Dana Point COVID-19 Community Updates Friday May 22 2020

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Dana Point COVID-19 Community Updates for Friday May 22 2020.

Dana Point City COVID-19 Update Newsletters will be on Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays

Check the Dana Point Facebook Page for the latest updates.

Dana Point COVID-19 Community Updates Friday May 22 2020

Dana Point City

Restaurants May Apply to Reopen with Patio Seating

The City of Dana Point has announced a new temporary permit for local restaurants to help them establish a safe, clean environment for workers and customers in compliance with the State’s COVID-19 guidance for business.
The intent of this temporary permit is to enable businesses to reopen, when authorized by the County and State, with the ability to modify operations but to also ensure compatibility with the community. Specifically, the temporary outdoor operating permit allows for outdoor seating on private property, in a private parking area, and/or in public right-of-way.
More information about this program can be found here.

Dana Point City Hall will be closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day 2020

Dana Point VFW Virtual Memorial Day Ceremony Monday May 25 2020

The Dana Point VFW will hold a virtual version of their annual Memorial Day ceremony.
This program will feature the “Boots and Rifle” ritual, Marine Color Guard and a special remembrance of U.S. Military Personnel who have made the ultimate sacrifice in combat operations during the past year.
It all starts at 10:00am on Monday May 25 2020.
You can watch it on Cox Channel 855 or on the The City of Dana Point YouTube Channel.

Dana Point City Council Approves Budget Adjustments Due to COVID-19 Impact
On May 19 2020, the City Council approved budget adjustments in compliance with City Financial Policies to close a $4 million reduction in City tax revenues caused by the impact of COVID-19 on the local economy.
The actions taken sought to minimize service impacts to the community, maintain a high level of public safety services and continue investment in capital improvement projects, while still maintaining fiscal reserves.

Dana Point Beaches Parking

Doheny State Beach, Strands Beach, Salt Creek Beach and Baby Beach have opened 50% of their parking areas.
Beach usage is limited to active recreation only.
For updated information on beach hours, active use provisions and beach parking in Dana Point, please click here.

Dana Point Chamber of Commerce Back in Business Toolkit

The purpose of the Toolkit is to help business owners get the information they need to safely and proactively prepare for reopening, and provide recommendations to put them on the best path of success.
The Toolkit contains printable posters and checklists to assist businesses as we move through the stages of reopening.

Dana Point COVID-19 Services and Resources Directory

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.

The County of Orange

County Submits Plan to the State For Stage 2 Opening Approval

The County has submitted a plan to the State to be approved to move further into Stage 2 which would allow for dine-in restaurants.
At the time of publishing this Community Update, we have not yet heard if the plan was approved.
We’ll post any updates on our Facebook page.

Resilience Roadmap OC

Many Orange County residents have been staying home and saving lives since the start of California’s stay-at-home order.
These efforts have allowed the state to move forward on the roadmap for modifying the statewide order. We are now moving into Stage 2, where some lower-risk workplaces can gradually open with adaptations. For a list of what is and what is not permitted View The Resilience Roadmap OC.
Before the County can move further into Stage 2, several criteria outlined by the state must be met. County Supervisors received a report on Orange County’s progress on these criteria yesterday at the Board of Supervisors meeting.
Several of the criteria are challenging for urban counties, such as Orange County, to meet.
Efforts to discuss the criteria with the state are underway by Orange County, and other urban counties such as Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego counties.

OC COVID-19 Testing Network

4 new sites have been added to the OC COVID-19 Testing Network, which offers PCR testing that identifies if a person is currently infected.
If you are symptomatic and cannot get tested through your doctor or do not have insurance, please visit www.ochealthinfo.com/covidtest to schedule an appointment.

The County of Orange is reporting COVID-19 Cases by City

The information can be found here.

Call OC Health Care Agency Health Referral Line

1(833)426-6411 for inquiries related to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Orange County, California.

The State of California

California is Developing Guidelines for Opening Places of Worship

On May 22 2020: The State is developing guidance for places of worship and that it would be released in the coming days.

California Connected: California’s Contact Tracing Program

Newly launched California Connected – California’s Contact Tracing Program and Public Awareness Campaign.
More about this campaign can be found here.

