City of Coronado

Thursday, May 28, 2020
Top News
Passive Use of Beach Permitted Beginning June 2

San Diego County has announced that beaches may open June 2 for passive use, including sunbathing and relaxing with towels and chairs with members of your household unit.

The Coronado City Council agreed last week that when the County’s health officer opened local beaches for passive use, the City would follow whatever guidelines are issued. Activities such as football or volleyball at the beach are not allowed.

The Council asked the public at its May 19 meeting to heed social distancing and sanitation measures when at the beach.

Dog Beach, Sunset Park and the fire rings remain closed. Restrictions were recently reduced on parking lots adjacent to the beach and the bay, and at parks, pursuant to the San Diego County Public Health Officer. They will remain for the time being open at 50 percent of capacity.

The Coronado Lawn Bowling Green has reopened at the John D. Spreckels Center with the required San Diego County reopening plan.

The plan includes a list of physical distancing and sanitation measures that will be put in place to protect Lawn Bowling Green members and participants.

The Lawn Bowling Green reopened Thursday, May 28. Those playing must wear face masks, have their temperatures checked, and only two sets of two participants will be allowed on two “rinks,” or lanes, at a time. The available rinks are several rinks apart.

Reservations are required. Restrooms will be available to participants and members only. They will be cleaned frequently. Equipment may not be shared.
Cays Tennis Courts May Reopen by June 5

The Glorietta Bay Tennis Center reopened last week. The San Diego County public health officer recently amended an order to allow for tennis to resume under monitored limited conditions.

Recreation and Golf Services may reopen the Cays Tennis Courts as early as June 5. The rules will require that no more than two individual participants or one household group is allowed on the court at a time. The courts must be monitored, and masks and temperature checks required.

Play at the Cays, as at the Glorietta Bay Tennis Center, will require registration, payment of registration fees of $5 per resident per court and $20 per nonresident per court for a 1-hour spot and abiding by the hours of operation.

For the Cays, play is proposed for three days a week -- Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday -- from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. because the courts need to be supervised. One-on-one tennis lessons have resumed at the Glorietta Bay Tennis Center.

The City reopened the Coronado Municipal Golf Course on May 1 after the San Diego County public health officer relaxed restrictions for parks and golf courses at the end of April.

The County has further amended the Golf Course Sanitation Protocol form to note that golf instruction and clinics are no longer suspended and cart usage is no longer limited to a single golfer.

Additionally, Golf Course staff no longer must check the temperature of each guest upon entry to the facility. Staff must continue to check the temperature of each employee.
Restaurants, Retail Shop Reopening Questions

San Diego County was given approval late last week by the state to allow restaurants to offer indoor dining and retail establishments in-store shopping while abiding by the County’s Restaurant Operating Protocol.

Businesses must follow state and County guidance, and complete and post their safe reopening plans. Visit the County’s website for questions on safe reopening plans. Retail businesses need to complete the County's Safe Reopening Plan, print and post it at their entrance. Businesses can email San Diego County officials for related questions at .

As businesses are allowed to conditionally reopen, there is a need to monitor and educate businesses to ensure they follow San Diego County’s safe reopening plan. The City entered into a contract with Coronado MainStreet to provide that monitoring service. Just as in other areas, further reductions in restrictions will depend on full compliance.
Temporary Outdoor Seating

The City Council agreed May 19 to waive Coronado’s parking code requirements to allow local restaurants to temporarily serve dining patrons in parking lots, other dedicated parking spots or other open areas near their restaurants. Some restaurants have reopened indoor dining.

Several businesses have contacted the City about adding temporary outdoor seating and staff is working with them to develop plans consistent with City guidelines.

The Council action allows Coronado restaurants to maintain but not exceed their previously approved seating occupancy prior to the COVID-19 emergency required them to close or greatly reduce their operations. The seating is subject to the conditions and limitations outlined in a City handout and application form found on the Community Development web page.
County Allows Salons, Barbershops to Reopen

Salons and barbershops, as well as houses of worship, may reopen in Coronado and across the region, per state and San Diego County health officials on Tuesday, May 26.

Places of worship will have to limit attendance to 25% of capacity, or 100 people or fewer, whichever of the two is smaller. Worshipers not in the same household will have to sit or stand six feet apart. Given the high risk of this activity, outdoor ceremonies are encouraged and vulnerable members of the population (over 65 years old, compromised immune system or underlying condition) are strongly encouraged to participate through streaming or some other form of remote technology. Check with your place of worship for more information.

Hair salons and barbershop employees will have to complete a health screening at the beginning and end of each shift and both stylists and customers must wear facial coverings for the duration of the hair appointment.

While the businesses may open immediately, certain services frequently offered are not yet allowed. This includes eyelash and eyebrow services, facials and shaves.

Stylists and barbers were allowed to reopen Wednesday, May 27, if they follow safety rules and post a reopening plan that meets County standards. New rules will require sanitation practices that can be found online. H ouses of worship also were allowed to reopen on May 27.
Lifeline Business Loan Program Update

The City reopened the Lifeline Business Loan program to Tier 2 businesses on May 18. So far, loans totaling $1.25 million were approved for 85 eligible Tier 1 and Tier 2 businesses. The City Council approved the Lifeline Business Loan program to quickly help local businesses who were forced to close or vastly reduce their operations due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Coronado Chamber of Commerce is issuing and receiving loan applications. Contact Sue Gillingham at or (619) 435-9260.
Memorial Day 2020 Virtual Ceremony

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the local sponsors of the annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Star Park and the City worked together to produce a special videotaped program that aired on Coronado TV on Memorial Day.

The City has made the video available on its website. It can be viewed by clicking on the YouTube link below.

Special thanks to sponsors – Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2422, Coronado Post; United States Navy League, Coronado Council; Military Officers Association of America, Silver Strand Chapter; and Marine Corps League, Coronado Detachment.
Osher Lecture This Week

This week’s Osher online lecture, brought to you courtesy of the City's Spreckels Center and UC San Diego's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, involves gaining a better understanding of Universal Basic Income (UBI). “ Back to Basics, The Universal Basic Income Debate will provide insight into what UBI is, what drives its popularity, common objections to it, and how it works. This video will be available for online viewing now through Monday, May 31.

The notion of a universal basic income — unconditional cash grants provided to all citizens, regardless of income or work ability — has in recent years captivated academics, entrepreneurs, policymakers, and ordinary citizens. Countries ranging from Brazil to Finland and cities such as Stockton and Chicago are conducting or have recently concluded pilot studies of a UBI, and presidential candidate Andrew Yang has made it a centerpiece of his campaign. But what is UBI and how does it work? Why do both libertarians and traditional leftists support it? This lecture will explore what UBI is and what drives its popularity, as well as common objections to and misconceptions about it. 

Miranda Perry Fleischer is Professor of Law at the University of San Diego School of Law, where she teaches and writes about Law and Society.
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