Dana Point COVID19 Community Updates Tuesday March 24 2020

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Dana Point COVID-19 Community Updates for Tuesday March 24 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 COVID19 Community Updates for Tuesday March 24 2020


Governor Newsom announced on Monday March 23 2020, the closure of parking lots at State Parks and Beaches.
Pedestrian access is still available at Doheny and the park areas and beach are still open.
Social distancing is required.

Closure of the County beaches was discussed at today’s, March 24 2020, Board of Supervisors meeting. Frank Kim, Orange County CEO has directed OC Parks to close the parking lots at Salt Creek, Strands (Selva) and at Capo Beach.
The County will be coordinating with Dana Point Harbor Partners on the closures of the lots in the harbor area and the lots located on Puerto Place.
Maintaining access for grab-n-go operations for the restaurants is being considered.
Pedestrian access is available.

Access to the Dana Cove area and tide pools located behind the Ocean Institute is closed until further notice.

City News

Community Development

City’s Community Development Department is offering services electronically and/or remotely.
This includes accepting new applications and issuing permits.

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. However, if these guidelines are not being followed by the public, we will consider closing parks.


Dana Point City Trails Closed

Harbor Point Trail
Switchback Trail
Hilltop 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

All OC Public Libraries locations are currently closed.
During this time, enjoy 24/7 access to eBooks, eAudiobooks, music, movies, and more at the OC Public Libraries website

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.

Community Development

City’s Community Development Department is offering services electronically and/or remotely.
This includes accepting new applications and issuing permits.

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.

Official Updates

United States Postal Service
The CDC, The World Health Organization, as well as the Surgeon General have indicated that there is currently no evidence that COVID-19 is being spread through the mail.

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

2020 Census

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.

Tax Filings

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.

Dana Point Restaurants Grap N Go List Is Online

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

Gas stations
Food: Grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, take-out and delivery restaurants
Laundromats/laundry services

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

Dine-in restaurants
Bars and nightclubs
Entertainment venues
Gyms and fitness studios
Public events and gatherings
Convention Centers

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.

Alert OC for COVID-19
Residents can now sign up to receive text message updates related to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Orange County, California.
To opt-in for this service, text OCCOVID19 to 888777.
Residents who have questions about alerts can call the County of Orange Public Health Hotline at (714) 628-7085 between 9am-6pm daily.

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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