COVID-19 Information

Updated:  July 12th, 2020

STATE ISSUES CLOSURE NOTICE (July 12th, 2020)

To help address the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in California, effective immediately the State of California has announced a new closure order affecting some business operations.  In addition to dine-in restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos and museums, and cardrooms, all of which remain closed to indoor operations, the following business sectors within counties on the "County Monitoring List,"  including Orange County, must also close all indoor operations:

  • Fitness centers
  • Places of worship
  • Offices for non-critical sectors
  • Personal care services
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Indoor malls.

The revised order does not prohibit restaurants from serving customers outdoors or providing take-out or delivery service.  If you need information regarding the City of La Habra’s outdoor dining program, please click HERE.   Bars remain closed to all business operations.  For more specific information about the State’s closure mandate, please visit the State of California’s COVID-19 website HERE.  

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUES GUIDANCE FOR THE USE OF FACE COVERINGS

On Thursday, June 18th, 2020, the California Department of Public Health issued new guidance regarding the use of face coverings.  The guidance mandates that face coverings be worn statewide and that individuals must wear face coverings when they are in any of the following situations:

- Inside of, or in line to enter, any indoor public space;

- Obtaining services from the healthcare sector;

- Waiting for or riding on public transportation or while in a taxi, private car service, or ride-sharing vehicle;

- Engaged in work, whether at the work place or performing off-site work; 

- While outdoors in public spaces when maintaining a physical distance of 6 feet from persons who are not members of hte same household or residence is not feasible.

As a result, the City of La Habra will require staff and visitors to wear a face mask in public areas within City buildings and adhere to all social distancing protocols.  This requirement will remain in effect until further notice and we request your cooperation in this matter.

To see an update (dated June 24, 2020) on the State of California’s COVID-19 "Pandemic Resilience Roadmap," please click HERE.

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH RELEASES NEW GUIDELINES FOR REOPENING ADDITIONAL SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY

On June 5th, 2020, the California Department of Public Health released new guidance for the reopening of additional sectors of the economy for jurisdictions that have already received approval to move deeper into "Stage 2" of Governor Newsom’s "California Resiliency Roadmap."  To read the County of Orange press release on this topic, please click HERE.

As part of this announcement, the Orange County Health Officer will make a decision about the reopening of several additional economic sectors that have been closed, including fitness facilities, hotels, and bars/wineries, which may happen no sooner than June 12, 2020:

For more details, 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.

For more information on State guidance for businesses to reopen, please click HERE.

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

The County of Orange will post reported COVID-19 on a city-by-city basis each day on the Orange County Health Care Agency website at www.ochealthinfo.com/novelcoronavirus.  

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.

SOME CITY FACILITIES ARE NOW OPEN

La Habra City Hall, the La Habra Community Center Front Desk, and the La Habra Police Department Lobby are open to the public.  Visitors are asked to wear a face mask while inside these buildings and follow all social distancing protocols (for example, maintain a six-foot distance, refrain from hand shakes, etc.).  All other City facilities remain closed to the public.    

For residents and visitors who choose to continue self-isolation, the public may also 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?

Public Events

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.  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.

City Facilities

For those residents and business-owners who prefer not to visit City Hall for business assistance, please contact us via 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 (cc@lahabraca.gov) or call 562-383-4030

- All other requests:  call 562-383-4010

The City’s Public Works Yard is closed to the public; however, visitors may 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 any 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.

BUSINESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

NEW - ORANGE COUNTY 4TH DISTRICT SMALL BUSINESS GRANT PROGRAM

4th District County Board of Supervisor Chaffee has announced the "4th District Small Business Grant Program," a program to help small businesses and non-profits experiencing financial loss resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.  The program provides applicants with up to $10,000 in funding depending on need, and is allocated to eligible businesses and non-profits in cities within the 4th District.

The application period has been extended.  This program is administered on behalf of the 4th District by the Small Business Development Center at California State University Fullerton.  To learn more and to apply, please visit their website at www.ociesmallbusiness.org or call the 4th District Office at 714-834-3440.  

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.

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:

www.cdc.gov 

www.cdph.ca.gov

www.ochealthinfo.com