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Many businesses are now open but the pandemic remains active in our community. Gatherings are not allowed other than immediate household members of up to ten. Remember, face coverings are required at all indoor locations and within six feet of others outdoors. Please help stop the spread by following the three W's: Wash your hands, Wear your mask, and Watch your distance.



San Diego County officials will allow more businesses/services to open today with face coverings, sanitization, and hygiene protocols in place:
·       Personal care
·       Nail salons
·       Tattoo parlors
·       Massage therapy



New state guidelines for face coverings were announced today. Starting June 18, in California, people must wear face coverings

In the workplace when

  • Interacting in person with the public
  • The workplace is visited by the public
  • Where food is prepared or packaged for distribution
  • Work includes common areas such as hallways, stairways, elevators and parking facilities
  • In any enclosed area where people are unable to physically distance

In public when

  • Driving or using public transit 
  • While outdoors in public spaces where physical distance of six feet is not feasible



The County of San Diego will allow indoor movie theaters to open Friday, June 12.  Theaters can open under the following modifications:

  • Limited to 25% capacity or maximum 100 guests
  • Facial covering when not eating or drinking
  • Screened for symptoms as they enter


Other Facilities/Activities that can open Friday include:

  • Gyms and fitness facilities
  • Restaurants, bars and wineries
  • Museums, galleries, zoos and aquariums
  • Hotels, for tourism and individual travel
  • Card rooms, satellite wagering and racetracks
  • Family entertainment, including bowling alleys and arcades
  • Community pools including those in condominiums


Just in time for the weekend! More activities now allowed at our courts and fields! Kick the ball around. Shoot some hoops. Do some somersaults. Everyone must still wear a face covering when entering parks and fields. More info here
Vea la información en español aquí.


While positive cases continue in the community, public health officials are encouraged that there is not a spike in cases following the further opening of businesses and activities. But we must be vigilant and keep following current public health guidelines: wear a face covering, keep your distance, wash your hands, and expect screening for symptoms in some settings. 


Effective today, City tennis courts are now open for single play or household play (members of the same household.) Household members in groups of 2, 3 or 4 may play on the tennis courts. Players must not share equipment. Park Rangers are monitoring parks to ensure adherence to public health orders: wear a face covering when entering/exiting parks and maintain social distance. It is advised to minimize touching of surfaces and use hand sanitizer or wash your hands after play. Note: because of social distancing requirements, basketball courts are not open at this time.


The State has approved the County of San Diego to move further into the Stage 2 reopening, allowing for in-store shopping and onsite dining and the beginning of the Stage 3 reopening allowing for the reopening of hair salons and barber shops. In order to reopen, Chula Vista businesses have to complete and submit an online Social Distancing and Sanitation Protocol Permit.  More details can be found on the state website for hair salons and barber shops

Any beauty services that require touching a client's face, including waxing, threading, shaving, facials and eyelash services, are not yet allowed to reopen and this will be a later part of Stage 3. If you do go out to dine at your favorite Chula Vista restaurant or to get a long awaited haircut, remember that face coverings are still required to slow the spread of COVID-19.


Last night the Chula Vista City Council voted to extend the City's Eviction Moratorium to June 30. It provides eviction protection for residents and commercial tenants. Read the details on the webpage.


The Chula Vista Public Library has resumed passport services at the Civic Center branch, with social distancing and limited interaction during the transaction. For appointments and guidelines, visit the Passport Services page    



The State has approved the County of San Diego - Government moving further into Stage 2 reopening, allowing for in-store shopping and onsite dining. Businesses have to complete the Safe Reopening Protocol, as well as follow other required guidance which is available on the County's website at Check with your favorite restaurants to see hours of operation. If you do go out, remember you must wear a face covering if within six feet of non-household members. If businesses have any specific questions, they can email:


The City of Chula Vista and Seven Mile Casino have partnered on a new public awareness campaign to educate the public about COVID-19 and how to prevent its spread. The “Flatten the Curve” campaign, was initially funded with a $50,000 media buy sponsored by Seven Mile Casino. The City of Chula Vista also purchased a $25,000 Spanish-language media buy to help inform the public about the health crisis emergency. In total the donated and purchased media have grown to more than $340,000 in value thanks to local businesses and media partners coming together to join the effort. 


