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Fire Department Launches Virtual Open House

The Huntington Beach Fire Department has launched it’s Virtual Open House. You can join the fun by visiting HBFDOpenHouse.com. There is also a contest for the kids in our community. Please visit their virtual open house website for more details!

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Fire Department Virtual Open House – October 4 through October 10, 2020

For many years, our Fire Department has hosted an Open House during Fire Prevention Week, the week of October 9, with fun and educational displays and demonstrations in the station and on the training grounds. This event has traditionally brought an outpouring of support from our community and we always look forward to it every year. This year, due to the unprecedented times and to protect the safety of our community and firefighters, we are unable to host this year’s event in-person.

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Cooling Center – This Weekend

Due to abnormally high temperatures, The City of Huntington Beach will be opening a Cooling Center at Murdy Community Center (7000 Norma Drive) on Saturday (9/6) and Sunday (9/7) from 11AM to 6PM. Staff will be implementing COVID-19 protocols, visitors will be screened and face coverings will be provided if necessary. If you need to use the center, we encourage you to bring snacks, water and entertainment.

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CITY OF HUNTINGTON BEACH AND COUNTY OF ORANGE BREAK GROUND ON 174-BED NAVIGATION CENTER

On August 27, 2020, the City of Huntington Beach hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the establishment of a Navigation Center on two adjacent parcels at 17631 Cameron Lane and 17642 Beach Boulevard. The Navigation Center is being developed in partnership with the County of Orange and will provide temporary shelter and comprehensive support services for 174 homeless adults living in Huntington Beach. Following its completion in November 2020, the City will take ownership of the Center and contract with experienced shelter operator, Mercy House, to provide day to day on-site management.

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CITY LAUNCHES OneHB BUSINESS SUPPORT CAMPAIGN TO DELIVER $5,000 MICRO-GRANTS TO QUALIFIED SMALL BUSINESSES

Today, the City of Huntington Beach announced the launch of its OneHB Business Support Campaign, which will deliver $5,000 micro-grants to qualified small businesses that have been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. These one-time grants are intended to provide financial relief to help Huntington Beach small businesses keep their doors open. All grants will be funded through direct donations and the sale of OneHB apparel and yard signs, available through our new website, http://www.OneHB.org.

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SATURATE OC EVENT NOT PERMITTED BY THE CITY AND IS VIOLATING STATE AND COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH ORDERS

The City has been made aware of Saturate OC events taking place in Huntington Beach by Lifeguard Tower 20. Contrary to claims made by organizers, Saturate OC has not obtained the required City permits needed to hold their event. Furthermore, the Saturate OC event is currently operating in violation of State and County public health orders. Given those factors, the City has already issued a citation to the Saturate OC event organizer today.

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HUNTINGTON BEACH SET TO INSTITUTE MODIFIED CITY OPERATIONS EFFECTIVE JULY 20 DUE TO THE CURRENT COVID-19 SITUATION

On Monday, July 20, the City will institute modified operations as a proactive health and safety measure in response to the current spike in COVID-19 cases throughout Orange County. Under this modified operating plan, the City will continue providing all current services (including Police, Fire, development, and utility operations), but will close public access to City Hall, the Police Department, and most other facilities to limit the interactions that can spread COVID-19. Of note, all departmental operations will remain fully staffed, and the City will improve and expand the use of digital and telephone services to meet the community’s needs remotely.

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Closures in Huntington Beach Per the Governor’s Order

Effective July 13, 2020, ALL counties must close indoor operations in these sectors:

Dine-in restaurants
Wineries and tasting rooms
Movie theaters
Family entertainment centers (for example: bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages and arcades)
Zoos and museums
Cardrooms

Additionally, bars, brewpubs, breweries, and pubs must close all operations both indoor and outdoor statewide, unless they are offering sit-down, outdoor dine-in meals. Alcohol can only be sold in the same transaction as a meal.

Counties that have remained on the County Monitoring List for 3 consecutive days will be required to shut down the following industries or activities unless they can be modified to operate outside or by pick-up.

Fitness centers
Worship services
Protests
Offices for non-essential sectors
Personal care services, like nail salons, body waxing and tattoo parlors
Hair salons and barbershops
Malls

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HUNTINGTON BEACH WILL CLOSE CITY BEACHES, HUNTINGTON HARBOUR BEACHES, SUNSET BEACH, AND THE PIER ON JULY 4-5

In anticipation of large crowds this weekend, the City will temporarily close all city beaches, Huntington Harbour beaches, Sunset Beach, and the Pier on Saturday, July 4 and Sunday, July 5 to limit the spread of COVID-19. This decision was made in coordination with Orange County and the Cities of Newport Beach and Laguna Beach, which will implement the same measures along their coasts. Orange County has seen a significant increase in COVID-19 cases this week, and these closures are intended to be proactive measures to help flatten the curve.

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Beach and Pier Closures – 4th of July Weekend

The Huntington Beach City Council voted to close all city beaches, Huntington Harbor beaches, Sunset Beach, and the Pier on July 4, in order to limit the spread of COVID-19. Orange County has seen a significant increase in COVID-19 cases this week, and these closures are proactive measures to enforce social distancing. In addition, the City Council authorized the City Manager to work with neighboring beach cities to determine if closures on July 3 and July 5 will be necessary. These decisions will be made shortly and additional updates related to our beach closure protocols, beach parking, and other details will be posted today.

