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Posted on: September 11, 2020

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Sept. 9: "Dine on the Deck" program begins Sept. 17

Dine on the Deck Square“Dine on the Deck," an initiative of the City of Del Mar and Del Mar Village Association, begins Sept. 17 for four straight Thursdays. Local residents are encouraged to bring their own tablecloths and a meal from one of Del Mar’s many eateries to enjoy at one of 16 tables on the Del Mar Civic Center courtyard, 1050 Camino del Mar. The Del Mar City Council on Sept. 8 approved Dine on the Deck as part of a package of COVID-19 business assistance initiatives.

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Sept. 8: City Council approves business assistance measures

city seal SQUAREThe City Council on Sept. 8 approved a package of additional resources designed to assist small businesses, paying extra attention to those with indoor operations severely limited by the restrictions of COVID-19 public health orders. 

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Aug. 28: Some businesses cleared for partial reopening on Monday

California state sealAs part of California’s “Blueprint for a Safer Economy,” Gov. Gavin Newsom today announced that some indoor businesses in San Diego County would be allowed to open on a limited basis effective Monday.

Under a new, four-tier system that sorts counties by the severity of their COVID-19 outbreaks, dine-in restaurants, places of worship, movie theaters and museums can open indoor operations at a maximum of 25 percent capacity or 100 people, whichever is less.

Gyms and fitness centers may operate indoors at 10 percent capacity.

Beauty salons and barber shops may operate indoors at full capacity with the required operational modifications.

San Diego County is ranked in the “substantial” tier; surrounding counties are designated as “widespread.”

Under the State’s blueprint, retail businesses must limit capacity to 50 percent. 

All businesses must update their reopening plans to show how they will address new State requirements. Requirements for face coverings and social distancing remain unchanged.

The City of Del Mar is providing this information as a courtesy.  For further details visit  www.sdcounty.ca.gov.

Open the County of San Diego COVID-19 webpage

Aug. 14: Face mask education and enforcement program begins

Lifeguard holds Mask On signTo keep Del Mar as a safe place for all to enjoy, the City has launched a face mask education and enforcement program.  

The program employs signage and an information campaign. On the enforcement side, Sheriff’s deputies are working partial shifts two days per week to patrol the beach, Seagrove and Powerhouse parks, Stratford Court, Camino del Mar, and other areas with high foot traffic.

Face covering requirements are spelled out in State and County public health orders. As established by the State and County, violations are prosecuted as misdemeanors and can be punishable with fines of up to $1,000 and jail sentences of up to 90 days, as determined by a judge.

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Aug. 12: Flyers reference mask requirements in Public Health Orders 

thumbnail_image002As 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."

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Download a color flyer (PDF)

Download a black-and-white flyer (PDF)

August 8: Fire Department launches self-inspection program for Del Mar businesses

overloaded plug squareIn 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.

Open the Business Self-Inspection Program webpage 

August 3: Del Mar launching face mask education and enforcement program

Mask on plaza squareTo keep Del Mar as a safe place for all to enjoy, the City Council on Monday approved a face mask education and enforcement program to begin next week.  
The program will employ Sheriff’s deputies to work partial shifts two days per week to patrol the beach, Seagrove and Powerhouse parks, Stratford Court, Camino del Mar, and other areas with high foot traffic.

Face covering requirements to be enforced are spelled out in State and County public health orders. As established by the State and County, violations are prosecuted as misdemeanors and can be punishable with fines of up to $1,000 and jail sentences of up to 90 days, as determined by a judge.

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July 13: Closures ordered for indoor activity churches, salons and gyms

California state sealIndoor operations at gyms, hair and nail salons and houses of worship must cease at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday under orders issued today by Gov. Gavin Newsom. The orders also apply to non-essential offices.

In ordering the restrictions, Newsom cited increases in positive test results and hospitalizations.

Last week, Newsom closed indoor operations at restaurants in San Diego County and more than two dozen others on the state’s pandemic monitoring list. Today, he extended that order to all California counties.

The latest round of closures comes as total positive COVID-19 cases in San Diego County reached 20,348, with 422 deaths.

In Del Mar, the City Council has enacted urgency ordinances, relaxed regulations and made funding available to help businesses move their operations outside.

Open the COVID-19 Business Resources webpage

July 13: DMVA says, “Summer isn’t cancelled"

DMVA logoA Del Mar Village Association notice issued today announced that summer in Del Mar is not cancelled: “With endless outdoor activities, outdoor dining and increased health and safety protocols in place, Del Mar is the perfect place for your summer fun!”

Open the Del Mar Village Association website


July 8: County launches Small Business Stimulus Grant Program 

county sealThe County of San Diego has launched a Small Business Stimulus Grant Program to help local businesses and restaurants that suffered losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Small businesses and restaurants can apply for County grants funded by the federal CARES Act.

To qualify businesses must have:

  • 100 or fewer employees;
  • Headquarters in San Diego County;
  • A minimum 1-year operating history as of Feb. 14, 2020; and
  • Documentation of financial hardship because of COVID-19.

Open the Small Business Grant Program webpage

July 7: New operating hours for City offices

city seal SQUAREStarting July 10, City Hall and the Public Works Administrative Office will provide remote service to the public Monday through Thursday each week. City Hall will no longer provide remote services to the public on Fridays.

