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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.

General Updates - Updated Monday, September 21, 2020

  • 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.
Supporting Local Businesses 
  • Do you want to move your business outside? The City's Escondido Business Recovery Strategy sidewalk and parking area dining and retail opportunity can help you do just that. Visit this link for more information.
  • The City of Escondido has reduced the travel lanes on Grand Avenue between Maple Street and Juniper Street in order to allow restaurants to create temporary outdoor dining locations. Traffic will be limited to one travel lane in each direction with the other lane serving as parking.
  • The state has approved San Diego County to re-open many businesses, industries, and retail establishments. 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.
Eviction Moratorium
City Program and Facility Closures
City Parks and Open Spaces:

City of Escondido parks and open spaces are open in accordance with the new 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. 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. 
  • Full day boat rentals: hourly rentals will not be available for the time being. 
  • The climbing area at Eagle Peak is now open to registered climbers by permit only. You can find the permit here
  • Play structures will remain closed at all parks per the County order.
  • Queen Califia’s Magical Circle is closed until further notice.
City Facilities:
 
City Hall is reopened 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.
  • Due to COVID-19 and the City’s efforts to increase efficiency and to serve customers both online and in-person, City Hall will close to in-person customers at 3 p.m. until further notice
    • Utility Billing will continue accepting cash payments through the Walk-Up Utility Billing Window Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    • City employees will remain on duty until 5:30 p.m. to serve customers online.
    • If you would like to make an appointment after 3 p.m. - please call or email to check availbility:
    • Appointments are required for conducting business with the following departments:
      • City Council - 760-839-4638
      • City Manager's Office - 760-839-4631
      • Human Resources - 760-839-4643
      • City Clerk's Office - 760-839-4617
      • City Attorney's Office - 760-839-4608
  • Reminder: many City services can be accessed online: https://www.escondido.org/online-services.aspx
The Escondido Public Library is now open with limited services:
  • Library hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Holds can be picked up on the self-service shelves during Library open hours. Additionally, curbside pickup service for holds will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., and Wednesdays from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. For information on how curbside pickup works, visit www.escondidolibrary.org/curbside.  
  • 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.
  • Patrons are able to browse the stacks and check out books, audiobooks, and DVDs. All in-person programs have been suspended, but many regular programs such as book clubs and story-times are being held online. Visit www.escondidolibrary.org/digital for a full schedule of virtual events.
  • All persons inside the Library are required to wear a mask covering the nose and mouth and maintain six feet of physical distance. Hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes will be available, and a professional cleaning crew will clean the Library twice per day.
  • All checked out materials can be returned 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week at the outdoor book drops, located in the Library parking lot. All returned materials are quarantined for at least five business days. No overdue fees will be charged until January 1, 2021.
  • 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 library@escondidolibrary.org. For more information, visit www.escondidolibrary.org
The Park Avenue Community Center
  • The Senior Nutrition Program will remain in place with the following adjustments:
    • Senior Nutrition has transitioned to delivery and pick-up of meals only. Meals will be available for pick-up at the Park Avenue Community Center and are free for current Senior Nutrition participants 60 and over. To RSVP for meal delivery call: 760-839-4803.
East Valley Community Center
  • The following activities are currently paused:
    • Open Gym
    • Indoor fitness-based recreation programs
Recreation
Public Meetings
  • 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
Additional Information
  • 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 ubcustomerservice@escondido.org 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.
Helpful Resources
General COVID-19 Information
Education Resources
Utilities & Services
Food Distribution