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Our Tustin community is understandably concerned about the spread of COVID-19, and as Mayor, I want to share with you some of the actions that the City of Tustin is currently taking in response. While this situation is very fluid, we must remain calm. Our City Council and staff is taking reasonable, disciplined steps to protect public health in cooperation with the Orange County Health Department as well as other local, state and federal agencies.
To help slow the spread of COVID-19, the Orange County Health Officer has issued an Order on March 18, 2020, in line with Governor Newsom’s Executive Orders and guidance. (For those of you who saw the March 17, 2020 order from the County Health Officer, please make sure to review the revised version that was circulated on March 18th since the March 17th order is no longer in effect.)
The March 18th Order states, in part:
“In accordance with written guidance issued on March 16, 2020 by the California Department of Public Health, relating to Retail Food, Beverage, and Other Related Service Venues, (1) all bars and other business establishments that serve alcohol and do not serve food shall close; and (2) all movie theatres, gyms, and health clubs shall close. Food and beverage establishments, food trucks, grocery stores and charitable food distribution sites, and certified farmers’ markets are required to follow guidance released from the California Department of Public Health on March 16, 2020. All food served shall be by delivery, or through pick-up or drive-through. For purposes of food delivery and pick-up, social distancing, defined as maintaining a six- foot separation per person for non-family members, shall be required.”
“This Order does not prohibit activities such as attendance at regular school classes, going to work, or performing essential services. In accordance with state guidance, certain activities are essential to the functioning of our County and must continue. Hence, with respect to the prohibition on Gatherings, this Order does not apply to essential public transportation, airport travel, shopping at a store, mall, or farmers’ market, or charitable food pantries and distributions, or to congregate living situations, including dormitories and homeless encampments."
We understand this Order will cause some anxiety, however it is imperative to follow it in an attempt to mitigate the spread of the virus. It is important to read the Order in its entirety.
For general information about COVID-19, please call the OC Health Care Agency’s (H.C.A.) Health Referral Line at (800) 564-8448, visit http://www.ochealthinfo.com/novelcoronavirus, or follow the HCA on Facebook (@ochealthinfo) and Twitter (@ochealth).
Tustin is a community of people who care for each other in difficult times, and that’s what we will do now. We will rise to this challenge together.
I urge everyone to visit our City’s website regularly for the latest local COVID-19 information and to stay updated on Tustin’s coordinated response to protect all in Tustin from this virus.
We are Tustin Strong, and we will get through this together. Our City Staff is performing with the professionalism and passion that it always displays, even in this crisis situation.
Dr. Allan Bernstein, Mayor