CITY HALL IS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE                                                                                                                                                 


COVID-19 Coronavirus Information

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Previous Newsletters:

April 3, 2020      COVID-19 Community Update 

April 2, 2020       COVID-19 Community Update 

April 1, 2020       COVID-19 Community Update 

March 31, 2020  COVID-19 Community Update 

March 30, 2020  COVID-19 Community Update

March 27, 2020 - Amendment 1 to City Proclamation of Local Emergency (PDF)

March 27, 2020 - COVID-19 Community Update 

March 26, 2020 - COVID-19 Community Update 

March 25, 2020 - COVID-19 Community Update

March 25, 2020 - Donations Needed

March 24, 2020 - COVID-19 Community Update

March 23, 2020 - COVID-19 Community Update 

March 23, 2020 - Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers

March 20, 2020 - COVID-19 Community Update 

March 19, 2020 - COVID-19 Community Update 

March 18, 2020 - COVID-19 Community Update 

March 17, 2020 - Resolution No. 20-03-17-03  (PDF)

March 17, 2020 - City Proclamation of Local Emergency (PDF)

March 17, 2020 - COVID-19 Community Update #2

March 17, 2020 - COVID-19 Community Update

March 16, 2020 - City Statement on COVID-19 Updated (PDF)

March 12, 2020 - City Statement on COVID-19 (PDF)

The following operational changes will be effective Monday, March 16 until further notice:

City Hall

City Hall will be closed to the public through until further notice. The City leadership team and key staff are on-site, but some staff will be working from home to practice responsible social distancing. Essential City services will continue, but in-person services at City Hall will be suspended until further notice. Online and telephone services are available; residents and businesses are encouraged to call our main line at 949-248-3500 or send an e-mail to Your inquiry will be directed to the appropriate staff person.

City Services

All services requiring in-person visits or public service counter assistance (including building permits) will be suspended or made available via phone, online or through email.

  • Building inspection services will continue. 
  • All Public Works services will remain in place with the exception of in-person permit submissions or parking permit requests, which can be made online at
  • Public Works permits will continue to be processed via electronic submittal. Please see the links below for detailed instructions on how to submit applications during a Local Emergency:
  • Refuse collection, routine street maintenance and street sweeping will continue per the usual schedule.

Dana Point Police Services

While the lobby of Police Services is closed, the blue phone outside of the door is operational and can be used to access Police Services. The City encourages everyone to call 949-770-6011 for non-emergency police assistance and 911 for emergency assistance.

City Meetings

The City Council meeting scheduled for April 7, 2020, will be canceled or conducted by teleconference. Electronic comments are encouraged. Commission meetings and Youth Board will either be suspended or conducted by teleconference at least through April, or until further notice. Written comments may also be submitted by email to

Community Center and Recreation Programs

The Community Center and Nature Interpretive Center are closed to the public through March 31, or until further notice.  City Parks will remain accessible to the public and their maintenance and upkeep will continue with additional cleaning services.

Animal Care Services

The San Clemente-Dana Point Animal Shelter will be limiting their in-person services, beginning today. The shelter’s office will be closed to the public, but sheltering services will be available.

  • Animal Control Officers will continue to accommodate the most emergent health and public safety issues in the community.
  • Pet licensing can be done at the shelter by mail by sending payment to: 221 Avenida Fabricante, San Clemente, CA 92672; over the phone by calling 949-492-1617; or submitted into our drop box located next to the front door of the shelter.

Thank you for your patience and consideration as we seek to maintain essential public services while striving to protect the health and welfare of our community.  Timely implementation of aggressive strategies that create social distance has proven effective in prior pandemics at delaying rates of transmission and reducing illness and death. 

These changes were put into effect by City Manager Mark Denny in accordance with the City’s emergency declaration for COVID-19. The situation with COVID-19 is evolving and the City will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments accordingly. 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 or additional assistance, please call 949-248-3500.

The City is following guidance from the Federal, State and County authorities.

March 19, 2020   State of California Executive Order N-33-20 (PDF)

March 19, 2020   FAQ - Orange County Public Health Officer's Order (PDF)

March 18, 2020 - Orange County Public Health Officer Amended Order (PDF)

March 17, 2020 - Orange County Public Health Officer Order (PDF)

March 17, 2020 - Orange County Operational Area Emergency Operations Center Press Release (PDF)

March 17, 2020 - State of California Executive Order N-31-20 (PDF)

March 17, 2020 - State of California Executive Order N-29-20 (PDF)

March 16, 2020 - State of California Executive Order N-28-20 (PDF)

Additional resources are available:

The Orange County Public Health Care Agency COVID-19 Health Referral Hotline: 1 (800) 564-8448.

Orange County Health Care Agency information webpage

California Department of Public Health COVID-19 Information webpage

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 Information webpage

The President's Coronavirus Guidelines for America (PDF)

Following simple steps below can help protect you, your family, friends and co-workers.

  • Washing hands with soap and water.
  • Avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  • Staying away from work, school or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and may have had contact with a person with COVID-19 or recently traveled to countries with apparent community spread, call your health care provider or local public health department first before seeking medical care so that appropriate precautions can be taken.

At this time all questions regarding Coronavirus should be directed towards the Orange County Health Care Agency (HCA).  HCA has established a Health Referral Line and is taking questions from the public about the Coronavirus at (800) 564-8558.  Additional information can be found on the HCA website

Information regarding the Coronavirus and State and Federal efforts can be found at the California Department of Public Health website and Center for Disease Control at