City of Coronado
Thursday, June 10, 2021
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COVID-19 Update Final Issue

As cases continue to drop and public health restrictions are slated to end, the City of Coronado will discontinue the COVID-19 Update with this final issue. The City worked diligently to provide the latest news and information on the coronavirus pandemic via this online newsletter, which was initially published daily and then, as public health restrictions eased, on an as-needed basis. The newsletter contained COVID-19-related news, resources, features and information on how Coronado was dealing with this unprecedented virus. The City also continued publishing the City Manager's Weekly Update, where readers may continue to find COVID-19 news. News may also be found on the City’s website: You can also follow the City on social media (see links below) and check the City of Coronado COVID-19 page. The City thanks the community for helping keep Coronado healthy and strong. This year is promising to be better.
Top News
Region Moves to Yellow Tier, Blueprint Ends June 15

California is preparing to get back to normal. This week, San Diego County moved into the Yellow Tier of the state's Blueprint for a Safer Economy less than a week before the state is planning to lift capacity and distancing restrictions for most businesses and activities. All sectors may return to usual operations on June 15. The exception is with large-scale events, which will have some restrictions, through at least Oct. 1.

Starting June 10, indoor informal gatherings are strongly discouraged but the maximum allowed is now up to 50% capacity or 50 people, whichever is fewer, and outdoor gatherings may allow 100 people. For private events, if any event is indoor, a maximum of 150 people may gather if all guests tested or show proof of full vaccination. For an outdoor private event, 100 people may gather or 300 if guests tested or show full vaccination proof. Most sectors will open at 50% capacity. However, Yellow Tier guidelines are set to end June 15.
When California fully reopens the economy June 15, people can expect things to feel more like normal, pre-COVID. Restaurants, shopping malls, movie theaters, and most everyday places will be open as normal with no capacity limits or social distancing required.

People are encouraged to wear a mask anytime they feel vulnerable, are at a large indoor or outdoor gathering or simply indoors. Over the summer, the state will continue to track vaccination and infection rates and keep some guidelines in place until at least Oct. 1.

Visit the California Department of Public Health website or go to for more information on Beyond the Blueprint guidelines.

The Fourth of July in Coronado is traditionally the City’s biggest holiday event of the year. This year, as the pandemic wanes and restrictions are eased, the City is expecting to attract many residents and visitors.

As the City prepares for the three-day holiday weekend celebrations, including the parade down Orange Avenue, it wants the community to be prepared. Remember, parking is at a premium before the 10 a.m. parade. Locals are asked to take alternative transportation, such as the Free Summer Shuttle and bicycles. Big crowds are expected throughout the weekend.

State public health officials announced the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions June 15 with no restrictions on capacity for outdoor settings. However, for outdoor “mega-events,” such as parades, the state recommends attendees be fully vaccinated, obtain a negative COVID-19 test prior to attending the event, or wear a face covering.

The Council approved allowing the parade, a rough water swim and the Crown City Classic run to be held Saturday, July 3, and the fireworks display and a Navy parachute demonstration on the Fourth of July. The holiday is observed on Monday, July 5.

Please pay attention to parking restrictions, road closures and safety zones. The City has created a list of frequently asked questions including when the medians open, where are road closures set up, how to deal with towed vehicles and bus service. 
Council Extends Outdoor Dining Waivers

In addition to moving this week into the least restrictive tier on the state's Blueprint for a Safer Economy, the California Department of Public Health announced last month that limitations on indoor dining would be removed effective June 15. It is expected the County of San Diego will align with the modified state guidance.

The City Council recently extended a waiver of parking requirements and temporary outdoor seating permits -- enacted during the pandemic to help businesses significantly impacted to allow outdoor dining -- through Sept. 30. The extension allows restaurants to benefit from the increased business during the summer season and more slowly return to pre-COVID operations.

Concerns have been raised regarding outdoor dining furniture encroaching into pedestrian walkways, especially with the Fourth of July Celebration coming. Staff will work with restaurants to ensure sidewalks are passable, and that all applicable fire safety standards are followed. Noncompliant restaurants may be prohibited from using the outdoor spaces.
Coronado COVID-19 Response -- By the Numbers

Despite the pandemic and all it wrought on the region and beyond, the City of Coronado and its dedicated staff, many of whom continued coming in daily, worked diligently to ensure that City services continued to be delivered at levels residents have come to expect.

Here is a "By the Numbers" handout the City created outlining most, but certainly not all, of the numerous ways the City stepped up during this extraordinary year.
Vaccination Site at City Facility to Close Next Week

The City and Sharp Coronado Hospital opened a vaccination site in Coronado in January. Since then, more than 50,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines were administered at the Coronado Community Center site by a variety of volunteers. Due to the current decline in vaccination demand, the Coronado Community Center vaccination site is ramping down activities and Sharp is planning to relocate the site to the Sharp Coronado Hospital’s retail pharmacy adjacent to the hospital. 

Recreation and Golf Services staff worked with hospital staff to prepare and maintain the space for the hospital. Many Coronado residents, as well as people from across San Diego County, received their vaccines at the facility, whose goal was to help move the region on to the next phase as quickly as possible. Sharp officials said they are thankful for the great partnership with the City and all the volunteers who have helped run the operation during the past five months. The City is grateful to Sharp officials who helped so many Coronado residents receive their vaccinations. The final day of vaccination at the Community Center will be June 15 with the Sharp Retail Pharmacy taking over operations on June 16.
Coronado Public Library - Current Services

The Coronado Public Library will resume collecting late fees starting June 15. Any materials checked out on or after June 15 will be subject to late fees if they become overdue. Library materials will now automatically renew a total of two times. Items on hold for another patron will not auto-renew and will be due back at the end of the borrowing period. For more information, call (619) 522-7390.

