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City of Encinitas - 

Order to Stay Home

The number of COVID-19 cases in San Diego County increased from 105 to 131 and the County reports 3 cases in Encinitas.

On Thursday, March 19, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued an order for anyone living in the state to stay home, except for those providing essential services.

Under the new order, there are 16 essential services including gas stations, pharmacies, grocery and convenience stores, banks, laundromats, federal critical infrastructure sectors, critical government services, and construction, including housing construction. The City is construction inspection services.  Restaurants in Encinitas providing take-out and delivery can continue to operate.

The Governor urged people to avoid gathering in public spaces, such as parks and beaches and to only leave the house for essential reasons.

The order is in place until further notice.

For more information, visit https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/.

We understand how much uncertainty surrounds what this order means to you as individuals and for all of us as a community. The City is coordinating to continue providing essential City services and information for residents.

We urge you to do your part to protect your health and the health of everyone by following the order and remember that we are all in this together while following the State and local “stay home” orders.

Active Recreation Areas in City Parks Closed

The City closed active recreation areas in all City Parks on Thursday, March 19 until further notice.

The following areas are closed:

  • All fields and courts (including tennis, pickleball, basketball, and volleyball)
  • Playgrounds
  • Maggie Houlihan Memorial Dog Park
  • Skate parks/features

For more information, see https://encinitasca.gov/Home/City-News/ArticleID/218

Emergency Shelter during the COVID-19 Pandemic

The City Council has directed staff to implement a program to assist homeless in Encinitas with housing needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The City has contracted with the Community Resource Center (CRC) to provide emergency shelter to homeless individuals in Encinitas. The CRC can quickly respond by providing support services and food through its regular programs to those who are provided shelter during this challenging time. CRC began providing shelter to vulnerable individuals today.

Senior Nutrition Program and Hotline Continue

Seniors can continue to pick up meals during the “stay home” order between 11:30 am and 12:30 pm at the Community and Senior Center located at 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Monday thru Friday. The hotline (760) 943-2221 and email [email protected] will continue to be monitored to provide seniors with assistance with groceries and other resources throughout the weekend.

Additionally, the Facilitating Access to Coordinated Transportation (FACT) program that provides rides to anyone 60+ is still operating, and currently allowing students and parents to partake in the service. This is a FREE service through the end of March and may be extended into April. They prefer one day notice. FACT operates daily, including weekends, and can accommodate wheelchairs. They can be reached at (760) 943-2256.

COVID-19 Surge Hiring in North County

During this time of unprecedented disruption, several businesses in North County are hiring to meet the demand of people sheltering at home and complying with state orders. San Diego North Economic Development Council is maintaining a list of local employment opportunities here: https://www.sdnedc.org/crisis-employment-opportunities/.