Updated: May 23rd, 2020
COUNTY OF ORANGE MOVES INTO EXPANDED "STAGE 2" OF CALIFORNIA’S RESILIENCY ROADMAP
On May 23rd, 2020, the County of Orange announced that the State of California has approved its plan to accelerate and expand the "Stage 2" reopening of the County’s economy as required by Governor Newsom’s "California Resiliency Roadmap." To read the County’s press release, please click HERE.
As part of this announcement, the County will allow the following businesses to reopen with certain service and operational modifications:
- In person dining;
- Retail shopping with social distancing and curbside pickup;
- Offices (when telework not possible);
- Outdoor museums; and
- Limited service businesses.
For more details on the announcement, including information on criteria to which businesses must comply, please visit the Orange County Health Agency website HERE or the State of California’s COVID-19 website HERE.
ORANGE COUNTY ISSUES "BUSINESS GUIDELINES FOR ORANGE COUNTY"
On April 28th, 2020, the Orange County Board of Supervisors issued a press release describing COVID-19 "best practices" for Orange County businesses and the public. The "Orange County Business Guidelines," encourage businesses and residents to adhere to practices that can reduce the spread of COVID-19. By now, Orange County residents should be familiar with these best practices, which include social distancing, frequent hand washing, and the use of personal protective equipment.
USE OF FACE MASKS IN ORANGE COUNTY
Please note that a mandatory order is in effect for all of Orange County related to the use of masks and face coverings. All employees of grocery stores, pharmacies and drug stores, convenience stores, gas stations, restaurants and food preparation establishments, and/or retail stores are required to wear a maks or face covering. This order goes into effect on Friday April 24, 2020.
All employees must comply with this regulation and this order is enforceable by law. For more information, please read the Orange County Health Care Agency’s press release HERE. If you have questions, please contact the City of La Habra Code Enforcement Division at 562-383-4134 or the City’s Emergency Management Coordinator at 562-383-4306.
NEW - LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS NEWS AND NOTES
Stay informed about what’s happening in your local school districts and how they’re responding to COVID-19 by visiting school district websites at:
Fullerton Joint Union High School District: https://www.fjuhsd.org/
La Habra City School District: https://www.lahabraschools.org/
Lowell Joint School District: https://www.ljsd.org/
COVID-19 CASE REPORTS
In accordance with guidance from the Orange County Health Care Agency, all employees at essential businesses are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering while at work, as are all residents engaged in essential activities outside the home. For more information on the County’s guidance, please click HERE.
CITY FACILITIES CLOSED
Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order N-33-20 (March 19, 2020) and the amended announcement (March 18, 2020) issued by the Orange County Health Agency, until further notice, all City of La Habra municipal buildings are closed to the public, including La Habra City Hall, the La Habra Community Center, and the lobby of the La Habra Police Station. This closure period may change based on future guidance or directives provided by Federal, State and County agencies. To read answers to FAQs regarding the County order, please click HERE
While City buildings will be closed to the public, parks remain open; however, visitors are required to abide by OC Health directives limiting exposure to the virus. This includes social distancing.
Although City buildings will be closed to the public, all essential services necessary to ensure the continuing operation of local government will continue. City staff will still report to work; however, the public is asked to conduct business with the City by phone, email or online at the City’s website. The following is a list of phone numbers to contact City staff regarding:
- Business License Information: 562-383-4065
- Water Billing and Payments: 562-383-4070
- Community Development: 562-383-4100
- Building Inspections: 562-383-4122
- Code Enforcement: 562-383-4143
- Community Services: 562-383-4200
- Senior Lunch Program: 562-383-4200
- Public Works Department: 562-383-4170
- Police Department: 562-383-4300
As always, in the event of an emergency please call 9-1-1.
FOR TIPS ON WHERE TO FIND HELP OR MORE INFORMATION ON HOW TO COPE WITH COVID-19 CAN BE FOUND HERE
HOW IS THE CITY OF LA HABRA RESPONDING?
Subject to further guidance from State of California or the Orange County Health Care Agency, the City of La Habra has cancelled or postponed all public and private events at City-owned facilities through the end of April. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause, but appreciate your understanding and support. We will continue to provide new information as it becomes available.
Upcoming public events, programs, and classes that have been cancelled or suspended include the following:
All adult and youth recreation classes have been cancelled until further notice. Class fees will be either fully/partially refunded to participants based on the number of classes that have already been conducted.
All senior Health & Wellness/Exercise, Creative Arts, Senior Movie Days, Bingo, and Mature Driver classes have been cancelled until further notice.
The La Habra Children’s Museum is closed until further notice.