Our COVID-19 dashboards have been updated allowing easy viewing of how many calls for service from Chula Vista Police, Fire, Park Rangers and Code Enforcement. Click on the blue box above: Local and Regional COVID-19 Data.


Face coverings are still required when visiting an essential business: grocery/convenience store, banks, post office, gas stations, etc. Thank you to those adhering to the directives.


Reminder that City parks, including dog parks, are now open daily from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Residents are encouraged to walk, jog, bicycle on paths, or sit in the grass to get some fresh air and exercise. While parking lots are open, restrooms, playground equipment, all sports fields, picnic tables and gazebos remain closed.  


Due to overwhelming response, the City of Chula Vista Rental Assistance program, coordinated by South Bay Community Services, has reached capacity and cannot accept any more applications. The City is looking at other resources as they become available. Those in need of rental assistance are asked to contact 2-1-1 for other options. 


Please remember to throw away all trash, including gloves and masks, in refuse bins. This simple act will not only keep our City clean, but also minimize COVID-19 exposure. And please recycle those items that can be recycled in the appropriate bin. 


Please help stop the spread of COVID-19: Keep your face covering handy; wear your face covering as required; continue physical distancing (6 feet apart); wash your hands frequently; avoid touching your face; and no social gatherings.


The Local Emergency Order has been updated to include limited re-opening of Chula Vista parks and trails. See the complete order in the paragraph at the top of this page. 


Beginning Friday, May 8, the City of Chula Vista will re-open its City parks and trails for passive use such as jogging, walking, hiking, bike riding on paths, standing or sitting in the grass and use of off-leash dog parks. Parking lots will be open and park use will be from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Not allowed are organized or team sporting activities, no gathering or congregating in groups of more than one, and no picnics. The limited use allows for members of the same household to congregate up to a maximum of ten people. Sports courts, skate parks, sports fields, playground equipment, gazebos, picnic tables and restrooms will remain closed. Face coverings are required especially when entering or exiting a park or trail and the six-foot social distancing rule applies at all locations. Anyone who has a cough or fever is advised to not visit any park or trail.

The Chula Vista Golf Course, located at 4475 Bonita Road, will re-open on May 8 as well. Owned by the City, all players will be screened by having their temperature taken prior to play. Directives include the wearing of face coverings, six-foot social distancing, and one person per cart unless from the same household. Carts will be sanitized and the course opens at 7 a.m., however, the Driving Range will not be open at this time. Advanced reservations are required and no cash payments will be accepted. Food will be available to go.


The South Bay Household Hazardous Waste Collection (HHW) Facility located at 1800 Maxwell Road will be operational once again starting Saturday, May 9th (Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9am-1pm). Please note that visitors to the HHW Facility MUST follow these protocols: 1) Visitors must remain in their vehicle at all times, 2) Visitors must wear a face covering while staff is unloading their vehicle, and 3) Visitors should only place their household hazardous waste in their car trunk or truck bed – items will NOT be unloaded from the passenger area of a vehicle. Only Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, National City, and unincorporated County of San Diego residents may drop off hazardous waste at this facility. To see a list of acceptable items visit the Hazardous Waste Disposal page. Please call (619) 691-5122 if you have questions.


A new site to test for COVID-19 infection has opened in #ChulaVista at the former Sears building, 555 Broadway. Open Monday-Friday from 7 am to 7 pm, appointments are required. Testing is free; you do not need to have symptoms. Appointments can be made online or by calling 1-(888) 634-1123.


Chula Vista and South County communities continue to see an increase in COVID-19 positive cases. We are asking everyone to do their part and follow the directives to wear a face covering and maintain six foot distance between others.