California State At Home Order Possibly Relaxing Restrictions

Governor Newsom made comments at his daily briefing on May 17 2020, about the stay at home order, and potentially relaxing that order to allow for in-store retail, hair salons and church services in the coming weeks.
While no date was announced for these activities, he emphasized that counties may fulfill updated criteria to move forward in Stage 2, but did not indicate if Orange County was one of the “roughly 53” counties that will receive approval for broader reopening.

California Orders More COVID-19 Testing

The State has ramped up COVID-19 testing and is planning to work with pharmacists to collect test specimens and order tests. Read more about it here.

California Elections 2020 During COVID-19 Pandemic

In light of stay-at-home and physical distancing orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order on May 8 2020 to address upcoming local elections.
A copy of the Governor’s executive order can be found here.

The United States of American Federal Government

Places of Worship “Essential”
President Trump announced today that his administration is issuing guidance deeming places of worship “essential”.
The CDC has updated a number of guidance including travel, schools and childcare, and Interim Guidance for Communities of Faith.
Those can be found here.
CDC Interim Guidance for Communities of Faith Is Online


The House of Representatives passed the $3 trillion bill, dubbed the HEROS Act to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.
The bill now moves forward to the Senate.

CDC Cleaning and Disinfecting Reopening Guidance

The CDC has released Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes.
That information can be found here.
There is also guidance related to travel here.

Dana Point Parking Restrictions Updated May 18 2020

County owned Capistrano County Beach Parking Lot (closed for maintenance)
County’s Dana Point Library Parking Lot
Partial Restrictions (50%): County-owned Dana Point Harbor, Baby Beach, Strands, Salt Creek and Doheny State Beach parking lots.

Dana Point Facility Closures Updated May 18 2020

Nature Interpretive Center
Dana Point Community Center
Harbor Point Park (closed for maintenance)

Grocery Stores/ Market Hours Updated On May 18 2020

Most stores have returned to regular shopping 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.

Note: Masks are required in many stores, some do not allow personal shopping bags.

Grocery Stores/ Market Hours Updated: May 18

UPDATED information bold & underlined.

Most stores have returned to regular shopping 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.
Note: Masks are required in many stores, some do not allow personal shopping bags.

ALBERTSONS (Del Obispo, (949) 496-7900):
Please wear a mask. No personal shopping bags.
Seniors & those with disabilities/pregnant/compromised immune system: Daily, 6am-7am
Regular Store Hours: Daily, 7am-11pm

COSTCO (Doheny Park Rd, San Juan Capistrano, (949) 240-3558):
Masks are required.
LINE BYPASS: First Responders and Health Care Workers can bypass the line all day. Bring Work ID and Costco Membership Card; no guests.
Members are welcome to bring their children and up to two guests into the warehouse
Seniors* 60yrs+ & those with physical disabilities: Mon-Fri, 9am-10am
Regular Store Hours: Mon-Fri, 10am-8:30pm; Sat, 9:30am-6pm; Sun, 10am-6pm

GELSON’S (Monarch Bay Plaza, (949) 488-8147):
Masks are required; No personal shopping bags.
Seniors* 65yrs+: 7am-8am
Regular Store Hours: 8am-9pm

RALPH’S (Lantern District, (949) 661-4145, and Ocean Ranch, (949) 661-6334)
Please wear a mask. Bag your own personal bags.
Seniors* 60yrs+ and those considered high risk: 6am-7:30am
Regular Store Hours: 7:30am – Midnight

SMART & FINAL (Doheny Park Rd, (949) 240-4641):
Masks are required. Bag your own personal bags.
Seniors* 65yrs+, those with disabilities and expectant mothers: Tue/Thu, 6am-8am
Regular Store Hours: 6am-11pm

STATER BROS (Camino de los Mares, San Clemente, (949) 496-8283):
Please wear a mask. Bag your own personal bags.
Seniors* 65yrs+ priority access: Tue/Fri: 7am-8am
Regular Store Hours: 7a-11p

SPROUTS (550 Camino de Estrella, San Clemente, (949) 542-1036):
Regular Store Hours: 7am-10pm

TRADER JOES (Ocean Ranch (949) 493-8599 and Camino de los Mares (949) 240-9996)
Please wear a mask. No personal shopping bags.
Seniors expedited line: 8am-9am
Regular Store Hours: 9am-8pm

Safe Water
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 Communications
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

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 Emergency State at Home Order March 19 2020

California Department of Public Health (COVID-19) Information is Online

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (COVID-19) Information is Online

World Health Organization (WHO) COVID-19 Online Site

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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