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Port of San Diego Closes Parks, Beaches, and Boat Launches Around San Diego Bay

March 24, 2020

Prioritizing public health and well-being, and to help minimize the spread of and exposure to Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), the Port of San Diego is closing public parks around San Diego Bay, which includes beaches, parking lots, piers, and boat launches. The decision is effective immediately, is consistent with the County of San Diego’s amended public health order, and follows similar moves by the State of California and local city governments to further discourage non-essential gatherings of any size.

Closed signs are being posted at Port parks, parking lots, beaches and boat launches, and Port of San Diego Harbor Police will be working to educate the public about the closures and what is and isn’t allowed. Public access walkways, sidewalks, and promenades are open to allow exercise – walking, running, and cycling – which is permitted under the State of California’s stay at home order, so long as a socially safe distance of six feet is maintained from people who aren’t part of the same household.

 

Port of San Diego Proclaims Local Emergency Due to COVID-19

March 23, 2020

In order to help protect the health and safety of the public, employees, and property, and in support of operations, services, and businesses operating on and around San Diego Bay, the Port of San Diego has proclaimed a local emergency due to Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). The proclamation allows the Port to request assistance and resources from other local government agencies, the state, federal government, and/or disaster relief organizations to help alleviate damages, loss, hardship or suffering as a result of COVID-19. The State of California, the County of San Diego, and all Port member cities – Chula Vista, Coronado, Imperial Beach, National City, and San Diego – have also proclaimed emergencies due to COVID-19.
 

Board of Port Commissioners to Consider Confirming Local Emergency Proclamation at Special Meeting on Monday, March 23, 2020

March 20, 2020

In order to help protect the health and safety of the public, employees, and property, and in support of Port of San Diego operations and services, the Board of Port Commissioners will consider confirming an Emergency Proclamation in response to Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) at a special meeting to be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 23, 2020.

In alignment with an Executive Order issued by California Governor Gavin Newsom (Executive Order No. N-29-20), the meeting will be held virtually with Commissioners and essential staff participating by phone. The public can view the agenda and/or watch the meeting online at portofsandiego.legistar.com, and may participate by emailing comments to PublicRecords@portofsandiego.org. Emails received prior to 9:30 a.m. will become part of the meeting record.

Port of San Diego Advisory Regarding Cruise Ships in San Diego Bay

March 20, 2020

Prioritizing public health, and with extra precautions in place to minimize community spread of and exposure to Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), the Port of San Diego is working with its cruise line partners to conclude sailings that were underway when the cruise lines suspended operations last week. No ship has or will be allowed in San Diego Bay without first being cleared by medical authorities, and no new sailings have begun or will begin out of San Diego Bay until at least mid-April.

Since last week, when cruise lines announced they were suspending sailings for at least 30 days in response to the current global health crisis, three ships have come into port and disembarked all passengers along with crew members whose contracts have ended. One more cruise vessel is scheduled to arrive next week. Some of the ships will remain in San Diego Bay without passengers aboard. Per the cruise lines, crew members still under contract must remain on the ship.

Port of San Diego Takes Proactive Steps to Minimize COVID-19 Exposure

March 13, 2020

Prioritizing the health and well-being of Port employees, their families, and the public, and in the interest of providing Port of San Diego services, the Port is taking proactive steps to minimize the spread of Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

Statement from Chair Ann Moore, Board of Port Commissioners, and Port President and CEO Randa Coniglio:

“The Port’s priority is to ensure the health and safety of the public, our employees and their families, as well as addressing needs and concerns of internal and external stakeholders. To minimize transmission of COVID-19, and in accordance with guidance from San Diego County Health & Human Services, the California Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, we are implementing measures aimed at limiting contact and exposure to the disease while continuing daily operations and our commitment to provide public services. To the extent possible, employees are encouraged to work remotely. These measures will remain in place until further notice; we will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as needed. Note: The Port is open for business. Port of San Diego Harbor Police dispatch and public safety services remain in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Maritime operations and public services, such as maintenance of parks and other public spaces, continue. Employees who must report to a job site will be provided protective equipment and means to sanitize their hands and frequently-touched surfaces, in accordance with recommendations by the CDC. All other business services and operations will continue through telework as much as possible.”

 

POSTPONED: Picnic in the Park

March 12, 2020

The Port of San Diego is postponing Picnic in the Park, originally scheduled for Sunday, March 29, 2020 at Pepper Park in National City from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The decision comes out of an abundance of caution and in following guidance by the California Department of Public Health to avoid gatherings of more than 250 people to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
 
At the appropriate time, the Port will reschedule and announce a new date. The Port thanks its partners at the City of National City, Fern Street Circus and SACRA/PROFANA and looks forward to holding the community event in the future.

City of Chula Vista and Port of San Diego Invite Public to Take Survey on Future Branding of Chula Vista Bayfront

March 09, 2020

Continuing our commitment to public engagement and collaboration, the City of Chula Vista and the Port of San Diego invite the public to take an online survey that will help guide the branding of the Chula Vista bayfront. Feedback from the survey will be used in the development of signage and other materials that will welcome and guide visitors to and around the Chula Vista waterfront on San Diego Bay.

The survey will be available until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday March 29, 2020, and can be completed here

The City and the Port are transforming 535 acres of largely vacant and underutilized landscape into a thriving recreational, residential and resort destination. When complete, the public will enjoy more than 200 acres of parks and open space, a shoreline promenade, walking trails, RV camping, shopping, dining and more.

The City and the Port are committed to a transparent and open outreach process and, from the development of the Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan to now, have invited community members to share their vision for the future of the waterfront. Because this is such an important project for the region, the City and the Port are asking the public to provide constructive input on a short survey to help develop a brand that best represents the Chula Vista bayfront area.

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