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The health and safety of our community remains our top priority. The City of Escondido is actively taking measures to keep our community safe and to slow the spread of COVID-19. We are committed to following the Governor’s and the County Public Health Officer’s orders in a combined effort to keep our population healthy and safe while providing essential services to our residents.
- California governor issues statewide stay at home order effective March 19, 2020: Governor Gavin Newsom has issued a stay at home order to protect the health and well-being of all Californians and to establish consistency across the state in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. What does that mean? Find more information here.
- The County of San Diego Public Health Orders can be found here.
- Face coverings are required anytime you leave your home and come within 6 feet of a person who is not a household contact. More information about this Health Order can be found here.
- A Declaration of Local Emergency has been signed by Escondido City Manager Jeffrey Epp. As a result, the City is now able to enact emergency powers, as well as potentially gain access to federal and state relief funds. This declaration was ratified by the Escondido City Council on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.
- The City of Escondido’s Emergency Operations Center has been activated and is staffed to monitor the COVID-19 situation.
- Emergency services, including Fire Department and Police services, are fully operational.
San Diego County - Purple Tier
The state has lifted the Regional Stay Home Order for San Diego County. The County has returned to Tier 1, or Purple Tier, of the state's Blueprint for a Safer Economy.
Supporting Local Businesses
- The California Rebuilding Fund is a new program built to support California’s smallest businesses as they adapt, reopen, and recover from the effects of COVID-19. This program has been built in partnership with public, private, and nonprofit leaders across the state to ensure that California’s smallest businesses are able to access the resources and capital they need to get through these challenging economic times. More info here.
- Do you want to move your retail business outside? The City's Escondido Business Recovery Strategy sidewalk and parking area retail opportunity can help you do just that. Visit this link for more information.
To see what is currently open in the county click here
- Information, news, and resources for local businesses and workers can be found here.
- The Innovate78 cities (Carlsbad, Escondido, San Marcos, Oceanside & Vista) have put together information to help you respond to these issues for your business and employees. Any new or additional information will be posted on the Innovate78 website here, so check back frequently.
San Diego County Rental & Utility Assistance (for Escondido Residents)
San Diego County residents financially impacted by COVID-19 who need help paying their rent and utilities may qualify for assistance.
- Applications for the County of San Diego’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) 2021 can be submitted starting March 2, 2021 and will remain open until March 16, 2021.
- The County’s ERAP 2021 serves all areas of the San Diego region except for the cities of San Diego and Chula Vista. City of Escondido residents are eligible to apply for this County program.
- For more information on the County’s program, please visit www.sdhcd.org or call 858-694-4801 to speak to a housing representative.
City of Escondido Rental & Utility Assistance Program
*Coming Soon* City of Escondido's Rental & Utility Assistance Program will launch once the Governor lifts the Eviction Moratorium. Participation in the County's Rental & Utility Assistance program (see above) does not exclude Escondido residents from participating in the City's program. Check back for more details.
City Program and Facility Closures
City Parks and Open Spaces:
City of Escondido parks and open spaces are open in accordance with the County of San Diego Public Health Order. All parking lots are open and active recreation areas such as basketball, disc golf, and tennis courts are open.
- Fishing: Shoreline fishing is permitted at Lake Dixon. Facial coverings are required when purchasing a fishing permit and social distancing will be enforced.
- Fishing on the docks is open. 6 ft. spacing markers have been placed on the docks, facial coverings are required at all times.
- Boat Rentals: Due to staffing issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, rentals are suspended at this time.
- The climbing area at Eagle Peak is now open to registered climbers by permit only. You can find the permit here.
- Queen Califia’s Magical Circle is closed until further notice.
City Hall is open with the modifications listed below.
- Facial coverings are required at all times.
- Visitors are encouraged to show up individually to conduct business instead of sending a whole development project team, for example.
- Reminder: many City services can be accessed online: https://www.escondido.org/online-services.aspx
The Escondido Public Library is open with limited services:
- Library hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
- Library curbside pick-up hours are 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. on Wednesdays. For information on how curbside pickup works, visit www.escondidolibrary.org/curbside.
- No overdue fees will be charged at this time. All items can be returned in the outdoor book drops, located in the Library parking lot, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Items will be checked in after a 5 day quarantine period.
- The Friends Book Shop, Literacy Learning Center, and Pioneer Room remain closed. Donations are not being accepted at this time.
- Limited services include access to computers, printers and copiers, and WiFi.
- For assistance, call the Library at 760-839-4683 during open hours and select the menu option for the appropriate department. You can also text the Library at 442-777-3799 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit www.escondidolibrary.org
The Park Avenue Community Center
East Valley Community Center
- The following meetings will still happen but extra precautions will be put into place to protect the health of those participating:
- City Council Meetings
- Planning Commission Meetings
- Water from the City of Escondido is safe for drinking and other everyday uses. The City of Escondido’s water treatment system continues to function normally. Similar to the flu and the common cold, COVID-19 is not spread through treated water supplies. The Utilities Department takes great care to anticipate many types of emergencies and is prepared to put into action the steps needed to continue the rigorous process of treating and distributing water to our customers. The drinking water provided by the City of Escondido continues to be safe and reliable.
- Utility Billing: Given the importance of personal hygiene in preventing the spread of the COVID-19, we have suspended billing related service shutoffs. We will continue to evaluate this suspension period and remain in compliance with state orders. We have also suspended late fees and past due fees until further notice. If you’re experiencing a financial hardship, please email email@example.com and we will get back with you as soon as possible to make arrangements.
If you have experienced wage or job loss, United Way is in a position to provide economic resources to assist. As part of the San Diego Community Response Fund, United Way has started the San Diego Worker Assistance Initiative. For more information, please visit: https://uwsd.org/covid19/
California Volunteers: Learn about ways for Californians to help their community during these difficult times by visiting the California Volunteers website: serve.ca.gov
General COVID-19 Information
County of San Diego Housing Assistance
Utilities & Services
City News Releases Related to COVID-19