CV COVID Update 4/1

Latest Updates On COVID-19    These certainly are unusual times for all of us and we hope you are staying safe and healthy. Please remember that the City is strictly adhering to the public health directive to stay at home and follow the rules regarding COVID-19 restrictions.

Most City facilities remain closed: City buildings and offices, all City parks, including dog parks, recreation centers, basketball/volleyball/tennis courts, sports fields, playgrounds and play equipment, and libraries. Walking outdoors is encouraged in your neighborhood, but please abide by the six foot social distancing rule and do not walk with any others than your immediate household members.

The majority of City staff are working the front lines of this epidemic, ensuring the public is safe and public safety needs are covered. Others are working from home and replying to emails on a regular basis.
 
Questions and concerns can be emailed to Communications, To reach specific departments, please email the following: Development Services; Housing; City Clerk; City Manager; Mayor/Council; Human Resources; and Parks & Recreation.  

Personnel from the Chula Vista Police Department and Chula Vista Fire Department are equipped with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and will be utilizing as needed. Don’t be alarmed when they show up in gloves and masks as it is for their protection as well as yours.  

Park Rangers are also using PPE. Park staff will be providing limited maintenance on City parks such as cutting the grass, but all parks are still closed until further notice.  

Looking for a silver lining in these challenging times from the Coronavirus? For at least the next 30 days, the City of Chula Vista will not enforce parking meters or the pay parking lots in the historic Third Avenue downtown district. We want to make it easier for residents and visitors to help support small businesses by ordering take out or delivery services. Many Third Avenue establishments are offering take out and/or delivery and are available on Grub Hub, Uber Eats or Door Dash. Shop local and support Chula Vista small businesses!  

Check out the video from Mayor Mary Casillas Salas to Chula Vista residents posted on You Tube. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram at #ThinkChulaVista. In addition, the City website is constantly being updated with the latest news on COVID-19.  

We know that Chula Vista has great parks and trails. However, during this time, parks and trails are closed. We have locked gates at parking lots throughout the park system. Gathering in the parks, playing on equipment, or having a picnic is violating the Stay at Home directive. Of course, you and your family/household members are encouraged to get outside, walk the dog, stroll in your neighborhood, or ride your bike. We look forward to reopening all these areas when the public health order is lifted.  

We are all in this together. Please do your part by following the rules and staying at home to help flatten the curve. The sooner we all comply, the sooner the virus is contained, and we can resume our normal routines. Stay healthy, Chula Vista!
Small Business, Employee and Housing Resources  

These unprecedented weeks are proving very difficult for so many including local small businesses, employees who suddenly find themselves without a job, and those who are worried about being displaced because they cannot pay for rent or mortgage. There are some resources available for you!  

Regional small business loans are available to businesses that are impacted by COVID-19. Loans range from $10,000 to $20,000 with interest rates as low as 2.5% with no payments due and no interest accrued for the first six months of the loan term. This program is only available to businesses located in the cities of Chula Vista and San Diego. This program is administered on behalf of the City of Chula Vista by the City of San Diego Economic Development Department through the City of San Diego Small Business Relief Fund..  

The Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses, including non-profits with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. Find more information on the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans on their website.   

In addition, the South County Economic Development Council is offering one-time, zero interest loans up to $5,000 to South Bay restaurants to assist in staying open and continuing to serve food. Additional information is available at SCEDC Emergency Business Loans.  

If your employer has reduced your hours or shut down operations due to COVID-19, you can file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim. UI provides partial wage replacement benefit payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced, when it isn’t their fault. Workers who are temporarily unemployed due to COVID-19 and expected to return to work with their employer within a few weeks are not required to actively seek work each week. However, they must remain able and available and ready to work during their unemployment for each week of benefits claimed and meet all other eligibility criteria. Eligible individuals can receive benefits that range from $40-$450 per week.  

The Governor’s Executive Order waives the one-week unpaid waiting period, so you can collect UI benefits for the first week you are out of work. If you are eligible, the EDD processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim.   

