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MARCH 26, 2020


City of Tustin Limits Use of all City Parks to Walking, Bicycling


At a Special Council meeting on March 25, 2020, the City Council enacted strict limitations on public use of City parks to help slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Council action calls for the immediate closure of all city park facilities including:

  • Parking lots
  • Playgrounds
  • Recreational structures
  • Picnic facilities
  • Ball fields
  • Courts
  • Exercise equipment
  • Play structures

Tustin parks will remain open solely for passive walking and bicycling but the public must maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet separation between individuals at all times.

Social distancing is already required at all times by order of the State Health Official.

march 25, 2020

CLOSURE OF OC PARKS AREAS TO SLOW SPREAD OF COVID-19


To minimize the impacts of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on park patrons, OC Parks is implementing closures expected to reinforce social distancing and reduce large public gatherings. These measures are in line with recommendations from federal, state and local health agencies.

Closures effective Wednesday, March 25, 2020 include:

 Parking lots at all County beaches, regional parks and wilderness parks

 Parking spaces at all County trailheads

 Pedestrian access points at Thousand Steps, Table Rock, West, Camel Point, and Treasure

Island beaches

 Restrooms, playgrounds, exercise equipment, and shelters at all County parks and beaches


Passive walk-through pedestrian, cycling and equestrian activity is permitted.

For a list of County beaches and parks and more information, visit ocparks.com.

The following Orange County cities that also have implemented closures:


 Huntington Beach

City beach parking lots (12:00 am, March 25)

https://www.huntingtonbeachca.gov/


 Laguna Beach

City beaches, trailheads

http://www.lagunabeachcity.net/


 Newport Beach

City beach parking lots, piers

https://www.newportbeachca.gov/


 San Clemente

City beach parking lots, pier

https://www.san-clemente.org/


 Seal Beach

City beaches, beach parking lots, pier, parks, biking trails

https://www.sealbeachca.gov/


For general information about COVID-19, please call the OC Health Care Agency’s (HCA) Health Referral Line at (800) 564-8448, visit http://www.ochealthinfo.com/novelcoronavirus, or follow the HCA on Facebook (@ochealthinfo) and Twitter (@ochealth).

For non-medical questions, contact the County of Orange Public Information Hotline at (714) 628-7085.


March 25, 2020 


Residents Can Sign Up for Text Message Alerts Related to COVID-19 in Orange County


Effective immediately, residents can now sign up to receive text message updates related to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Orange County, California. To opt-in for this service, text OCCOVID19 to 888777. 

The County of Orange Emergency Operations Center has collaborated with Everbridge Nixie to launch this one-way alert system as an additional option for community members to receive the latest news and resources related to COVID-19. Text message updates will be provided daily from the County of Orange Emergency Operations Center during its activation.

Residents who have questions about an update can contact the County of Orange Public Information Hotline at (714) 628-7085 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily. 

For general information about COVID-19, please call the OC Health Care Agency’s (HCA) Health Referral Line at (800) 564-8448, visit http://www.ochealthinfo.com/novelcoronavirus, or follow the HCA on Facebook (@ochealthinfo) and Twitter (@ochealth). 

For non-medical questions, contact the County of Orange Public Information Hotline at (714) 628-7085.

March 20, 2020


All California Residents Ordered to Stay Home to Combat Coronavirus Spread


Last night, Governor Gavin Newsom issued a statewide stay-at-home order. The Executive Order is effective immediately and is in place until further notice and requires everyone in California to stay home except as needed to maintain continuity of operation of certain critical industries, critical government services, schools, childcare, and construction.

Essential local and government functions will remain open. The City of Tustin will continue to serve its residents with essential services. For City contact information, please visit: www.tustica.org/cityservices

The Governor’s order allows people to leave home for food, medicine, medical services, and other necessities. If you go out, keep at least 6 feet of distance between you and all other people.


What’s Open? 

• Gas stations

• Pharmacies

• Food providers: Grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, take-out and delivery restaurants

• Banks

• Laundromats/laundry services


 What’s closed?

Dine-in restaurants

Bars and nightclubs

Entertainment venues

Gyms and fitness studios

Public events and gatherings

Convention Centers


Do:

Stay home

Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

If soap and water aren’t available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer

 

Don’t:

Shake hands

Touch your face

Go to the doctor if you aren’t sick


“Our Tustin community has always come together and shown compassion during uneasy times,” stated Mayor Dr. Allan Bernstein. “Please be careful with our vulnerable population and each other. There’s no need to be concerned about running out of essential supplies. Our stores are continually restocking vital food and goods needed for your families. We are all in this together, and will continue to remain Tustin Strong.”

March 19, 2020


Office on Aging to Take Lead in Addressing Senior Citizen Concerns


Today, March 19, 2020, the County of Orange announced the availability of resources and support for seniors over 65 who may be self-isolating during the COVID-19 situation.

