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“Abundance of Caution”: many cancellations, postponements announced

 “Abundance of caution,” is the catchphrase of the hour, with many institutions and organizations announcing that they will be cancelling or postponing events due to “an abundance of caution” regarding the Coronavirus outbreak. 

We have gathered as comprehensive a list as possible of such announcements in this rapidly changing environment. Be sure to check our website times-advocate.com for even more up-to-date announcements.

The City of Escondido is taking its marching orders from the County of San Diego Public Health Officer’s latest orders and recommendations. Most of the postponements and cancellations are in force until March 31, but with the rapid way this crisis is moving, don’t be surprised to see that moved further back. 

The city is taking a number of actions unique to Escondido: 

• A Declaration of Local Emergency has been signed by Escondido City Manager Jeffrey Epp. As a result, the City is now able to enact emergency powers, as well as potentially gain access to federal and state relief funds. This declaration will be ratified by the Escondido City Council on Wednesday, March 18.

• The Park Avenue Community Center (located at 210 East Park Avenue, Escondido, CA 92025) is closed until further notice but the Senior Nutrition Program will remain in place with the following adjustments:

• Senior Nutrition has transitioned to delivery and pick-up of meals only. Meals will be available for pick-up at the Park Avenue Community Center and are free for residents 60 and over. To RSVP for meal delivery call: 760-839-4803.

• The Escondido Public Library is closed to the public until March 31.

• All due dates have been extended until April 1. No overdue fees will

accrue from March 16-31. Materials can still be returned to book drops

outside the Library facility.

• City Hall is closed to the public from March 17 – 31. Many City services can be

accessed online: www.escondido.org/online-services.aspx Community members who need to make cash utility billing payments should deposit them into the Utility Billing Drop Box located in the circle driveway at City Hall.

• Time sensitive services such as building plan approval, engineering design review, etc. can now be done by appointment by calling:

Planning: 760-839-4671

Building: 760-839-4647

Code Enforcement: 760-839-4650 

Engineering:

Encroachment Permit submittals: mclay@escondido.org

Grading and Improvement Plan/Permit Submittals: 760-839-4596.

Property information and as-built drawings research:

cworayeth@escondido.org

City Clerk: 442-237-1106 or zbeck@escondido.org

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• Dixon Lake campground reservations and fishing will be closed starting March 17. Lake Wohlford will be closed for fishing starting March 17. Residents and visitors may still visit the lakes and grounds for recreation activities as long as they practice social distancing.

• The Escondido Police and Fire Headquarters lobby will be closed to the public starting March 17. If you have a scheduled appointment please use the courtesy phone located at the entrance and a staff member will assist you.

• The Public Works Administration Lobby will be closed to the public until March 31. Staff will be on-site to assist with time sensitive business.

• The East Valley Community Center will remain closed until March 31.

• The Escondido Sports Center will remain closed until March 31.

Additional Community Updates:

• An Escondido Firefighter/Paramedic has tested positive for COVID19. Read the

news release here.

• City of Escondido COVID-19 Community Information

• Amended Order for the San Diego County Health Officer

Escondido Public Library 

Escondido Public Library will be closed to the public through March 31, 2020.

All materials with a due date during the closure period are now due April 1, and no overdue fees will be accrued during the closure.

All active holds that are ready for pickup have been suspended until April 1.

All materials including media items can be returned to the drive up book drops in the Library parking lot 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Non-governmental closures are shown below (note: this list is not exhaustive, just what we could gather together.)

Lake Wohlford

In order to support efforts to halt the spread of COVID-19  Lake Wohlford will be closed until further notice, effective immediately.

Regal Cinema

Starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020, all Regal theatres will remain closed until further notice as a precaution amid the current circumstances. 

Regal will continue to update the status of all theatres on its mobile app and online at REGmovies.com. 

Children’s Museum

San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum earlier this week announced that it will temporarily be closed to the public beginning Saturday, March 14 through Sunday, April 5 to slow and prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The decision follows recent federal, statewide and local guidelines and recommendations regarding social distancing.

“It is with a heavy heart that we have made the difficult decision to temporarily close the Museum in response to the developing COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on our community. It is our responsibility as an important community resource for children and families that we keep the health and safety of our patrons and staff at the forefront of everything we do. Thus, our Museum will remain closed during this time as a proactive measure to limit the spread of COVID-19. By temporarily closing our doors, we want to do our part and limit opportunities for gatherings,” said Executive Director Wendy Taylor. “We look forward to reopening the Museum, which we currently plan to do on April 6, pending any new developments.”

San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum is also postponing its annual spring gala, and cancelling all special events, field trips, spring camp, and outreach activities through mid-April.

The Museum has created a COVID-19 information webpage, which will be kept up to date with the latest news related to museum operations.

Visit SDCDM.org to learn more.

San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy

Please note classes cancelled:

San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy

Rattlesnake Safety Class, March 21 and Crawling Crabs Class, March 28.

San Diego Humane Society

Escondido Campus – 3500 Burnet Drive, Escondido, is open, but by appointment only. 

To protect staff, volunteers and guests during the spread of COVID-19, call 619-299-7012 to make an appointment or drive up to any campus and make an appointment from your vehicle. 

According to Gary Weitzman, President and CEO, “We’re also asking guests to wash their hands at the entrance to the shelter. We’re scheduling appointments at that same number for other services as well, including relinquishments, vaccine services and fostering.”

Dr. Weitzman added, “We anticipate fewer people will be coming in to adopt pets amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, so foster homes are especially critical right now. Thanks to our incredible volunteers, we do not currently need fosters, but that may change in the coming days. If you would like to help us be prepared for that eventuality, you can sign up here.”

The Humane Society is temporarily stopping Community Spay/Neuter services. “This is to decrease non-essential services to the public so we can concentrate our resources on emergency care and our shelter animals,” said Dr. Weitzman. 

If you find injured or orphaned wildlife, Project Wildlife remains open and available to help. Please bring wildlife to the Pilar & Chuck Badhe Wildlife Center at 5433 Gaines St. in San Diego.

VFW Post 1513

Veterans of Foreign Wars Commander Matt Foster tells The Times-Advocate: “Although the Post building may be closed, VFW Post 1513 is our people and our mission.  We are still committed to our mission of helping our local veterans in any way we can. When hard times arrive, there are those who panic and those who help. We’re here to help. Fred Rogers said, ‘When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping. ” ’ ”

Veterans in need can contact us via our webpage or our Facebook page:  www.vfwpost1513.org/   www.facebook.com/vfwpost1513

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