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 https://factsd.org 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