Orange County’s Office on Aging serves as the lead advocate for 577,000 older adults residing in the county and is responsible for understanding the needs of Orange County’s older adults and utilizing the federal funding and programs available to meet those requirements.

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Office on Aging has:

 • Implemented contingency plans to convert warm lunches served at senior centers in group settings to frozen take-home meals.

• Executed a plan to have take-home meals delivered to seniors’ homes if they are unable or unwilling to pick up at the senior center.

 • Implemented a process that allows take-home lunches from the senior center to be picked up by the seniors’ designee.

• Ensured home delivered meals will continue without interruption. Deliveries will be less frequent and contain enough food for several days.

 • Confirmed drivers have been trained to deliver food using safe distances and have been given gloves to use if seniors need food to be brought inside their homes.

In direct response to seniors in need in our Tustin community, The Tustin Community Foundation (TCF) is accepting applications for those who’d like to volunteer in assisting our seniors. TCF  has also set up a COVID-19 Tustin Response Fund which will provide resources to local nonprofit organizations serving our community. The fund will support local nonprofit organizations that have deep experience providing people and families with services and support.

For more information on these programs, please visit or call:

Orange County Office on Aging: officeonaging.ocgov.com,  (800) 510-2020

Tustin Community Foundation, tustincommunityfoundation.org,   (714) 393-8506

March 18, 2020


Message from Mayor Dr. Allan Bernstein

NEw executive order from the orange county health officer


Our Tustin community is understandably concerned about the spread of COVID-19, and as Mayor, I want to share with you some of the actions that the City of Tustin is currently taking in response. While this situation is very fluid, we must remain calm. Our City Council and staff is taking reasonable, disciplined steps to protect public health in cooperation with the Orange County Health Department as well as other local, state and federal agencies.

To help slow the spread of COVID-19, the Orange County Health Officer has issued an Order on March 18, 2020, in line with Governor Newsom’s Executive Orders and guidance. (For those of you who saw the March 17, 2020 order from the County Health Officer, please make sure to review the revised version that was circulated on March 18th since the March 17th order is no longer in effect.)

The March 18th Order states, in part:

“In accordance with written guidance issued on March 16, 2020 by the California Department of Public Health, relating to Retail Food, Beverage, and Other Related Service Venues, (1) all bars and other business establishments that serve alcohol and do not serve food shall close; and (2) all movie theatres, gyms, and health clubs shall close. Food and beverage establishments, food trucks, grocery stores and charitable food distribution sites, and certified farmers’ markets are required to follow guidance released from the California Department of Public Health on March 16, 2020. All food served shall be by delivery, or through pick-up or drive-through. For purposes of food delivery and pick-up, social distancing, defined as maintaining a six- foot separation per person for non-family members, shall be required.”

“This Order does not prohibit activities such as attendance at regular school classes, going to work, or performing essential services. In accordance with state guidance, certain activities are essential to the functioning of our County and must continue. Hence, with respect to the prohibition on Gatherings, this Order does not apply to essential public transportation, airport travel, shopping at a store, mall, or farmers’ market, or charitable food pantries and distributions, or to congregate living situations, including dormitories and homeless encampments."

We understand this Order will cause some anxiety, however it is imperative to follow it in an attempt to mitigate the spread of the virus. It is important to read the Order in its entirety.

For general information about COVID-19, please call the OC Health Care Agency’s (H.C.A.) Health Referral Line at (800) 564-8448, visit http://www.ochealthinfo.com/novelcoronavirus, or follow the HCA on Facebook (@ochealthinfo) and Twitter (@ochealth).

Tustin is a community of people who care for each other in difficult times, and that’s what we will do now. We will rise to this challenge together.

I urge everyone to visit our City’s website regularly for the latest local COVID-19 information and to stay updated on Tustin’s coordinated response to protect all in Tustin from this virus.

We are Tustin Strong, and we will get through this together. Our City Staff is performing with the professionalism and passion that it always displays, even in this crisis situation.

STAY WELL

Dr. Allan Bernstein, Mayor 


march 17, 2020


County Health Officer Issues Order:
Most Gatherings Prohibited 


Today, Orange County Health Officer Nichole Quick issued an order to protect the health and wellbeing of Orange County residents.

The Order includes prohibiting public and private gatherings of any number of people, including places of work and all bars and establishments that serve alcohol and do not serve food. All restaurants and other business establishments that serve food must close all on-site dining. Restaurants may continue to deliver food or to provide it for carry-out or drive-thru.

It is important to read the Order in its entirety and note the list of essential activities and related regulations:

County Health Officer Order

“We are taking these mitigation steps in line with a directive issued by Governor Newsom to help slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Dr. Nichole Quick, County Health Officer. “We recognize community members may experience anxiety related to the social disruption caused by COVID-19, and want to encourage residents to reach out to loved ones using appropriate methods like telephone, video messaging, email and text.”

The Order is effective immediately and will remain in effect through March 31, 2020. As this is a rapidly evolving situation, so the Order may be revised and/or extended at any time.

