Dana Point COVID-19 Community Updates for Monday March 23 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 should stay home except to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or go to an essential job.
You can however, take a walk, get fresh air, and let your children run on the grass at the park and exercise.
These activities are important for your health, but should be done responsibly.
It’s critical that everyone practice social distancing and not gather in groups.
This means only doing these activities if you are feeling well, do not believe you have had exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, and only with your household members.
It’s not a time for play dates, non-essential in person visits with extended family or any other in person meet ups.
A questions and answers section on the Orange County’s Public Health website can be found here.
The order also strongly recommends that persons over the age of 65, those who have a chronic health condition such as heart disease, lung disease or diabetes, and people with a compromised immune system remain at home.
There have been questions about what falls into the category of an essential job.
The State has provided that clarification on its webpage California Government COVID19 Site.
This information is also available on the City’s website here.
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.
If these guidelines are not being followed by the public, we will consider closing parks
Dana Point City Trails Closed
Harbor Point Trail
Bluff Top Trail
Dana Point Trails That Are Currently Open
Coast Highway Protective Trail
Strand Beach Access Way (Between Selva and PCH)
Sycamore Creek Trail
Closed Coastal Access
Dana Cove Area and Tide Pools
City’s Community Development Department is offering services electronically and/or remotely.
This includes accepting new applications and issuing permits.
Orange County Beaches
Strands/Capo/Salt Creek is Open
Under the County’s current emergency declaration, Sheriff Barnes serves as the Director of Emergency Services and decisions such as beach closures are to be made by him.
We have not received any information that indicates County beaches or their parking lots are closing. This status could change and we will provide an update if we receive new information.
California State Beaches
Doheny Beach is Open For Day Use
(Editors Note: California Governor Newsom Ordered all California State Beaches Parking Lots Closed on Monday March 23 2020 to help with Social Distancing during COVID19 Pandemic)
Orange County Transportation Authority
Orange County Bus Service will be on Sunday Schedule for (7) Days A Week
OCTA Schedules Are Online
The White House and Congress have been considering an economic stimulus plan.
Specifically, according to the World Health Organization, “the likelihood of an infected person contaminating commercial goods is low and the risk of catching the virus that causes COVID-19 from a package that has been moved, travelled, and been exposed to different conditions and temperature is also low.”
And according to the CDC, “in general, because of poor survivability of these coronaviruses on surfaces, there is likely very low risk of spread from products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient temperatures.
Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread most often by respiratory droplets.
Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with imported goods and there have not been any cases of COVID-19 in the United States associated with imported goods.”
For more information about updated practices by the USPS, please see their statement here
The U.S. Census Bureau has adjusted 2020 Census operations in order to protect the health and safety of Census Bureau employees and the American public.
A summary to adjustments in operations can be found here
Business Impacts – Unemployment Benefits
The City has compiled information for both employers and workers regarding resources and programs related to labor impacts.
This includes a comprehensive list of programs and frequently asked questions.
For example, workers can file for unemployment benefits as long as they are unemployed and otherwise eligible.
Workers who expect to return to work for an employer within a few weeks are not required to actively seek work each week, as long as they are able and available to return to work during their unemployment, and meet all other eligibility criteria.
Visit our website here to learn more.
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
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 (Del Obispo, (949) 496-7900):
Seniors & those with disabilities/pregnant/compromised immune system: Mon-Fri, 7am-9am
Regular Store Hours: Mon-Fri, 9am-9pm, Sat/Sun, 7am-9pm
COSTCO (Doheny Park Rd, San Juan Capistrano, (949) 240 3558):
Seniors* 60yrs+ & those with physical disabilities: Tue/Thu, 8am-9am
Regular Store Hours: 10am-8:30pm
GELSON’S (Monarch Bay Plaza, (949) 488-8147):
Seniors* 65yrs+: 7am-8am
Regular Store Hours: 8am-8pm
RALPH’S (Lantern District, (949) 661-4145, and Ocean Ranch, (949) 661-6334)
Seniors* 60yrs+: 7am-7:30am
Regular Store Hours: 8am-8pm
SMART & FINAL (Doheny Park Rd, (949) 240-4641):
Seniors* 65yrs+, those with disabilities and expectant mothers: 7:30am-8am
Regular Store Hours: 8am-8pm
STATER BROS (Camino de los Mares, San Clemente, (949) 496-8283):
Seniors* 65yrs+ priority access at 7:45am
Regular Store Hours: 8am-9pm
*Valid ID may be required
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.
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
Dana Point Additional Online Resources During the COVID-19 Pandemic
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