To minimize the spread of COVID-19, the City will be reducing service levels to essential services only. All City Hall offices are closed, except Development Services  and the Permit Counter (temporarily on the first floor) which is open Monday-Friday from 9AM-3PM. See the Essential Services guide under the News Section for more details.

COVID-19 Information


This page is the central location for information regarding the COVID-19 situation in the City of Lincoln. This page will be updated regularly. 

What We Are Doing

As both an employer and a local government agency, the City is implementing the following measures in response to COVID-19:

  • Participating in conference calls with the county and regional response agencies to stay up to date and prepared to implement strategies to protect and inform the community.
  • Sharing information with residents through our communication channels.
  • City staff who can work from home are doing so and those employees who are at City facilities are adhering to social distancing guidelines.
  • Public spaces are being wiped down and disinfected at higher frequencies to prevent the spread of germs.
  • The City intends to provide as many services as possible to our residents. Staff phones and emails will also be monitored remotely. 
  • Closing most facilities to the public and reducing service levels to essential levels in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Details about current hours and services can be found below.

Essential Services Guide

Please visit our Essential Services Guide to see what City services are available at this time. 

What's Open

Per the July 13th order issued by the State Public Health Officer, indoor operations must remain closed at all of the following types of establishments:
  • Dine-in restaurants
  • Zoos and museums
  • Family entertainment centers
  • Cardrooms
Additionally, the following indoor operations must remain closed for counties on the Department of Public Health County Monitoring List (of which Placer is one):
  • Gyms and Fitness Centers
  • Places of Worship
  • Protests
  • Offices for Non-Critical Infrastructure Sectors
  • Personal Care Services (including nail salons, massage parlors, and tattoo
  • parlors)
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Malls
Please see the Reopen Placer website for more information or read the order issued by the Public Health Officer.

Orders & Directives

Department of Public Health Order

The California Department of Public Health has mandated the use of face masks whenever social distancing cannot be maintained. For more information, please read the full document.

Governor's Executive Order

Governor Gavin Newsom issued an Executive Order on March 19th, instructing all Californians to shelter in place. Read the full document for details. You may also review the City's FAQ document, which addresses many questions regarding the Order. 

Placer County Shelter in Place Directive

Placer County Health Officer Dr. Aimee Sisson has issued a directive for residents to remain at home except to engage in “essential activities,” effective 12:01 a.m., March 20, 2020, in response to local and regional spread of COVID-19. The full press release, with links to the full text of the directive, may be accessed here. Please note the current County guidance defers to the State's Order definitions of essential businesses. 

This directive was updated on April 10th. The updated directive may be read here. The physical distancing protocol template for businesses is available here

City of Lincoln Proclamation of Emergency

On March 17, 2020, the City Manager of the City of Lincoln proclaimed a local emergency in response to the spread of COVID-19. Full details may be viewed here

How to Stay Healthy

The best way to stay safe and healthy is to follow the guidance from public health agencies, including the Placer County Health and Human Services Office, the California Department of Public Health, and the CDC. These resources are regularly updated as more information regarding COVID-19 becomes available.

Current guidelines in Placer County instruct residents who do not feel ill to: 

  • Stay home except for essential trips and work, as defined in the State Executive Order and the County Shelter in Place Directive. 
  • Regularly wash hands with liquid soap and water, and rub for at least 20 seconds. Use alcohol-based sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces touched by many people at least daily.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cloth face coverings - such as a bandana, scarf or homemade cloth cover – are now recommended when leaving the house for essential activities to further slow the spread of COVID-19. The new recommendation comes after increasing evidence that transmission of the virus can occur as early as three days before people develop symptoms. But health officials stress that face coverings should be used in tandem with, not in place of, other strategies.

For more information, please visit:

How to Stay Informed

Residents can stay informed on the City's response to COVID-19 by:

In addition, residents are encouraged to regularly check for updates from Placer County and the State of California

How to Get Help or Volunteer

For more information on resources and organizations that can assist with basic needs, or on how to help our community, visit our Lincoln Cares page