City of Poway COVID-19 Update 5/14/2020

Poway Farmer's Market is OPEN for fresh foods!!

UPDATE: 5/14/2020

Business Reopening Resources

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors adopted the Business Safety Framework, a general outline for local businesses highlighting the things they need to prepare for and do before they could reopen. This action was taken in anticipation of the state’s modifications for the stay at home orders. Learn more.

For businesses with physical locations that have been closed, the CDC is listing important steps to take before your building/business reopens.

The San Diego County Water Authority provides a fact sheet on plumbing safety with eight steps to reopening a building and how to flush your water system.


UPDATE: 4/10/2020

Council Moves Forward on Small Business Loan Program, Commercial Eviction Moratorium

This week the Poway City Council passed a moratorium on commercial evictions to help those affected by the coronavirus. Councilmembers voted to suspend commercial evictions until May 31. The urgency ordinance went into effect immediately.

The council also directed staff to develop a loan program for small businesses affected by the pandemic. The council-initiated item was brought forward by Mayor Steve Vaus to provide a financial bridge for businesses to survive the current crisis. Named the Poway Emergency Assistance Recovery Loan (PEARL), Council asked staff to present details at the next council meeting April 21.

The council agreed on loan program framework, including:

  • The city would set aside up to $2 million in loans for small businesses in Poway;
  • The maximum amount would be $50,000;
  • Small businesses are defined as having a maximum of 50 employees.

Council discussed additional eligibility criteria, financial information applicants will be required to provide, and interest rates depending upon the amount of the loan and the repayment period.


UPDATE: 4/9/2020

Updated County Public Health Orders

The County expanded its Health Order to prohibit gatherings of any type, effective Thursday, April 9. The new directive means that gatherings of 10 people or less are no longer allowed in San Diego County, unless they live in same household.

“We decided to extend the gathering restrictions because people were getting together in parks, beaches and other open spaces,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “People should stay at home and only go in public when doing essential activities, such as grocery shopping or going to the pharmacy.”

The revised order also expands the requirement for employees of certain businesses to wear face coverings to banks, public transportation and child care providers that serve food.

An update last week mandated the closure of all parking lots at park and recreation facilities. Poway’s neighborhood parks will remain open, but will be limited to walking, hiking and biking. All “active use” areas (such as basketball courts, tennis courts and sports fields) were closed to limit people from congregating. Parking lots at trailheads were closed as well.

Although the Sheriff’s department has been relying on voluntary compliance to this point, Sheriff Bill Gore stated that compliance with both the county’s public health order and the governor’s executive order will be enforced.


UPDATE: 4/8/2020

Modified Weekday Bus Schedules Beginning April 13

Starting Monday, April 13, Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) will start a modified weekday schedule, due to significant declines in ridership as a result of the coronavirus. According to MTS, about 70 percent of routes will see a frequency and/or span of service change. In Poway, routes 944 and 945 are unchanged, but route 945A is being suspended.  At this time, MTS reminds riders that only essential trips should be taken on MTS buses and Trolleys (essential workers, groceries, medical, etc.) More info here.

 


City Continues to Provide Essential Services

As the City responds to the impact of COVID-19 on our community, City Hall and all city buildings remain closed to the public. Essential services will continue to be provided in accordance to the Governor’s order (read “Stay at Home Except for Essential Needs”).

For our city government, this includes law enforcement and departments that provide basic programs and services including maintenance of our water and wastewater services, public works response for replacement/repairs of the city’s infrastructure (e.g., streetlights, traffic signals and roads). View Status of City Services here.

For questions about City of Poway services. Response times may vary based on staffing availability:
Main Number: 858-668-4400
Development Services: 858-668-4600
Public Works: 858-668-4700
Community Services: 858-668-4595
Fire Department: 858-668-4460

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we focus on the public health crisis at hand. This is an unprecedented event and constantly evolving. What we know and do today may change tomorrow. We encourage you to stay in touch by bookmarking this webpage and following @cityofpoway on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram.


UPDATE: 4/2/2020

New Park and Recreation Area Closures Mandated by County

The County introduced new public health measures to further reduce the spread of COVID-19 that affect Poway parks and recreation areas. The mandate calls for the closure of all parking lots at park and recreation facilities by midnight on Friday night, April 3. Poway’s neighborhood parks will remain open, but will be limited to walking, hiking and biking. All “active use” areas (such as basketball courts, tennis courts and sports fields) will be closed to limit people from congregating. Parking lots at trailheads will be closed as well.

Although the Sheriff’s department has been relying on voluntary compliance to this point, Sheriff Bill Gore stated that compliance with both the county’s public health order and the governor’s executive order will be enforced.


UPDATE: 4/1/2020

Stay Home. Save Lives. Check In.

The governor has launched the “Stay Home. Save Lives. Check In.” campaign urging Californians to help combat social isolation and food insecurity among those over the age of 65. A statewide hotline (833-544-2374), in coordination with the non-profit local 2-1-1 systems, will give Californians a one-stop shop to answer their questions and get assistance during this crisis.

