State Beach Is Open ...

Silver Strand State Beach reopened on Tuesday, May 5. Other San Diego County state beaches reopened last week with restrictions. A sign posted near the entrance to Silver Strand State Beach states the beach will be open to walking, running, swimming, surfing, paddling and kayaking but not for sunbathing, picnics, group gatherings, loitering, restrooms or surf fishing. Social distancing and face coverings are required. The City has placed no-parking signs along Coronado Cays Boulevard near the entrance to the Cays to discourage people from driving to the state beach. Access should be open to those who live in the area.

The City of Coronado is working closely with state and San Diego County health officials to monitor the coronavirus health emergency and provide information to the community. The City put together the following list for residents and businesses on questions staff has been receiving. The list is not complete but it includes the following:

Coronado’s Beach: 

The beach is open daily from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. for running and walking. Dog Beach and the North Beach fire pits, however, remain closed. Those who go to the beach may not loiter, sit or lay on the sand or gather in groups of any size. Surfing, swimming and kayaking are allowed in local ocean and bay waters. Parking remains restricted per San Diego County. A recent County Public Health Order requires wearing a mask or face covering in public if you are within 6 feet of another person, effective May 1. Please view the County of San Diego Public Health Order for more information.

Glorietta Bay and the Boat Launch Ramp: 

The Glorietta Bay Boat Launch Ramp is open. However, parking remains restricted. Recreational boating was reopened by the Port of San Diego on May 1 for vessels on which all occupants are members of the same household. The Port also opened the bay May 1 to kayaking and paddle boarding, launched from beaches, and to swimming for exercise. Parking remains restricted around Coronado’s boat launch ramp, the beach and park. Since the County has not lifted its parking restrictions, boaters should be advised that trailers by themselves or attached to a car (defined as an oversized vehicle) are not permitted to park on any City street for more than three consecutive hours. Signs have been placed on City streets surrounding the boat launch ramp and parking restrictions will be enforced.

 City Parks: 

City parks have reopened in Coronado for sitting and even picnicking if visitors are within the same household groups or are by themselves and follow proper social distancing measures. There is one exception: Sunset Park. Playground equipment at all parks are closed as well as the bandstand at Spreckels Park. Recreation Services staff is monitoring City parks to ensure that visitors are complying with the most recent changes to the San Diego County public health order. A phone number has been set up for those who have questions or concerns about park gatherings. Staff members are advising groups that are not from the same household group, regardless of size, of the rules, to disperse and, if warranted, they will call the Police Department. The phone number to report an issue or concern about a park gathering is (619) 964-6646. The number is staffed seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Tidelands Park: 

Tidelands Park is a Port of San Diego-managed property that is closed to the public. Check the Port’s website for any updates.

Dog Beach and Fire Rings:

Although the beach, bay and parks (except Sunset park) were recently reopened for limited use, Dog Beach and the fire rings remain closed at this time. City officials found that it is difficult for people to control their off-leash dogs and maintain proper social distancing. The Cays Park dog run remains open.

Parking Near Parks, Beach, Bay: Parking lots adjacent to the beach and the bay and along Ocean Boulevard remain closed, pursuant to the San Diego County public health order. Check on the City’s website for updates.

Coronado Golf Course:

The City opened the Coronado Municipal Golf Course to limited play May 1. The City was required to submit a physical distancing and safety plan to the County’s public health officer to allow play to resume. Golfers will be required to have a pre-reserved tee time prior to entering the parking lot. Call the Golf Course at (619) 522-6590 and follow the prompt to make a reservation. Cashless transactions must be conducted through a side service window. Golfers must maintain social distancing and leave when the round is complete. Those entering the Golf Course must have their temperatures checked. The snack bar is open for golfers before the round, at the turn, and after the round but golfers are asked not to congregate.

Coronado Boathouse and Club Room:

The Boathouse reopened May 8. For those who do not have a punch pass/membership or a vessel stored at the facility, you may rent a paddle board, kayak or tandem kayak for $25 during the re-opening period. Tandems will only be allowed for those from the same household. You must make a reservation prior to visiting the facility. Please email or call in advance. Users are strongly encouraged to provide their own life jackets. The hours will be limited to Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Rules for the Boathouse will soon be posted online. The Club Room remains closed.

Coronado Public Library: 

The Coronado Public Library resumed its street-side book drops for returns and curbside pickup services May 11. Curbside pickup services are offered Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Library customers will be able to search the catalog and place holds anytime online, or by phone Monday through Friday. Staff will notify patrons when hold items have been pulled, sanitized and are ready for contact-less pickup. Pull up in front of the Library during service hours and call the Library to let staff know you are there and staff will deliver your items to your car. Visit the Library’s catalog at coronadolibrary.org and place a hold on your items. When available, you will be called. When you arrive at the days and hours listed above, call (619) 522-7390 to have your items delivered to your vehicle.

