Dana Point COVID-19 Community Updates for Friday March 20 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.”
State of California Order – Stay Home
Everyone is required to stay home except to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or go to an essential job.
There have been questions about what falls into the category of essential job.
The State has provided that clarification on its webpage covid19.ca.gov.
The site also contains good information on “Do’s and Don’ts” and what’s to remain open and what’s to be closed.
Simplified List of Essential Services to Remain Open
Food: Grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, take-out and delivery restaurants
Essential state and local government functions will also remain open, including law enforcement and offices that provide government programs and services.
Services That Are Closed
Bars and nightclubs
Gyms and fitness studios
Public events and gatherings
There are several critical sectors that are part of important infrastructure.
Guidance on who those essential workers are can be found here.
We have gotten word that the Governor’s office is working on more detailed guidance for private businesses to rely upon.
We’ll share that information once it’s received.
City Parks will remain accessible to the public.
Playground equipment and bathrooms are closed.
The City has installed signage to remind everyone to practice social distancing and good hygiene.
The White House and Congress have been considering an economic stimulus plan.
We’ll provide more information whether a deal is reached to pass the plan.
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 2020 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.
The City is working to provide more information on assistance for those residents and businesses who are attempting to navigate filing for unemployment, or suggest laid-off staff do so.
The Employment and Training Administration announced new guidance in administering their unemployment insurance programs to assist Americans affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Under the guidance, federal law permits significant flexibility for states to amend their laws to provide unemployment insurance benefits in multiple scenarios related to COVID-19.
The City is monitoring these updates and will work to make more information available.
The Federal Deadline to file taxes has been extended to July 15 2020.
The California State Deadline is extended to July 15 2020.
Support For Local Businesses
In an effort to consolidate the many links and resources out there for employers and employees, the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce has compiled a comprehensive list of resources and tools for our community. Please visit the “Pointing You In The Right Direction” page here.
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.
Grocery Stores/ Market Hours
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: 9am-8pm (Most at-risk Community Members Only – Tuesday & Thursday – 7am to 9am)
Costco: 10am to 8:30pm, M-F, Sat 9:30-6pm, Sun 10am-6pm (Seniors Only 8am to 9am M-F)
Gelson’s: 8am to 8pm (Seniors Only 7am to 8am)
Ralph’s: (Lantern District and Ocean Ranch) 8am to 8pm (Seniors 7am to 7:30am)
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.
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