National Coronavirus Guidelines Extended 

The Coronavirus Guidelines for America (30 Days to Slow the Spread) was extended for an additional 30 days through April 30.  Learn more about the revised CDC guidance (en Español) .

Resources for Small Businesses, Employees

The City has an updated list of resources available for small businesses and employees impacted by COVID-19 on our “Tools for Business” web page.


UPDATE: 3/26/2020

While city parks remain open, playgrounds at the parks are temporarily closed. This is part of the city’s efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community. The state’s stay at home public health order does allow for people to go outside for exercise, a walk or fresh air as you are maintaining a safe social distance of six feet from people who aren’t part of your household. If you are planning to visit a city park, please help reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Think Six for Safety. Social distancing = 6 feet separation between you and others who are not a part of your household.
  • Be Hygienic. Wash your hands, carry hand sanitizer or antibacterial wipes, cover your cough and follow other guidelines by the CDC.
  • Be Considerate. Please stay home if you are sick or know you have been exposed to COVID-19.

UPDATE: 3/25/2020

The Poway Senior Center is extending their closure through Sunday, May 3.  The senior center operates as an independent nonprofit. Check the senior center website for updated information.


UPDATE: 3/24/2020

Temporary Closures of Hiking, Recreation Destinations

For the safety of our community, the City of Poway will temporarily close the Lake Poway Recreation Area, Blue Sky Ecological Reserve, Iron Mountain Wilderness Area, trailhead to Rattlesnake Canyon, and skate park.

The city is taking these additional actions because of the large influx of people using these trails and recreation areas. This is to reinforce county and state public health orders for social distancing and limiting non-essential gatherings, which are critical for slowing the spread of COVID-19 in our community. The city will continue to monitor all city parks and amenities for usage and determine additional closures if needed in the best interest of the community.

The new closures listed above include access to hiking trails, parking lots and restrooms. Gates and parking lots will be closed; signage will be placed at all locations. The Sheriff’s Poway Station will assist with education and enforcement.

Local Restaurants and Grocery Stores Continue Serving Poway

We’re working to help you continue to Shop Local here in the City of Poway. Download our list of restaurants open for take-out/delivery and local grocery stores. This list will be updated regularly, but please check with individual businesses for changes in operations and hours.


UPDATE: 3/23/2020

Keep Emergency Responders Safe

For your safety and the safety of our emergency responders, when calling 9-1-1 or the Sheriff’s non-emergency line at (858) 565-5200 let dispatchers know if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms or are quarantined. This ensures that our Poway firefighters and Sheriff’s deputies stay safe and healthy, in order to continue to protect our community and prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Free Mental Health Support

The constant changes and updates that come with COVID-19 can be overwhelming. The Access & Crisis Line serves all of San Diego County and is available 24/7 to help individuals in crisis and to offer mental health support. It’s confidential and free of charge. Call 888-724-7240 to speak with someone or visit their website to learn more.


UPDATE: 3/22/2020

As the City of Poway mobilizes to respond to the impact of COVID-19 on our community, City Hall and all city buildings remain closed to the public. Essential services will continue to be provided in accordance to the Governor’s order (read “Stay at Home Except for Essential Needs”).

For our city government, this includes law enforcement and departments that provide basic programs and services including maintenance of our water and wastewater services, public works response for replacement/repairs of the city’s infrastructure (e.g., streetlights, traffic signals and roads).

Other essential services as defined by the state are gas stations, pharmacies, food (grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, take-out and delivery restaurants), banks, and laundromats/laundry services.

Parks and hiking trails remain open at this time, but please note the state’s orders remain in effect. It is okay to get outside for a hike, but maintain social distancing and non-essential gatherings. The City of Poway has 78 miles of trails – this may be a good time to skip popular (and often narrow trails) such as Mt. Woodson and Iron Mountain on which social distancing may not be possible. Instead, take on adventures with wider paths less traveled. See poway.org/trails.

Please see our website for updated information and contact departments by email or phone with questions or for more information. Response times may vary based on staffing availability.


UPDATE: 3/20/2020

Governor Issues Stay at Home Orders

New public health directives were issued by the governor ordering Californians to stay at home for the preservation of public health and safety. The order provided for essential services to remain open, including gas stations, pharmacies, food providers (grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, take-out and delivery restaurants), banks and laundromats/laundry services. (Read Stay at Home Except for Essential Needs). The orders also identified critical infrastructure that can remain open. (Read Identifying Critical Infrastructure During COVID-19)

Local Public Health Officer Orders were issued prior to the statewide order.  It includes directives in the local orders that are not addressed by the statewide order. Local officials continue to stress that people can go outside. Poway’s trails and parks remain open, but please be respectful of state and county orders to limit gatherings and maintain social distancing of 6 feet.

Farmers Market Identified as an Essential Service; Poway Farmers Market to Re-open with Modifications

Last night the governor ordered all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence. Essential services have been ordered to stay opened, and farmers markets are included in that order of essential services.

Starting tomorrow, Saturday, March 21, the Poway Farmers Market will reopen as it provides an additional food resource for the community. It offers an alternative place to shop that is open air, is spaced out and doesn’t use shopping carts (fewer surfaces to worry about cleaning).