To slow the spread of COVID-19, the Del Mar Civic Center and Public Works headquarters remain closed to the public for in-person service. City staff is available by phone and email from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Open the New Operating Hours webpage

July 6: In-restaurant dining suspended for at least three weeks

county sealIndoor operations at restaurants and bars must discontinue effective at 12:01 a.m.  July 7, County of San Diego public health officials ordered today.

The order follows two weeks of rising COVID-19 cases and Gov. Gavin Newsom’s placement of San Diego County last week on a state monitoring list.

Restaurants may continue to allow outdoor dining, delivery and takeout.

The restrictions will be in place for at least three weeks and also apply to museums, zoos, cardrooms, theaters and family entertainment centers.

During the past week, 16 of 21 community outbreaks have been traced to restaurants or bars, County officials said. On Monday, San Diego County reported 129.3 cases per 100,000, exceeding the state’s metric of 100 per 100,000.

As part of its response to COVID-19, Del Mar has enacted temporary allowances to facilitate curbside or drive-through service, outdoor service and sales, sidewalk café permits, increased signage, and mobile vending.

Open the County of San Diego Public Health Order (PDF)

June 30: County ordering restaurants to close nightly by 10 p.m.

county sealSan Diego restaurants must close no later than 10 p.m. starting Wednesday, July 1, until further notice, the County Health and Human Services Agency announced today.

Open the County notice


June 29: County orders bars to close

county sealSan Diego region bars, wineries and breweries without a license to serve food will need to close to prevent community outbreaks of COVID-19 and the spread of the virus, the County Health and Human Services Agency announced today. 

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June 8: Gyms, hotels, bars and other businesses can reopen on Friday

l'auberge resortStarting Friday, a number of businesses can open under guidance from County of San Diego health officials.

The businesses include: gyms, hotels, bars, wineries hotels and rental properties for tourism. Satellite wagering facilities and race tracks can reopen.

So can bowling alleys, batting cages, card rooms, zoos, galleries, museums and aquariums and motion picture production.

Swimming pools can reopen.

Businesses must complete and display a Safe Reopening Plan before reopening.

Open the County of San Diego’s notice

June 2: $10,000 approved for business grants

city seal SQUAREAs Del Mar moves toward economic recovery, business owners are encouraged to take advantage of temporary tools to assist reopening – and boost sales -- at their restaurants and stores.

The City Council on June 1 approved setting aside $10,000 for grants of up to $500 each to assist businesses in their reopening. The grants offset the cost of sidewalk café permits and permits for temporary outdoor service and sales.

The funding source is the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Open the June 1 COVID-19 Response Efforts staff report (PDF)

June 2: Council approves urgency ordinance for A-frame signs

city seal SQUAREThe City Council on June 1 adopted an urgency ordinance to streamline the placement of temporary A-frame signage within the public right-of-way in commercial zones. Under the ordinance, any business without an approved A-frame sign can request an administrative approval. Businesses with approved A-frame signs can request permission to move them onto the public right-of-way. The urgency ordinance is effective immediately and expires Oct. 6.

Open the staff report (PDF)

June 2: County offering weekly briefings for businesses

county sealThe County of San Diego is hosting weekly briefings for businesses to cover rules for reopening and related matters. Participants join the meeting online or by phone for listening only. Business owners are encouraged to submit questions in advance. Online participants can ask questions using the chat feature.  The hour-long meetings begin at 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays.

Open instructions to register and participate

Open County resources for businesses and employers

May 29: New rules for beaches and parks start Tuesday

LG thumbs upThe 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 May 28, 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 open for individual exercise only.

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May 28: Council to consider $10,000 for business support initiatives

city seal SQUAREAs Del Mar moves toward economic recovery, business owners are encouraged to take advantage of temporary tools to assist reopening – and boost sales -- at their restaurants and stores.

On Monday, the City Council is set to consider setting aside $10,000 toward that effort. The funding source is the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

City staff is recommending subsidies of up to $500 per business for sidewalk café permits and permits for temporary outdoor service and sales.

Other temporary tools include allowances for curbside or drive-through service, increased signage and mobile vending.

In related action, the City Council is scheduled to consider adopting an urgency ordinance to streamline the placement of temporary A-frame signage within the public right-of-way in commercial zones.

The remote City Council meeting begins at 4:30 p.m. Monday and can be viewed at www.delmar.ca.us/watch 

May 21: Governor allows businesses to open, check DMVA guide for your favorites

DMVA logoWhat sounds good to eat? Del Mar Village Association is moving at light speed to update its online guide of restaurants and stores that are open for business. The guide includes places that, as of today, can accommodate in-person dining and shopping under new rules announced by State officials last night. The DMVA guide includes restaurants, hotels and retailers. We look forward to seeing you as Del Mar reopens.

Open the DMVA guide


May 20: Del Mar awaits State response on in-person dining, retail

California state sealThe City of Del Mar and Del Mar Village Association are poised to assist restaurants and retailers as the region awaits approval from the State for further reopening. Yesterday, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted to ask Gov. Gavin Newsom for the San Diego County to serve as a test-case for reopening in-person dining and in-person shopping. Supervisors pointed to encouraging local data.

