Dana Point COVID-19 Community Updates for Friday April 3 2020.
The City of Dana Point reminds us to “Stay Home. Save Lives.”
OC United Way Pandemic Relief Fund
The Orange County United Way is working hard to raise $2 million as part of their Pandemic Relief Fund.
The money will be used to respond to the immediate needs of the Orange County community and help low-income individuals and families at imminent risk of homelessness, the current OC population experiencing homelessness, low-income students, and their partner non-profits.
The United Way is also distributing books to children.
With schools closed, it is vital that children from low-income families still have access to books. They have distributed over 1,000 books to their partners.
You can help distribute books to families in need by purchasing some of their Amazon Wish List Books. Have it shipped directly to the United Way via Amazon: ATTN: Daisy Benitez, 18012 Mitchell South, Irvine, CA 92614.
Dana Point Farmers Market
The Farmers Market will be in La Plaza Park Saturday from 9:00am-1:00pm.
Last Saturday’s market went smoothly with lots of fresh, organic foods available in an open air environment.
The City has enhanced the permit to include additional measures for physical distancing, including controlled access to allow for spacing of customers and requiring greater distances between vendors. The City is monitoring the market closely and will revoke the permit if physical distancing standards are not being followed.
Dana Point Chamber of Commerce Encourages Think Big and Shop Small
The Dana Point Chamber of Commerce is encouraging our community to Think Big and Shop Small – shop local, get takeout, buy gift cards and give a shout out to your favorite businesses on social media.
County of Orange
County of Orange is Reporting COVID-19 Cases by City
Services and Resources Directory
Services and Resources Directory is now housed on the COVID-19 page on the City’s website.
New services and resources will be shared in this update, then moved over to the City’s COVID-19 webpage.
You can access that information here.
Orange County COVID-19 Hotline
Call the COVID-19 Hotline (833) 426-6411 to connect with OC Agencies for information and resources.
County of Orange is Following the State Public Health Department Guidance on wearing Face Coverings in Public.
California Department of Public Health states Californians who must leave their homes to conduct essential activities should wear face coverings, if they feel comfortable doing so, and practice strict hand washing before and after touching and adjusting the covering.
Staying at home, physical distancing and hand washing are still the best actions Californians can take to fight COVID-19.
That guidance can be found here.
Orange County Community Services Businesses Call Center
Orange County Community Services has implemented a call center to meet the needs of businesses impacted by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The Economic & Business Recovery Call Center will offer information and resources to help Orange County businesses navigate the current economic climate.
These resources will support businesses with challenges such as lay-off aversion, loans, utility reduction programs, and community resources mapping.
Businesses can call the Economic & Business Recovery Call Center at (714) 480-6500 during hours of operation Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm.
More information can be found here.
The State of California
The State of California has launched a webpage linked here targeted at businesses and employers to provide information on several assistance programs, including small business interest free deferral of sales/use tax up to $50,000 for businesses with less than $5 million in taxable sales, 90 day extension on all businesses filing a return for less than $1 million in taxes and California Small Business Loan Guarantee Program (via IBank).
The page also links to Federal small business stimulus programs such as the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance, Paycheck Protection Program and Small Business Debt Relief.
Retired Doctors and Medical Students to Help with COVID-19
Governor Gavin Newsom is asking retired doctors and medical students to help with the anticipated surge of coronavirus cases. His Executive Order can be found here.
To meet this moment sign up for the California Health Corps here.
Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the “Stay Home. Save Lives. Check In.” campaign urging Californians to help combat social isolation and food insecurity among Californians who are over the age of 65 – a community that is uniquely vulnerable to COVID-19.
The Governor also announced the creation of a statewide hotline — 833-544-2374 — in coordination with the non-profit local 2-1-1 systems, so that Californians have a one-stop shop to answer their questions and get assistance during this crisis.
For example, the 2-1-1 system is able to help older Californians access grocery and medication delivery while staying at home.
More information about this program can be found here.
United States of America Federal Government
SBA Loan Program/Paycheck Protection Program
A new SBA loan program, The Paycheck Protection Program, is designed to help small businesses with their payroll and other business operating expenses.
