June 2: New rules start at beach and parks
The City of Del Mar is set to open its beaches, Powerhouse and Seagrove parks on Tuesday for sunbathing and relaxing with household members.
Requirements for face coverings and social distancing will remain in place.
On Thursday, County of San Diego officials announced that communities could open beaches for relaxation on June 2. To control the spread of COVID-19, area beaches had been reopened after weeks of closure for individual exercise only.
In Del Mar, beach and park rules align with County protocols. Face coverings are required whenever social distancing is not possible.
The tot lot at Powerhouse Park will remain closed but restrooms will reopen. At the parks and beach, ball games and Frisbee will remain off-limits. Starting Tuesday, surf fishing will be permitted.
Summer rules are in place for dogs.
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Del Mar Civic Center closed to the public
To reduce the spread of COVID-19, and in keeping with a statewide directive for residents to stay at home, the Del Mar Civic Center is closed to the public until further notice.
Members of the public can continue to call or email City Hall during normal business hours. Most City business – including paying utility bills or processing business licenses or permit applications – can be completed by phone or online.
Public Works after-hours emergency line: 858-756-1126
Pay utilities by phone or online
Call: 855-385-9410 (toll free)
In keeping with guidance from County and State authorities, all public gatherings are cancelled or restricted.
Basic prevention practices:
- Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly – for at least 20 seconds each time.
- If you feel sick, stay home (or go home if you start to feel ill during the workday). Inform your supervisor.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- If you need to cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose completely with a tissue or the inside of your elbow and look away from others.
- When you use tissues, immediately throw them in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- If you become ill and have reason to suspect COVID-19 (suspect contact with infected individual or have been in a location known to be experiencing community spread), call your health care provider before reporting to health care facility.
- If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that has 60% alcohol or higher.
- Don’t touch your face.
- No shaking hands. Simply give a “hi” sign and explain that you’re doing your part to prevent the spread of germs. People will understand.
City executives are prepared to activate Del Mar’s Continuity of Operations Plan, which identifies how essential services such as public safety, water, street maintenance and wastewater will continue without interruption if certain employees are unable to work. Within City departments, employees are cross-trained to perform the duties of colleagues.
The City also is prepared to activate its Emergency Operations Center if so directed by public safety authorities. In November, City staff members and public safety personnel activated the center for a half-day training exercise. At present, the County of San Diego has activated its Emergency Operations Center at the lowest level to support public health in the region.
Health emergencies are included in preparedness plans employed by Del Mar’s first responders and other City departments.
Del Mar officials participate in regular conference calls with the County of San Diego’s Health and Human Services Agency to track COVID-19 developments. HHSA, in cooperation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, monitors and responds to suspected cases in the region.
CDC guidance for seniors and at-risk groups
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID019 should stock up on supplies, stay home and take other basic precautions.
Water supply not threatened
Residents can be confident that coronavirus is not threatening the quality or supply of the Del Mar’s potable tap water.
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness and is not transmitted through treated water supplies but when people make contact with particles contained in respiratory droplets of an infected person. The virus can be airborne and also can be transmitted by making contact with contaminated surfaces such as door handles and counter tops.
But it doesn’t live in our drinking water. Throughout the region, public water supplies remain safe after robust treatment processes employed by local and regional water providers. The federal Environmental Protection Agency recommends that Americans consume tap water as usual.