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LOCAL EMERGENCY PROCLAIMED RELATED TO COVID-19
The City Council adopted a resolution proclaiming the existence of a local emergency in the City of Buena Park related to COVID-19. This declaration authorizes the City Manager to request State and Federal assistance if necessary. Read the resolution:
Resolution Proclaiming a Local Emergency regarding Covid-19

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County of Orange held a press conference and released a city-by-city list of the County’s COVID-19 cases. Buena Park currently has 7 reported cases.

While this number is relatively low, we must remain vigilant to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.
We want to keep this number low, but we need your help. Please continue to do your part by staying home as much as possible except for essential trips.

 

COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium

 

 

 

 

On March 17, 2020, City Council adopted a city law prohibiting evictions for tenants of residential and commercial properties unable to pay rent due to financial impacts related to COVID-19.

Learn more:
Eviction Moratorium Fact Sheet - ENGLISH
Eviction Moratorium Fact Sheet - SPANISH
Eviction Moratorium Fact Sheet - KOREAN

Read the full urgency ordinance of the City Council for the City of Buena Park, California, enacting a moratorium on evictions for tenants of residential and commercial properties in the City.
Read urgency ordinance here

 

 

 

 

Mayor Smith's Message March 20, 2020:

Watch the Mayor's message delivered in Spanish
Watch the Mayor's message delivered in Korean

 

Emergency City Council Meeting - March 17, 2020

City Update March 23, 2020:

Given the health risks associated with COVID-19, members of the public may submit their comments and questions in writing, for City Council consideration, by sending them to the City Clerk at cityclerk@buenapark.com. Please submit all comments and questions by 2:00 p.m., on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. All comments and questions will be read during the meeting. View the agenda here.

All meetings of the City Council are available here, and the City's Cable Channel BPTV Channel 3/99. Please contact the City Clerk's Office at (714) 562-3750, for any questions. 

On March 4, 2020, Governor Newsom proclaimed a State of Emergency in California as a result of COVID-19. The Governor issued Executive Order N-25-20, which allows Council Members to attend City Council meetings telephonically. Please be advised that some, or all, of the City of Buena Park Council Members and staff may attend this meeting telephonically.

 

City Hall Closed Until Further Notice

Consistent with the State’s direction - City Hall is closed until further notice.
Essential operations, police, fire and core public works will continue to keep our City safe.

Questions:
Please call (714) 562-3512
city@buenapark.com

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Update from California Governor Newsom March 19, 2020:

The California State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health is ordering all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence, except as needed to maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sectors, critical government services, schools; and construction, including housing construction.

Read the full Executive Order here (pdf).

Essential services will remain open such as:

  • Gas stations
  • Pharmacies 
  • Food: Grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, take-out and delivery restaurants 
  • Banks
  • Laundromats/laundry services

Essential state and local government functions will also remain open, including law enforcement and offices that provide government programs and services.

What is closed?

  • Dine-in restaurants
  • Bars and nightclubs
  • Entertainment venues
  • Gyms and fitness studios
  • Public events and gatherings
  • Convention Centers

 

Order of the Orange County Health Officer March 18, 2020

In accordance with written guidance issued on March 16, 2020 by the California Department of Public Health;

1.) all bars and other business establishments that serve alcohol and do not serve food shall close.
2.) all movie theatres, gyms, and health clubs shall close.
3.) all food served shall be by delivery, or through pick-up or drive-thru. 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.

Read the full order here

 

U.S. Small Business Administration Programs and Resources

Due to the recent COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, the U.S. Small Business Administration released programs and resources of federal disaster loans for businesses, private nonprofits, homeowners and renters:

Get more information on applying here:
https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/?fbclid=IwAR2-_oEkhumlJDeSieMZrn7qUJ1DyJZP9EEewbFFX1aoaL1r-8qgGsxwfY4

 

Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development Resources

We recognize that our local businesses and their employees are taking a hard hit during this time.

The CA Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development has compiled helpful information for employers, employees and all Californians as it relates to the cornonavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. See all current resources:

https://business.ca.gov/coronavirus-2019/

 

County of Orange Update March 17, 2020

SCROLL UP FOR UPDATED ORDER AS OF MARCH 18 - County Health Officer Issues Order to Slow Spread of COVID-19:
County Health Officer Dr. Nichole Quick issued a Health Officer's order today to protect the health and well being of Orange County, CA residents. These are legally enforceable orders effective today through March 31, 2020. The Orange County Health Care Agency is the lead organization and the City of Buena Park urges our residents and businesses to comply with these orders.

In summary:

All public and private gatherings of any number of people, including at places of work are prohibited. This is not however, a shelter in place order. Please practice social distancing.

All bars and other establishments that serve alcohol, and do not serve food, shall close consistent with guidance by the California Department of Health.

All restaurants and other business establishments that serve food shall close all on-site dining consistent with guidance provided by the California Department of Public Health. All food served shall be by delivery, or through pick-up or drive-thru.

 

City Update March 17, 2020

The City Council held an Emergency City Council meeting at 4:00 p.m. City Council discussed the local response to the coronavirus, and adopted a resolution proclaiming the existence of a local emergency in the City of Buena Park related to COVID-19. This declaration authorizes the City Manager to request State and Federal assistance if necessary.

City Hall will be closed to the public on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. City staff will be meeting to discuss best practices to ensure all essential government operations continue to provide for the public while ensuring the health and safety of City employees.