Our Economic Development web pages offer information including what to do if you get sick from COVID-19, worker’s compensation, caregivers and more. Read all about it.  

Housing and the fear of being evicted is another concern for many Chula Vista residents. Recently, the Chula Vista City Council approved an eviction moratorium for all residents and commercial tenants to help stabilize housing and those businesses financially impacted by COVID-19.    

Additional tips and information to help support our community to figure out paying everyday bills and maintain housing during this difficult time can be found on the website. 


Virtual Community is Here for You!                   

As time goes by and we all are challenged to keep busy and stimulated during the governor’s stay at home order, you may be getting bored with streaming television, social media and walking your dog ten times a day!  Our Parks and Recreation, Library and Cultural Arts teams have come up with some great options to keep you and your family entertained – from home!   

The Virtual Community Center has a vast array of choices including: Virtual Recreation with fitness, education and activity; Virtual Library to check out all the virtual library services; Virtual Tours of world museums and U.S. National Parks; Stay Connected with tips for staying connected with friends remotely; Stay Nourished; and Stay Informed.    Check it out today!

Senior Shopping    

If you are a senior or a member of an at-risk population, special shopping hours have been scheduled at many Chula Vista grocery stores to help you stay healthy during this time. Below is the list of chain grocery stores that are currently offering special hours in Chula Vista – please be aware these times may be changed by the stores:

*    Costco: Will open special hours for those 60 and up effective on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 to 9 a.m. No guests will be admitted.
 
*     Target: Opening an hour early each Wednesday to “vulnerable guests,” including the elderly and those with underlying health concerns.
 
*     Walmart: Will offer hour-long senior shopping every Tuesday through April 28 for customers aged 60 and older. This will start one hour before the store opens, so check location hours before going.
 
*     Albertsons & Vons: Will open 7 to 9 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday for “vulnerable shoppers,” including senior citizens and other at-risk populations, such as pregnant women or those with compromised immune systems.
 
*    Ralphs: Will dedicate 6 to 7:30 a.m. daily at all locations, solely for the shopping needs of senior citizens until further notice. Ralphs also encourages and appreciates customers allowing senior citizens to move to the front of the line throughout the day.
 
*    Northgate Gonzales Market: Open for senior citizens and disabled customers at 7 a.m.
 
*    Smart & Final:  Will open 7:30 to 8 a.m. for seniors and those with underlying conditions every Monday-Friday.
 
*     Aldi: On Tuesdays and Thursdays, ALDI stores will open at 8:30 a.m. and reserve the first hour of business for vulnerable shoppers. This includes senior citizens, expectant mothers and those with underlying health concerns.  

*    Trader Joe’s:  Will open 8 to 9 a.m. daily for seniors, disabled and those who need extra assistance.

Did you know…  

 …we all are having difficulty adjusting to this “new normal” including Chula Vista eateries and breweries that are open for take out and delivery. Shop local and support these businesses. To see if your favorite is open, call them or check their website for details.  

…have you seen or heard construction workers on the job in your neighborhood recently? Public works construction activities have been deemed essential, and the South Bay Rapid project continues during the pandemic. Protecting the health and safety of the San Diego region, including our partners, contractors, and stakeholders, is a top priority for SANDAG. Be assured that construction workers are following precautionary health measures, and continue to monitor developments and follow all health guidance and orders. For additional information, visit the website.   

many City construction projects are also continuing including Third Avenue Improvements, Traffic Signal Improvements, Parkside Sewer Pump Station upgrade, and Measure P Sidewalk slicing and Corrugated Metal Pipe rehab outside the right of way.  Most development projects, including Bayfront RV Resort and the utility company fiber optic projects, are also continuing.  

,,,20 Chula Vista CERT members helped the San Diego Food Bank distribute food to over 1,000 families on March 28. Thank you for helping our community members in need!   

…the April 7 City Council meeting will be live webcast and broadcast on Cox Channel 24 and ATT Uverse Channel 99. Visit the City Clerk’s webpage for the agenda and details on submitting comments electronically.  The April 14 City Council meeting is cancelled in accordance with the Municipal Code. Because of the public health directive in place, future meetings may be held by teleconference or cancelled until May. We will keep you informed of the City Council schedule and how to participate.  

