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Posted on: March 5, 2020

Seaside Responds to COVID-19

May 1, 2020 - Monterey County Health Officer Amends and Extends Shelter-in-Place Order

Monterey County Health Officer, Dr. Edward Moreno has issued an updated Shelter-in-Place Order.  This Order is effective Monday, May 4, 2020 and will continue through May 31, 2020.

A copy of the order and more information can be found here: VIEW ORDER AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

March 18, 2020 Media Release: City Council Meeting Limited Participation  

(Full media release and proclamation here:

March 17, 2020 Media Release: Services during Shelter In Place Order  

(Full media release and proclamation here:

March 16, 2020 Media Release: Seaside City Services Adapting for COVID-19  

(Full media release and proclamation here:

March 13, 2020 Media Release: City of Seaside Taking Measures To Slow Spread Of COVID-19

(Full media release and proclamation here: responds to COVID-19

Pursuant to a local emergency proclamation to be presented for ratification by the Seaside City Council at their March 19 Council meeting, City Manager Craig Malin announced a number of public health initiatives to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. 

The overall effort is focused on Cal OES (California Office of Emergency Services) directives to reduce crowds and following social distancing guidelines to keep people engaged in social activities at least six feet from each other.  Accordingly, City recreation programs and use of facilities where adequate social distancing cannot be maintaining will be suspended through April 10, at the earliest.  City meetings will be moved to locations where social distancing can be maintained, and the City will facilitate public involvement through electronic means.   The March 19 City Council meeting will be held at the Oldemeyer Center, with provisions for in-person through socially distant communication and off-site participation via emails submitted to up to the agenda item being heard and/or comments via our YouTube meeting videos.

City public safety, public works, permitting, inspection and support functions are continuing, consistent with a continuity of operations plan.  Incorporating social distancing, visible hygiene measures, and the opportunity for electronic participation in the case of meetings, the following programs are also continuing at this time, but are subject to change:

  • All essential City meetings and commission/committee meetings.
  • Modified Older Adult nutrition program.
  • Youth Spring break intersession camps at Oldemeyer Center, Soper Community Center & Cutino Park.
  • The daily functions of the Seaside Youth Resource and Violence Prevention Center.

These actions are being taken based on the best information we have at this time from public health officials and mandates from the federal and state level. The City is in daily communication with County, MPUSD and surrounding municipal officials to coordinate actions.  We will continue to update our operations as more information becomes available.

These measures will cause some level of disruption. We request your patience as they are intended to protect all of us by limiting opportunities for exposure, so we can lessen the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Effective immediately, the following practices and protocols are also established:

  • Initiation of social distancing protocols allowing a minimum of six feet between all individuals
  • Taking extra steps to clean and disinfect city work areas and public buildings.
  • Encouraging anyone needing services from the City to seek those services via phone or email. A directory of City Departments is available here.
  • All non-essential travel for City business or training will be suspended through April 10. This includes all attendance at any business-related conference, workshop, or meeting where City business cannot be reasonably conducted with appropriate social distancing of 6 feet or more and visible increased hygiene methods.

Please remember that all these actions are intended to protect all of us, by limiting opportunities for exposure, so we can lessen the virus’ spread.

Stay calm, help those in need, wash your hands and take care.

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Take Action To Protect Your Personal Health

The City of Seaside will remain vigilant in cleaning common areas in our public spaces such as bathrooms, water faucets, meeting rooms, playground equipment  to minimize the spread of germs. All residents are encouraged  take common-sense precautions to prevent the spread of all infectious diseases.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes. 
  • Stay up to date on vaccinations, including the influenza vaccine. 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
  • Stay away from work, school or other people if you are sick. 
  • Follow guidance from public health officials.

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