Buena Park customers unable to pay water payments will not incur late fees or penalties for inability to pay through end of June. Street sweeping parking citations will not be enforced until further notice. Both of these were motions at today's Emergency City Council meeting and are pending formal approval at the next regular City Council Meeting on March 24, 2020.

Rental of City facilities has been canceled until further notice. Refunds will be issued for reservations already made.

 

City Update March 17, 2020

Mayor Smith has called for an Emergency City Council Meeting today at 4:00 p.m. to discuss local coronavirus situation.

Beginning at 4pm, the meeting will be live-streamed on our website, BPTV 3, and Facebook.

Public access to this meeting will be as follows:
- provide public comment beforehand to city@buenapark.com
- provide public comment at City Hall via speaker phone from a separate conference room.

 

City Update March 17, 2020

In response to the coronavirus, the state has asked all seniors age 65+ to self quarantine through March 31. Our senior center is closed and all senior programs/activities have been canceled since March 13, and will remain canceled through this time. The senior meal delivery services will continue.

All contract classes have been canceled until further notice. Staff will begin working on the process to prorate and refund fees. Due to the overwhelming amount of refunds that will need to be processed, please plan on calling Community Services within the next 2-3 weeks to address your refund.

City Clerk's Office has temporarily suspended passport services through the end of the month.

The Buena Park Police Department front counter is closed to the public. Vehicle releases will be done by appointment only. All registrant and fingerprinting services are suspended. Citizens requiring non-emergency services may contact us at (714) 562-3902. All non-emergency reports will be handled over the phone. These protocols will remain in place until March 30, 2020.

 

City Update March 12, 2020COVID 19

Governor Newsom announced that California public health officials issued an updated policy on gatherings to protect public health and slow the spread of COVID-19. The state's public health experts have determined that gatherings should be postponed or canceled across the state until at least the end of March.

 

 

How is the City of Buena Park responding?

  • The Buena Park Senior Center will be closed beginning Friday, March 12 through the end of March. Adult Day Care will not be taking place during the closure. For more detailed information, please call (714) 236-3870.
  • March 17 Special Council Meeting and March 24 Regular Council Meeting will be held, and will be accessible to the public via phone or online platforms. Contact the City Clerk's Office (714) 562-3754 to make arrangements to participate in these public meetings.
  • Commission and Committee meetings are canceled, with the exception of the March 25 Planning Commission meeting, which will be closed to in-person public attendance.
  • The City has canceled all nonessential City-sponsored events through the end of March. The following events are affected:
    • High School Art Show Awards Ceremony - POSTPONED
    • Arbor Day - CANCELED
    • VOLT Interview Workshop - POSTPONED
    • Paws in the Park - CANCELED
    • Track Meet - CANCELED
    • Spring Eggstravaganza - CANCELED
    • Adult Softball Program - SUSPENDED
    • Youth Basketball- SUSPENDED
    • P-Nut Baseball Skills Testing and League - SUSPENDED
    • Volleyball and Basketball Gym Activities - SUSPENDED
    • Parent's Night Out (March 20) - CANCELED

The City will reassess the possible closure and cancellations of future events and programs as the situation progresses.

City Hall will remain open for essential business, we are strongly encouraging residents to conduct all business online or over the phone if possible. To further promote public health, staff at front counters will be taking preventative measures. The City will continue to monitor the situation daily and provide residents with updates as they become available.

Have questions about special events or recreation classes? (714) 562-3860
Have questions about upcoming Council or Commission meetings? (714) 562-3754
Any other questions? (714) 562-3550 

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On March 11, 2020, World Health Organization characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic. While there are no coronavirus cases reported in Buena Park, the City continues to monitor the situation, receive updates from partner agencies and put plans into action should we see cases here.

On February 26, 2020, the Orange County Board of Supervisors declared a local emergency and County Health Officer Dr. Nichole Quick declared a local health emergency as part of broader preparedness efforts related to novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.

These actions will help ensure that the County of Orange's ability to respond to a potential outbreak, should one occur, will remain flexible and can evolve as this rapidly changing situation does.

The HCA is working with federal, state, and local partners including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), and health care providers on preparedness efforts and to guide appropriate care for people who may be at risk for illness associated with COVID-19 or who have tested positive.

According to The HCA, the risk of infection to public in Orange County is believed to be low. Older adults (ages 60 and higher) as well as people who have serious, chronic medical conditions are at higher risk for contracting COVID-19. These individuals should avoid crowds as much as possible as well as cruise and non-essential air travel.

As of early March, there are five cases of coronavirus in Orange County, none of these cases originated in Buena Park. As a city, we regularly prepare for local emergencies (fires, earthquakes etc.). The City has a pandemic flu plan to ensure City operations and services continue.

The primary responsibility for handling infectious outbreaks is with the Orange County Health Care Agency, which we partner with and receive updates.

The most common way to help prevent further spreading locally is to take basic precautions similar to avoiding the flu or a cold:

Novel Coronavirus English WYSK Infographic

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol
  • Wash or sanitize your hands before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you’re sick

If you are traveling to Buena Park or a resident traveling elsewhere, you should also follow some basic precautionary guidelines.

  • Wash and sanitize your hands often
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Cover yourself when sneezing or coughing
  • If you have any health concerns check with your doctor before traveling
  • Don’t travel with a fever or respiratory sickness

You can find more information from the OC Health Care Agency here.

Download the infographic above in Spanish

Download the infographic above in Korean