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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 the main customer service counter (which is now open Monday-Friday from 8AM-5PM), Development Services, and the Permit Counter which is also open 8AM-5PM. See the Essential Services guide under the News Section for more details.

COVID-19 Information

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

Updated 12/10/20.


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

In alignment with the Regional Stay At Home Order, the following sectors must close all operations until further notice:
  • Amusements parks
  • Bars, breweries, distilleries, and wineries
  • Cardrooms and satellite wagering
  • Family Entertainment Centers (e.g. arcades, batting cages, bowling alleys, and kart racing)
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Indoor playgrounds
  • Live audience sports
  • Museums, zoos, and aquariums
  • Personal care services (e.g. body piercing, body waxing, estheticians, massage therapy, nail salons, and tattoo)
In alignment with the Regional Stay At Home Order, the following sectors are permitted for OUTDOOR operations only until further notice. These sectors must still maintain mitigation measures (social distancing, face coverings, and sanitization) and specific modifications in parenthesis below: 
  • Drive-in movie theaters (maximum 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer)
  • Gyms and fitness centers 
  • Places of worship (maximum 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer)
  • Recreational facilities (e.g. athletic fields, playgrounds, tennis courts, golf courses, skate parks, etc.; onsite sales or consumption of food or beverages is prohibited)
In alignment with the Regional Stay At Home Order, the following sectors are permitted for INDOOR operations. These sectors must still maintain mitigation measures (social distancing, face coverings, and sanitization) and specific modifications in parenthesis below:
  • All retail (maximum 20% capacity)
  • Standalone Grocery Stores (maximum 35% capacity; the sale of food or beverages for in-store consumption is prohibited)
  • Child care
  • Critical infrastructure 
  • Hotels/lodging (for critical infrastructure workers or to provide housing solutions for homeless)
  • Libraries (maximum 25% capacity)
  • Medical and dental care
  • Movie production, professional sports (without live audiences)
*Restaurants may operate for takeout and delivery only.  Any dine-in (indoor or outdoor) is prohibited.
Please see the Reopen Placer website for more information or read the Regional Stay At Home Order.

Orders & Directives

Regional Stay-at-Home Order

The greater Sacramento Region has less than fifteen percent ICU capacity remaining, and the regional Stay-at-Home Order has been triggered. It takes effect at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, December 10th. Read the full document for more details.

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