Face mask education and enforcement program begins
To keep Del Mar as a safe place for all to enjoy, the City has launched a face mask education and enforcement program.
Flyers reference mask requirements in Public Health Orders
As part of its education effort, the City of Del Mar has produced flyers that remind of face mask requirements contained in County of San Diego Public Health Orders.
A notice issued to business owners includes links to download the flyers. The notice states:
"The health of residents, visitors, merchants and their employees is a top priority of the City Council. Our purpose is to send a clear message that the City of Del Mar takes public health orders very seriously so everyone can feel safe living, working and recreating in our community."
Fire Department launches self-inspection program for Del Mar businesses
In response to social distancing requirements and to minimize exposure to COVID-19, the Del Mar Fire Department has established a self-inspection program for fire safety at places of business.
The program meets State guidelines for annual fire inspections and allows businesses to maintain continuity of inspection records for the year 2020.
New operating hours for City offices
DEL MAR CIVIC CENTER
PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT
Rules at beach and parks
Visitors to City parks and beaches spread out towels and chairs, unfurl an umbrella and just, plain relax.
Requirements for face coverings and social distancing, however, remain in place.
Powerhouse and Seagrove parks are open. So are the City’s tennis courts at 21st and Court streets.
In Del Mar, beach and park rules align with County protocols. Face coverings are required whenever social distancing is not possible. Visitors should keep their distance from anyone who is not a household member.
The tot lot at Powerhouse Park remains closed but restrooms are open.
Surf fishing is 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, the Del Mar Civic Center is closed to the public for in-person business until further notice.
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.