The Del Mar Civic Center has reopened its doors to the public for general, walk-in services from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays. The Planning and Building Department will provide in-person, walk-in services from 1 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays.
The move toward business as usual is part of the City of Del Mar’s COVID-19 Safe Reopening Plan, which calls for a ramping down of restrictions in three phases. Meanwhile, all City services will continue to be offered remotely.
Phase 1 aligns with the start of the 2021-22 fiscal year and end of a budget cycle that included staff furloughs and other cuts tied to revenue reductions brought by the pandemic. During Phase 1, City Hall will be staffed at half-capacity. Employees will continue to wear face coverings, practice social distancing and screen for COVID-19 symptoms.
The administrative offices at the Public Works Department and Beach Safety Center will remain closed to the public.
The Powerhouse Community Center will reopen for private events. Private events at parks and beaches require City-issued operational permits, which have been developed in accordance with California Department of Public Health guidance.
Phase 2 begins Sept. 2 and includes a full offering of City services and full, in-person staffing while retaining COVID-19 protocols.
The Planning and Building Department will provide daily, walk-in service from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 1 to 4:30 p.m. on Friday. Administrative offices at Public Works and the Beach Safety Center will reopen to the public for walk-ins.
Events at the Powerhouse Community Center, beaches and parks will follow the most up-to-date safety guidance. At the Del Mar Civic Center, events hosted by nonprofit groups will resume.
Phase 3, for which no date has been set, envisions full operations without COVID-19 protocols. Implementation of this phase will begin in accordance with State and local guidance.
Remote meetings of the City Council, Planning Commission and Design Review Board will continue through September and are set to resume in person in October.