City of La Habra Senior Programs
Senior Cafe meals that are typically served Mon-Fri at the Community Center are now provided as a take-home/delivery service. Seniors that are registered in the Meals on Wheels congregate meal program are eligible to receive frozen meals. The City prefers to deliver meals to registered participants, but pick-up is allowed.
Frozen meals will be delivered once a week on Tuesday. Deliveries typically will occur between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. For more information, please call 562-383-4200.
The Senior Shuttle will remain in operation.
Due to temporary closure to the public of City Hall and other key City facilities, residents and business-owners should instead call or email staff for assistance using one of the following methods:
- Water bill payments: online or call 562-383-4070
- Business license payments: online or call 562-383-4065
- Public records requests: via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call 562-383-4030
- All other requests: call 562-383-4010
The City’s Public Works Yard and the La Habra Police Station are closed to the public; however, visitors are encouraged to limit visits and instead call or email staff for assistance. As always, in the event of an emergency, please call 9-1-1.
The City will reassess the closure of facilities and cancellation/postponement of events and programs as the situation progresses. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause, but appreciate the public’s understanding and support. Please call us at 562-383-4010 or visit this page for updated information.
SUSPENSION OF CERTAIN CITY FEES AND REGULATIONS
PARKING ENFORCEMENT - Because many La Habra residents will be working from home for the next few weeks, the City of La Habra has temporarily suspended enforcement and issuance of tickets for violations of unpermitted overnight parking, as well as street sweeping parking violations. This suspension will remain in effect until further notice. For more information, please contact the La Habra Police Department at 562-383-4344.
WATER UTILITY PAYMENTS AND SHUTOFFS - During the term of the emergency declaration, the City of La Habra will temporarily suspend water utility customer shut-offs for nonpayment and waive all late payment fees. However, unpaid bills must be brought current once the emergency declaration has been terminated. For more information, please call the Finance Department at 562-383-4050.
The City of La Habra has temporarily suspended late payment fees for business license renewals. The suspension will remain in effect for the term of the City’s COVID-19 emergency declaration; however, unpaid fees must be brought current once the emergency declaration has been terminated. For more information, please call the Finance Department at 562-383-4050.
The City of La Habra has temporarily suspended banner permit requirements, fees, and enforcement of regulations related to temporary signage for local businesses and non-profits. For more information, please call the Community Development Department at 562-383-4100.
GOVERNOR NEWSOM ISSUES TEMPORARY MORATORIUM ON RENTAL EVICTIONS
On March 27, 2020, Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-37-20, which bans the enforcement of residential evictions throughout the state for renters affected by COVID-19. This temporary action is in place through May 31, 2020.
The Governor’s order prohibits landlords from:
- Evicting tenants for nonpayment; and
- Prohibits enforcement of evictions by law enforcement or courts.
The order also requires tenants to declare in writing, no more than seven days after their rent comes due, that the tenant cannot pay all or part of their rent due to the impacts from the COVID-19 virus for one of the following reasons:
- He/she was unavailable to work due to illness with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 or caring for a household or family member who was sick with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19;
- He/she was laid-off, had a loss of work hours, or other income reduction resulting from COVID-19; or
- He/she had to miss work to care for a child whose school was closed in response to COVID-19.
The Governor’s order does not relieve a tenant of his/her obligation to repay full rent in a timely manner and tenants could still face eviction after the enforcement moratorium is lifted, but it does provide a sense of security for tenants who fear they may lose their home due to the State’s direction to remain at home during the COVID-19 crisis.
Please contact the City’s Housing and Economic Development Division at (562) 383-4108 if you have questions about how the Governor’s order may affect you.
BUSINESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
NEW - The Orange County Workforce Development Board has launched its Layoff Aversion Support Program. The program is intended to help small business avoid layoffs and adhere to social distancing requirements. Eligible businesses can receive grants of up to $10,000. To learn more, please click HERE.
The U.S. Small Business Administration has a variety of economic development tools intended to aid businesses that have been affected by COVID-19, including loan programs. For more information, please click here or visit www.sba.gov.
To learn more about programs administered by the California Employment Development Department (EDD) and the latest news on how EDD is helping Californians affected by COVID-19, including information on unemployment insurance, please visit their page HERE.
La Habra restaurants OPEN for delivery and take-out (list updated April 28, 2020). This list of restaurants is evolving, so in the event it contains incorrect information or a particular restaurant is missing from the list, please provide corrections to the Community Development Department at 562-383-4100.
WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT COVID-19?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Orange County Health Agency (OC Health) both provide regular situation reports on COVID-19 and efforts to address the situation at both the federal and local level, as well as helpful information on the disease, tips on how to prevent its spread, a description of symptoms, and answers to frequently asked questions. To learn more, please visit: