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April 1: San Diego Food Bank hosting drive-through distribution Friday at fairgrounds

San Diego Food bankThe San Diego Food Bank is hosting a drive-through, emergency food distribution starting at 10 a.m. Friday, April 3, at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard. To meet social distancing guidelines, volunteers at the “no touch” event will place boxes of food directly into the trunks of the first 1,000 vehicles to arrive. Recipients must verbally verify that they are eligible to receive the assistance.

Open the San Diego Food Bank’s Emergency Food Distribution notice

Members of Del Mar’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) are scheduled to volunteer.

Learn about volunteering for the San Diego Food Bank

March 31: Cases in region reach 734

county sealPublic health officials repeated their call for physical distancing as confirmed COVID-19 cases in San Diego County reached 734, up by 131 since yesterday in the largest one-day climb since officials the tracking of local data began March 7. The death toll has reached 9.

Officials also confirmed cases among cruise ship passengers and crew members summarized the measures officials being taken locally to address the pandemic.

Open the County notice

Open the County of San Diego’s daily reports:

Bar Graph of New and Total COVID-19 Cases in San Diego County by Date Reported

Summary of County of San Diego COVID-19 Cases by City of Residence

Map of Cases by City of Residence

Summary of County of San Diego COVID-19 Cases that Required Hospitalization

March 30: Guidelines issued for building permits and plan checks
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As Del Mar expands its capacity to conduct business remotely, the Planning Department has issued guidelines for initiating building permit applications and plan checks. In both cases, applicants are directed to email a request to Planning@delmar.ca.us or call 858-755-9313. 

To inquire on the status of an existing plan check or building permit, call 858-720-4450.

Until further notice, the submittal of building permit applications and plan checks, as well as final issuance of building plan approvals and building permit, will be provided only in electronic format.

Open the Conducting City Business During COVID-19 webpage

March 30: New orders restrict cruise ships

county sealTwo new public health orders restrict cruise ships from docking in San Diego, public health officials announced today.

During the County of San Diego’s daily briefing, officials announced that one of the orders prohibits docking except for refueling and resupplying. The other permits passengers and crew members to disembark only with the approval of the Public Health Officer.

Also, today officials announced total positive cases for San Diego County had reached 603 – up 84 from yesterday.

The following reports reflect data as of this afternoon:

Bar Graph of New and Total COVID-19 Cases in San Diego County by Date Reported

Summary of County of San Diego COVID-19 Cases by City of Residence

Map of Cases by City of Residence

Summary of County of San Diego COVID-19 Cases that Required Hospitalization

March 29: County of San Diego data

county sealTotal positive cases of COVID-19 in San Diego County reached 519, according to data released today.

The following reports reflect data as of this afternoon:

Bar Graph of New and Total COVID-19 Cases in San Diego County by Date Reported

Summary of County of San Diego COVID-19 Cases by City of Residence

Map of Cases by City of Residence

Summary of County of San Diego COVID-19 Cases that Required Hospitalization

March 28: Beaches and parks remain closed

closed beach signAll City of Del Mar beaches, beach access points, bluffs, Powerhouse Park, Seagrove Park and areas adjacent to the San Dieguito River remain closed to protect public health and promote safe social distancing during COVID-19. Last weekend -- two days after Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a March 19 Executive Order for all Californians to stay at home -- sunny weather attracted great numbers of visitors to Del Mar’s beaches and parks.  While many of the visitors practiced safe social distancing -- staying at least six feet apart from people who are not in the same household -- many others clustered into groups. 

Today, on the first weekend day of the closure, the beach was all but empty.

Open full story

March 28: County reports COVID-19 deaths at seven as public health order is extended

county sealA man in his 80s with existing medical conditions has died from COVID-19 as the County’s death toll climbs to seven, health officials reported today. Confirmed cases climbed by 71 to reach a total of 488.

During the County’s daily press briefing, officials also announced that a public health order mandating the closure of non-essential businesses, which was set to expire March 31, would be extended until further notice.

Open the County News Center article

March 27: 25-year-old San Diego County man with no underlying health conditions dies of COVID-19

county sealThree additional residents of San Diego County, including a 25-year-old man with no underlying health conditions, have died of COVID-19, County of San Diego officials announced during a news conference today. The fatalities reported today also include a man in his mid-50s and a second man in his early 80s. The County has logged a total of six deaths from COVID-19.


March 27: Governor bans enforcement of evictions

California state sealGov. Gavin Newsom today banned the enforcement of eviction orders for renters affected by COVID-19 through May 31, 2020. The executive order prohibits landlords from evicting tenants for nonpayment of rent and prohibits the enforcement of evictions by police agencies or courts. Under the executive order, tenants must declare in writing no more than seven days after rents comes due of their inability to pay all or part of their rent as a result of COVID-19.

