Updated Information on Coronavirus Disease
The COVID-19 Crisis continues to be a dynamic situation with information, orders and guidance from the State of California and the County of Monterey changing daily.
The State of California has launched covid19.ca.gov a new comprehensive website dedicated to COVID-19 and its impacts. The County of Monterey continues to maintain and update resources on the website as well.
Monterey County Health Officer Issues Mandatory Face Covering Order
Effective April 30,2020, Monterey County residents are required to wear a face covering when going out into the public to perform essential activities, except under certain circumstances. Click here for more information.
Monterey County Health Officer Dr. Edward Moreno has also issued two orders. The first Shelter in Place order effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020, ordering residents to shelter in place to restrict the spread of COVID-19 in the community. On April 3, Dr. Moreno Reissued the Shelter in Place order added restrictions. These include:
- The new order adds some clarifying language around essential business and activities, as well as some new directives, including:
- Use of playgrounds, dog parks, public picnic areas, and similar recreational areas is prohibited. These areas must be closed to public use.
- Use of shared public recreational facilities such as golf courses, tennis and basketball courts, pools, and rock walls is prohibited. These facilities must be closed for recreational use.
- Sports requiring people to share a ball or other equipment must be limited to people in the same household
- Requires essential businesses to develop a social distancing protocol before April 3
- Most construction—residential and commercial—is prohibited
- Funerals limited to no more than 10 people attending
- Essential businesses expanded to include service providers that enable residential transactions (notaries, title companies, Realtors, etc.); funeral homes and cemeteries; moving companies, rental car companies and rideshare services that specifically enable essential activities
- Essential businesses that continue to operate facilities must scale down operations to their essential component only
Dr. Moreno also advises residents to continue to follow strict physical distancing, which means staying at least 6 feet from others. For example, while it is necessary to go to the grocery store for essential needs, it should not be a family or friend group outing. One family member only should enter the store to shop. Spend the least amount of time in a grocery store, prepare a list of items needed ahead of time in order to speed up your time inside. Similarly, we know it’s important to go outside for fresh air and exercise. This should be done without stopping to talk to others. Stay in your own neighborhoods for walks or biking. Parks and beaches are places where keeping a safe distance is difficult.
When going to the store:
- Make a grocery list ahead of time
- Decide on one person to go, or only one person who would leave the car.
- Maintain your distance of 6 ft in any lines entering or when checking out.
- When arriving home, leave bags outside, bring food inside and wipe down
- Wash your hands
The community can continue to support our local businesses while complying with the Shelter In Place Order by purchasing goods online or by phone for delivery, attending virtual classes and services provided online, purchasing gift cards for future use by phone or online, ordering take out or delivery food service, and participating in social media to continue to promote and support our local business community.
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Mayor Delgado and City Manager Layne Long issued a Local Emergency Proclamation to address COVID-19. Click here to view the Press Release. Ratification of this Proclamation will be considered by the City Council on March 17, 2020. The Proclamation announced actions to further the City’s COVID-19 public safety response, implementing citywide service changes and signing a proclamation of emergency. The goals of these service changes are to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community and limit exposure to our highest risk community members while maintaining a high level of support for the community and continuing essential City services.
Service Changes being implemented to slow the spread of COVID-19
Several service changes are implemented in response to the Stay at Home Order.
RECREATIONAL AND CULTURAL SERVICES
- All recreation programs are canceled.
- Senior Center, Teen Center, and Youth Center are closed.
MARINA PUBLIC LIBRARY
- Public Library and Community Rooms are closed.
- City Manager’s Office, Community Development Department, Public Works Department, and Finance Department are closed to the public. Please visit department web pages for more information.
- The Marina Fire Department is fully staffed and responding to calls for service.
- All public education programs suspended, including public fire station visits.
MARINA POLICE DEPARTMENT
- Police Services remain open for business with enhanced measures to minimize exposure.
PUBLIC CITY MEETINGS
The City has instituted Remote Meetings using the Zoom Application. Visit the Participate in Remote Meetings web page for more information.
Canceled or Postponed Community Events and Programs
At this time all events have been postponed or canceled during the Stay at Home Order.
Regular Actions the City is Taking
The City of Marina is continuing to closely monitor the Novel Coronavirus in close coordination with the Monterey County Public Health Department. In light of the County’s latest guidance, and for the safety of City employees and the community, the City of Marina is currently implementing the preventive measures listed below.
- All doors and handles are being disinfected regularly throughout City Hall facilities;
- Hold regular cross-departmental meetings to identify and implement further preventive measures;
- Adjusted gatherings to observe the County’s guidance for social distancing;
- Placed bottles of hand sanitizer at all public counters;
- Supplied staff and public counters with disinfectant wipes;
- Posted informational signage, concerning preventive actions to protect against and slow the spread of the virus, at all public counters;
- And continue to participate in briefings with the County Public Health Department.
Protect Yourself and Your Community
Please visit covid19.ca.gov.
Cover Coughs and Sneezes
- Cough and sneeze into a tissue, handkerchief, or sleeve.
- If you sneeze into a tissue, throw it away immediately and wash your hands with soap and warm water.
- Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hand. If you do, wash your hands immediately for a minimum of 20 seconds.
Clean Hands and Surfaces Regularly
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for a minimum of 20 seconds.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your face specifically your nose, mouth, and eyes.
- Avoid shaking hands.
- Disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as doorknobs, tabletops, counters, phones, keyboards, and light switches.
Stay Home When Sick
- Stay home and away from others when you are feeling unwell.
- If you have a cold, flu, or other viruses, you can prevent the spread of germs by wearing a mask.
- If you have symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, contact your doctor first before going in
- COVID-19 Economic Support
- Food for those in Need
- Help for Renters & Homeowners
- Watch Mayor Delgado Address the Residents & Businesses
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