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FRIDAY, JUNE 12, 2020

Additional Orange County Businesses Sectors Reopening Today

The acting County Health Officer has approved reopening of additional industries effective today, Friday, June 12.

Bars and wineries are able to reopen with modifications today.

Examples of Businesses Permitted to Reopen with Modifications Today:

Gyms and fitness centers are able to reopen today with modifications.

All businesses, industries, and entities listed on the State of California’s website at https://covid19.ca.gov/industry-guidance/ and at https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap-counties/ that re-open in Orange County as part of the various Stages of the State’s Resilience Roadmap shall post their corresponding industry-specific checklist at a location visible to the public at the public entrance of each property.

More announcements on additional industry sectors re-opening, including nail salons, tattoo parlors, aestheticians and more, are expected next week upon the release of State guidance for those sectors and authorization from the County Health Officer.

Face Coverings Mandatory in Laguna Beach Essential Businesses and Strongly Encouraged for All Businesses in City

All customers and workers of Essential Businesses in the City of Laguna Beach are required to wear face coverings at all times when inside the businesses to provide protection from the spread of COVID-19.

Any customer not wearing a face covering when entering an Essential Business should be refused service and asked to leave the premises. The City of Laguna Beach strongly encourages all other businesses open to the public within the City also require all customers and employees to wear face coverings while inside the business.

Face coverings are required to be worn at Laguna Beach Essential Businesses including:

  • Grocery stores
  • Pharmacies
  • Home improvement stores
  • Gas station convenience stores
  • Restaurants
  • Banks, savings and loans, credit unions
  • Construction sites

All residents of the City and of Orange County are strongly recommended by the Acting Orange County Health Officer to continue to wear face coverings over their nose and mouth outside their home whenever they are within six feet of another person who is not a family/household member.

“We strongly encourage all businesses in the City of Laguna Beach, whether essential or not, to continue to require all employees and customers wear face coverings to receive service,” said Laguna Beach City Manager John Pietig. “Wearing face coverings provides an additional layer of protection for everyone from the spread of COVID-19 in our community.”

“We continue to follow the guidance and requirements of the State and the County in respect to face coverings. They are still required in all essential businesses like grocery stores and pharmacies and strongly recommended everywhere else where you cannot physically distance from others,” said Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen.

“We are far from out of the woods on this pandemic and medical experts agree that face coverings will reduce the community spread of COVID-19. I urge residents and visitors to Laguna Beach to be smart, think of others and wear a face covering where you can’t physically distance. It’s a good idea for your own health and a small sacrifice to protect the health of others around you,” Whalen said.

Laguna Beach Community Pool to Open Monday

The City of Laguna Beach received the order from the County of Orange Health Officer and the Community Pool will reopen on Monday, June 15 for lap swim on a reservation-only basis.

City staff is making the necessary modifications and following the approved reopening procedure as we prepare the pool for reopening.

Swimmers will be able to sign up for a 45-minute lap swim reservation once per day and up to three days per week. Click the link below to make a reservation.

When arriving at the pool, staff will check-in all registered participants and conduct a health screening, including temperature check before patrons can begin swimming.

Restrooms will be available, but showers and changing facilities will be closed. Additionally, swimmers must bring their own pool equipment (ex. kickboards, pull buoys, etc.) with them.

If you have questions please contact Aquatics Coordinator Tierney Doran at tdoran@lagunabeachcity.net or (949) 497-0788.

Laguna Beach City Council Proclamation Expresses Solidarity Against Racism, Discrimination, Injustice and Hate

At its regular meeting Tuesday, the Laguna Beach City Council Unanimously Proclaimed:

We stand in solidarity with those protesting peacefully against racism, discrimination, injustice and hate;

We condemn racism, discrimination, injustice, hate and violence;

We support equality, freedom and the rights provided to all of us in the First Amendment;

We support inclusion, diversity, equal opportunity and the right of all individuals to seek and achieve his or her full potential without discrimination; and

We commit to examine our current practices and look for ways in which the City of Laguna Beach and our community can lead by example and do more to promote the fair and equal treatment of and respect for all persons residing in and visiting our community.

Laguna Beach City Council to Hold Meetings Virtually Through End of July

At its regular meeting Tuesday, the Laguna Beach City Council voted to keep holding its meetings virtually through July. At its July 28 meeting, the City Council will re-evaluate the situation and decide how to hold meetings going forward.

For detailed instructions on how you can participate in the upcoming June 16 meeting and to see the City Council Agenda, click the links below.

Hear Laguna Beach Mayor Whalen Talk About Next Week's Opening of The Promenade on Forest

In today's podcast update, Laguna Beach Bob Mayor Whalen discusses the upcoming ribbon cutting ceremony for the Promenade on Forest and the continuation of virtual City Council meetings.

The Laguna Beach City Council proclaimed Thursday, June 11 the Official 'Day of the Laguna Beach High School Senior.' Congratulations to the Laguna Beach Class of 2020!

Laguna Beach Small Businesses: Apply for Small Business Grant Relief up to $10,000!

The Small Business Grant Relief Program will support small businesses and organizations impacted by COVID-19 in Orange County District Five, which is the district for Laguna Beach.

Grants up to $10,000 will be available to eligible Laguna Beach small businesses and non-profits within the Fifth District.

Applications are open from June 19-June 23. For more information on eligibility, criteria and grant selection for the program, click the link below.

'Contactless Curbside Pick-up' at the Laguna Beach Library begins on Tuesday, June 16! For more information how the Curbside Pick-up works, go to the OC Public Libraries website at www.ocpl.org.

Upcoming Utility Pole Replacement Work

On Monday, June 15 through Thursday, June 18, between 8:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. nightly, Southern California Edison (SCE) will be replacing eight utility poles along El Toro Road between the SR-73 Toll Road and Laguna Canyon Road.

The northbound lane of El Toro Road will be blocked and flaggers will be used to direct traffic. No outages are required for this work.

For questions or concerns, please contact SCE’s Customer Service number at (800) 655-4555.

Laguna Beach Downtown Parking Deal of the Day! Parking lot 12, the Downtown parking lot adjacent to City Hall on Forest Avenue, currently offers a $3/day flat parking rate until June 26.
Clarification: The City’s share of sales tax is equal to 1% of total taxable sales, and 100% of that amount is deposited in the General Fund supporting City operations that include public safety services. While some City programs benefit the schools, the City does not provide direct funding for school operations.

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