As businesses across the County await an answer, officials repeated today that face coverings and social distancing will be required when restaurants and stores reopen.

On Monday, in cooperation with Del Mar Village Association, the City Council approved initiatives to support local businesses.

Open the Statewide industry guidance to reduce risk webpage

May 19: Council approves business support initiatives

Health is priority SignThe City Council on May 18 approved initiatives to support local businesses and extend the cancellation of most advisory committee meetings through June 30.

Council members also agreed to authorize City Manager CJ Johnson to cancel special events at public facilities and process refunds through July 31.

To help restaurants and retailers affected by COVID-19, the council approved:

  • Forwarding $25,000 of assumed transient occupancy tax revenue to Del Mar Village Association to promote economic development;
  • Posting placards in downtown Del Mar reminding the public of social distancing protocols;
  • Posting temporary signs to convert a number of two-hour parking spaces to 20-minute spaces to facilitate businesses running curbside pickup operations; and
  • Preparing an urgency ordinance to streamline permitting to allow placement of A-frame commercial signage in the public right-of-way.

On the topic of cancellations, citing continued risks to public health and limited staff capacity, the council agreed that with the exception of the Planning Commission, Design Review Board, Finance Committee, and Housing Element Task Force – which are holding meetings remotely -- advisory board meetings should remain cancelled through at least June 30.   

In the absence of clarity on when public gatherings will again be permitted, the City Council authorized cancellations and refunds for events scheduled at Del Mar’s parks, beaches, civic center and Powerhouse Community Center through July 31.

May 8: Businesses begin reopening

DMVA logoSome Del Mar businesses are reopening today under protocols approved this week by County and State authorities. We can’t wait for our favorite retailers to begin providing curbside service under rules that allow for a cautious recovery of commerce. Our No. 1 advocate for local businesses, the Del Mar Village Association, continues to show great leadership. We are working closely with DMVA to assist merchants as they reopen. DMVA has compiled official information on a webpage that will be updated daily.

Open DMVA’s Business Reopening Guide 

May 6: Farmers Market to reopen on Saturday
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After being dark for nearly two months, the Del Mar Farmers Market reopens May 9 with safety requirements in place and pre-ordering strongly encouraged. A mainstay in the Del Mar Civic Center parking lot since the 1980s, the farmers market runs from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

www.delmarfarmersmarket.org 


May 4: Beaches reopen -- with rules

Reopened beach signsDel Mar’s beaches are open for individual active exercise only with numerous restrictions in place to ensure social distancing. The public’s cooperation is required for the beach to remain open. Individuals may be cited for violating the rules. Extraordinary circumstances, such as orders from State or County officials, could again close the beaches. The limited opening calls for visitors to stay six feet apart from non-household members on the sand and in the ocean. A number of parking areas, including street parking at the North Beach and the main lot at 17th Street, remain closed except for disabled spaces. Summer rules for dogs are in place.

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April 24: Del Mar and Solana Beach not opening beaches on Monday

IRB on beachThe cities of Del Mar and Solana Beach’s beaches are not opening on Monday, April 27, and will remain closed until further notice while the two cities respectively evaluate the necessary staffing, protocols, and logistics in order to reopen the beaches in accordance with the County’s requirements, stated in their yet-to-be-released amended health order, and to protect the health and safety of city personnel and the public.

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April 24: Face masks to become mandatory, second straight record day of new cases

county sealCounty of San Diego officials announced today that starting May 1, all residents will be required to cover their face while they are out in public and within six feet of someone who is not a household member.

Also during a briefing today, officials announced the number of local COVID-19 deaths went up by two and total cases saw a record increase for a second day in a row with an additional 183 confirmed cases for a total of 2,826. The death toll stands at 102.

Open the Coronavirus in San Diego County webpage

April 22: Del Mar Foundation offers inspiration while stuck at home

Del Mar Foundation logoNeed some inspiration while sheltering in place?

Del Mar Foundation’s “Get Inspired” initiative connects online visitors to everything from Beethoven to bluegrass to live cams at the Smithsonian National Zoo and Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Visit the Del Mar Foundation “Get Inspired!” webpage

April 22: County announces nine new deaths,  57 new positive cases

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County of San Diego officials today reported nine more COVID-19 deaths and 57 new positive cases for regional totals of 96 and 2,491, respectively.

Re-opening the region, officials said, will depend largely upon completing enough daily tests to adequately track the virus.

Also today, some coastal mayors said they and lifeguard chiefs have been in discussions around how to reopen beaches. The planning has focused "on how, not when," officials said.

Open the Coronavirus in San Diego County webpage

April 21: Council approves $1.9M in budget reductions

city seal SQUAREFaced with a sharp decline in revenue brought by COVID-19, the City Council voted unanimously April 20 to trim $1.9 million in spending from the 2019-20 budget.

The action followed more than $1 million in reductions approved earlier this month as the City compensates for $3 million expected to be lost from transient occupancy taxes, sales taxes, parking revenue and facility rentals.

As part of its response to COVID-19, the City has discontinued all nonessential spending through a scrupulous review of departmental operating budgets. The City administration has enacted an immediate hiring freeze, reduced part-time staffing and cancelled all training and travel. Capital improvement project deferrals of $750,000 are proposed as the City reorganizes its finances to preserve all essential services.

