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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 Wednesday, May 27, 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.
- Beginning May 1, 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
The state has approved San Diego County
to move farther into Stage 2, allowing in-person customers at restaurants and retail businesses, with modifications. Businesses need to follow guidance, complete and post safe reopening plans.
- 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.
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 at 50% capacity and active recreation areas such as basketball, disc golf, and tennis courts are open for limited use by members of a single household only.
- Fishing: Shoreline fishing is is permitted. Facial coverings are required when purchasing a fishing permit and social distancing will be enforced.
- Full day boat rentals: hourly rentals will not be available for the time being. Camping is still closed at this time.
- 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.
All City facilities are closed with the following exceptions:
- Time sensitive services such as building plan approval, engineering design review, etc. can be done by appointment by calling:
- Many City services can be accessed online: https://www.escondido.org/online-services.aspx
- Community members who need to make cash utility billing payments should deposit them into the Utility Billing Drop Box located in the circle driveway at City Hall.
- 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.
- The Escondido Police and Fire Headquarters Lobby
- If you have a scheduled appointment please use the courtesy phone located at the entrance and a staff member will assist you.
- The Public Works Administration Lobby
- Staff is on-site during business hours to assist with time-sensitive business
- The Escondido Public Library
- All due dates have been extended and no overdue fees will accrue until further notice. The book drops have been locked outside the Library facility.
- 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 - May 26
Special Events/Recreation and Library Programming/Tournaments
The following events have been canceled until further notice:
All recreation and Library programming
Permitted special events
All outside City facility rentals
Youth and adult sporting events and tournaments
City organized volunteer events
ASES After School Program and Tiny Tots Preschool Program
- Thank you for doing your part to abide by the stay-at-home order and practice social distancing when you have to go out. We’ve put together a collection of virtual resources for health, wellness, and enrichment for all ages to keep you active and engaged from home at https://recreation.escondido.org/.
- Be on the lookout for virtual fitness videos from our Fitness Court Ambassadors and Partners on our Instagram page (@CityofEscondido)
- Escondido Public Library Virtual Programs
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.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
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