Press ReleasePress ReleaseCity of Laguna Beach
John Pietig, City Manager

505 Forest Avenue
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Phone: (949) 497-0704
Fax: (949) 497-0771

3/19/2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE 03192020
 
Subject :Governor Gavin Newsom Orders All California Residents to Stay at Home
Contact :John Pietig    (949) 497-0704
    

Laguna Beach, CA — This evening, Governor Gavin Newsom issued direction to all California residents to stay at home effective immediately unless they are participating in “essential functions” like purchasing food, getting prescriptions or necessary health care, or going to an essential job.  Vulnerable populations and residents age 65 and older must stay home. The order, issued by the California State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health is intended to slow the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) to California citizens.

According to the order, when people need to leave their homes or places of residence for essential functions, they should at all times practice social distancing. According to the state’s guidelines, social distancing means maintaining a six-foot separation from all persons except for family members.  

Many establishments not covered in previous orders are ordered to cease operations that require in-person attendance by workers at a workplace.  All individuals are to stay home except as needed to maintain continuity of operations of the federal critical infrastructure sectors.

Essential services will remain open, such as:

  • Hospitals, clinics and healthcare operations
  • Pharmacies 
  • Grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, take-out and delivery restaurants 
  • Banks
  • Gas stations

Essential state and local government functions will also remain open, including:

  • Police, Fire and Marine Safety services will continue and 9-1-1 will be operating as usual
  • Certain City offices will remain closed to the public, but operational
  • Utilities (water, power and gas)

Laguna Beach Trolley Service is canceled effective immediately.  Sally's Fund team members are providing transportation for seniors to doctor's appointments. Call (949) 499-4100. 

Additional Resources

The City is regularly updating additional information on COVID-19 prevention on our website at www.lagunabeachcity.net/coronavirus

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