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April 21: County reports highest single-day death count of 15

county sealIn what County officials called a sobering reminder of the need to remain vigilant, 15 new COVID-19 deaths were reported today -- the highest daily toll since tracking of the pandemic began locally. 

In addition, 109 new positive cases were reported. That’s the highest one-day count in two weeks and brings totals for deaths and new cases to 87 and 2,434, respectively.

Open the Coronavirus in San Diego County webpage

April 21: Partial reopening of San Diego parks, including Crest Canyon

city of san diego logoThe City of San Diego today began to reopen some neighborhood parks while beaches, boardwalks and regional recreation areas remain closed. At dozens of City of San Diego parks, walking and jogging again is allowed, physical distancing is required and groups sports are prohibited. Parking lots remain closed. The City of San Diego’s Park Status list (PDF) updated today shows Crest Canyon Undeveloped Park near Del Mar is open.

Open the City of San Diego’s limited parks reopening notice

April 21: State launches initiative for volunteers

California state sealGov. Gavin Newsom today announced the launch of statewide initiative to recruit volunteers and renewed his call for Californians to serve their communities by making masks, answering 211 calls and giving blood. 

The new program, Californians For All, is designed to link residents with volunteer opportunities that best suit them.

Visit the Californians For All website

April 21: Directory lists providers of free and low-cost internet service

county sealDo you need help gaining access to free or low-cost internet service? Cal 2-1-1.

The County of San Diego has compiled a directory of service providers and nonprofit groups that connect low-income households to internet service providers offering assistance during COVID-19.

 Open the Free and Low-Cost Internet Access During COVID-19 Directory (PDF)

April 20: Fuel the Frontline raises $57,000 toward $100,000 goal

frontline medical workersThe Del Mar Village Association continues to seek donors for its Fuel the Frontline San Diego initiative. 

To date, the program to provide meals to healthcare workers and first responders -- while keeping restaurants in business -- has raised nearly $57,000 from more than 185 donors.  The fundraising goal is $100,000.

A donation of $25 can feed two to three medical providers while donations totaling $5,000 can feed a large emergency department and intensive care unit for five days.

Organizers report having scheduled more than 2,800 deliveries to the frontline hospital heroes at UCSD Hillcrest, Scripps Green La Jolla, Scripps Carmel Valley, Scripps Rancho Bernardo, and Scripps Memorial hospitals in La Jolla and Encinitas.

Open the Fuel the Frontline webpage

April 20: County reports 57 new Coronavirus cases and one new death

county sealCounty of San Diego officials today reported 57 new positive test results and one new death from COVID-19 for totals of 2,325 and 72, respectively.

Meanwhile, the County is drafting guidelines for cities to move toward reopening parks and beaches. The guidelines are expected to be released before the weekend and would continue to require wearing face coverings and practicing physical distancing among non-household members.

Open the Coronavirus in San Diego County webpage

April 19: Faced with steep decline in revenue, City reorganizing its finances

city seal SQUAREAs part of its response to COVID-19, the City has discontinued all nonessential spending through a scrupulous review of departmental operating budgets. The City administration has enacted an immediate hiring freeze, reduced part-time staffing and cancelled all training and travel. Capital improvement project deferrals of $750,000 are proposed as the City reorganizes its finances to preserve all essential services.

Faced with projections of nearly $3 million in revenue reductions through June, the City Council tomorrow is set to consider $1.9 million in cuts to operational expenditures, capital projects and special projects. The reductions would add to more than $1 million in reductions approved earlier this month.

COVID-19 is responsible for sharp income losses from transient occupancy taxes, sales taxes, parking revenue and facility rentals. Projected revenue reductions through June translate as 12.3 percent of Del Mar’s total income for the fiscal year.

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April 19: Updated County COVID-19 data 55 new cases and no new deaths

county sealFifty-five new COVID-19 cases were reported to the County of San Diego today for a total of 2,688.

No new fatalities were reported today or yesterday. The death toll stands at 71.

The County of San Diego is working closely with federal and state agencies and the local healthcare community to monitor and test for the COVID-19 virus in the region.

Open the Coronavirus in San Diego County webpage

April 18: Don’t flush disinfecting wipes!

Photo - Wipes in Sewer - editedThe rush to disinfect surfaces to counter COVID-19 is causing havoc with sewer lines and wastewater systems.

Earlier this month, wipes backed up a sewer line in Del Mar and led to an overflow that caused nearly $140,000 in damage to a private home. The City is responsible for some of the costs and could face increases to its insurance premiums. As COVID-19 eviscerates City budgets, the unexpected costs could not come at a worse time.

In short: Do not flush wipes. Discard them in the trash. Even nasal tissues and wipes that are labeled as flushable should be tossed into the trash. 

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April 18: Updated COVID-19 totals from County show 2,213 positive cases and 71 deaths

county sealThe County of San Diego has logged 55 new positive cases of COVID-19 since yesterday for a total of 2,213. 

No new fatalities were reported, leaving the death toll at 71.

The County of San Diego is working closely with federal and state agencies and the local healthcare community to monitor and test for the COVID-19 virus in the region.

