Laguna Beach California Declares A Local Emergency Sunday March 15 2020

Laguna Beach California City Hall Courtesy of
Laguna Beach California City Hall Courtesy of

The City of Laguna Beach California declares a local emergency on Sunday March 15 2020 due to the CoronaVirus (COVID-19) Pandemic.

SouthOCBeaches is trying their best to bring you any and all updates/revisions/corrections as soon as the information becomes available.

Laguna Beach Director of Emergency Services, John Pietig declared the Emergency.

Following Governor Gavin Newsom’s guidance on Sunday March 15 2020, regarding measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) to citizens, and especially those age 65 or above, or with compromised immune systems, the City of Laguna has declared a Local Emergency.

This proclamation allows the City to promptly take the actions necessary to protect public health, safety and welfare within the City and also allows for future reimbursement by the county, state and federal governments.

The emergency declaration must be ratified by the City Council within seven days.

Laguna Beach Declares Local Emergency Main Points

The City is also taking the following actions, effective immediately:

Emergency Services

Police, Fire and Marine Safety services will continue and 9-1-1 will be operating as usual.

City Facilities

Laguna Beach Community Center and Susi Q Senior Center will be closed to the public through March 27 2020.
All City Events and all Recreation Classes and Programs planned for the remainder of March are cancelled.
AgeWell lunches are cancelled; Meals-on-Wheels will assist those in need.

City Hall Closed to the Public through March 27 2020.
City Operations will continue to operate with available staff.
For questions please call (949) 497-0311 during regular business hours.

City Meetings

Tuesday March 17 2020 City Council Meeting
Agenda will be pared down to minimal business items.
The public is strongly advised not to attend the City Council meeting and may email public comments regarding agenda items to

View the Laguna Beach City Council Meeting live online at the City’s website at City of Laguna Beach or live at Cox Communications Cable TV on Channel 852.

All Laguna Beach City Meetings Are Cancelled Thru Monday March 30 2020

Tuesday March 31 2020 City Council Meeting
Meeting will be limited to minimal items or cancelled

Laguna Beach City Officials Comments

Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen Comments
“The City is closely following recommendations from the federal, state and County level to ensure that we take all prudent steps to minimize, as best we can, possible impacts to Laguna Beach residents and visitors from COVID-19.”
“Today the Governor requested that all persons age 65 or over self-isolate at home and I encourage everyone to comply with this request to the maximum extent possible.
All of us need to take actions to contribute to the safety, security, health and well-being of everyone in Laguna Beach and I am confident that our residents will do just that.”

Laguna Beach City Manager & Director of Emergency Services John Pietig Comments

“These actions are necessary to help keep our community and our employees safe.”
“The decision to make these changes was made after much deliberation and in response to local, county, state and federal agencies guidance to slow the spread of the virus.”

Laguna Beach Additional Resources

Laguna Beach City Site Corona Virus Closures Updates Page

Orange County Emergency Operations Center Facebook Page

Orange County Public Health (COVID-19) Information Page is Online

Orange County Public Health (COVID-19) Health Referral Hotline Number is 1 (800) 564-8448

California Department of Public Health (COVID-19) Information is Online

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (COVID-19) Information is Online

Laguna Beach Declares Local Emergency Declaration is Online

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