Open the executive order (PDF)

March 27: County graphic shows the power of social distancing

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March 26: CERT volunteers to survey residents

CERT in fieldStarting tomorrow, the City of Del Mar is dispatching members of its Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) into neighborhoods to gather information about residents’ possible exposure to COVID-19 and to gain an understanding of their basic needs. The CERT volunteers will begin working from door to door. To better identify themselves, they will wear Disaster Relief Worker identification cards, CERT vests and helmets, as well as personal protective equipment. Volunteers will not enter dwellings and will remain at least six feet away from residents.

Open full story


March 26: Third local COVID-19 death reported

county sealA third San Diego County resident has died from COVID-19, officials announced during a news conference today. Public health officials made the announcement as the number of San Diego County residents testing positive for COVID-19 continues to climb. As of 5 p.m. today, total positive cases numbered 341. 

County officials repeated that COVID-19 testing remains limited and not everyone needs to be tested.

Open County News Center article

Open the County’s COVID-19 case summary

Open the County’s COVID-19 Cases by City of Residence Report

March 25: Community Connections collecting goods for seniors

DMCC logoDel Mar Community Connections is collecting hand sanitizer, hand soap, paper towels, toilet paper, disinfectant products and tissues for distribution to seniors. If you can spare any of these items, please leave them in the marked bin at the Del Mar Community Building, 225 9th Street, during regular business hours. 

Open the Del Mar Community Connections website


March 25: Deadline extended for housing survey

Housing logo squareIn light of meeting cancellations and other interruptions tied to COVID-19, the deadline to participate in a City housing survey has been extended to April 20. Responses to the electronic survey will help shape Del Mar’s Housing Element Update.

Open the Housing Element Update Survey


March 25: Hungry? Open the DMVA guide and make an order

pizzaA number of Del Mar’s eateries are filling orders for take-out or deliveries. Find them in Del Mar Village Association’s guide to restaurants and other retailers that remain open for business. DMVA updates the guide every day. Satisfy your appetite while supporting our merchants.

Open the Del Mar Village Association guide


March 24: Limited building inspections to resume

city seal SQUAREBuilding inspections are set to resume tomorrow as long as the work to be inspected is within an unoccupied building or in an outdoor area. Inspectors will have the discretion to postpone any inspection deemed unsafe. 

Inspections will be offered by appointment only.

Open City of Del Mar Guidelines for Building Inspections During COVID-19 (PDF)


March 24: County logs 242 positive COVID-19 test results, two deaths

county sealThe County of San Diego, in cooperation with federal and state agencies and the local healthcare community, monitors and tests for the COVID-19 virus in the region. As of March 24, the County has logged 242 positive test results and two deaths. The County also presents cases by city of residence.

Open the County’s COVID-19 case summary

Open the County’s COVID-19 Cases by City of Residence Report

March 23: City immediately closing beaches and parks

beaches closed signEffective immediately, all City of Del Mar beaches, beach access points, bluffs, Powerhouse Park, Seagrove Park, and areas adjacent to the San Dieguito River will be closed to the public to facilitate maintaining six feet of safe social distance between people who are not in the same household.

The City of Del Mar continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and take appropriate actions to prevent its spread. Recent sunny weather has attracted high volumes of people to Del Mar’s parks and beaches.

By order of Gov. Gavin Newsom, all California residents must stay at home except for essential outings to get food, health care, care for a relative or friend or go to an essential job. Newsom’s order permits outdoor activity as long as a distance of six feet is maintained from people who are not part of the same household. 

Although many citizens are practicing safe social distancing, the increased number of people gathering on Del Mar beaches and in adjacent parks heightens opportunities for community spread of coronavirus. In addition, high-touch surfaces such as play structures, benches and railings at public parks could potentially be a source of spread of the virus. Closing these areas is a prudent measure to protect the public.

Del Mar has closed its beaches and parks in close collaboration with neighboring cities that have taken similar steps and recognize the importance of a consistent approach. 

The closures follow a March 24 order of the County Health Officer authorizing local jurisdictions to close beaches and parks if social distancing cannot be enforced.

Open the Amended Order of the Health Officer (PDF).

While practicing social distancing protocols, the City of Del Mar continues to provide essential services to residents and businesses as part of a comprehensive COVID-19 response.

Learn more at: www.delmar.ca.us/covid19

March 23: County offers tips for coping during COVID-19

county sealMore than ever, it’s important to take care of yourself mentally as well as physically. 

