City of Encinitas

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update


San Diego County Case Count: 1112

Today, April 3, San Diego surpassed 1000 cases. San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) reported 1112 COVID-19 cases, with 27 cases among Encinitas residents.

Stay home, stop the spread, save lives.

San Diego County Updates Guidance

Effective 12:00 A.M. Friday, April 3, four amendments to San Diego’s Health Officer Order went into effect. The addendum to the Order can be found here: https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/hhsa/programs/phs/community_epidemiology/dc/2019-nCoV/health-order.html

1) San Diego County will follow California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidance by strongly recommending that you wear a cloth face covering when you leave your home for essential activities, such as grocery shopping. Wearing a cloth face covering does not eliminate the need to physically distance yourself from others. The purpose of the mask is to protect others by lessening the probability of you transmitting COVID if you don’t know you have it.

An important aspect of this recommendation is that cloth facial coverings are not the same as medical-grade masks—which should be reserved for health care workers and first responders. A cloth face covering is a material that covers your nose and mouth. It can be secured to your head with ties or straps, or simply wrapped around the lower face. A face covering can be made of a variety of materials, such as cotton, silk, or linen. It can be factory-made or sewn by hand, or can be improvised from household cloth items such as scarfs, T-shirts, sweatshirts, or towels.

Before putting on or removing a cloth face covering, wash hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and hot water. It is a good idea to wash your cloth face covering frequently, ideally after each use, or at least each day. A guide for face coverings can be found here: https://first5sandiego.org/diy-face-coverings//

The County of San Diego is asking: “If you leave your place, cover your face.”

2) All employees who have contact with the public in any grocery store, pharmacy or drug store, convenience store, gas station, restaurant, and other business establishment that serves food are required to wear a cloth face covering, effective 12:00 am Saturday, April 4.

3) All essential businesses that are open and have a facility that public enters must prepare and post at or near the entrance a “Social Distancing and Sanitation Protocol” no later than 12:00 A.M. April 7. The County has provided a “fill in the blank” template for businesses here: https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/dam/sdc/hhsa/programs/phs/Epidemiology/covid19/SOCIAL_DISTANCING_AND_SANITATION_PROTOCOL_04022020_V1.pdf

4) Parking lots at all public parks and recreation areas, including public beaches will be closed. Access to parks and recreation facilities will only be accessible to the public by walking, and used for walking, hiking, and biking. The public is not allowed to congregate or participate in active sport activities at the facilities.

Per San Diego County Health orders, all City of Encinitas park parking lots are closed. All Encinitas parks, including off-leash dog areas and public restrooms, remain open. More information on the closure of park parking lots in Encinitas can be found here: https://encinitasca.gov/Residents/Parks-Beaches-Trails/Parks

State Beaches Close

As of sunset on Friday, April 3, all State Beaches will be closed, including Cardiff, Carlsbad, and Torrey Pines. For more information, see https://www.parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve.

For the most up to date information on the City’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit https://encinitasca.gov/COVID-19-UPDATES.

For information or questions, please contact Tom Bokosky, Director of Human Resources at (760) 633-2631 or [email protected].