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Oakland Community Pledge

Together we make a promise to Oakland and the community. 


Let’s show up. 

Let’s promise to take care of ourselves and our community, and look out for others. 
Shelter in Place has given us time to stop and reflect on what makes our town so special. 
It’s the people; the business owners, the generations of families, the musicians, the curators, the artists. 
It’s the history; of immigrants, of women pioneers, of social activism.  
It’s the nature; the redwood forests, the hills, the creeks & waterways, the urban lakes.
It’s the legacy and determination to keep our culture alive.
It’s the care and respect people have for one another.  
So let’s show love. 

Masked Couple Posing for a selfie at Lake Merritt Temescal Brewing Masked Family at Oakland Zoo

Our community comes first.

As our world begins to expand again and time starts moving faster, remember your promise to Oakland: 

  1. Think Oakland first:  
    1. Shop locally and support our businesses, especially BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) businesses 
    2. Support community festivals & events 
    3. Volunteer at or support local non-profits 
  2. Practice patience and care for hospitality staff as they learn and adapt to new procedures. 
  3. Share appreciation for essential workers. 
  4. Leave no trace in our parks, waterfronts, or neighborhood streets. 
  5. Wear a mask and keep 6 feet apart from others whenever possible. 
  6. Wash your hands often, stay home if you’re sick and abide by CDC Guidelines and local government ordinances to keep each other safe and minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our community. 

And if you are a traveler visiting Oakland during this time, please do so responsibly and respectfully.
Oakland, let’s stay safe. Let’s shop local. Show love. Leave no trace. Wear masks. Stay rooted. 
Let’s keep together. 

Oakland First.