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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2020

UPDATE: State Delays Start of Stay at Home Order Restrictions to 11:59 p.m. Sunday

A Regional Stay at Home Order for the Southern California Region was issued today, Saturday, December 5. The State has delayed the start of the Stay at Home Order restrictions to 11:59 p.m. Sunday, December 6.

The Order is a result of the Southern California Region's Intensive Care Unit (ICU) bed capacity falling below 15%. ICU Bed availability is now 12.5% in the Southern California Region. The current ICU capacity in Orange County is 18.1%.

Restrictions of the Regional Stay at Home Order Now Take Effect at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, December 6.

The Order Will Remain in Effect for at Least 3 Weeks.

After 3 weeks, it will be lifted when a region’s projected ICU capacity meets or exceeds 15%. This will continue to be assessed on a weekly basis after the initial 3 week period. Learn more about the Regional Stay at Home Order HERE.

The Following Restrictions Take Effect as of 11:59 p.m. Sunday, December 6:

  • No gatherings with those outside your household
  • No non-essential travel
  • Closure of restaurants for indoor or outdoor dining – only takeout will be allowed
  • Closure of bars, wineries, breweries, distilleries
  • Closure of nail, hair salons, barbers, other personal care services
  • Closure of indoor and outdoor playgrounds
  • Closure of indoor recreation facilities
  • Closure of museums, zoos, aquariums
  • Closure of family entertainment centers
  • Closure of cardrooms
  • No theme parks/amusement parks
  • No live audience sports

Allowed to Stay Open Under Regional Stay at Home Order With Masks and Physical Distancing:

  • Non-urgent healthcare, including dentists, optometrist
  • Schools already open
  • Childcare and Pre-K
  • Stores and shopping centers at 20% capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking
  • Offices: remote except for critical operations where remote is not possible
  • Churches, temples, mosques: outdoor only
  • Critical infrastructure and services (water, power, government)
  • Parks, trails, beaches, other outdoor recreation

A Message to the Community from Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen

Dear Laguna Beach Residents,

I know that it is discouraging to many to hear about another Stay at Home Order -especially during the holiday season. I also realize that this order puts a heavy burden on our already stressed local businesses. But I strongly urge you to do your best to comply with the order.

The number of cases and hospitalizations have reached their highest levels since the pandemic began and are expected to go higher. At the end of this week we reached a level in the United States where two people are dying every minute from COVID-19. That is a truly sobering statistic.

There are many rules about what is open and what is closed and it is confusing to follow it all. I get that. To keep it simple, the best advice that I can give is the same advice we have heard from many of the medical professionals-- stay at home as much as you can, avoid contact with those outside your household and wear a mask whenever you are outside of the house and in close proximity to others.

In Laguna, let’s pull together as a community as we always do in times of crisis. Let’s support our local restaurants by ordering takeout and our local merchants by ordering online. Let’s keep ourselves and our neighbors safe by wearing a mask whenever we have to be out. Let’s keep healthy by getting outdoors for some exercise and relief from stress.

In this season of good cheer I want to end on a note of optimism. The County Health Officer reported this morning that the first vaccines are scheduled to be received by the County in mid-December assuming Food and Drug Administration approval next week for emergency use. He also expects the vaccine to be widely available in the County by the end of March.

This pandemic will not go on forever and life will return to normal. Let’s hunker down now knowing that better days are ahead.

My best wishes go out to all of you for a safe and healthy holiday season!

Bob Whalen, Laguna Beach Mayor

If you would like get tested for COVID-19, FREE testing is available. Click HERE for all Orange County COVID-19 Testing Resources.

Outside Activity Encouraged Under New Stay at Home Order

Yes! You can go outside for walks and active recreation under the new Stay at Home Order but won’t be able to do so in groups. You should wear a face covering whenever you are outside your home and maintain a six-foot separation from all persons except for family members.

City Beaches are Open

Beaches are open for you to enjoy swimming, surfing, sunbathing, running and walking! Group gatherings and athletic competitions are not allowed and will be dispersed by Beach Patrol Officers. Social distancing and face covering guidelines are to be observed whenever possible.

City Parks, Trailheads & Tennis Courts are Open

City Parks, Trailheads & Tennis/Pickleball Courts are open under normal operating hours for active recreation while adhering to face covering & social distancing guidelines. Group gatherings and group sports - like tennis doubles - are not allowed.

All City basketball and volleyball courts remain closed.

Signs will be posted at City Trailheads reminding of social distancing guidelines.

City Pool is Open for Individual Lap Swim

The Laguna Beach City Pool is open for individual lap swim on a reservation-only basis. Click HERE to sign up or Contact Tierney Doran, Aquatics Coordinator for more information during regular business hours at (949) 497-0788 or tdoran@lagunabeachcity.net.

City Playgrounds Will Be Closed Monday

All City playgrounds will be closed as of Monday, December 7 per the Regional Stay at Home Order.

All Laguna Beach City offices remain open to the public during regular business hours with existing safety protocols in place.

City Hall Hours M-Th: 7:30 - 5:30; Every other Friday: 7:30 - 4:30; Every other Friday: Closed.

Questions? Call (949) 497-3311 during business hours.

All Laguna Beach Public Safety Departments are Fully Operational and Responding to Calls

If You Have an Emergency, Always Dial 9-1-1

The Laguna Beach Police Department lobby is limited to one guest at a time; use the intercom at lobby door to speak to personnel or call (949) 497-0701 and press "1" for entrance.

New Safety Precautions in Place at the Promenade on Forest

Due to the Regional Stay at Home Order prohibiting outdoor dining, all tables, chairs and umbrellas will be removed from dining and retail display decks at the Promenade on Forest and at all outdoor dining Parklets.

Retail stores will be operating at reduced capacity under the Regional Stay at Home Order. Please observe circulation plans and social distance if waiting in line to get into stores.

A security officer will remain at the Promenade on Forest to encourage mask compliance, social distancing and to discourage gatherings of any kind in the Promenade area.

All upcoming entertainment at the Promenade has been suspended until further notice.

Mask Up, Laguna Beach! Our Laguna Beach Mask Advisors are handing out FREE masks to those who need them throughout the City and Downtown area on weekends.
Go to www.thinklagunafirst.org for details!

Local Restaurant Takeout and Delivery Encouraged

Local restaurants like Active Culture are ready to provide takeout and delivery! Cover photo: "Christmas Style" burrito from the Coyote Grill.

Under the new Regional Stay at Home Order, all restaurants and bars that serve food are closed to on-site indoor or outdoor public dining but may still offer takeout and food delivery.

The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce has created a resource of local food takeout and delivery options from local restaurants, at the link below!

All food picked up from local restaurants must be consumed at home. Please do not consume your food on benches, sidewalks, street areas or while standing outside the restaurant.

City Provides Curbside Pickup Spaces to Support Local Businesses

To help our local businesses, the City of Laguna Beach has designated select metered parking spaces as Curbside Pickup locations.

Curbside Pickup locations will offer free 10-minute parking for shoppers to patronize curbside pickup service at local restaurants and businesses.

Sawdust Festival and Farmer's Market to Remain Open with Modifications

Under the new Regional Stay at Home Order, the Laguna Beach Sawdust Festival and weekly Farmer's Market will be allowed to continue, with enhanced safety protocols, masks, physical distancing and reduced capacity limits.

The Laguna Beach Farmer's Market is open every Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in Lumberyard Parking Lot 12 located at 521 Forest Avenue.
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