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COVID-19 UPDATE:

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Status of City Services

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Until further notice, Costa Mesa City Hall and facilities are CLOSED to the public. Select City parks are open with restrictions to help protect public health and safety. The Costa Mesa Skate Park and Bark Park remain closed.

The park restrictions include:

  • Parking lots and amenities, such as tot lots and play equipment, will remain closed at this time. 
  • Gathering, stopping or picnicking in the parks is prohibited, and social distancing must be maintained. 
  • A face covering must be worn, except for children under age 2 or individuals who have difficulty breathing.

City staff is 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

City parks and the Costa Mesa Country Club, the city-owned public golf course closed on March 24, 2020 due to COVID-19 related concerns. 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. The Costa Mesa Skate Park and Bark Park remain closed.

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

Facilities

Effective immediately, the following facilities are closed until further notice.2020 CMSC Essential Services Flyer 5-29-20

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

All OC Public Libraries locations will be closed March 16 through March 31, 2020, with all library programs, classes and events cancelled until April 30th. This also includes any scheduled meetings being held in library community rooms. In Costa Mesa, the Donald Dungan Library at Lions Park and the Mesa Verde Library will be closed until further notice. 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 for groups with 10 or more individuals
  • 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.  If you wish to receive a credit for future registration, please send an email to cmrecinfo@costamesaca.gov.