City Responds to Governor's Latest COVID-19 Recommendations
To our community:
On Sunday, March 15, Gov. Gavin Newsom released updated guidance for all communities throughout California to limit the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Specifically, Gov. Newsom called for all bars, wineries, nightclubs and brewpubs to close throughout the state, urged all seniors and people with chronic health conditions to isolate themselves at home, and for restaurants to reduce occupancy by half to keep people farther away from each other.
Based on the Governor's actions, the City is evaluating our practices and protocols to ensure alignment with the state guidelines. We have activated our Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to enable the City to focus planning and resources on our response and ensure that we are effectively handling this matter.
Also, because there may be a need for federal and state resources, we have followed the example of Gov. Newsom and President Trump by proclaiming a local emergency. This will allow the City of Newport Beach to potentially recover federal and state funds spent responding to the situation created by COVID-19 and to coordinate with other government agencies. At this time, there are no reported cases of COVID-19 in Newport Beach and the risk of contracting the virus in Orange County is still considered low.
The public health of our community is of the utmost importance. We will provide further updates as we respond to the latest recommendations from the Governor's office.