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Critical Importance of Social Distancing at Beaches, Parks, and Outdoor Spaces in the City of Huntington Beach

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Importance of Social Distancing

The City of Huntington Beach recognizes that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has created anxiety throughout our community. Governor Gavin Newsom’s Executive Order (Click here to read order) issued on March 19 has added a heightened sense of awareness as it directed 40 million Californians to “Stay-at-Home” to slow the spread of COVID-19. As a partner of the State of California, the City of Huntington Beach urges all residents and visitors to abide by this Order and practice social distancing when leaving home for essential services only. This represents our best opportunity to “flatten the curve” of potential COVID-19 transmissions and help bring the pandemic under control.

Beaches & Parks Are Accessible, But Social Distancing Measures Are Important

Please note that the Executive Order did not institute martial law, and it also did not close the State’s public beaches and parks as those State facilities located in Huntington Beach remain open to the public. As Governor Newsom stated this week, “If you need to go outside to get some exercise, do that, but don’t do it in a group setting. If you see a busy street, don’t run down that street. Again, use common sense.” Given this guidance from the State, the City believes it is important for Huntington Beach to keep our beaches, parks, and other public areas open to provide the public with an opportunity to get fresh air and maintain one’s mental and physical health during this challenging time. However, this requires that every individual take personal responsibility to ensure compliance with social distancing measures when leaving your home. Per the Governor’s Executive Order, individuals should keep at least 6 feet away from others when outdoors, and everyone needs to do their part to protect our community by actively engaging in social distancing.

City Efforts to Support Social Distancing

The City has received several calls and emails expressing concerns about the lack of social distancing in our downtown, beaches, and parks. In response, we are closely monitoring these high-visibility outdoor spaces. The Police Department has instituted enhanced patrols in these areas, and our police officers have stepped up educational efforts for those retail stores that are currently operating in violation of the Executive Order. Furthermore, our Marine Safety officers and lifeguards have been paying close attention to activity and behavior on the beach, and they will be working to remind everyone to practice social distancing. Lastly, the City is also developing enhanced educational outreach and signage to be placed at the beach and other public spaces to remind the community about the need for social distancing at all times.

As the COVID-19 situation evolves, the City will continually monitor its impacts at our beaches and parks. Should the situation change, the City will certainly adjust our approach and keep you informed. In the meanwhile, City of Huntington Beach encourages everyone to remain calm and follow Governor Newsom’s Stay-at-Home Order as One HB. Your support will save lives.

For updated information on the City’s response to COVID-19, please visit http://www.HBready.com or call our COVID-19 call center at (714) 536-5511.

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Keeping Our Community Safe & Informed

Address:
2000 Main Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
USA

Email:
FDPIO@surfcity-hb.org

City Services Call Center – open 7 days/week 9am-5pm:

(714) 536-5511

Hotline Number:

(714) 536-5978

Messages will be returned on a daily basis

The City of Huntington Beach is committed to keeping our community and visitors informed of current events in our community. The purpose of this page is to foster transparency and increase the sharing of information. During the COVID-19 outbreak, the City of Huntington Beach will make every effort to to update this page when updates are received from our local, state and federal partners.

Postponed Events

The following events in the City of Huntington Beach have been postponed. The City is actively working with event promoters to hold these events in the future.

April 2-3 – Ragnar Relay

April 3-5 – IJSBA Jet Ski Competition

April 4 – Bunny Run

April 4 – Corgi Beach Day

April 4 – CA Strong Man Competition

April 11 – Easter Hunt

April 12 – Easter in the Park

April 12 – Sunrise Service at the Pier

April 18 – HSS Demo Days

April 25 – Cruise in Car Show

April 26 – Taste of HB

May 6 – Cars and Copters

May 9-10 – Sunset Beach Art Festival

May 30 – Aids Walk OC

Weekly Surf City Nights

Weekly Crafty Fair at the Pier

If you are a senior and in need of assistance, please call (714) 536-5600

Who Is Considered Higher Risk?

Older Adults (People aged 65 and older)
People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:

  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Lung Disease

Watch for symptons & What Should You Do?

  • Pay attention for potential COVID-19 symptoms
    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Shortness of Breath
  • If you develop emergency warning signs of COVID-19 get medical attention immediately.
    • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    • New confusion or inability to arouse
    • Bluish lips or face
  • If you feel like you are developing symptoms.
  • Stay home and call your doctor
  • Call your healthcare provider and let them know about your symptoms.
  • If you are not sick enough to be hospitalized, you can recover at home.  Follow CDC instructions for how to take care of yourself at home.
  • Get medical attention immediately if you have any of the emergency warning signs listed.

What can you do if you have a family member or friend who is at higher risk?

  • Ensure that they have enough supplies on hand and offer to help them get more if needed.
  • Know what medications they are taking and see if you can help them have extra on hand.
  • Communicate regularly with neighbors, friends, and family to support them.
  • Be cognizant of people visiting their home and inform them what to do to stay safe.
    • Stay home
    • Avoid touching high traffic surfaces in public places.
    • Social distancing
  • If you are feeling ill please avoid visiting.

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