Dana Point COVID-19 Community Updates Thursday March 19 2020

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Dana Point COVID-19 Community Updates for Thursday March 19 2020.

The City of Dana Point reminds the Community that “We all have a role to play in this effort to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).” “Protecting the well-being of our community is our number one priority.”

Dana Point Community Updates Thursday March 19 2020

Is COVID-19 stressing you out?

There are many resources available to assist with factual information and to help with the anxiety and stress of worrying about your family and the community.
One resource is from the CDC

City Updates

Parks

City Parks will remain accessible to the public.
Park maintenance and upkeep will continue with additional cleaning services.
The City will be installing signage to remind everyone to practice social distancing and good hygiene.

Building Department

While City Hall is closed to the public, staff is available by phone or email and building inspectors are available.
If you have a “city approved” project and a building permit has been issued for the project, then you may proceed with construction.
That being said, per the guidance from federal, state and local agencies, it is advised that individuals perform best practices for sanitation and social distancing during the construction process.
The City’s building inspectors have also been advised of this and will seek to conduct their inspections without direct interaction with others.

County Updates

The County of Orange’s Health Officer has revised their order.
The new order can be found here
The revision advises that bars shall close, and restaurants shall close their dining rooms but still allow takeout and delivery.
Gyms, health clubs and movie theaters shall also close as a result of this new order.
Other businesses can remain open but must follow social distancing guidelines.

The general public should not be gathering in groups.

Food Facility owners should call The County’s Health Care Agency/Environmental Health Division at 714-433-6000 with questions.

Senior Assistance

Orange County’s Office on Aging is available to assist seniors who may not have access to food and other necessities as they self-isolate to avoid exposure to the COVID-19 coronavirus.
Older adults and/or their families are encouraged to call the Office on Aging Information & Assistance Call Center at (800) 510- 2020 for assistance.
Call center staff will screen calls and link senior residents with Orange County community partner organizations.

Federal Updates

New Paid Leave Law Passed: What You Need to Know

For employers with fewer than 500 employees the President signed into law H.R. 6201, the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act,” in effect no later than April 2 through December 31, 2020.
Full-time employees must be provided with 80 hours of paid sick leave and part-time employees are eligible for paid sick leave equivalent to the average number of hours they work over a two-week period.
The paid sick leave is for COVID-19-related issues.
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act also includes a temporary expansion of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) through December 31, 2020.
More can be found here.

Reminder – What to do if you feel sick!

Stay home except to get medical care.
Follow These Steps recommended by the CDC.

Support Local Businesses

Many local businesses are still open in our community and have increased sanitation measures and are employing social distancing.
In addition, the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce is maintaining a list of restaurants providing delivery and take-out.
Please visit the following link for a list of businesses providing this resource.
Dana Point Restaurants Grap N Go

SDG&E

Recognizing many of their customers’ livelihoods have been affected by the pandemic, SDG&E has suspended disconnections for nonpayment until further notice. They have also implemented a number of tools to help customers. Click here.

SoCalGas Company

SoCalGas is committed to helping customers experiencing hardships, including from the Coronavirus. They are working with residential customers on bill payment and small businesses by waiving late payment fees. They also have tips to save energy. Learn more here

Grocery Stores/ Market Hours – Updated

Local market and grocery store times may be changing to ensure that employees have time to restock shelves, sanitize, and clean facilities.
We will keep updating this list as we receive more information.

Albertsons: 7am-8pm (Most at-risk Community Members Only – Tuesday & Thursday – 7am to 9am)
Costco: 10am to 10:30pm (Seniors Only 8am to 9am M-F)
Gelson’s: 7am to 8pm (Seniors Only 7am to 8am)
Ralph’s: (Lantern District and Ocean Ranch) 8am to 8pm ** New hours for Seniors 7am to 7:30am starting tomorrow
Smart & Final: 8am to 8pm (7:30-8 am for customers 65 and older and those with disabilities)
Stater Bros: 8am to 9pm (Seniors 7:45am)

We encourage you to be a kind, respectful shopper and shop only for what you need, so everyone in our community can provide for their families.

Tax Filings

IRS
The President has issued an emergency declaration for taxpayers to provide relief from deadlines. That information can be found here

Franchise Tax Board
Prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Franchise Tax Board leaders announced they would grant an extension to file 2019 California tax returns and make payments until June 15, in accordance with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s March 12 executive order. More information is available here

Dana Point Additional Online Resources During the COVID-19 Pandemic

For more information please visit The City of Dana Point Facebook Page

The City of Dana Point COVID-19 Information Page is Online

Orange County Emergency Operations Center Facebook Page

Alert OC
AlertOC is a mass notification system designed to keep Orange County, California residents and businesses informed of emergencies that may require immediate life saving actions.

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

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

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