Starting today, the County of San Diego requires everyone to wear a face covering when you leave your home and are within six feet of someone other than members of your household. Face covering are not required for those ages 2 and under. We continue to enforce the current Local Emergency Order. 


Chula Vista parks, including dog parks, continue to remain closed. This means no picnics, no playing on the playground equipment, no sports activities, no gatherings in any park. You may walk, bicycle or run in your neighborhood park but you must keep moving - no stopping. Park restrooms and parking lots also remain closed. Remember to maintain a six foot social distance between others and wear your face covering.


The City has formed a new Task Force implementing strategies to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Chula Vista. The Police Department, together with the Fire Department, Economic Development, Public Works and Development Services, are collaborating with businesses, stakeholder organizations, community leaders, and with the general public to flatten the curve. The Task Force is conducting walk-abouts to City businesses advising them of current COVID-19 health directives and requirements. The Task Force reported that local grocery stores are doing a great job in complying. Grocery stores are actively monitoring the number of customers in the store, sanitizing shopping carts and frequently-touched surfaces, and maintaining social distancing. Walk-about teams plan to visit more businesses throughout the City.


The City of Chula Vista still has an increase in COVID-19 cases. We continue to enforce the current Local Emergency Order. Starting May 1, the County of San Diego will require everyone to wear a face covering when you leave your home and are within six feet of someone other than members of your household. Face covering are not required for those ages 2 and under.


Remember that face coverings are required in Chula Vista when visiting or waiting in line at any essential business: bank, grocery/convenience store, gas station, etc. Face coverings can be a mask, a bandanna, a t-shirt, anything that can comfortably cover your mouth and nose. 


Effective now, the City requires anyone visiting an essential business (bank, grocery store, gas station, etc.) to wear a face covering. This includes standing in line to enter the business. It is also recommended to wear one anytime outside of your home for your safety and those around you.


The Chula Vista City Council voted unanimously last night to an agreement with T-Mobile and potentially other telecommunication providers to purchase WiFi Hotspot devices and services for families in Chula Vista who need connectivity for their children to attend virtual classrooms. The City is purchasing 2,000 WiFi Hotspot devices and service from T-Mobile to increase access to selected families. Funding for the devices and service, totaling $650,000, will be paid by the Public Education Grant Fund (PEG) budget and will not affect the City’s general fund. Details of the program are still being finalized.



The City of Vista has established a food resource and delivery help-line for Chula Vista residents to request food resources or food delivery. Residents can call (619) 476-5340 Monday through Saturday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., and Spanish speaking operators are available.


Check out the latest COVID-19 statistical data in Chula Vista on the new data page. Here you can learn about Calls for Service, enforcement, education, and other information.


Reminder to stay the course and continue to adhere to the Stay at Home directives to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Wash your hands frequently, cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough, and stay home as much as possible. If you must go out for essential needs, stay six feet apart from others, and wear a face covering - some locations are now requiring them.


We've updated this page to reflect the number of COVID-19 cases in Chula Vista. See the graphic rotating or the button above for the latest numbers. As the County's second largest City, it is expected that Chula Vista will have a higher number of cases. But we also can monitor trends to determine how the public health directives are working.



Visit the new Senior Resources page. It includes information and resources for Food and Nutrition, Shopping, Veterans, Caregiver Support, and more. 


If you are in need of food resources, you can find information on food distributions, school meals, and home delivered meals for seniors and the homebound on the 2-1-1 San Diego website.


Reporting Potential COVID-19 Violations

Potential violations of COVID-19 directives can be reported in Chula Vista two ways: Call 2-1-1, or online at ACT Chula Vista, Reports to ACT Chula Vista can remain anonymous 


The City Manager issued a Local Emergency Order effective April 11, 2020, at 12 a.m. that addresses local directives during the COVID-19 pandemic including conducting City Council meetings via teleconference; all City parks, including dog parks, are closed; and all public and private employees and volunteers who have contact with the public within the City shall wear a cloth face covering. Positive COVID-19 Cases in Chula Vista - as of April 11, 2020.


