord may own no more than nine (9) units including across multiple properties and/or in multiple jurisdictions. Funding for rental properties in Mountain View only.
    • Landlords may not evict tenants for non-payment of rent due to COVID-19 until loan has been repaid and also must be in compliance with the City’s urgency ordinance suspending evictions for non-payment of rent due to COVID-19.
  • The Small Business Resiliency Program is funded through a partnership with the City and Los Altos Community Foundation through donations from Google ($500,000), Linkedin ($100,000), and money from the #TogetherMV donations. The funds form #Together MV is administered by the Los Alto Community Foundation. The Small Landlord Relief Program is funded through the City of Mountain View ($100,000). Eligible businesses and small landlords are encouraged to apply through the Main Street Launch website.

April 27, 2020

April 24, 2020

April 21, 2020

April 16, 2020

April 15, 2020

April 14, 2020

April 10, 2020

April 9, 2020

    • 5 new portable restrooms and wash stations added across the City
      • Stevens Creek Trail (south side of Evelyn at trail entrance) has one portable restroom and wash station
      • Downtown Lot 7 (parking stalls, near TUMC/Hope's Corner) has one portable restroom and wash station
      • Wentworth at Gemini has one portable restroom and wash station
      • Continental Circle has one portable restroom and two hand wash stations
    • Staff pursuing solar-powered charging stations to keep homeless and unstably housed connected and how to expand WiFi services to residents and students in need
    • New Live Map added to indicate Citywide Homeless Services: COVID-19 Homeless Services Map

April 8, 2020

    • Safe Parking Program pilot at Shoreline lot goes 24/7 under County control and exemption status

April 7, 2020

    • City launches Small Business Help Survey to better understand how many local businesses are in need and what those needs really are. The Santa Clara County Office of Emergency Services praised the effort and has asked if they can use the initiative to launch a countywide version of their own.

April 6, 2020

    • City is notified that LinkedIn intends to donate $100,000 to the small business relief fund and additional money to the Community Services Agency for COVID-19 relief efforts.

April 2, 2020

    • 164 people donated more than $17,000 in the first full day since #TogetherMV Donation portal launch.

April 1, 2020

March 31, 2020

    • Santa Clara County Extends Shelter-in-Place through May 3 with additional restrictions.
    • Use of playgrounds, dog parks, public picnic areas and similar recreational areas is prohibited. These areas must be closed to public use.
    • Use of shared public recreational facilities such as golf courses, tennis and basketball courts, pools and rock walls is prohibited. These facilities must be closed for recreational use.
    • Sports requiring people to share a ball or other equipment must be limited to people in the same household.
    • Requires essential businesses to develop a social distancing protocol before April 3.
    • Most construction—residential and commercial—is prohibited.
    • Funerals limited to no more than 10 people attending.
    • Essential businesses expanded to include service providers that enable residential transactions (notaries, title companies, Realtors, etc.); funeral homes and cemeteries; moving companies, rental car companies and ride-share services that specifically enable essential activities.
    • Essential businesses that continue to operate facilities must scale down operations to their essential component only.

     Second, "essential businesses" was modified on March 31 by a new County Shelter-in-place order that will extend through May 31. 

March 31, 2020

March 30, 2020

March 28, 2020

March 26, 2020

March 25, 2020

March 24, 2020

  • Countywide Food Distribution with Help from National Guard: The City of San Jose has taken the lead in setting up a countywide food distribution system with an initial focus on the most vulnerable populations, seniors (60+) and those with medical conditions. To this end, Second Harvest Food Bank of Silicon Valley requested and is receiving assistance from the California National Guard. As the COVID-19 crisis continues, Second Harvest is experiencing a significant increase in calls for food assistance. Calls have increased from an average of 200 to more than 1,000 per day, and all other food distributors are seeing an increase in clients as well. The CA National Guard is helping Second Harvest prepare food quickly and safely for the most vulnerable people in our communities. Volunteers are still needed; visit to sign up or donate funds. Anyone in need of food should call Second Harvest’s Food Connection Hotline at 1-800-984-3663. Check out other ways to volunteer or donate at Ways to Help Your Community (#TogetherMV)

March 21, 2020

March 20, 2020

March 18, 2020

March 16, 2020

March 12, 2020

The Santa Clara County Public Health Department has a webpage dedicated to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in English, Chinese, Spanish and Vietnamese at The City of Mountain View will also keep a direct weblink to the County Public Health page at 

Santa Clara County Public Health Information  National Center for Disease Control (CDC)