Open the Coronavirus in San Diego County webpage

April 17: $3M revenue loss anticipated; spending reductions proposed

city seal SQUAREFaced with projections of nearly $3 million in revenue reductions through June, the City Council on Monday is set to consider $1.9 million in cuts to operational expenditures, capital projects and special projects. The reductions would add to more than $1 million in reductions approved earlier this month.

As part of its response to COVID-19, the City has discontinued all nonessential spending through a scrupulous review of departmental operating budgets. The City administration has enacted an immediate hiring freeze, reduced part-time staffing and cancelled all training and travel. Capital improvement project deferrals of $750,000 are proposed as the City reorganizes its finances to preserve all essential services.

COVID-19 is responsible for sharp income losses from transient occupancy taxes, sales taxes, parking revenue and facility rentals. Projected revenue reductions through June translate as 12.3 percent of Del Mar’s total income for the fiscal year.

The City Council’s remote meeting begins at 4:30 p.m. Monday and can be viewed at: http://delmar.12milesout.com/Video/Live or on cable television channels 24 (Spectrum) and 99 (AT&T). 

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April 17: Groups to explore how to reopen businesses, increase testing

county sealCounty of San Diego officials announced today the formation of groups to explore reopening businesses and increasing COVI-19 testing in the region.

The San Diego Economic Recovery Advisory Group will focus on how businesses can reopen while complying with public health orders. The panel will not determine when the reopening can begin.

A second body will include research, medical and clinical representatives. It will investigate how to increase testing for COVID-19.

In announcing daily data, officials said seven more San Diegans died from the virus, for a total of 70. Positive tests increased by 71 to 2,158.

Open the Coronavirus in San Diego County webpage

April 16: Second round of budget cuts on City Council’s agenda

city seal SQUAREIn response to an estimated $2.3 million drop in revenue brought by COVID-19, the City Council on Monday is set to consider $1.9 million in reductions to operational expenditures, capital projects and special projects. The Council approved $1.1 million in cuts earlier this month.

Open the April 20 City Council agenda


April 16: County officials deliver data

county sealCounty of San Diego officials today announced that a total of 63 San Diegans have died from COVID-19 and that positive cases reported since yesterday climbed by 75 to reach 2,087.

Open the Coronavirus in San Diego County webpage


April 15: Do not flush disinfecting wipes or paper towels

city seal SQUAREDisinfecting wipes, paper towels and even nasal tissues can clog sewer lines and lead to overflows.

Do not flush wipes. Discard them in the trash. Even wipes that are advertised as flushable should be tossed into the trash.

An increased effort to disinfect surfaces in response to COVID-19 has introduced great quantities of wipes into municipal sewer lines. The wipes accumulate into globs that can block pipes and damage wastewater treatment equipment.

Sewage overflows can pollute the ocean, lagoons and private property.

Disinfecting is good. Flushing wipes is bad. Discard wipes into the trash.

April 15: COVID-19 deaths at 60, cases surpass 2,000

county sealSeven COVID-19 fatalities reported since yesterday have brought the death toll to 60 as confirmed cases have reached 2,012, County of San Diego officials announced today.

Also today, County officials encouraged San Diegans to join the #StayHomeSD campaign, which calls for staying at home and -- if you must leave for an essential purpose -- maintaining physical distance from others and wearing a facial covering. To join, post a photo with the hashtag #StayHomeSD that shows why you are staying home.

Open the Coronavirus in San Diego County webpage

April 14: Housing task force meeting to meet remotely

city seal SQUAREIn response to COVID-19, a City housing task force is set to hold its regular meeting at 3 p.m. Thursday entirely by teleconference.

While the Town Hall will be closed to the public, the meeting of the 6th Cycle Housing Element Ad-Hoc Citizens’ Task Force will be webcast at www.delmar.ca.us/watch.

Participate in the meeting by emailing comments by noon Thursday to Shaun McMahon: smcmahon@delmar.ca.us. Details can found on the meeting agenda.

Faced with delays brought by COVID-19, the City has requested a four- to eight-week extension to complete its Housing Element update and continues to await a response from State authorities.

In related business, the City continues to seek responses to an electronic survey that closes April 20.

Del Mar is in the midst of updating the Housing Element of its Community Plan and is one of dozens of cities across California that must increase its housing stock. To meet its allocation, Del Mar must provide zoning capacity to add 163 units across a range of affordability.

April 14: County death toll at 53 as total cases reach 1,930

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Fifty-three San Diegans have died from complications of COVID-19, up six from yesterday, and the number of local cases increased by 83 since yesterday to 1,930, the County Health and Human Services Agency announced today.

Of the local cases, 971 (50.3%) were men and 954 (49.4%) were women. The gender of five people is unknown. Of the reported cases, 450 (23.3%) have required hospitalization and 164 (8.5%) of the total number of cases had to be placed in intensive care. Fifty-three (2.7%) have died.

Open the Coronavirus in San Diego County webpage

April 13: County reports two new deaths, 43 new cases

county sealDel Mar continues to respond to COVID-19 in close consultation with public health officials from the County of San Diego.

During a news conference today, County officials today two new deaths and 43 new cases of COVID-19, raising the totals to 47 and 1,847, respectively.

