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Laguna Beach COVID-19 community Update City of Laguna Beach, California

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 2020

City of Laguna Beach Commends County for Closing Parking Lots & Narrow Pedestrian Stairs/Access Points to Beaches to Slow Spread of COVID-19

Parking Lots to County Beaches, Parks and Trails are Now Closed.

On Tuesday, March 24, the Orange County Board of Supervisors took action to close public parking lots at all County beaches, trails and parks to slow the spread of coronavirus, effective immediately.

Affected South Laguna Beach locations include the closure of parking lots at Aliso Beach and the pedestrian stairs/access points to Thousand Steps Beach, Table Rock, Camel Point, West Street Beach and Treasure Island Beach.

The pedestrian stairs/access points to Thousand Steps Beach, Table Rock, Camel Point, West Street Beach and Treasure Island Beach are Closed.

The County parking lots at the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Nix Nature Center, James Dilley, Willow, and Big Bend are now closed. Restrooms, playgrounds, exercise equipment, and shelters at all County parks and beaches are also closed.

“The City of Laguna Beach sincerely thanks Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett for her efforts to ensure closure of parking lots and narrow pedestrian access points connected to our County beaches and parks to protect the public. These closures would not have happened without her leadership on this issue,” said Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen.

“Closing these access points will lessen overcrowded conditions at our local County beaches and trails, and help slow the spread of COVID-19.”

The City of Laguna Beach closed all City beaches, adjacent parks (including Main Beach, Heisler, Crescent Bay and Treasure Island Parks) and area trailheads Tuesday.

All City basketball, tennis and volleyball courts, along with all children’s playgrounds are also closed.

The state's stay at home order permits outdoor activity as long as a safe social distance of six-feet is maintained from people who are not part of the same household.

All City offices remain closed to the public. Essential services are provided.

For questions call (949) 497-3311 during regular business hours.

We offer some City Services online, like getting your Shopper's Parking Permit, renewing your Business License or paying a parking ticket.

Click the links below for applicable online City services.

Community Development Department Offers Limited Services

On March 19, Governor Gavin Newsom issued direction that all California residents stay at home unless participating in essential functions.

According to the state, construction workers who support the construction, operation, inspection, and maintenance of construction sites and construction projects (including housing construction) are considered part of “California’s Essential Workforce.”

While construction is allowed to continue at this time, we ask that builders be considerate of neighbors during this time while they are required to stay at home.

The Laguna Beach Community Development Department is offering limited services online and over the phone to support planning, zoning, and building activities in the City of Laguna Beach. Click the link below for more.

Street Sweeping Parking Enforcement Suspended at this Time

Until further notice, street sweeping parking enforcement is suspended throughout the City.

Additionally, the Quiet Zone parking enforcement program in the Woods Cove neighborhood is also suspended until further notice.

As you clean to fight the spread of coronavirus don't flush disinfecting wipes!

Throw them in the trash instead.

Grab & Go Meals and Resources Available for Seniors

Age Well is providing “Grab & Go” meals for seniors in need every Monday, Wednesday & Friday as needed. For more information call Age Well Senior Services at (949) 715-5462.

The County has announced the availability of resources and support for seniors over 60 who may be self-isolating during the COVID-19 outbreak in Orange County. For more information, call the Office on Aging Information Center at 1 (800) 510-2020.

Laguna Beach Trolley Drivers Helping Sally's Fund Provide Senior Services

A Trolley driver from the City of Laguna Beach is assisting Sally’s Fund with food pantry deliveries this week. We also plan to have one driver providing Trolley service for Sally’s Fund clients to Ralph’s on Friday.

Sally's Fund team members are shopping, running errands and providing transportation for seniors to doctor's appointments.

For more information on Sally's Fund services, call (949) 499-4100.

Mayor's State of the City Luncheon Postponed to August 19

Police Chief Laura Farinella, Mayor Bob Whalen and Mayor Pro Tem Steve Dicterow at the 2019 State of the City Luncheon. Photo Courtesy of Mary Hurlbut/Stu News Laguna.

The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce will host its annual State of the City Mayor's luncheon on Wednesday, August 19 from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm at the Montage Laguna Beach, 30801 South Coast Highway.

The luncheon is a great opportunity to get an up-close look at City activities. Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen and City officials will present their State of the City address.

Resources for Small Businesses

The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce has compiled a list of small business resources including information on the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. Click the link below for more information.

Local Restaurants Offering Takeout and Delivery

Though bars that serve food and all restaurants are closed to on-site public dining, they may still offer takeout and food delivery.

Social distancing of 6 feet of separation between persons must be maintained at all restaurants offering takeout.

Laguna Beach Farmer's Market Open Saturday

Updated state COVID-19 guidelines allow for the continued operation of certified farmers markets throughout the state of California.

Those guidelines include discontinuing samples, encouraging pre-bagging to expedite purchasing and spacing booths and patrons in accordance with state social distancing measures.

The Laguna Beach Farmer's Market will be open Saturday, March 28 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 noon in lot 11 of the Village Entrance located at the corner of Forest Avenue and Broadway.

Listen to Today's COVID-19 Podcast Update

Hear Laguna Beach Police Captain Rachel Johnson talk about slowing the spread of COVID-19.

This newsletter is texted out directly to residents registered for Laguna Beach’s Nixle Community Alert system.

Know someone or a senior who needs to sign up? Simply have them text 92651 to 888-777.

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Always Dial 9-1-1

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