For general information about COVID-19, please call the OC Health Care Agency’s (H.C.A.) Health Referral Line at (800) 564-8448, visit http://www.ochealthinfo.com/novelcoronavirus, or follow the HCA on Facebook (@ochealthinfo) and Twitter (@ochealth).

For any further questions, please call the County of Orange Public Information Hotline at (714) 628-7085.

Status of City Departments & Services 

Health Orders: Where to Find Guidance 

March 16, 2020


Tustin responds to governor’s latest covid-19 guidelines


On Sunday, March 15, Governor Newsom released updated guidance for all communities throughout the state to limit the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The action called for home isolation of all seniors, bars to close and restaurants to limit occupancy to provide deep social distancing.

Based on Governor Newsom’s recommendations, Tustin City Manager Matthew West has issued a proclamation declaring the existence of a local emergency in order to protect the public’s health and welfare.

It is essential to understand that this type of proclamation is a tool to enable the City to recoup costs, access resources, and exercise emergency police powers.

The proclamation is in line with what other local and regional agencies have enacted or are considering as a preventative measure to decrease the risk of community spread of COVID-19 in their communities. The City Council, at its regularly scheduled meeting on March 17, 2020, will discuss ratification of the proclamation. 

The City is encouraging the public to watch the meeting on television or online instead of attending in person. The meeting can be viewed live on the City’s website www.tustinca.org or on local Cox Channel 851.

For more information about Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how to prevent the spread of germs, please visit:




March 13, 2020


City of Tustin to Implement Temporary Operational Changes for Precautionary Measures


The City of Tustin continues to closely monitor the developing Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and is taking reasonable precautionary measures to protect the health and safety of our residents, staff, and visitors.

At an emergency City Council meeting on March 13, the Council discussed the potential threat to public services and activities due to the effects of the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the postponement or cancellation of gatherings based on Governor Newsom’s Executive Order aimed at slowing the transmission of COVID-19.  As a precaution, the City of Tustin is implementing temporary changes to City operations effective immediately.

“The decision to make these changes was made after careful consideration in response to local, state, and federal agencies directions and guidelines to reduce the spread of the virus,” stated Mayor Dr. Allan Bernstein.  “Although there are no confirmed cases in Tustin, ensuring the health, safety and well-being of our community and employees has always been a top priority, and it is our responsibility to take action to help keep everyone safe.”

The following preventative measures will be taken through the end of March:

  • Tustin Area Senior Center: Effective immediately, will be closed.  Meals on Wheels service will continue on a modified basis.  Current food clients will be updated.
  • Public events and classes at City facilities: Effective immediately, all events and classes (other than outdoor after-school programs, weather permitting) sponsored by the City or scheduled at City facilities (such as community fundraisers, citizens’ academy and sports leagues) will be postponed to dates to be determined.
  • Private events at City facilities: Effective immediately, all events scheduled at City facilities (such as parties, weddings, nonprofit events, and sports leagues) will be cancelled or postponed to dates to be determined.
  • City Public Counter Services: Effective immediately, all City public counter services will be performed by City staff online, or by telephone.  Access to City facilities will be limited to in-person meetings by appointment only, as necessary.
  • City Council and Commission Meetings: The Council strongly encourages the public to participate in Council and Commission meetings remotely, by streaming meetings and submitting comments to the City Clerk via email.
  • Meetings of City Staff: City staff will postpone non-essential meetings and, whenever feasible, conduct meetings via phone conference rather than in person.

For more information regarding City services, please visit www.tustinca.org  or call (714) 573-3000.

As this situation continues to develop, the Council will continue to evaluate the need to make additional modifications. The City of Tustin will continue to work diligently with the County of Orange and the Health Care Agency and all other federal, state and local agencies necessary to provide updates as needed.

March 3, 2020


On February 26, 2020, the Orange County Board of Supervisors declared a local emergency and the County Health Director declared a local health emergency in order to prepare for greater coordination with the state and federal governments in the event of an outbreak in Orange County.

The declaration of both a local emergency and local health emergency assists the County of Orange to better leverage resources and greater agency coordination all while allowing for future reimbursement for County activities by state and federal governments in the event of an COVID-19 outbreak in Orange County.

These two declarations also serve to ensure that County resources, staffing and communication needs continue to be met in order to best protect and promote the health and well-being of residents and visitors.

“Everyone has a role to play and individuals should be prepared, but not panic,” stated Mayor Dr. Allan Bernstein. “Our community can take measures to protect themselves and reduce the spread of the coronavirus by consistently utilizing precautions taken during flu season.”

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a healthcare facility).

While the information regarding the corona virus evolves daily, the City of Tustin will continue to work diligently with the County of Orange and the Health Care Agency and all other federal, state and local agencies necessary to provide updates as needed.

For more information about Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how to prevent the spread of germs, please visit: 


Orange County Health Care information 

Coronavirus
Social Distancing
Seniors
Seniors
Face Mask Infographic
COVID-19 Self-Quarantine Guidance
Self-Quarantine Guidance