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UPDATED 4th of JULY INFORMATION

The 2020 Huntington Beach Main Street 4th of July Parade is CANCELLED due to Statewide COVID-19 restrictions on large events. In its place, we will hold a MODIFIED OneHB Neighborhood Parade with two vehicle caravans traveling on separate routes, with one or both passing within a mile of every single home in Huntington Beach. These expanded routes will prevent crowding and the spread of COVID-19 – since all residents will be able to watch the parade from the comfort of their neighborhoods. Therefore, please avoid congregating in large groups along any one part of the parade route, in order to protect the health and safety of our OneHB community.

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HUNTINGTON BEACH TO INCREASE PUBLIC OUTREACH AND PATROLS TO PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY OVER THE JULY 4TH WEEKEND

With the upcoming 4th of July weekend, the City will be deploying an enhanced public safety presence at the beaches, while also proactively enforcing regulations against illegal fireworks during the holiday weekend. Additionally, the City will be engaging additional public outreach efforts to promote public health and safety to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, especially in light of recent spikes in coronavirus cases throughout Orange County.

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CITY COUNCIL APPROVES $4.75 MILLION GRANT PROGRAM TO PROVIDE FINANCIAL RELIEF TO SMALL BUSINESSES RECOVERING FROM COVID-19

On June 15, City Council approved the COVID-19 Small Business Relief Program to deliver grants of up to $10,000 to Huntington Beach businesses with 30 or fewer employees. The City will fast track the Program to provide immediate relief to local businesses that have experienced hardship due to COVID-19. Businesses must apply between June 22 to June 26, and grants will be awarded based on eligibility requirements and availability of funds. The City has partnered with the Orange County Small Business Development Center (OC SBDC) to administer this Program, which is entirely funded with $4.75 million of one-time federal CARES Act funds distributed to the City by the Orange County Board of Supervisors’ Chairwoman Michelle Steel.

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Passive Beach Use Starts Today

Starting today, City beaches will reopen for passive recreation, including sunbathing, picnicking, and lounging on the sand with family. But please remember, social distancing is still a must to protect yourself and others, and face coverings are still recommended. Also, the City will reopen its fire pits next week, just in time for summer nights at the beach.

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Reinstatement of Modified Junior Lifeguard Program for Summer 2020

As the Governor is planning to move to a Stage 3 reopening and also set COVID-19 Industry Guidance for Day Camps, we have decided to move forward with a modified program for the summer of 2020 utilizing the new guidelines. The decision to move forward with the modified program and the following requirements are in compliance with the current guidelines and will continue with the long standing tradition of prioritizing the safety of both our students and instructors.

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Street Sweeping Starting June 22nd

Please be advised that street sweeping and parking control will being their normal route starting June 22nd, with a two week “written warning” period. Ticketing will resume July 6th. If you have any questions please contact police dispatch at 714-960-8811.

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HUNTINGTON BEACH MODIFIES 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION TO SAFELY CONTINUE LONG-STANDING TRADITIONS

*UPDATED 06/03* Given that the State is still restricting large special events, the City of Huntington Beach and the 4th of July Executive Board have been working together to create a modified 4th of July Celebration to ensure residents can safely take part in this long-standing tradition. The Celebration will include a revised parade route that will travel throughout Downtown Huntington Beach and various residential neighborhoods. The parade itself will be modified to avoid the use of large floats, bands, or other features that may promote crowding or close gatherings among participants or viewers. Rather, the modified parade will include smaller caravans of vehicles in comparison to the traditional parade. More details on these modifications will be released over the next several weeks. The Celebration will also include an expanded home decorating contest that will now be citywide and include businesses. These adjustments will maintain social distancing and allow the parade to continue onward, while still embracing the spirit of this beloved event that began in 1904.

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Curfew Set from 8 P.M. to 5:30 A.M.

Tonight at 8pm, the City of Huntington Beach will enact a curfew for specific locations in the city. The curfew will include the area from Yorktown to the Pacific Ocean, and Beach Blvd to Goldenwest.

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FLUSH PLUMBING WHEN RETURNING TO CLOSED BUILDINGS

Many businesses, schools, homes, and other buildings have been unused for several weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic. When returning to a closed building, the stagnant water inside the building’s plumbing system needs to be flushed to replenish with fresh water. Under normal use, water pipes maintain a residual chlorine disinfection to protect the public health and aesthetic water quality. Water in unused buildings can degrade and cause health hazards such as Legionella growth and leaching of lead and copper from plumbing pipes.

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KEEP IT MOVING AT THE BEACHES

As the weekend approaches, the City wanted to remind everyone that our beaches and beach bike pathways are currently open for active recreation only.  Beachgoers

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HBFD Novel Coronavirus Update 1

The Orange County Health Care Agency has confirmed one case of the novel (new) coronavirus(2019-nCoV) in Orange County. There is no evidence of person-to-person transmission

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