Lillian Boyd, Dana Point Times 

The City of Dana Point provided an update regarding precautions being taken in response to coronavirus. The release sent out on Thursday afternoon, March 12 came out a day after Gov. Gavin Newsom announced new policies.

“The City of Dana Point places the health and wellbeing of its residents, visitors and businesses as a priority,” the city statement said. “That is why, in light of recommendations by Governor Newsom and the California Department of Public Health, the City is proceeding with a number of cancellations, postponements and closures to do its part to slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).”

According to the statement, actions are especially targeted to protecting individuals who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

The Dana Point Community Center and Nature Interpretive Center will be closed March 13-31. Recreation classes and city-sponsored events will be cancelled during this time.

“If you are enrolled in a recreation class during this time period, the city will issue you a prorated refund for the classes you will be missing,” the statement said. “Classes will not be made up at a later date.”

City Hall is open and plans to remain open. City council and planning commission will remain on their current schedules.

“We are encouraging residents to view the city council meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 17, on Cox or through the (City of Dana Point) YouTube Channel,” the statement said. “Public comments can be submitted electronically to Kathy Ward at kward@danapoint.org.”

Arts and Culture Commission and Youth Board meetings planned for March will be rescheduled.

“The situation with COVID-19 is evolving and the City will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments accordingly,” the statement said. “To stay up to date on any additional news regarding City operations or facilities, we advise people to monitor the City’s social media, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For questions, contact 949.248.3500.”

For additional information and resources, please go to OC Health Care Agency. The agency is tracking reported cases in Orange County.

Residents are advised to practice good health hygiene, which includes washing hands, staying home if sick, avoiding close contact with people who are sick and covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue or sleeve (not hands).

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