City of Coronado
COVID-19 UPDATE
Friday October 9, 2020
Top News
San Diego County Remains in Tier 2

In late August, the Governor announced a new blueprint for reducing COVID-19 in the state with revised criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on activities.

A four-tier, color-coded system allows counties to show consistent success in reducing coronavirus transmission before allowing more businesses and activities to reopen or resume. Closures are based on data showing the spread of the virus among residents.

San Diego County's risk level remains in Tier 2, also referred to as the Red Tier, according to the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency with data through Oct. 7. The California Department of Public Health will assess counties on a weekly basis, with the next report scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 13.

We can all do our part to stay healthy by adhering to state and public health orders, including maintaining social distancing and wearing masks.

Coronado will host free Halloween activities this year. Find out all about the drive-thru trick-or-treating event and social media Halloween contests in the latest edition of the City Manager's Weekly Update Video

Each week, the City Manager's Office provides an update that includes information on programs, services and issues within the City, as well as news, project updates and follow-up information when necessary.
Coronado Goes Ghostly Halloween Activities

The City will host free Halloween activities for a fun and festive holiday that also complies will all local, state, and federal health orders. This week, the City Council approved two activities for the entire family.

The Recreation and Golf Services Department, in collaboration with the City’s Cultural Arts Commission and Coronado MainStreet, invites households to enjoy a drive-thru trick-or-treating activity from 2 to 6 p.m. on Halloween Day, Oct. 31. Get dressed and deck out the car for a photo by Recreation staff. A ticket is required to participate. Call (619) 522-7342 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to get a specific drive-thru time and location either in the Cays or the Village. Coronado residents may register starting Wednesday, Oct. 14, and nonresidents starting Oct. 26.

Also, starting Friday, Oct. 9, the community may share their creative spirit by taking part in several social media Halloween contests. The contests are: Most Impressive Pumpkin Decorating; Most Delightful Howl-o-Ween Pet Costume; Most Haunting Home Decor; Most Creative Kids Costume; and Best Group Costume. Submit photos to recdept@coronado.ca.us or through social media to our City of Coronado Recreation Services page on Facebook or recreate_coronado on Instagram.

Be sure to read San Diego County’s Halloween guidelines to minimize the spread of COVID-19, including a recommendation against door-to-door trick-or treating. In that regard, the City Council also decided against closing Margarita Avenue on Halloween.
Electric Leaf Blower Webinar

The City of Coronado will host its first virtual demonstration of electric leaf blowers next week. Last year, the City adopted an ordinance requiring all leaf blowers used in the City to be powered by electricity and not gas.

Effective Jan. 1, gas-powered leaf blowers will be prohibited citywide. To ensure a smooth transition, the City will hold multiple demonstration and, due to the pandemic, the first is set for 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13, via Zoom.

Join the City to learn about various models of ECHO electric leaf blowers. There will be a presentation, demonstration and a Q&A. Contact Kelli Maples at (619) 522-6328 or kmaples@coronado.ca.us to receive the Zoom link. 
Housing Element Virtual Workshop

The City will hold the first public workshop for residents interested in learning about and participating virtually in the process to incorporate the state’s new housing requirements. The meeting will be held via Zoom, due to to limitations on gatherings, at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22.

The Housing Element is a required part of the City’s General Plan, a comprehensive policy document that establishes future development goals, and land use designations and policies.

Notwithstanding the City’s legal challenge to address the flawed methodology and use of an unfair weighted vote to adopt a housing allocation that assigned Coronado an 1,800% increase from its prior housing allocation cycle, the City is statutorily required to move forward with the Housing Element update.

Click here to register for the virtual workshop via Zoom. For project updates, click here or visit the Community Development Department’s web page under Housing Element Update. For questions, contact Senior Planner Jesse Brown at (619) 522-2415 or jbrown@coronado.ca.us.
City Playgrounds Reopen

Coronado reopened its outdoor playgrounds on Oct. 3 following new state and regional public health guidelines.

Public Services completed an inspection and a general cleanup since the equipment had not been used for more than six months. Rules are posted in the parks and the City will provide handwashing or sanitizer stations, where feasible.

It is recommended that users wash hands before and after visiting a playground. State guidance advises caregivers and others using the equipment to ensure they are limiting capacity and maintaining social distancing from different household groups and that they wear masks. 
Coronado 130 Virtual Event Update

Medals and T-shirts are available for participants who have completed the Coronado 130 Virtual Challenge. The event was designed to help the City celebrate its 130th anniversary and participants stay healthy during the ongoing pandemic.

Locals may pick up finisher medals and other ordered packages at the Coronado Community Center, 1845 Strand Way, from 2 to 5 p.m. on Fridays: Oct. 9, Nov. 6 and Dec. 11. Medals may be picked up only if you have logged more than 130 miles on the leaderboard. When picking up gear, please practice social distancing and wear a mask.

The challenge asks participants to complete 130 miles by running, walking, cycling, golfing, paddle boarding, surfing, inline skating or any other activity by Dec. 11, the date the City was incorporated in 1890.

