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City:  Yesterday, the City Council approved budget adjustments in compliance with City Financial Policies to close a $4 million reduction in City tax revenues caused by the impact of COVID-19 on the local economy.  The actions taken sought to minimize service impacts to the community, maintain a high level of public safety services and continue investment in capital improvement projects, while still maintaining fiscal reserves.

The City is working with our restaurant community to explore ways they can safely utilize outdoor space adjacent to their businesses for seating in preparation for broader reopening of the local economy.

Doheny State Beach, Strands Beach, Salt Creek Beach and Baby Beach have opened 50% of their parking area.  Beach usage is limited to active recreation only. For updated information on beach hours, active use provisions and beach parking in Dana Point, please click here

The Dana Point Chamber has created a “Back in Business” toolkit and has a great list of our local restaurants offering take-out and delivery.  Click here.

County:  In an effort to help the County Health Officer attest to the Variance for the County to move into an expanded Stage 2 of opening the local economy, per the California Department of Public Health, all facilities must complete a series of preparations for opening found here

Many Orange County residents have been staying home and saving lives since the start of California’s stay-at-home order. These efforts have allowed the State to move forward on the roadmap for modifying the statewide order. We are now in the first phase of Stage 2, where some lower-risk workplaces can  open with adaptations. For a list of what is and what is not permitted view the The Resilience Roadmap OC
The OC COVID-19 Testing Network offers PCR testing that identifies if a person is currently infected. If you are symptomatic and cannot get tested through your doctor or do not have insurance, please visit to schedule an appointment.
The County of Orange is reporting COVID-19 cases by city.  The information can be found here.  

Call OC Health Care Agency Health Referral Line 1(833) 426-6411 for inquiries related to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Orange County.

State:  In his briefing on Monday, Governor Newsom made comments about the stay at home order, and potentially relaxing that order to allow for in-store retail, hair salons and church services in the coming weeks.  While no date was announced for these activities, he emphasized that counties may fulfill updated criteria to move forward in Stage 2, but did not indicate if Orange County was one of the “roughly 53” counties that will receive approval for broader reopening.  

A few of the updated criteria announced were hospitalization rates that don’t increase more than 5% over 7 days and less than 25 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents over the last 14 days. The State also updated their webpage to include a “My County Info” button which tracks statistics county by county in relation to the criteria set forth by the California Department of Public Health.  One of the biggest announcements the Governor made was that professional sports could resume potentially the first week of June, but without spectators. 

Governor Newsom revised the California budget down $203 billion.  The State is recording record job losses and suffering deep economic consequences as a result of COVID-19.  A summary of the revised budget can be found here.
The State has ramped up COVID-19 testing and is planning to work with pharmacists to collect test specimens and order tests.  Read more about it here

In light of stay at home and physical distancing orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order to address upcoming local elections.  A copy of the Governor’s executive order can be found here.

Federal:   The $3 trillion bill, dubbed the “HEROS Act” to respond to the coronavirus pandemic was passed by the House of Representatives and is currently being considered by the Senate.

The CDC has released Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes.  That information can be found here.  There is also guidance related to travel here.

Services and Resources Directory is now housed on the COVID-19 page on the City’s website.  New services and resources will be shared in this update, then moved over to the City’s COVID-19 webpage.  You can access that information here

Parking Restrictions 

County owned Capistrano County Beach Parking Lot (closed for maintenance)
County’s Dana Point Library Parking Lot
Partial Restrictions (50%): County-owned Dana Point Harbor, Baby Beach, Strands, Salt Creek and Doheny State Beach parking lots.
Facility Closures
Nature Interpretive Center
Dana Point Community Center
Harbor Point Park (closed for maintenance)


Grocery Stores/ Market Hours Updated: May 18

UPDATED information bold & underlined.

Most stores have returned to regular shopping hours.
Local market and grocery store times may be changing to ensure that employees have time to restock shelves, sanitize, and clean facilities. We will keep updating this list as we receive more information.
Note: Masks are required in many stores, some do not allow personal shopping bags.
ALBERTSONS (Del Obispo, (949) 496-7900):
Please wear a mask. No personal shopping bags.
Seniors & those with disabilities/pregnant/compromised immune system: Daily, 6am-7am
Regular Store Hours: Daily, 7am-11pm
COSTCO (Doheny Park Rd, San Juan Capistrano, (949) 240-3558):
Masks are required.
LINE BYPASS: First Responders and Health Care Workers can bypass the line all day. Bring Work ID and Costco Membership Card; no guests.
Members are welcome to bring their children and up to two guests into the warehouse
Seniors* 60yrs+ & those with physical disabilities: Mon-Fri, 9am-10am
Regular Store Hours: Mon-Fri, 10am-8:30pm; Sat, 9:30am-6pm; Sun, 10am-6pm
GELSON'S (Monarch Bay Plaza, (949) 488-8147):
Masks are required; No personal shopping bags.
Seniors* 65yrs+: 7am-8am
Regular Store Hours: 8am-9pm
RALPH'S (Lantern District, (949) 661-4145, and Ocean Ranch, (949) 661-6334)
Please wear a mask. Bag your own personal bags.
Seniors* 60yrs+ and those considered high risk:  6am-7:30am
Regular Store Hours: 7:30am - Midnight
SMART & FINAL (Doheny Park Rd, (949) 240-4641):
Masks are required. Bag your own personal bags.
Seniors* 65yrs+, those with disabilities and expectant mothers:  Tue/Thu, 6am-8am
Regular Store Hours: 6am-11pm
STATER BROS (Camino de los Mares, San Clemente, (949) 496-8283):
Please wear a mask. Bag your own personal bags.
Seniors* 65yrs+ priority access: Tue/Fri: 7am-8am
Regular Store Hours: 7a-11p
SPROUTS (550 Camino de Estrella, San Clemente, (949) 542-1036):
Regular Store Hours: 7am-10pm
TRADER JOES (Ocean Ranch (949) 493-8599 and Camino de los Mares (949) 240-9996)
Please wear a mask. No personal shopping bags.
Seniors expedited line:  8am-9am
Regular Store Hours: 9am-8pm

Safe water:  Mouton Niguel and South Coast Water District want to assure residents that our water is safe and reliable. Water quality and supply have not been affected by the coronavirus (COVID -19).

SDG&E has suspended disconnections for nonpayment until further notice.  They have also implemented a number of tools to help customers.  Click here.

SoCalGas is working with residential customers on bill payment and small businesses by waiving late payment fees. They also have tips to save energy. Learn more here.

Cox Communications: Cox has temporarily adjusted its Cox Solutions Store hours in California as residents are directed to stay at home amid the coronavirus pandemic. As an essential business that provides critical communications services, Cox Solutions Store locations will stay open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday to serve customers. Stores will remain closed on Saturdays and Sundays. To learn more click here
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