City is coordinating with local agencies including the County of San Diego, San Diego Food Bank, South Bay Community Services, and other organizations to provide food and resources to residents. Anyone who has questions or needs assistance at this time is encouraged to call 2-1-1. Operators will connect families to food and nutrition, home-delivered meal services, health care, and more. Information also is available at Positive COVID-19 Cases in Chula Vista - as of April 10, 2020.


City reminds residents to stay home, wear face coverings when out for essential activities, and no gatherings of any size. Essential businesses must require employees to wear face coverings/masks when interacting with the public and/or preparing food.


The San Diego Food Bank & the City of Chula Vista will host a large-scale drive-thru emergency food distribution for low-income families & seniors in the South Bay on Friday, April 10, at Southwestern College, 900 Otay Lakes Road. beginning at 9 am. Drivers must enter from East H Street and will remain in their vehicle as volunteers place food and paper products directly in the trunk. No walk up food distribution. Those who are not able to arrive by car should contact the Food Bank directly for assistance:  


The San Diego Food Bank & the City of Chula Vista will host a large-scale drive-thru emergency food distribution for low-income families & seniors in the South Bay on Friday, April 10, at Southwestern College, 900 Otay Lakes Road. beginning at 9 am. Drivers must enter from East H Street and will remain in their vehicle as volunteers place food and paper products directly in the trunk. No walk up food distribution. Those who are not able to arrive by car should contact the Food Bank directly for assistance: 


The City of Chula Vista has begun expanded education and enforcement of the stay at home directives in order to stop the spread of COVID-19. Learn more >


You can visit the new Coronavirus FAQ page to help answer some of the most frequently asked questions. 


The City of Chula Vista is following the county directives announced on April 2 and taking steps to communicate the new mandates to the community.

The County announced new restrictions and updated the public health order. Sheriff Gore announced voluntary compliance is over. The public health orders are “not a recommendation – they are orders.” The County will start issuing citations that could be up to a $1,000 fine, up to 6 months in jail, or both. The County is requiring strict compliance for all jurisdictions with the following:

  • All essential businesses that engage with the public are to require facial covering (e.g., bandanas, cloth masks, not medical grade masks) for employees starting April 3 at midnight. 
  • Parking lots in all parks, recreation centers, beaches are to be closed effective April 3 at midnight. This is to discourage people from driving to other communities and to emphasize walking, bike riding, etc., near your home. 
  • Group activities are prohibited. People may walk in their neighborhoods but gathering for a basketball game, picnic, or party are prohibited.


April is the month where everyone needs to continue to follow the public health directives: stay home, wash hands, and practice social distancing. 


These certainly are unusual times for all of us and we hope you are staying safe and healthy. Please remember that the City is strictly adhering to the public health directive to stay at home and follow the rules regarding COVID-19 restrictions. We invite you to read the latest updates in the April issue of our Community Connection newsletter

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Chula Vista Park Closures Continue

These certainly are unusual times for all of us and we hope you are staying safe and healthy. Please remember that the City is strictly adhering to the public health directives regarding COVID-19. 

Most City facilities remain closed including City buildings and offices, all City parks, dog parks, recreation centers, basketball/volleyball/tennis courts, sports fields, playgrounds and play equipment and libraries.

We know that Chula Vista has great parks and trails. However, during this time, parks and trails are closed. We have locked gates at parking lots throughout the park system. Gathering in the parks, playing on equipment, or having a picnic is violating the Stay at Home directive. Of course, you and your family/household members are encouraged to get outside, walk the dog, stroll in your neighborhood, or ride your bike. (Please follow the six foot social distancing rule.) We look forward to reopening all these areas when the public health order is lifted.

We are all in this together. Please do your part and follow the rules to help flatten the curve. The sooner we all comply, the sooner the virus is contained and we can resume our normal routines. 


Today, Ashleigh Padilla, daughter of Councilmember Steve Padilla, issued the following statement regarding her father’s health:

“Steve Padilla remains on a ventilator in the ICU, but he is now in stable condition and his doctors are reporting slow, steady progress in overcoming COVID-19.