The County of San Diego’s Crisis Line is staffed 24/7: 888-724-7240. 

Behavioral health experts recommend the following coping tips:

  • Maintain meal, exercise and bedtime routines;
  • Connect with others by safely using technology;
  • Stay informed but avoid too much news; and 
  • Share concerns with friends and family.

March 23: City launches Business Resources page; DMVA compiles guide

Sunset villageA number of Del Mar’s businesses are open for take-out or deliveries. To facilitate those operations, the City is issuing free Temporary Use Permits.  Meanwhile, the Del Mar Village Association has compiled a guide to businesses that remain open. DMVA updates the guide every day. Link to it and to government information for small business owners on Del Mar’s COVID-19 Business Resources webpage.

Open Del Mar’s COVID-19 Business Resources webpage


March 22: Official announces first death of San Diego County resident

county sealCounty of San Diego Public Health Officer Dr. Wilma Wooten announced today that a man in his early 70s who lived in San Diego County has died from COVID-19. She said the man was being treated in Santa Clara County after returning from travel to Hawaii. His death is the first of a San Diego County resident, the 25th in California and is one of 285 deaths in the United States, Wooten said.



March 22: State registry for healthcare volunteers

medical volunteerHealth care professionals and emergency medical responders can make themselves available as volunteers through the Disaster Healthcare Volunteers website. The State-operated registry is open to healthcare providers with an active license, public health professionals or members of a medical response team.

Open the Disaster Healthcare Volunteers website


March 22: Free rides for people with essential needs

man in wheelchair getting rideA nonprofit transportation agency is providing free rides to local residents facing essential needs as defined by the State. Reservations can be made by calling Facilitating Access to Coordinated Transportation, or FACT: 888-924-3228.

Visit the FACT website


March 22: American Red Cross facing severe blood shortage, donors urgently needed

red cross logoAre you healthy, feeling well and eligible to give blood or platelets? 

As a result widespread blood drive cancellations tied to the coronavirus outbreak, the American Red Cross faces a severe blood shortage. As an emergency preparedness organization, the Red Cross takes steps to ensure the safety of its staff and donors. To donate, visit www.RedCrossBlood.org or call 800-RED CROSS.


March 21: Parks and beaches are open -- but practice social distancing

swingsetPublic health officials say it’s OK to recreate as long as you stay six feet away from other people. They also advise people to stay away from high-touch areas such as playgrounds and play structures. 



March 21: County officials repeat State order to stay home except for essential needs

county sealDuring a press briefing today, San Diego County public health officials repeated the order Gov. Gavin Newsom issued Thursday March 19 that Californians stay at home. County officials also clarified "critical infrastructure workers."

Open a video of the press briefing

Open the list of essential critical infrastructure workers (PDF)

Open the California public health order (PDF)

March 20: Del Mar firefighter tests positive for COVID-19

city seal SQUAREOn March 20, 2020, the Del Mar Fire Department was notified that a firefighter tested positive for COVID-19. The employee was asymptomatic while at work, however developed a fever at home and was tested for COVID-19. Due to the firefighter being asymptomatic at work, per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the employee presented a very low risk to any members of the public that the employee interacted with. The employee is currently quarantined at home and all CDC and local health official guidelines have been followed.  The City is conferring with the County Department of Health Services regarding notification of any individuals who may have been in contact with this employee during the course of work. 

Media Contact: Fire Chief Mike Stein, 760-633-2801

March 19: Governor issues stay-at-home order

California state sealGov. Gavin Newsom has ordered all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence, except as needed to maintain critical services.

Everyone is required to stay home except to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or go to an essential job. If you go out, keep at least six feet of distance from other people.

Open a copy of the executive order (PDF)

March 19: Humane Society adjusting hours, providing service by appointment only

dogIn an effort to remain open while keeping people and animals safe, San Diego Humane Society is adjusting its hours and providing services by appointment only. Spay and neutering services are suspended. To schedule an appointment for an adoption, relinquishment, vaccination, licensing or owner-requested euthanasia, call 619-299-7012.

Visit the San Diego Humane Society COVID-19 Emergency Updates webpage.


March 19: Libraries closed, curbside service discontinued

libraryThe San Diego County Library has issued the following notice for its branch library, which include Del Mar:

For your safety and the safety of our employees, all SDCL libraries are temporarily closed. Due dates will be extended until we reopen. No returns will be accepted. Curbside service is no longer available.

Click here to find specific information on operations. 

March 19: Subscribe to receive COVID-19 text message alerts

county sealTo receive County of San Diego text message updates for COVID-19, text COSD COVID19 to 468-311

If you have health-related questions or concerns, contact your healthcare provider.  For general questions about COVID-19 or information about community resources, call 2-1-1.



