Policing during a pandemic: Officers educate, regulate shelter-in-place order

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Leaving home isolation for exercise alone, like this woman walking her pug dogs on State Street Friday afternoon, or with those one lives with, is OK, but anyone who does go outdoors should remain at least 6 feet away from everyone else, according to California Governor Gavin Newsom’s statewide coronavirus order. The Los Altos Police Department is working to ensure compliance.

According to the Los Altos Police Department’s crime log in the days following the shelter-in-place order, officers are responding to calls to clarify the restrictions and to warn residents who violate the order they could be charged with a misdemeanor. 

Following major county initiatives, Los Altos council tackles local aid

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A new sign at McKenzie Park on Fremont Avenue informs visitors of the playground's closure.

As the coronavirus outbreak and resulting shelter-in-place order continue to wreak havoc on the public health infrastructure and the economy, the Los Altos City Council Tuesday (March 24) responded to actions taken at a county level earlier in the day.

List: Los Altos retail shops operating during coronavirus shutdown

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Linden Tree Books is closed, but the Los Altos business is offering online ordering.

The following, compiled with help from the city of Los Altos, the Los Altos Village Association, the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce and Los Altos Property Owners Downtown, is a list of Los Altos businesses that are closed for in-person traffic but that offer some services amid the coronavirus scare, which has forced the Santa Clara County Public Health Department and the state of California to issue shelter-in-place orders. 

Coronavirus concerns dominate Hills council meeting

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Los Altos Hills Town Hall.

Before the county’s shelter-in-place order led to more consistent home occupancy, Los Altos Hills experienced an uptick in residential burglaries compared to years past, a Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office representative told the city council Thursday (March 19). 

#LosAltosStrong: Resources for local businesses trying to manage

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State of Mind manager and bartender Victor Becerra helps a customer with her lunch order Friday afternoon. The pizzeria is offering curbside pickup during the coronavirus shutdown.

With no certain end to the statewide stay-at-home order first issued March 19, governments and business-minded organizations are stepping up to help small business owners triumph over challenges they didn’t anticipate, like convincing customers to try new services and reinventing the roles of some employees to keep paychecks flowing. 

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