Advocacy Letter for Small Businesses Approved
The City Council endorsed a letter Tuesday, May 19, that requests state and county health orders be amended to allow customers to enter small independently owned businesses, subject to the same restrictions and terms as customers to enter big-box stores.
In addition to the letter, which will be distributed to state and county officials, the Council discussed other COVID-19 related items at its May 19 meeting, including the reopening of the Tennis Center, limited parking at the South Bay Bird Sanctuary, parking enforcement in the Commercial District; waiving of commercial use permit fees, and various parking restrictions around Coronado.
Tennis Center to Reopen Wednesday, May 20
The City Council has approved the reopening of the Tennis Center on Wednesday, May 20, after the San Diego County Public Health Officer amended an order to allow for tennis to resume under monitored limited conditions.
No more than two individual participants or one household group is allowed on the court at a time. The court must be monitored. Temperature checks will be required before entrance to the facility. All participants interacting with staff must wear face coverings.
Call the Tennis Center at (619) 522-2650 to make a reservation. Leave a message and wait for a return call confirmation.
The prerequisite conditions to allow for tennis to resume can be met at the Coronado Tennis Center. Staff has prepared and submitted the required Physical Distancing and Safety Plan to the County Health Department. The Cays and the High School tennis courts currently do not have the required infrastructure in place to monitor the courts and remain closed. The Council also directed staff to return with costs associated with reopening the Cays tennis courts.
Metered Parking Enforcement in Commercial Corridor to Resume
The Council approved the Police Department recommendation to begin enforcing meters on Wednesday, May 20, through the use of written warnings and then implement the use of parking citations beginning next Thursday, May 28.
Temporary Business Monitoring Needs
As businesses are allowed to conditionally reopen in Coronado, there is a need to monitor and educate businesses to ensure they are in compliance with San Diego County’s safe reopening plan. The City Council agreed to work with Coronado MainStreet to provide that service.
Other Actions in Response to New Health Orders
Dine-in restaurants: The City Council agreed to waive parking code requirements for restaurants to allow them to temporarily serve dining patrons in parking lots or other dedicated parking spots and open areas near their restaurants. The City will work with those restaurants who do not have parking lots or dedicated spaces. Each restaurant must obtain approval by the ABC for alcohol-related service outside their existing permits. The Council approved the arrangement until Aug. 1 or until limitations on indoor seating are lifted, whichever occurs first. The Council also directed staff to identify other public areas suitable for outdoor dining for future Council consideration. Restaurants can send an email to the City Manager’s Office providing information on what they plan to do so the City can make all relevant City departments aware.
Passive Beach Activities: The City Council agreed to follow San Diego County guidelines if and when health officials open beaches for passive use. The City is hearing that the County may reopen beaches for sitting, picnicking or laying out within household groups before Memorial Day in San Diego. Currently, passive use is allowed in parks but not on the beach. The City’s Glorietta Bay Park has both a beach and a park. Passive use is allowed in the park but not on the adjacent beach. The Council asked the public to heed the social distancing and sanitation measures.