“My dad is a fighter, and he’s fighting through this -- with the help of amazing doctors, nurses and healthcare workers who are caring for him.  We’re hopeful that he’s reached a turning point and will be home soon.

“I’ll keep updating the community on Steve’s progress when I have news to share, and thank everyone for the outpouring of support and respecting our privacy as my dad heals.“I know he cannot wait to get back to serving the people and helping our entire community get through these tough times.”

Steve Padilla serves as a Councilmember for Chula Vista’s 3rd District and Chair of California’s Coastal Commission.  Padilla is a lifelong Chula Vistan, former Police Detective and former Mayor of Chula Vista.


Republic Services will temporarily stop bulky item and yard waste collection in Chula Vista effective Thursday, March 26, for bulky items and Monday, March 30, for yard waste. This action is to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 through additional exposure to their employees. These services will resume as soon as public health authorities allow for activities to resume. Additionally, residents are strongly encouraged to always place all trash and recyclables inside their respective carts in order to avoid litter, specially when carts are placed at the curb for collection.


The Chula Vista Police Department is not proactively enforcing the Governor’s stay at home order at this time. Rather, CVPD staff on regular patrol have been asked to take note of large gatherings (more than 10), businesses that should not be open or people using the city’s parks, which are closed for safety. Staff have been directed to educate the public and ask for voluntary compliance with the Governor’s order to stay at home. Staff are encouraging the public to refrain from leaving home if possible and have been directed to remain highly visible, to be a resource to our community and to prevent crime.


• If you need a ride to the doctor or grocery store, you may qualify for a free ride from FACT (Facilitating Access to Coordinated Transportation). Call 888-924-3228 or visit for more information. Rides must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance.


 Crisis Support is available. If you or someone you care about is experiencing a suicidal or mental health crisis, please call the Access and Crisis Line at (888) 724-7240. Trained and experienced counselors are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day to provide support, referrals, and crisis intervention. If emergency medical care is needed, call 9-1-1 or go to the emergency room of the nearest hospital.


In response to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s directive to Stay at Home, the City of Chula Vista is suspending operations except for critical public safety services, to include police, fire, and public works functions that support essential infrastructure and public safety functions. 

 Following are additional actions taken and underway in the City of Chula Vista to address this public health emergency:

  • All City libraries, parks and recreation centers and City Hall remain closed and all activities cancelled for the foreseeable future. Park and restroom gates are locked.The Fire Department has implemented first responders’ protocols for responding to calls for service related to COVID-19 by providing personal protective equipment (PPE), and implementing exposure reporting, monitoring/quarantine, and decontamination practices.
  • Police patrol units and City Park Rangers have been provided PPE. 
  • The City has coordinated with the County of San Diego to install 15 handwashing stations throughout the City.
  • There are no Council Meetings scheduled until April 7 and the City is considering options for holding future meetings remotely to protect the health and safety of the City Council, staff and the public.
  • All Board and Commission meetings in March are cancelled and this likely will extend through April. 
  • Continue to visit this page for information and links to resources on COVID-19 (coronavirus). 
  • Sign up for Nixle to get emergency and other important notifications. Follow @thinkchulavista on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more information.



Following the directives of the San Diego County Health Officer, Chula Vista also is ordering the temporary closure of bars and other alcohol-serving establishments and on-site dining services, prohibiting certain public or private gatherings of 10 or more people, and cessation of classes or other school activities held on school campuses. This order is in effect immediately through March 31, 2020, and may be extended to help minimize the spread of the coronavirus. 

 The Governor of California released a new one-stop website for COVID-19 resources. These specific items may be of interest to you:


To stem the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), the City of Chula Vista has suspended most services except for critical public safety services. City Hall plans to open for limited essential services on Thursday, March 19, but access to buildings will be restricted. This could change as State guidelines are updated regarding public interaction. Read more >

City Hall Closed March 18

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