The Library is back open seven days a week with Curbside Pickup Curbside service available Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Library hours are as follows:
  • Monday-Thursday: 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.

Here are more details on what is currently required, available or not allowed at the Library:
  • Patrons are required to wear a mask the entire time they are inside the Library.
  • Patrons are encouraged to take their temperature at the touchless kiosk upon entry.
  • Social distancing is enforced while in line and in the seating areas.
  • Public computers, printing services and the copier machine are available in the Reference Desk area.  
  • Contactless checkout is available at our self-check machines.
  • Payments of fines and fees is cashless at our self-check machines or with our online payment option.
  • Food and drink is not permitted in the library. 
  • There are no onsite programs or room bookings at this time.

The community should be aware that on June 15, with more public health restrictions being lifted, there will likely be changes as well at the Library. Check the Weekly Update for any changes.
Spreckels Center to Reopen June 16

The John D. Spreckels Center will reopen after being closed for more than a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Spreckels Center staff, and the facility's new Recreation Supervisor Dana Welch, will welcome the community to return June 16 to say hello and reacquaint themselves with the building which was completed in 2017.

The Spreckels Center was designed to serve the City's vibrant 50-plus community and will offer a wide variety of programs and services, including health, fitness and wellness programs, volunteer and civic engagement opportunities, educational and arts programs, and inter-generational programs.

In-person classes will begin in a phased manner, beginning June 21 with fitness classes, current events and a floral design class. A welcome reception is planned for Dana Welch on June 22 at 3 p.m. Additional programs will kick off in the second phase, starting around mid-July, with watercolor, bingo, Arm Chair Travel and card games, among others. In the third phase, with a full staff aboard and fall/winter classes available, look for community choir and music programs, workshops in conjunction with the adjacent Coronado Public Library, and special events and displays in coordination with the Cultural Arts Commission.
Recreation Services Updates

Recreation & Golf Services has a number of changes set to go into effect at many of its facilities, including the imminent removal of reservation requirements for the Fitness Room, Skatepark and Aquatics Center.

The Skatepark will return to summer hours on June 12. On June 15, changes at parks and beaches include the City allowing equipment and taking applications for other events besides celebrations of life and wedding ceremonies. Facility rental applications will be accepted on June 15 for events taking place in 2022.

Recreation camps will begin June 21. See the Recreation brochure online. Beginning June 21, swim lessons and water exercise classes will begin, however, reservations are required. Aquatics Center hours will be changing, too. It is anticipated that the Coronado Playhouse will be reopened in late June.

Current hours for Recreation facilities are as follows:
  • Community Center: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Skatepark: Monday-Friday, 2 to 7 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.
  • Tennis Center: Daily 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Golf Course: Daily 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Aquatics Center: Lap Swim Monday-Friday, 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Family Swim: Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Boathouse: Daily 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Spreckels Center: Soft opening, June 16; Classes begin June 21
  • Parks/Beaches: Open daily, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Coronado's Free Summer Shuttle is Back

Coronado's Free Summer Shuttle is back. Starting Sunday, June 6, residents and visitors can take a free ride around Coronado. Take a courtesy ride to the beach, the Coronado Public Library, grocery or drug store, area hotels or the Community Center. Check out for the Free Summer Shuttle page for all you need to know about the free service.

The classic VW bus-themed artwork is back and a big thank you to sponsor Discover Coronado. Buses will run seven days a week every 15 minutes through Labor Day, Sept. 6, from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and an hour later on Friday and Saturday. 

The City will provide special free bus service to the Village area on July 3 and July 4 for Cays residents from 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. in 30-minute intervals. On July 3 and 4, the Free Summer Shuttle in the Village will operate from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Village Theatre Reopening August 1

The Village Theatre is planning to reopen on Aug. 1, following the installation of all new seating. The theater underwent an extensive renovation a decade ago and reopened in June of 2010. The theatre shutdown during the early days of the pandemic and, although the venue could have opened with a limited audience sooner, the operator made a decision to wait until the theater could fully open. The City supports the operator’s decision and is looking forward to going to the movies again.
North Beach Update - Fire Rings, Beach Mats

Public Services’ Beach Division reinstalled eight fire rings and completed a thorough maintenance of the beach access mats at the end of May. The decision was made to re-install the fire rings as more COVID-19 restrictions were eased in the region. The City will work with a contractor to provide security in the area as in years past. The security guard will help with ensuring beach goers are using the proper fire materials; no pallets but charcoal and clean wood only; maintaining proper fire size and cleanup; abiding by established curfews; and not engaging in prohibited activities such as bringing glass and drinking alcohol on the beach and commercial activity. The City’s fire rings were removed one year ago in response to pandemic protocols.
June Blood Drive - Red Cross Bus

The City and American Red Cross have scheduled the next blood drive for June 21 at the Coronado Community Center. The agencies have worked together during the pandemic to host monthly blood drives as available blood supplies were low. Each month, the Coronado community came through to support this worthy cause. This next drive will be held at the Community Center in the Red Cross Bus as the former site will be reopened to the community. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All blood donations are now tested for COVID-19 antibodies. Since last year, the City has sponsored fourteen blood drives. Coronado had the highest collection total for the year in the Central-South San Diego region.
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