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City of Coronado COVID-19 Update – Friday, May 8, 2020

City Council Actions Regarding Phase II Reopening

At a special meeting Friday, May 8, the City Council endorsed a list of acceptable businesses in Coronado that may conditionally conduct retail curbside commercial activity beginning May 8.

Council members met to discuss how the state of California and County of San Diego’s Phase II reopening guidelines affect Coronado and what actions to take for local businesses. The new guidelines take effect May 8.

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A “reopened business” is defined as a business that is not an essential business as stated in previous public health orders but that is low risk and can reopen in conformance with the state’s Resilience Roadmap. Those that reopen must develop and post a Safe Reopening Plan to ensure certain employee and customer safety, sanitation, physical distancing and general business practice and communications guidelines are implemented. The County of San Diego has a copy of the guidelines on its website.

The Council approved the following language to define curbside retail: “Curbside retail is defined as the delivery of goods to the customer outside of the interior retail space or in a vestibule or foyer just inside the front door.”

The Council agreed at the meeting to discontinue the curbside take-out pickup zones the City implemented April 7 to help restaurants that could no longer offer sit-down dining. The Council also agreed to delay the re-institution of parking meter fees until it could review the matter again at its next meeting.

Finally, the Council directed staff to draft a letter to state and County officials that would highlight the inequities between large and small retail businesses as outlined in the current guidelines to help open the conversation in support of local small businesses. The Council would review the letter at its next meeting.

Businesses that may conduct curbside commercial activity include retail stores inside the Hotel del Coronado, if curbside pick-up can be provided. The list includes the following business types:

  • Bookstores
  • Jewelry Stores
  • Toy Stores
  • Clothing and Accessory Stores
  • Shoe Stores
  • Home and Furnishing Stores
  • Sporting Goods Stores
  • Antique Stores
  • Music Stores
  • Florists
  • Picture Frame Stores
  • Stationery or Paper Stores
  • Office Supply Stores
  • Candy Stores – with pre-packaged goods (no self-serve)
  • Cigar or Smoke Shops (no congregating or trials allowed)
  • Beer, Wine, and Liquor (no tasting)
  • Specialty Food Stores (no tasting)
  • Vehicle Rental including Golf Carts
  • Fine Art Stores
  • Novelty Shops

Reopened City Parks to be Monitored

City parks have reopened in Coronado for sitting and even picnicking if visitors follow proper social distancing measures. This does not include Sunset Park and Dog Beach, which remain closed at this time. The reopening of most parks in Coronado is in accordance with the latest changes to the San Diego County public health order.

Recreation Services staff will begin monitoring City parks to ensure that visitors are complying with the updated health order. A phone number has been set up for those who have questions or concerns about park gatherings.

Staff members are being instructed to advise groups that are not from the same family or household, regardless of size, of the rules, ask them to disperse and, if warranted, call the Police Department.

The phone number is (619) 964-6646 and will be staffed for calls seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., beginning Saturday, May 9.

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