March 19: County bans gatherings of 10 or more people

county sealAs of today, the County of San Diego has banned gatherings of 10 or more people and is discouraging individuals from congregating in groups of any size.

The order from the Public Health Officer runs through March 31. It was updated with new restrictions starting today. The order could get updated again or extended.

The order states:

  • People can’t gather in groups of 10 or more people. If you can, don’t gather in groups of any size.
  • Practice social distancing. Keep at least six feet away from other people unless they’re family.
  • If you’re 65 or older, you should stay home.
  • If you have a chronic health condition, or if you are immuno-compromised, you should stay home.
  • Businesses must also practice social distancing and encourage employees to work from home if possible. They must also suspend requirements that employees provide doctors’ permission to stay home.

Open the Combined health officer orders with addendums (PDF)

March 19: Farmers market closed through May 31

Farmers MarketIn response to local restrictions on gatherings, the Del Mar Farmers Market is closed through at least May 31.

“The Del Mar Farmers Market cares deeply about the community it serves and the farmers and vendors it supports,” organizer Leslie Robson said in an email to subscribers. “We recognize that these are uncertain times but the health and well-being of all is of utmost importance. The Del Mar Farmers Market appreciates your consideration and looks forward to serving the community again hopefully sooner rather than later.”

March 18: A guide to restaurants and retailers that are open for business
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The Del Mar Village Association has compiled a guide to restaurants, retailers and service providers that are staying open through a combination of online or telephone ordering, deliveries and curbside pick-up. Despite closures and restrictions ordered by the County’s Public Health Officer, many businesses remain open. Thank you for supporting them!

Open the Del Mar Village Association Guide to Open Del Mar Businesses


March 18: Don’t flush disinfecting wipes or paper towels

Girl flushing baby wipesAs we rush to sanitize our environs, local and State wastewater managers are urging the public not to flush disinfecting wipes or paper towels down the toilet but to discard them in the trash.

The City’s Public Works Department warns that flushing wipes, paper towels and similar products can clog household plumbing and sewer systems. Even “flushable” wipes can clog sewer lines and lead to overflows at wastewater treatment facilities.

Wipes are a leading cause of sewer system backups; spills can contaminate our lagoons and the ocean.

During the COVID-19 outbreak, let’s keep door handles and other surfaces disinfected while keeping our sewer system free of back-ups.

Open the State Water Resources Control Board notice (PDF).

March 18: Free permitting for businesses to offer carry-out goods 

To assist our business community, the City of Del Mar is issuing free Temporary Use Permits to any restaurant or retail-related business that wishes to provide food, beverages or other goods to the public in a drive-through or carry-out manner. 

In response to County orders prohibiting on-site dining at eateries and restrictions at other establishments, the Temporary Use Permit allows businesses to continue providing goods and services to the public. The permit will remain valid throughout the duration of the Local Emergency proclaimed by the City Council on March 14, 2020, or until by further restrictions are imposed by the County of San Diego Public Health Officer.

Download a Temporary Use Permit application (PDF)

Fees will not be required. Planning staff will review the form and assist applicants. Email completed forms and direct questions to Adriana Jaramishian: 858-755-9313 or ajaramishian@delmar.ca.us

March 17: City webpage shows where to find help and how to offer it

lady on phoneA newly-launched webpage provides information on how residents can find help where they can offer it. The COVID-19 Resources page points to the social service, nonprofit and government agencies that serve Del Mar and its residents.

Del Mar Community Connections, for instance, is searching for drivers to deliver goods to home-bound people. The American Red Cross, meanwhile, is in urgent need of blood donations. 

Also listed are places where residents can find groceries, prescription drugs and the latest, government-issued information on COVID-19.

March 17, 2020: Del Mar Civic Center closed to the public

Del Mar Civic CenterAs of March 17, the Del Mar Civic Center is closed to the public until further notice to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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.

Visit the website Conducting City Business During COVID-19

Starting March 17, a limited number of employees will report to their work stations. Others will work from home. All essential public safety functions will be uninterrupted.

The City is determined to provide the highest possible level of service despite the challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic.

The decision to close City Hall followed revised emergency regulations issued Monday afternoon by the County of San Diego.

Open the amended Health Officer Order

We appreciate the public’s patience during this evolving situation.

Contact us
Call: 858-755-9313
Public Works after-hours emergency line: 858-756-1126
Email: cityhall@delmar.ca.us

Pay your utility bill
Call: 855-385-9410 (toll free)
Visit: www.delmar.ca.us/billpay

March 17: Getting help with Planning Department and Code Enforcement services

Del-Mar-logoFor general questions, property information, assistance with submittals, permit applications, and emergency permit requests, contact the Planning Department:

Call: 858-755-9313
Email: planning@delmar.ca.us

Please note that application intakes are limited at this time.