In their release of the data, officials said that analyzing numbers over a longer period is more reliable than drawing conclusions from day-to-day trends. Long-term trends continue to show increases in cases, officials said.

Open the Coronavirus in San Diego County webpage

April 12: County data show 1,804 total positive cases and 45 deaths

county sealData released today by the County of San Diego show 1,804 total positive cases and 45 deaths. 

On a daily basis, the County updates the following information:

COVID-19 Tests in San Diego County by Date Reported (4/12/20)

Bar Graph of New and Total COVID-19 Cases in San Diego County by Date Reported (4/12/20)

Summary of County of San Diego COVID-19 Cases by City of Residence (4/12/20)

Map of Cases by City of Residence (4/12/20)

Summary of County of San Diego COVID-19 Cases by Zip Code (4/12/20)

Summary of County of San Diego COVID-19 Cases that Required Hospitalization (4/12/20)

Summary of County of San Diego COVID-19 Cases by Race/Ethnicity (4/12/20)

Summary of County of San Diego COVID-19 Deaths by Demographics (4/12/20)

April 12: A heads up on mail theft

usps logoIn a time of increased deliveries -- and after receiving reports of mail theft this week in Del Mar -- a crime prevention specialist at the North Coastal Sheriff’s Station is recommending that residents collect items from their mailboxes as soon as possible after delivery.

Mail theft is a problem in the beach areas, Crime Prevention Specialist Gary Rivers said. If residents are unable to pick up their mail promptly and are concerned about theft, they can arrange for delivery to a post office box. Rivers advises against placing outgoing mail in an unsecured mailbox.

Open US Postal Service tips on preventing mail theft

April 11: Residents told to keep following guidelines to flatten the curve

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While residents have been effective in “flattening the curve” of positive COVID-19 cases, the virus has yet to peak in the region and San Diegans must continue to follow guidelines for physical distancing, County officials said today.

Also during a news conference, County officials reported 68 new positive cases and one new death, for a total of 45.

Open the COVID-19 dashboard

April 10: Officials say stay at home during holiday weekend

county sealCounty health officials today continued to urge San Diegans to stay at home and not gather with non-household members, even if that means missing important religious observations this weekend. To control the spread of COVID-19, a County Health Order prohibits people from getting together in groups -- at home or in public -- if they don’t live in the same household.

In their daily data summary, officials reported four new deaths and 65 new positive cases since yesterday for totals of 44 and 1,693, respectively.

Open the COVID-19 dashboard

April 10: COVID-19 and other City news in Del Mar Weekly

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April 9: Community Connections collecting face coverings

cloth face coveringsDel Mar Community Connections is enlisting residents with sewing skills to produce and donate washable face coverings for distribution to seniors.

Donations of face coverings or sewing supplies should be washed and sealed in plastic and can be brought during normal business hours to the Del Mar Community Building, 225 9th Street. Pickups can be arranged by calling 858-792-7565.

Public health authorities strongly recommend that people of all ages wear face coverings in public.

Open the Del Mar Community Connections face coverings notice

April 9: Deaths reach 40 and positive cases climb to 1,628 as County launches COVID-19 dashboard

county sealCounty of San Diego officials today reported four new COVID-19 deaths since yesterday for a total of 40. The total number of positive test results grew by 98 to reach 1,628.

Also during their daily news conference, County officials announced the launch of a COVID-19 dashboard showing data for San Diego County.

Open the COVID-19 dashboard

April 8: Farmers Market vendors listed on Village Association guide

Del Mar Farmers Market logoResidents can procure farm-fresh produce despite stay-at-home orders and a temporary closure of the Del Mar Farmers Market. As part of its online guide to businesses that remain open during COVID-19, the Del Mar Village Association has listed more than a dozen of the market’s vendors that offer goods for delivery or pick-up. The listings include contact information for certified farmers, the fish monger and purveyors of prepared foods. Del Mar Village Association updates the information daily.

Open the DMVA guide


April 8: County expands Health Order; death toll placed at 36

county sealCounty officials today reported that an expanded Health Order prohibits gatherings of any type and that people should only go into public for essential activities such as purchasing food or medicine. The order takes effect at midnight and modifies an earlier directive that permitted gatherings of 10 people or less.

The revised order also expands face covering requirements to banks, public transportation agencies and child care providers that serve food.

Since yesterday, the County has logged five new COVID-19 deaths for a total of 36. Total positive cases number 1,530, with 50 new cases recorded in the last day.

Open the Coronavirus in San Diego County webpage


April 7: Del Mar relaxes signage rules to assist businesses

city seal SQUAREDel Mar is allowing businesses to increase the size and extend the duration of temporary commercial signage in an effort to support merchants and reduce potential vacancies during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

On April 6, the City Council unanimously approved an urgency ordinance to allow temporary commercial signs of up to 32 square feet in all commercial zones, including the Del Mar Plaza and L’Auberge Del Mar.

The signage can be displayed for the duration of the urgency ordinance, which is effective immediately and set to expire Oct. 6, 2020. 

Existing rules allow for temporary commercial signs of up to six square feet to be displayed for up to 60 days annually without a permit. The 60-day allowance would re-commence at the conclusion of the urgency ordinance; temporary signs displayed during the term of the urgency ordinance would not count against the 60-day annual limit.