Silver Strand State Beach: 

Silver Strand State Beach reopened May 5. The beach is open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. for limited use, such as walking, running, swimming, surfing, paddling and kayaking but not for sunbathing, picnics, group gatherings, loitering, restrooms or surf fishing. Social distancing and face coverings are required. As parking lots are still closed per state requirements, the City placed no-parking signs along Coronado Cays Boulevard near the entrance to the Cays to discourage people from driving to the state beach. Access should be open to those who live in the area.

Bayshore Bikeway: 

The Bayshore Bikeway was not closed during the public health emergency. It remains open.

City Hall:

City Hall has remained open but is by appointment only. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For appointments, call (619)522-7326 or email comdev@coronado.ca.us.

Household Hazardous Waste Program:

The City’s Household Hazardous Waste disposal location at 101 B Ave. will resume operations but on a reduced schedule for now. The program will open on the following Saturdays: May 16, May 30, June 13 and June 27. Typically, the program is held every Saturday. A reminder that the program is available to Coronado residents only. No business or contractor waste is permitted. Call Public Services for more information at (619) 522-7380. as well as other waste disposal services. The Public Services Department will reassess in June to see if the program will revert to the full schedule as early as July.

Animal Care Facility: 

The Coronado Animal Care Facility, which is run by the nonprofit PAWS of Coronado on behalf of the City, will continue to be closed to the public, however, beginning Monday, May 18, PAWS will restart adoptions by appointment only.  PAWS will offer more information on its website. PAWS staff will take care of the animals with adjusted procedures to make sure it is operated in a safe manner. If anyone from the community needs animal services, such as help with relinquishments, impound pick-ups and other services, PAWS is asking people to call (619) 522-7371. PAWS is suspending the processing of licenses at this time and will notify the community when this service is once again available.

Police Department:

The Police Department’s business office is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. However, the front doors are locked. Please ring the bell next to the lobby door and an employee will assist you. Please call the non-emergency number (619) 522-7350 to file a crime report. Police staff will only release property to those who want to claim stolen or lost property by appointment. There will be no walk-in releases and those arriving without an appointment will be instructed to schedule an appointment. Appointments can be made by calling (619) 522-7345. Additionally, the signing off of citations written for correctable violations remains suspended at this time. If you are having an emergency, please call 911. Parking meters are not currently being enforced.

What City Facilities Are Closed:

 To reduce the spread of COVID-19, the following City facilities and locations are closed:

• John D. Spreckels Center and Lawn Bowling Green

• Coronado Community Center

• Aquatics Center

• Tennis courts

• Feast and Fareway (restaurant only)

• Skatepark

What Is Canceled

The following upcoming City events have been canceled:

Jr. Lifeguards Session No. 1: 

Due to the continued restrictions at the beach, the City made the decision May 7 to cancel the first session of Jr. Lifeguards and Surf Awareness. Please check back for further updates on the next scheduled sessions. The programs were set to be held in mid-June. As a result, the July 9 California State Games Junior Lifeguard Competition has also been canceled.

Navy Bay Bridge Run/Walk: 

The annual Navy Bay Bridge Run/Walk set for May 17, has been canceled. The next annual Bay Bridge Run/Walk will take place on Sunday, May 16, 2021.

Memorial Day Ceremony:

The annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Star Park has been canceled this year. However, the local sponsors – Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2422, Coronado Post; United States Navy League, Coronado Council; Military Officers Association Of America, Silver Strand Chapter; and Marine Corps League, Coronado Detachment – and the City of Coronado are working to produce a special videotaped program of the Memorial Day Ceremony that can be viewed on Coronado TV (Spectrum 19/AT&T 99) on Memorial Day, May 25, at 10 a.m.

Promenade Concerts:

The Coronado Promenade Concerts announced that the 2020 Concerts in the Park season has been suspended until further notice. Check the coronadoconcert.com website for a possible concert or two at the end of the summer if that is possible.

Annual July 4th Celebration:

The Coronado Fourth of July Committee and the City decided to cancel the 72nd annual Fourth of July Parade as well as the fireworks display due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Port of San Diego also canceled its Big Bay Boom fireworks show.

Face Coverings Update:

Starting May 1, San Diego County health officials announced that face coverings must be worn in public settings. These settings include shopping in a store, picking up food, riding on public transportation and anywhere else one comes within six feet of another person. Face coverings are not required at home, in the car alone, walking, running or bicycling with a minimum of six feet of distance from other people. As a rule, it is best to have a face covering with you to the extent possible when exercising. San Diego County has a web page dedicated to face coverings.

Lifeline Business Loan Program Update:

The City will reopen the Lifeline Business Loan Program to Tier 2 businesses on Monday, May 18, a week earlier than planned. The City has so far paid loans totaling $1.01 million to 70 eligible Tier 1 businesses. The City Council approved the Lifeline Business Loan Program on April 21. Council members asked staff to quickly help local businesses who have been forced to close or vastly reduced their operations due to the coronavirus pandemic. Within a week, City staff developed application forms and loan agreements, and began issuing checks May 1. The Coronado Chamber of Commerce is issuing and receiving loan applications. Contact Sue Gillingham at sue@coronadochamber.com  or (619) 435-9260.

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