Online Planning Department resources

Code Enforcement services, questions or complaints

Call: 858-704-3651
File a code enforcement complaint online: http://www.delmar.ca.us/forms.aspx?FID=93

Building and Safety Services at Solana Beach City Hall

As of March 17, Solana Beach City Hall has closed. Building and Safety permitting and inspections are limited to emergencies only. General Building Permitting and Inspections are suspended.

Main Line: 858-720-4455
Emergency gas line or electrical repairs: 858-720-2434.

March 17: American Red Cross facing severe blood shortage

red cross logoAre you healthy, feeling well and eligible to give blood or platelets? 

As a result widespread blood drive cancellations tied to the coronavirus outbreak, the American Red Cross faces a severe blood shortage. As an emergency preparedness organization, the Red Cross takes steps to ensure the safety of its staff and donors. To donate, visit www.RedCrossBlood.org or call 800-RED CROSS.


March 16, 2020: We’re open for business -- but please call or email first

Del Mar Civic CenterYour health is our priority. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, please consider conducting City business by phone or online. For faster processing, pay your utility bill online.

We want to help. Please call us with any questions on paying utility bills or processing business licenses, planning or permit applications.

If your business requires an in-person trip to the Del Mar Civic Center, visitors to the public counter are limited to one party at a time. In keeping with public health officials’ recommendations for social distancing, we ask that people maintain six feet of distance from one another. Visitors and employees should wash their hands frequently and use hand sanitizer.

Contact us
Call: 858-755-9313
Email: cityhall@delmar.ca.us

Pay your utility bill
Call: 855-385-9410 (toll free)
Visit: www.delmar.ca.us/billpay

Open the Conducting City Business During COVID-19 webpage

March 16: County issues amended emergency regulations

county sealCounty of San Diego Public Health Officer Dr. Wilma Wooten issued amended emergency regulations today that ban all gatherings of 50 people or more, close bars and restrict dining inside of restaurants.

Open the amended Health Officer Order


March 16: Water supply not threatened

utility workerResidents can be confident that coronavirus is not threatening the quality or supply of the Del Mar’s potable tap water.

Coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a respiratory illness and is not transmitted through treated water supplies. According to the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization, coronavirus spreads when people make contact with particles contained in respiratory droplets of an infected person. The virus can be airborne and also can contaminate 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. 

The San Diego County Water Authority and its 24 member agencies employ a combination of sedimentation, filtration and disinfection to chemically deactivate and physically remove bacteria, viruses and other contaminants from the water we consume. As part if its uninterrupted delivery, potable water is subject to frequent monitoring and testing to comply with state and federal standards.

How the San Diego County Water Authority keeps our drinking water safe

March 14, 2020: Council takes action on COVID-19

emergency declaration meeting The City Council on March 14 approved an emergency declaration to address coronavirus, cancelled all public meetings through April 6, and cancelled all events in city buildings and parks through May 31.

The local emergency declaration authorizes City Manager CJ Johnson to pursue local, state or federal assistance if needed and allows $50,000 from the City’s contingency reserve to cover unforeseen costs.

Public meeting cancellations include the City Council’s March 23 meeting and those of nearly a dozen advisory committees, including the Design Review Board’s meeting on March 25. Agenda items that had been scheduled for the March 23 City Council meeting, including those related to the utility undergrounding program, will be rescheduled as soon as possible.

The City Council also directed staff to implement technology to conduct public meetings and enable public participation online starting with the April 6 City Council meeting. A recent Executive Order from Gov. Gavin Newsom provides flexibility for holding public meetings beyond the normal provisions of open meetings laws.

Also on the topic of cancellations, the Council authorized cancellation of all public events and facility rentals and approved issuing 100 percent refunds for events scheduled at the Powerhouse Community Center, Del Mar Civic Center, and City parks and beaches through at least May 31.

The cancellations are in keeping with public health officials’ recommendations that people maintain six feet of distance from one another and avoid large gatherings.

Elsewhere, lifeguards, the fire department and the public works department are cancelling tours and closing their buildings to the public except for emergencies.

The Del Mar Civic Center will remain open during regular business hours, although the public is asked first to call 858-755-9313 to determine whether their business can be completed remotely.  Visitors to the public counter will be limited to one at a time to maintain social distancing protocols.  The City also is evaluating the feasibility of assigning some staff to work from home on certain days.

Open the City Council’s March 14, 2020, Declaration of Emergency (PDF)

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