Temporary signage can be posted without City permits but may not be placed within the public right-of-way. All A-frame signs must continue to comply with the City’s sign code. 

Open the Urgency Ordinance for Temporary Signage (PDF)

April 7: Pleas for safe behavior as officials confirm 12 new deaths

county sealCounty of San Diego officials today renewed their pleas for people to stay at home, practice social distancing and cover their faces during a daily update that include an announcement of 12 new deaths from COVID-19, the largest single-day toll to date. Total deaths in the County have reached 31. 

Officials also reported 50 new positive test results for a total of 1,454 positive cases.

Open the Coronavirus in San Diego County webpage

April 6: Council approves budget reductions, support for business, meeting cancellations

city seal SQUAREFaced with sharp declines in revenue, the City Council today approved $1.1 million in budget reductions while taking related actions to assist residents and businesses.

The reductions cover a range of capital improvement projects, special projects and operational expenses. Staff and council members agreed that further reductions could be expected to compensate for income losses from transient occupancy and sales taxes, parking and facility rentals.

To support Del Mar’s business community, the Council adopted ordinances to enact a temporary moratorium on commercial evictions and to relax restrictions on commercial signage.

In other business, Council members approved cancelling advisory boards in April with the exception of the April 22 Design Review Board meeting and the April 16 and 30 meetings of the Housing Element Task Force. Meetings would be conducted remotely. Further cancellations are likely in May.

April 6: DMVA launches “Fuel the Frontline” initiative

frontline medical workersFuel the Frontline, an initiative of the Del Mar Village Association, provides meals for frontline healthcare providers while keeping local restaurant workers employed. Donations of $25 can feed two to three medical providers while donations totaling $5,000 can feed a large emergency department and intensive care unit for five days.

Open the Fuel the Frontline webpage


April 6: County urges residents to stay in touch with seniors

county sealCounty officials today urged residents to stay in touch with elderly family members, friends and neighbors who might be especially prone to isolation. Ask if they need anything. Volunteer to bring them groceries and supplies. Help them with technology or leave messages at their doors or mailboxes, officials said.

If you or someone you know is feeling depressed and isolated, call the County’s Access and Crisis Line: 1-888-724-7240.


April 5: County officials encourage mental wellness as deaths reach 19

county sealAs San Diegans face stress and anxiety tied to COVID-19, public health officials today urged residents to seek help if they need it.

“In the face of social distancing, remember that we all need one another – maybe more than ever – to get through difficult times like these,” said Luke Bergmann, director of County Behavioral Health Services. “Staying emotionally connected as a community even if we temporarily become more physically isolated is critical to all our mental health. Reach out through technology or phone. Check on one another.”

Resources can be found in the County’s guide to self-care:

Maintaining Mental Health and Wellness during the COVDID-19 Outbreak (PDF)

People in need of support also can speak to an experienced counselor by calling the County’s Access and Crisis Line: 1-888-724-7240.

Turning to their daily summary of data, County officials reported that the COVID-19 death toll in San Diego County has reached 19 and total positive cases have reached 1,326.

Open the County’s Coronavirus webpage

April 5: State launches website to donate, sell medical supplies

California state sealAmid national shortages of medical equipment for COVID-19, Gov. Gavin Newsom has launched a website through which people can donate, sell or trade items such as medical masks, gloves and ventilators. 

The website is www.covid19supplies.ca.gov


April 5: 250-Bed Field Hospital planned in Escondido

county sealCounty officials today announced a 250-bed "hospital within a hospital" is planned for the 10th and 11th floors of Palomar Medical Center in Escondido. The facility will provide care “for those in our community who need it the most," said Dr. Nick Yphantides, chief medical officer for the County of San Diego. 

He said the federal facility will add to the local bed capacity "as a storm begins to reach our region."


April 4: County reports 1,209 positive cases, 18 deaths

county sealPositive COVID-19 cases number 1,209 and the death toll has reached 18, according to data posted today by the County of San Diego. The new numbers come amid orders for workers in essential businesses to wear face coverings and recommendations that all residents do so when out in public. 

Meanwhile, enforcement of a stay-at-home order has stepped up, with Sheriff’s deputies reported to have issued 22 citations yesterday to people watching the sunset in Encinitas.

During a news conference today, District Attorney Summer Stephan warned of price gouging and scams as county officials urged San Diegans to take a pledge to stay home and save lives.

Take the Pledge to Stay Home 

April 4: Visit Business Resources page for latest County info

Sunset villageWorkers at Del Mar’s stores and restaurants must wear face masks and businesses must post social distancing and sanitation protocols, according to a County order. Link to official County of San Diego documents from our Business Resources page.

Open Del Mar’s COVID-19 Business Resources webpage


April 3: County issues Addendum to Health Officer Order

county sealThe County of San Diego today issued an Addendum to the Health Officer Order that states:

Starting at midnight tonight, all employees of grocery stores, drug stores, convenience stores, gas stations and restaurants must wear a face covering.

Starting at 12 a.m. Tuesday, businesses that remain open to the public must post a “Social Distancing and Sanitation Protocol” at the entrance to their facilities. The protocol must identify measures to ensure social distancing and sanitation.