If you are interested in joining this challenge, you can still sign up. The challenge is free and a medal goes to all who complete more than 130 miles. 
Mail Ballots and Voting

More than 1.9 million mail ballots were sent this week to voters for the Nov. 3 General Election. Mail Ballot Drop-off locations are open at the Coronado Public Library and the Community Center patio through Nov. 3 during operating hours. You don't have to live in Coronado to drop off your ballots here.

On Oct. 31, 235 super polling locations will open around San Diego County, including one at the Spreckels Center. This is due to the limited number of polling locations because of the pandemic. The Spreckels Center super polling location will be open Oct. 31, Nov. 1 and Nov. 2 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Election Day, Nov. 3, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The Registrar of Voters office in Kearny Mesa is open for early voting from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. However, the Registrar urges voters to take advantage of their mail ballots.
Skatepark Changes

The City’s Skatepark reopened in May on a limited basis after closing in March due to the pandemic. Reservations are still required to use the facility and must be made 24 hours in advance; no more than one one-hour time slot may be reserved per day.

The City will increase capacity to six skaters or two households starting Oct. 10. Call (619) 708-8342 and leave a message or email recdept@coronado.ca.us for reservations.

Skaters must use a prior purchased punch pass, annual membership or purchase a daily drop-in to use the facility – no cash is accepted at this time. 

The Skatepark is supervised and patrons must wear a mask when interacting with staff and provide their own safety equipment and all gear. Read the Coronado Skatepark Safety Protocol for information during the special COVID-19 re-opening.

The new hours are Monday through Friday from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6:30 p.m.
Online Lap Swim Reservations

Due to the ongoing pandemic, Recreation and Golf Services has provided an online reservation system for lap swimming. Effective Tuesday, Oct. 13, the following changes will be made to accommodate more swimmers while staying within the public health guidelines:

  • Priority booking for Coronado residents will be from 8 to 9 a.m. on Tuesdays
  • Nonresidents may make reservations at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays
  • An additional timeslot has been added from noon to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday
  • Swimmers may continue to share a lane with a friend or family member
  • A punch pass will be introduced as an alternative for the monthly or year pass

There will be 10 punches on the pass starting Monday, Oct. 19. Reservations can be made online through your recreation registration account, PerfectMIND, or over the phone at (619) 522-7342.
Free Osher Lecture

This week, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will be hosting two informative lectures about propositions on the 2020 ballot.

The first lecture, “We Are All Gig Workers,” is presented by Distinguished Professor and Director of the Employment and Labor Law Program at the University of San Diego Orly Lobel. Lobel will discuss whether or not law should play a role in fitting Uber and Lyft drivers, freelance creatives, and just-in-time engineers into traditional regulatory molds of employment laws, zoning taxes and consumer safety.

The second lecture, “Proposition 13 and Other Tax Limitations in California,” will discuss the history and provisions of Proposition 13 and the proposed changes contained in the November ballot initiative. Presenter William D. Smith graduated from the University of California at Riverside and has extensive work experience in public administration. Viewing of these lectures will be available now through Oct. 11.

View “We Are All Gig Workers” and “Proposition 13 and Other Tax Limitations in California” by clicking below. These lectures are brought to you through the John D. Spreckels Center’s continued partnership with UCSD’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
Library Reopens to Community

Staff at the Coronado Public Library welcomed the community back on Thursday, Sept. 10, when it reopened following a six-month closure due to the pandemic.

For now, hours are limited, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, except Wednesdays when closing time is set for 9 p.m. After a transition period, the Library will return to its normal 7-day schedule. Occupancy is currently capped at no more than 100 people.

The first hour in the morning has been allocated exclusively to at-risk residents including seniors 60-plus and those with underlying health conditions. The Library opens to all ages at 11 a.m. The Library will continue to offer online programming, such as Storytimes and crafts, as gatherings are still prohibited. Check out the video below with the new rules.
County COVID-19 Resources

The County of San Diego continues to provide resources for those impacted by COVID-19. If you are a resident that needs rental assistance due to the financial burden caused by COVID-19, click the link below. If you or someone you know is facing food insecurity due to the pandemic, click the link below to view the Great Plates Program.  
Blood Drive in Coronado

Coronado hosted its fifth consecutive monthly blood drive earlier this week. The American Red Cross reports that 34 units were collected and that can go on to save up to 102 lives. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Coronado Community Center has been the site of blood drives that have collected 205 units which can go on to save 615 lives. The next blood drive is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 30. To schedule your appointment, visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter sponsor code CityBD.
COVID-19 Information

The City is working diligently to provide the latest news and information on the coronavirus pandemic. The City issues a newsletter on an as-needed basis with news, resources, features and information on how Coronado is working to help stop the spread of the virus. To subscribe to the COVID-19 Update, click on this link to see a copy of the newsletter than click subscribe and provide your email address. News may also be found on the City’s website: www.coronado.ca.us. You can follow the City on social media and check the City of Coronado COVID-19 page.
COVID-19 Health Resources and Links