Councilmember Steve Padilla continues to improve from COVID-19, but is still hospitalized at this time. We appreciate your thoughts and good wishes as he recovers.   

Census 2020 is underway and many have already received the notice in the mail to fill out the Census online. It’s quick and easy with only nine questions, so don’t delay! Why is it so important for everyone to participate? The Census determines the amount of federal dollars Chula Vista will receive to be used for roads, schools, health care, programs for seniors, children and families, and affordable housing. Be sure to count everyone – even infants! For each person not counted, communities could lose, on average, $1,000 per person, per year, for ten years. Participating by mail or phone is also an option. So do your part and fill out the 2020 Census!  

…currently, many boards and commission meetings have been cancelled. If you would like to know if a certain board or commission will be holding a meeting, please check the board or commission’s webpage for updates.

…at this time, the Chula Vista Animal Care Facility (ACF) is only addressing public safety matters. For lost pet redemption; sick/injured euthanasia request; stray animal intake; or disposal of a dead animal, please call (619) 476-2477 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; after hours call (619) 691-5123 and press 0 to leave a message.  

The following services are temporarily suspended: rabies vaccinations and microchipping; in person dog licensing; spay/neuter appointments; trap rentals; owner surrenders; intake of healthy stray cats for adoption; Trap/Neuter/Release activities; and looking at animals to adopt. To search for a lost pet, go to Pet Harbor, and to renew your pet license online, go to the license website.                 

Events

Per the Governors directive, all April events within the City of Chula Vista, including South Bay Earth Day, Hops & Hops 5K and Day of the Child have either been postponed to a later date or cancelled. Due to current health and safety conditions surrounding the COVID-19 coronavirus, this is the best option to keep the health of everyone in Chula Vista a priority. Please check individual event websites for further details.  

Contacts (All with 619 area code)  

Animal Care Animal Control: 476-2476 Pet Adoptions:  691-5123 Web Page _________________  

Environment CLEAN Web Page CLEAN Business Program:      409-1975  Conservation:  409-3893 Storm Water Hotline:       397-6000 Environmental Services,      Household Hazardous      Waste, Recycling and     Solid Waste: 691-5122 _________________

Engineering Main: 691-5021 ________________  

Public Works Graffiti Hotline: 691-5198 Graffiti in progress: 9-1-1

Service Requests     397-6000     Report Online

Library Civic Branch: 691-5069 South Branch: 585-5755 Otay Ranch: 397-5740 Online Branch _______________  

Recreation Administration: 409-5979 

Parks Park Reservations 407-3520 Park Reservations Woman’s Club: 409-1980 Heritage Center: 409-5349 Loma Verde      Center: 409-1939     Pool:  409-1987 Montevalle Center:     691-5269 Norman Park      Center: 409-1930 Otay Center: 409-1999 Parkway      Center: 409-1980     Pool: 409-1985 Salt Creek Center:       585-5739 Veterans Center: 691-5260 Web Page

Development Services Land Development: 691-5024 Building:  691-5272 Planning:  691-5101 Code Enforcement: 691-5280 Housing: 691-5047 Web Page ________________________   

Economic Development Main: 476-5341, or  691-5248, or 409-5913 Web Page ________________________

Administration City Attorney: 691-5037 City Clerk: 691-5041 City Manager: 691-5031 Communications, Media       Relations & Special Events:      691-5296     Communications Web Page ________________________

Mayor & Council 691-5044 Web Page

Fire Main: 691-5055 Prevention: 691-5029     Prevention Online _______________   

Police Report Crime (Dispatch):      691-5151     Web Page __________________     

Human Resources Main: 691-5096 Volunteer: 691-5000  Job Opportunities _______________  

Finance Main: 691-5250 Purchasing: 691-5141 Business Licenses _______________  

Cultural Arts 409-5465 Web Page

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