Following local and state guidelines, and to ensure the safety and well-being of those attending the market and selling at it, tomorrow’s market will look different then what you are used to.

What you’ll see at the market:

  • The market will consist of farmers only. There will be less then 30 vendors set-up, which will allow for appropriate spacing.
  • Vendors will be spaced at least 10 feet apart.
  • There will be no vendors in the center isle of the market, allowing for a 30 foot aisle down the center of the market.
  • There will be hand washing stations placed throughout the market. Vendors are also required to have their own hand washing stations set up at their booth.
  • Vendors will be selecting the produce for you. Please refrain from touching the product, and let them know what you’d like.
  • In accordance with state guidelines, the market is requiring 6 foot distancing from all attending the market and will be enforcing that with any lines.

How you can help:

  • Send only one person to shop, and avoid bringing the whole family. This will minimize the amount of people onsite.
  • The market is normally a social place, but for now please shop and then head home as requested per the governor.
  • Please bring your own bag.

The Poway Farmers Market looks forward to being able to provide fresh, healthy food for you and your families in an opened air environment during this time. For the most up to date information, follow the Poway Farmers Market on their Facebook and Instagram social media accounts.


UPDATE: 3/19/2020

Update on City Services

As the City of Poway mobilizes to respond to the impact of COVID-19 on our community, effective March 17, City Hall and all city buildings are closed to the public. Parks and park restrooms will remain open, though some amenities may be closed. Essential services will continue to be provided and staffing for non-essential services will be reduced. Additional services will be offered by appointment as staffing allows.

Please see our website for updated information and contact departments by email or phone with questions or for more information. Response times may vary based on staffing availability.

  • Spring classes and camps have been canceled. Early summer camp registration will open on April 7 at 7:30 a.m. as planned. All registration must be completed online.
  • All fishing and boating activities at Lake Poway will be suspended. There will be no boat rentals or fishing permits issued. The lake concessions will also be closed during this time.
  • Old Poway Park is open; restrooms will be open during the day.  The Poway Historical Society and Nelson House, the Boardwalk Craft Market, Wool Barn and Poway Midland Railroad operations are closed through May 10.
  • The Poway Farmers’ Market operator is monitoring current County of San Diego restrictions related to farmers market operation.
  • The Poway Swim Center is closed to the public and all activities and uses will not be available.
  • All shows and events at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts have been canceled through the end of May. The box office is closed.
  • The Kumeyaay Ipai Interpretive Center is closed until further notice.
  • Field and gymnasium rentals have been canceled through May 10.
  • New facility reservations are not being accepted at this time.
  • All parks are open, however the city strongly encourages people to maintain recommended social distancing of six feet. Restrooms are opened daily.

The Poway Senior Center will be closed effective March 14, with a tentative reopen date of March 30.  The senior center operates as an independent nonprofit. Check the senior center website for updated information.

For updates on Poway Unified School District closures, please visit their website.

For questions about City of Poway services:
Main Number: 858-668-4400
Development Services: 858-668-4600
Public Works: 858-668-4700
Community Services: 858-668-4595
Fire Department: 858-668-4460

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we focus on the public health crisis at hand. This is an unprecedented event and constantly evolving. What we know and do today may change tomorrow. We encourage you to stay in touch by bookmarking this webpage and following @cityofpoway on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram

https://poway.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=574


UPDATE: 3/12/20

In an abundance of caution and concern for the safety and well-being of the Poway community, through the end of March the City of Poway will immediately postpone or cancel non-essential meetings and gatherings that fall within guidance recently provided by the state.

The California Department of Public Health is stating that large gatherings that include 250 people or more and smaller gatherings held in venues that do not allow social distancing of six feet per person should be postponed or cancelled.

Among the programs, events and activities affected:

  • The City Council meeting scheduled for March 17
  • The weekly Farmer’s Market at Old Poway Park and all public train operations
  • All shows and events at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts
  • The Poway Chamber of Commerce street fair on March 29
  • Youth sports groups using city facilities and fields
  • Community Services special events (please see calendar at poway.org for information on specific events)

The City of Poway is also scheduling intensive cleanings of all publicly accessible facilities. A dedicated team is monitoring local developments and overseeing the implementation of preventative actions for the city. The city continues to follow guidelines provided by public health agencies at the county, state and federal level.

For the most up-to-date information, please check back to this news page. Any new status updates will first be placed on the city’s website, then pushed out via the city’s social media channels. The City of Poway communicates with residents through its public agency account on Nextdoor, as well Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@cityofpoway).

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UPDATE: 3/6/20

The City of Poway Is closely monitoring the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) with San Diego County public health experts. The County of San Diego’s Health and Human Services Agency is working with the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention to monitor and respond to suspected cases in the San Diego County region.

Poway staff are participating in regular briefings with public health officials and public safety agencies. At this time, residents are encouraged to stay informed and learn what you can do to protect your health, and prevent the spread of the virus. For information visit coronavirus-sd.com or call 2-1-1.

Older adults and people who have severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease seem to be at higher risk for more serious COVID-19 illness. Learn more on the CDC website.

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