Carlsbad, CA April6, 2021–
Today we received the good news we’d been hoping for. We will be officially moving into the orange tier starting tomorrow. With a few exceptions, moving from the red to orange tier mainly means that occupancy levels can increase at most places that have already been open. Here are some of the changes you can expect:
- Indoor dining and movie theaters can increase capacity to 50% or 200 people (whichever is fewer)
- Bars that don’t serve food can reopen outdoors with modifications
- Breweries, wineries and distilleries that don’t serve food can reopen indoors with capacity at 25% or 100 people (whichever is fewer)
- Capacity restrictions can be lifted at retail stores, but modifications still apply
- Gyms and yoga studios can increase indoor capacity to 25%
- Indoor pools can reopen at gyms and hotels to 25% capacity
- Indoor museums and places of worship can increase capacity to 50%
- Offices can reopen indoors with modifications, although teleworking is still encouraged
- Indoor family entertainment centers (bowling alleys) can reopen to 25% capacity
Moving beyond the tiersToday the state announced we surpassed a major milestone, with more than 20 million vaccine doses administered, including 4 million in communities at highest risk, and hospitalization rates continuing to steadily decline. Based on all this, the governor outlined the state’s next steps for fully reopening the economy and moving beyond what has been called the “Blueprint for a Safer Economy” – or the colored tiered system – that has guided counties for 31 weeks. On June 15, California will fully open its economy if two criteria are met:
- If vaccine supply is sufficient for Californians 16 years and older who wish to be inoculated; and
- If hospitalization rates are stable and low
If these two criteria are met, the color-tiered system will end and everyday activities will be allowed and businesses can open with common-sense risk reduction measures, which include still encouraging all Californians to get vaccinated and still mandating masks. The entire state would move into this new phase together.
While this is big news, this is all dependent on keeping cases low and vaccine supply up. The state will closely monitor hospitalization rates, vaccine access and vaccine effectiveness against variants, with the option to revisit the June 15 date if needed.
Read the governor’s full announcement for more details. New guidance for gatheringsThere is also new guidance from the state on gatherings, private events and indoor seated live events that take effect on April 15.
- Informal outdoor gatherings can have up to 50 people
- Private events like meetings, receptions and conferences can have up to 100 people outdoors or if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination, up to 300 people
- Indoor private events can have a max of 150 people if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination
- For indoor venues that seat up to 1,500, seated live events can have up to 15% capacity or 200 people, and increase up to 35% capacity if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination
We’ve put together a complete summary of the changes that come with moving to the orange tier, based on the state’s guidance. Click on the link to see the full document:
New thresholds The reason San Diego County can move to the orange tier is because the state reached its goal of administering 4 million vaccines in communities at highest risk. Below are the new thresholds that determine tiers.
Vaccination milestone The number of San Diego County residents who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine passed 1 million on Sunday. To date, about 23% of San Diego County residents have been fully vaccinated. This is great progress, but still far from herd immunity status – when enough people are vaccinated or have naturally acquired antibodies to effectively contain the spread. According to the county, the state’s goal is to vaccinate 75% of people 16 and older to achieve herd immunity. That’s about 2.02 million San Diegans.
Here are some additional vaccine stats from the county:
- About 1.99 million doses of the vaccine have been delivered to the region, and nearly 1.85 million have been logged as administered. This number includes both county residents and those who work in San Diego County.
- Of those vaccinated to date, more than 611,000 county residents, or 22.7% of San Diegans 16 and older, are fully vaccinated.
- Overall, more than 1 million people have received at least one shot. That’s 38.5% of those eligible.
Eligibility vs. supplyMore San Diegans will be able to get vaccinated now that the state and county have expanded eligibility to include all people 50 and older. While more people now qualify for the COVID-19 vaccine, there is still a shortage of doses. That’s why the main message from health experts right now is to “be patient,” meaning continue to follow health precautions, including:
- Wear masks when you go out
- Avoid crowds
- Stay 6-feet away from people you don’t live with
- Wash your hands often
- Limit gatherings to no more than three households and stay outdoors (in addition to following all the other precautions)
- Get vaccinated as soon as it’s your turn
We have links to various vaccination appointment sites on the city’s website. If you or someone you know is 50 or older and wants help scheduling an appointment, call 2-1-1. In-person city servicesLast week I shared an update on the gradual phased approach the city is taking to adapt our operations based on recent changes in health restrictions. Here’s a reminder of the in-person services reopening this week.
- Community centers (10% occupancy, not to include Senior Center or Harding Community Center)
- Leo Carrillo Ranch Park’s historic structures and visitor center (25% occupancy)
- Libraries (browsing materials and self-serve checkout, limited days and hours)
- Cannon Art Gallery (25% occupancy, limited days and hours)
We created a dashboard where you can quickly find out what is open for in-person services and when.
Additional stats are linked below:
Business revitalization survey With optimism that the worst of the pandemic is behind us and an eye on recovery, we’re working to understand the full impacts of COVID-19 on Carlsbad’s economy, evaluate the interventions the city put forth, and understand expected challenges across industries, business types and ownership structures.
If you’re a business owner, or know someone who is, please complete or pass along this short survey by April 14.
It’s our goal to build support programs that serve all businesses in need. Feedback gathered will help us understand how businesses were impacted, the support they utilized and their expectations for the future. It’ll also help shape how the city supports recovery and revitalization going forward.
Updated Earth Month event information After a year of canceled events, we’re excited to bring back Earth Month events and activities to help you reduce your impact on the environment and live more sustainably. This includes working with a local household hazardous waste collection facility to schedule several dates when residents could drop off hazardous waste for free with proof of residency.
Unfortunately, we were notified late last week that the facility would be canceling the drop-off event scheduled for this past Saturday, April 3. We tried to notify residents of the cancellation via our website, social media channels and weekly citywide e-newsletter, but we couldn’t reach everyone. I heard from several residents who took the time to pack up their hazardous waste and drive all the way over to the facility to find out it was closed. Additionally, it was brought to my attention that an incorrect address was included on our Earth Month mailer for the e-waste drop off location. If you are planning to drop off e-waste at an upcoming event, please note the corrected address is:Waste Management Buyback Center5960 El Camino Real
Thank you for pointing out these errors so we could quickly address them where possible. I know how valuable your time is and can only imagine how frustrating these mistakes must have been. Our mission is to provide top quality, efficient services and we really missed the mark on this. I assure you we will make changes in the future to make sure the same mistakes do not happen again.
You can find all the latest details on upcoming Earth Month events and activities on the city website and learn how you can safely dispose of your items throughout the year as a Carlsbad resident in this recycling and trash services residential guide.
Today’s City Council meetingThe City Council meets today and will cover the following topics:
- An update on the city’s investments
- Hiring design firm for a project to repair the roofs of the historic Leo Carrillo Ranch buildings
- Amending city laws on elections, campaign disclosures and campaign contributions
- Updating the General Plan’s Housing Element, which guides city housing policies
- Update on city’s COVID-19 response and its costs
- Awarding franchise for city’s trash disposal, including green waste and organics
- Discussing a change to the regular agenda statement on public comments
The meeting starts at 3 p.m. Here are the links to the full agenda and staff reports and city livestream where you can watch.
That’s all for today. I’ll be back on Thursday with more updates. Thank you for staying the course and helping us get to the orange tier. Please continue to do everything you can to keep us moving in the right direction and #Care4Carlsbad.
Scott Chadwick, City Manager
City of Carlsbad | 1200 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008