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COVID-19 UPDATE:

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Status of City Services

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While City Hall remains closed to the public to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 until further notice, all City employees are still working and providing essential services to the public. 

Please be advised that effective July 1, 2020, all City Departments, except for police and fire, will operate four days a week, Monday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. only.  City Departments will not be operational on Fridays, except for police and fire services which will continue on a 24/7 basis.

These actions are being taken to ease the budget deficit resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, and to allow for the continued deep cleaning and disinfecting of City facilities.  This revised schedule will remain in place until further notice. 

City staff are committed to continuing to provide essential city services and will be providing services to the public online, via telephone and through our website in order to follow the Governor’s guidance and reduce the potential spread of COVID-19. Please see below for a list of City services offered during this period:

Based on federal and state guidance, the City took the bold step to order the cancellation of all non-essential meetings and functions and all large gatherings of 250 people or more. This includes postponing or cancelling smaller gatherings that do not allow social distancing of six feet per person or involve individuals at high risk of infection, including those over 60 years of age or with underlying conditions.

Cancellation of Commission and Committee Meetings

Public meetings including those for Commissions and Committees that are non-essential will be postponed until further notice. Special meetings may be convened on a limited basis to address essential city business that cannot be deferred during this period. Planning Commission meetings are considered essential business until further notice.

Modified City Council Meetings

As of March 12, 2020, the City instituted a Safety Alert warning system at all City facilities including the City Council Chambers strongly encouraging members of the public to participate remotely, especially high-risk populations. The City Council meeting scheduled for March 17, 2020, will take place in the City Council Chambers. However, the City is encouraging the public to participate remotely on television or online instead of attending in person to help mitigate risk, especially for high risk populations. 

Online Accessibility

The meetings are broadcasted live on Spectrum TV Channel 3 and AT&T U-Verse Channel 99 and live-streamed at youtube.com/costamesatv.

Public Comments 

Members of the public who wish to comment on matters before the City Council, in-lieu-of doing so in person, please submit comments in writing via mail to “City Council” at 77 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 or by email to cityclerk@costamesaca.gov The comments will be provided to the City Council as part of the meeting record and will be uploaded on the City’s website. We are also considering teleconferencing options to further mitigate exposure.  

Virtual Community Center

The City has launched a Virtual Community Center with resources on how to maximize this period of social distancing. Check it out now!

Parks

Select City parks are open with restrictions to help protect public health and safety. The Costa Mesa Skate Park remains closed until further notice.

Park Parking lots are now open, however the following park restrictions are still in place:

  • Tot lots and play equipment will remain closed at this time. 
  • Social distancing must be maintained. 
  • A face covering must be worn, except for children under age 2 or individuals who have difficulty breathing.

COVID-19 Parks Reopening Timeline:

  • On April 28, various city parks and the golf course opened for passive use.
  • On May 9, select Fairview Park trails were opened to the public.
  • On June 5, the City of Costa Mesa approved greater use of some City parks to allow for expanded passive activities in addition to the current approved uses of walking, jogging and biking. Individuals and members of the same household may relax, read, engage in other passive recreation, and picnic, subject to maintaining at least six feet of distance from others who are not members of the same household. Areas that will remain closed to the public include playgrounds, restrooms, picnic shelter areas, sports courts, and all amenities that have touch points.  There can be no gathering, including team sports at this time.
  • On June 13, the Costa Mesa Bark Park reopened. For more information, please click here.
  • On July 2, the City of Costa Mesa opened the use of most City parks restrooms, picnic shelter areas, and sports courts. Individuals and members of the same household may relax, read, engage in other passive recreation, and picnic, subject to maintaining at least six feet of distance from others who are not members of the same household. Playgrounds and park reservations will remain closed until further notice. Gatherings are not permitted and facial coverings are required.
  • On July 27, The Downtown Aquatics Center is open for Adult Lap Swim. For more information, please click here.

 

You can still take a Virtual Tour of Fairview Park online!

Facilities

Effective immediately, the following facilities are closed until further notice.

  • Senior Center *
  • Balearic Community Center **
  • Downtown Aquatics Center
  • Teen Center
  • Costa Mesa Skate Park

* Senior Center Closure (except for limited essential services)

The Senior Center at 695 W. 19th Street will be closed for non-essential public access. Essential services related to meals, transportation, and social services will be available on a limited basis. Please contact the Senior Center for detailed information about access to specific resources at (714) 327-7550 or via email cmseniorcenter@costamesaca.gov.  

Libraries

Library Chat- available here

Patrons will be able to access a chat platform on our ocpl.org home page to ask us questions. It is available during our current business hours: Tuesday-Friday, 12-6 p.m. and Saturdays, 10-4 p.m.  Patrons can ask any kind of question and we will help them quickly and accurately. They have the option of asking a question in a chat box or using a text message.  

25 Loaner laptops and Hotspots - available at OC One-Stop in Garden Grove

Job seekers can borrow a laptop and hotspot at no cost. Job seekers can contact OC Economic and Business Recovery Call Center at (714) 480-6500 and complete a telephone application.  Detailed information is located here

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For more information, please visit the OC Public Libraries' webpage.

Cancellation of City Programs

Effective immediately the following Parks and Community Services Programs and Activities are cancelled until further notice.
  • R.O.C.K.S and Teen Programs
  • LEAP (Learn Explore and Play)
  • Youth Sports and Youth Sports Groups 
  • Adult Sports 
  • Open Gym
  • Youth and Adult Recreation Classes
  • Aquatics Programs 
  • Mobile Recreation
  • Lions Park Programming
  • Facility Rentals
  • Park/shelter reservations
  • Camp Costa Mesa
Due to the high number of calls and emails expected during this time, we appreciate your patience as we work to respond to our community. Refunds for programs for which registration has taken place will be refunded/prorated accordingly.