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As COVID restrictions lift, Palo Alto plans to reopen facilities

Original post made on Jun 12, 2021

When the COVID-19 pandemic began to spread in March 2020, Palo Alto swiftly shut down most City Hall offices, suspended recreational programs and closed down libraries and community centers to comply with urgent health restrictions.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, June 11, 2021, 5:34 PM

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Posted by Name hidden
a resident of Downtown North

on Jun 12, 2021 at 2:00 pm

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Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 12, 2021 at 4:44 pm

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Importantly, what will the masking requirements be in City facilities? Will we be able to enter the libraries without masks? Will employees be expected to wear masks in City Hall? Will police, firefighters, utilities workers, park maintenance workers all be able to work mask free. Individuals may still choose to wear their masks, but being able to work and do city business without masks is important information.


Posted by PA Community Advocate
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 12, 2021 at 10:05 pm

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July 4th with Radio City All Stars band, food trucks and a play area for children FTW. Palo Alto is back!


Posted by Ming Le
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Jun 13, 2021 at 9:28 am

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Come June 15th, continuing to wear a facemask in public might give others the wrong impression that the wearer has not been fully vaccinated.

And not wearing a face mask may give others the impression that that the non-wearer is either an anti-masker or a vaccinated person who now feels 100% safe from the coronavirus.

Either way, the subsequent public health repercussions (positive or negative) remain nebulous.

And if it is proven that the Wuhan laboratory experiments were either military sanctioned by the PRC as a biological weapon or a questionable virology experiment that went awry, further contempt and hate crimes towards Asians in America will most likely persist.

What was once perceived as a right-wing conspiracy theory has now become a potential reality and even President Biden is having U.S. Intelligence investigating the matter further.

We are considering a move to Hawaii as it is ethnically diverse and very accepting of Asians.

The least racist places in America seem to be where the white population remains the minority.


Posted by Helena Karteris
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jun 13, 2021 at 10:04 am

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We are being lulled into complacency.

The coronavirus is mutating all over the world and its variants are now making their way into other countries including the U.S.

Come autumn and winter 2021-22, many more people will become ill and/or die regardless of being vaccinated or the wearing of facemasks.

And yes...if the Wuhan lab is indicted for either negligence or cooperation with the PRC military, Sino-U.S. diplomacy will sink to even lower levels and Asian hate crimes will sadly continue.


Posted by Dex/Covid-Homeless Survivor
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 13, 2021 at 10:36 am

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It is good to hear that the public libraries and park facilities will reopen shortly.

During the pandemic closures, it was very difficult for a homeless individual to access public restrooms for both bathing purposes and/or to relieve oneself.

It will also be nice to get out and mingle with the public again as one needed to maintain a much lower homeless profile for the last 15 months or so.

Looking forward to a return to normal.


Posted by Mabel Carlton
a resident of another community
on Jun 13, 2021 at 12:30 pm

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With the open dining on University and California Avenues, it would be especially nice if some of the restaurants were to set-up a tent where the homeless can also be fed on a complimentary basis.

With media attention, this gesture could go a long ways towards diffusing the overall and outside impression of Palo Alto being a city primarily inhabited by crotchety NIMBYs, racists, and the upwardly mobile.

Time for a new Palo Alto facelift!


Posted by ALB
a resident of College Terrace
on Jun 13, 2021 at 12:54 pm

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Cheering the general opening but confused as to why the College Terrace and Downtown branch libraries are closed.

The city council needs to authorize the opening of these branch libraries.


Posted by ALB
a resident of College Terrace
on Jun 13, 2021 at 1:02 pm

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Posted by Who Are We To Judge?
a resident of Community Center
on Jun 13, 2021 at 1:10 pm

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Posted by Jameson
a resident of another community
on Jun 13, 2021 at 3:18 pm

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We are not out of the woods until everything is 100% open with no further restrictions or public health mandates.

The pandemic will continue to mutate with newer and deadlier variations becoming a common occurance.

What to do?

Either follow the pre June 15th guidelines (regardless of being vaccinated) OR disregard all previously cited precautions (if vaccinated) and get back to active socializing by attending large arena and social gatherings without the hassle of having to put on a mask.


Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jun 14, 2021 at 11:19 am

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How special that City Hall remains closed and that our highly paid city staff get to stay at home.

Echoing the concerns about the College Terrace and Downtown libraries staying closed and the continued cutbacks on hours at Rinconada Library.

"With media attention, this gesture could go a long ways towards diffusing the overall and outside impression of Palo Alto being a city primarily inhabited by crotchety NIMBYs, racists, and the upwardly mobile."

Agree that feeding the homeless would help PA's image, I nominate the CEOS of Palantir and DoorDash to man the feeding stations since they're the 1st and 2d most highly paid execs in the US who've fought against gig workers getting benefits and decent pay. (Their CEO salaries are reportedly $1 BILLION and $450 Million respectively.)

Given Palantir's staunch pro-YIMBY positions, surely they'll be eager to help the needy.


Posted by Justin Larrabee
a resident of Los Altos
on Jun 14, 2021 at 11:45 am

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Governor Newsom has the latitude to rescind or reinstate Covid related restrictions...except for church worship.

The coronavirus is rapidly mutating and as newer strains emerge, the March 2020 restrictions could easily become a reality as the number of infections increase.

This issue is not going away anytime soon


Posted by Seer
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Jun 19, 2021 at 10:19 pm

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We have a super-effective vaccine that works against all known variants so far (perhaps at lower rates, but surprise, you don't need vaccines to be 100% to completely end an epidemic).

Moreover, the mRNA tech is now proven and can pump out new vaccines in weeks. If the resulting proteins are not toxic or a potent allergen, then the new vaccines are safe. The whole vaccine process is 1000x sped up and this tech can pretty much end pandemics forever.


Posted by Jeremy Rocha
a resident of another community
on Jun 20, 2021 at 7:34 pm

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What about aquired immunity among those who have already contracted Covid-19?

Doesn't the human body create natural antibodies to combat future infections?


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