It will provide critical capital to businesses without collateral requirements, personal guarantees, or SBA fees – all with a 100% guarantee from SBA.
All loan payments will be deferred for six months.
Most importantly, the SBA will forgive the portion of the loan proceeds that are used to cover the first eight weeks of payroll costs, rent, utilities, and mortgage interest.
The Paycheck Protection Program is specifically designed to help small businesses keep their workforce employed.
The new loan program will be available retroactive from Feb. 15 2020 so employers can rehire their recently laid-off employees through June 30 2020.
Visit SBA.GOV/CoronaVirus for more information on the Paycheck Protection Program.
Dana Point Parking Restrictions
The entire list of parking restrictions across the City is as follows:
Coast Highway from Doheny Park Road to Palisades/Beach Road – Ocean Side Only
Lantern Bay Park Parking Lot and Street Parking on Park Lantern (Uphill Direction Only – West Side)
Selva Road, Ocean Side, Adjacent to Strand Beach Parking Lot
Dana Strand Road, Inland Side, Adjacent to Switchback Trail (restricted section at the top to allow resident parking)
Ritz Carlton Drive adjacent to Salt Creek, Both Sides
Community Center Parking Lot, Closed with Traffic Control
Heritage Park Parking Lot– Old Golden Lantern
Dana Point Harbor – All Parking on the Island
Dana Point Harbor Drive – All parking along entire length in Harbor
Harbor Commercial lots open for essential employees and Grab-N-Go restaurant service only
Monarch Beach Golf Course Parking Lot
Dana Point Library Parking Lot
Capistrano County Beach – No Stopping Anytime Zone at Turnaround – Parking Lot is Closed.
Santa Clara from Blue Lantern to Green Lantern
Blue Lantern from PCH to Cul-de-Sac, Both Sides and Perpendicular Parking
Old Golden Lantern from Heritage Park Parking Lot to Alley South of Del Prado, Both Sides
Amber Lantern from Santa Clara to the End
Golden Lantern Both Sides from Del Prado to DP Harbor Drive
Del Obispo from Village Road to PCH, Both Sides
Village Road from Del Obispo to Curve
County Beach Parking Lots
State Beach Parking Lot
Limited parking on Stonehill east of Niguel
Road Closures – Resident access only (if applicable)
Westbound Dana Point Harbor Drive is closed at the Baby Beach Turnaround; No Traffic is allowed west of that location
Southbound Green Lantern is closed at Santa Clara and Scenic Drive/Green Lantern are closed – Residents Only
Westbound Santa Clara is closed at Blue Lantern
Cove Road is closed in both directions
Blue Lantern closed south of Santa Clara
Heritage Park Parking Lot
Amber Lantern at Santa Clara (To Cul-de-Sac at Overlook)
Dana Point Facility Closures
Nature Interpretive Center
Trails at Harbor Point Park (off Scenic Drive)
Trails at Hilltop Park (Off Scenic Drive, Green Lantern and Shoreline)
Switchback Trail off Dana Strand
Dana Point Community Center
City Restrooms at all Parks and Facilities
Dana Cove Beach – Accessed adjacent to the Ocean Institute.
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.
Mouton Niguel and South Coast Water District want to assure residents that our water is safe and reliable. Water quality and supply have not been affected by the coronavirus (COVID -19).
San Diego Gas & Electric (SDGE)
SDG&E has suspended disconnections for nonpayment until further notice.
They have also implemented a number of tools to help customers online
So Cal Gas
SoCalGas is working with residential customers on bill payment and small businesses by waiving late payment fees. They also have tips to save energy. Learn More at SoCalGas.
Cox has temporarily adjusted its Cox Solutions Store hours in California as residents are directed to stay at home amid the coronavirus pandemic.
As an essential business that provides critical communications services, Cox Solutions Store locations will stay open from 10:00am to 4:00pm on Monday through Friday to serve customers.
Stores will remain closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
To learn more Visit Cox Online.
Dana Point Additional Online Resources During the COVID-19 Pandemic
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.
SouthOCBeaches is trying their best to bring you any and all updates/revisions/corrections as soon as the information becomes available