Starting at 12 a.m. Tuesday, public parks and recreation areas must post the protocols at their entrances. The order also requires the closure of parking lots at beaches and parks and prohibits congregating or playing active sports. Hiking, walking and bicycling are permitted.

The Health Officer Order includes guidance from the California Department of Public Health that advises members of the public to wear face coverings when they leave home and to continue practicing social distancing while wearing them.

The coverings can be homemade from bandanas, scarves or other material. Medical-grade masks should be reserved for medical personnel or emergency responders.

Open the Addendum to the Health Officer Order (PDF)

April 3: Basketball and parking closure at Shores Park

hoop game at shores parkIn response to a County Health Officer Order set to take effect at midnight, the City has closed the basketball court and public parking at Shores Park. The order calls for the closure of parking lots at parks and beaches. 

Meanwhile, Sheriff Bill Gore is warning that people who disobey social distancing guidelines and gather in groups could be subject to a $1,000 fine and 6 months in jail.


April 3: How to make your own face coverings

face covering SQUAREThe First Five Commission of San Diego has compiled videos showing how to make your own face coverings from household supplies. The coverings should be worn if you need to leave home and should add to a strict practice of social distancing and washing your hands. They should also be laundered after every use.

Open the Guide to Face Coverings

April 2: COVID-19 on the City Council’s agenda

city seal SQUAREFaced with sharp declines in revenue resulting from COVID-19, the City Council on April 6 is set to consider recommendations for $1.1 million in budget cuts. The reductions would be a first step toward compensating for declines of revenue from transient occupancy and sales taxes, parking and facility rentals. In related business, the Council will consider:

  • Waiving late fees and establishing payment plans for commercial and residential utility customers;
  • Enacting a temporary moratorium on commercial evictions;
  • Relaxing restrictions on commercial signage;
  • Relaxing parking requirements for businesses; and
  • Reducing the meeting schedules of advisory boards, commissions and committees.

The meeting begins at 4:30 p.m. April 6 and will be conducted entirely by teleconference.  

Open the COVID-19 Response Efforts and Recommended Actions staff report (PDF)

April 2: County orders face coverings for essential business workers, recommends them for the public

county sealStarting at midnight tomorrow, employees at grocery stores, convenience stores and restaurants will be required to wear face coverings, County officials said today during a news conference. 

Meanwhile, members of the public should cover their faces when conducting essential business at grocery stores, convenience stores, gas stations, restaurants or pharmacies, officials said. People can wear homemade face coverings such as bandanas or scarves that can be washed and reused. Even when wearing the coverings, people should still remain six feet apart from one another.

The new order and guidance are part of revisions to a County Public Health Order that includes a directive for all public parks and beaches to close their parking lots. The revisions come as Sheriff Bill Gore warned that people who disobey social distancing orders and gather in groups could be subject to a $1,000 fine and 6 months in jail.

In summarizing data for the day, County officials reported a total of 966 COVID-19 cases with 117 new cases in the last day. The death toll has reached 16.

April 2: Stay at home, eat good food

pizzaA delicious meal can make being stuck at home a lot easier to deal with. A number of Del Mar’s eateries are filling orders for take-out or deliveries and you can find them in Del Mar Village Association’s guide. DMVA updates the guide every day. Satisfy your appetite while supporting our merchants.

Open the Del Mar Village Association guide


April 2: County launches LiveWell@Home 30-day Challenge

LiveWellAtHomeWith stay at home orders keeping many of us inside, the County of San Diego is determined to help us stay fit and socially connected. For the month of April, the County is hosting the LiveWell@Home 30-Day challenge. Participants can find tips and strategies by age group to stay healthy in both mind and body while staying at home. 

Open the LiveWell@Home webpage

April 1: CERT volunteers are neighbors helping neighbors

MillersSquare 2Helping neighbors during an emergency and acquiring the training to contribute to a concerted effort. For those reasons, Del Mar residents Bill and Eleni Miller joined the City’s Community Emergency Response, or CERT, team two years ago.

The helping and training both came into play last weekend as the Millers joined other CERT volunteers to ask vulnerable neighbors stuck at home during COVID-19 if they were feeling well and if there was anything they needed.

For the most part, residents told the Millers they felt fine and that thanks to help from family, friends and neighbors, they were stocked with food, medicine and supplies to get through the isolation.

What they seemed to appreciate most was the company.

“It was nice to have that human interaction, to hear a friendly voice,” said Eleni Miller, a retired nurse and nutritionist. “A lot of the people we talked to grew up with that – people pulling together to help one another.”

Open full story

April 1: County data show 849 COVID-19 cases, 15 deaths

Deaths from COVID-19 jumped from nine to 15 overnight, according to data released today from the County of San Diego. Positive cases have reached 849.

During a daily news conference, health officials urged residents to continue to keep physical distance from others to avoid contracting the disease and passing it to others.

Open a County News Center article

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

April 1: State promoting "Stay home. Save lives. Check in." campaign

California state sealIn urging Californians to "Stay home. Save lives. Check in.," State authorities are urging older Californians to fight social isolation and food insecurity by calling a hotline for answers and assistance during the crisis. Call the hotline at 833-544-2374.

Seniors and disabled people also can call 2-1-1 to gain access to grocery and medication deliveries while staying at home.


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

power of social distancing graphic

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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