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COVID-19 Information

Current COVID-19 Articles

  •  - This year’s Walk Against Drugs will be held virtually with student contest
  •  - Restaurants, movie theaters and places of worship can resume indoor operations at reduced capacity
  •  - City Council meetings following State mandate
  •  - New State legislation will protect tenants from eviction
  •  - New State Framework Provides Blueprint for OC Reopenings
  •  - Next Round of Grant Applications for Small Businesses
  •  - City sponsoring free Kids Factory Drop-In Distance Learning Program
  •  - Drive-Through Grocery Distribution Sept. 5

September 9, 2020

This year’s Walk Against Drugs will be held virtually with student contest

With current health directives and to keep our community safe during the pandemic, this year’s Walk Against Drugs will be held virtually on Saturday, October 17 at 8 a.m. – with a contest designed to help students be more successful in school. The annual Walk Against Drugs is a collaboration of local businesses, school districts, the City of Mission Viejo and Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

Contest prizes include school supplies and equipment to assist with distance learning.  Any Mission Viejo student (K-12) can participate by submitting a photo of him or her holding a drawing or message depicting making healthy choices and staying drug, alcohol and tobacco free. Each grade category will have first though fourth-place winners. First-place winners will receive an iPad or Chromebook; second-place winners will receive a headset; with third and fourth-place winners receiving gift cards for school supplies.  

Criteria for students submitting images:

  • The student contest runs from 8 am Thursday, September 10 to 8 am Monday, September 21. 
  • All Mission Viejo students (K-12) can participate by submitting a photo of them holding a drawing or message on how they make healthy choices and stay drug, alcohol and tobacco free. They should wear red to display their Red Ribbon spirit, be creative and have a parent’s permission to enter. Think of your commitment to making healthy choices and how you can pledge to continue a healthful lifestyle.  
  • Students can enter by visiting https://cityofmissionviejo.org/walk-against-drugs-2020
  • Must agree to terms and conditions on website form.

The winners will be contacted by Mission Viejo Police Services to coordinate the delivery of prizes. 

For more information, contact 949-470-8433 or crimeprevention@cityofmissionviejo.org.

 

September 8, 2020

Restaurants, movie theaters and places of worship can resume indoor operations at reduced capacity

The County of Orange today moved from the Purple Tier to the Red Tier as a part of Governor Newsom’s Blue Print for a Safer Economy – allowing certain business sectors to reopen immediately and businesses to expand their operations with certain restrictions.  

Here is a list of some activities and businesses now reopened and/or expanded today:

Restaurants 

  • May reopen for indoor dining with modifications
  • Capacity must be limited to 25 percent or 100 people, whichever is less
  • Must close every night by 10 pm

Places of Worship

  • Can reopen indoors with modifications
  • Indoor activities must be limited to 25 percent of capacity or 100 people, whichever is less

Shopping Centers

  • Can reopen with modifications
  • Indoor capacity must be limited to 50 percent for shopping malls, destination shopping centers, and swap meets
  • Common areas are closed 
  • Reduced capacity shopping center food courts (see Restaurants guidelines for more details)

Retail

  • May reopen with modifications
  • Retail capacity must be limited to 50 percent

Hair Salons and Barbershops

  • May reopen indoors with modifications

Personal Care Services (nail salons, body waxing, tattoo parlors, piercing studios, skin care & cosmetology, and massage services)

  • Can reopen indoors with modifications

Gyms and Fitness Facilities  

  • May reopen indoors with modifications
  • Capacity must be limited to 10 percent

Movie Theaters

  • May reopen with modifications
  • Capacity must be limited to 25 percent or 100 people, whichever is less

Family Entertainment Centers

  • May reopen outdoor only with modifications for activities such as go-kart racing, mini golf, and batting cages

Wineries

  • Can be open outdoors only with modifications

Museums, Zoos and Aquariums

  • May reopen indoors with modifications
  • Indoor activities must be limited to 25 percent of capacity

For more information and the latest status, search for a business or activity by visiting https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy.

 

September 3, 2020

City Council meetings following State mandate

With the Governor's mandate of keeping public buildings closed and Orange County's “purple tier” (worst) designation for COVID-19, the City of Mission Viejo will continue hosting City Council meetings virtually.

Holding the meetings virtually follows State mandates and is out of an abundance of caution and concern for public health and safety.

The meetings will resume in-person when the Governor’s mandate is lifted and all COVID-19 safety protocols are in place.

The next City Council meeting begins at 6 pm on September 8. Visit this link for more information and to tune in. The meetings are also broadcast live on Mission Viejo Television, available in the City on COX Channel 30 and AT&T U-verse Channel 99.

 

September 3, 2020

New State legislation will protect tenants from eviction

New State legislation will protect tenants across California from eviction and property owners from foreclosure due to the economic impacts of COVID-19.

Gov. Gavin Newsom on August 28 signed the legislation, which protects tenants from eviction (before Feb. 1, 2021) for non-payment of rent due to a coronavirus-related hardship occurring between March 4 – August 31. For such hardship accruing between September 1 and January 31, 2021, tenants must also pay at least 25 percent of the rent due to avoid eviction.

Tenants are still responsible for paying unpaid amounts to landlords, but those unpaid amounts can’t be the basis for an eviction. Landlords may begin to recover this debt on March 1, 2021. Landlords who do not follow the court evictions process will face increased penalties under the act.

To help rental owners comply with the numerous regulations included in the legislation, the California Apartment Association (CAA) launched a comprehensive website with numerous online resources to aid rental owners in navigating this new law. The website includes: 

  • Video overview of the bill
  • Executive summary of the bill 
  • Comprehensive overview of the bill 
  • Different forms, notices, and agreements landlords need to use to comply with the bill 
  • Information on the income-eligibility provisions in the bill 

For more information, visit the CAA website.

 

September 3, 2020

New State Framework Provides Blueprint for OC Reopenings

A new blueprint for business sector reopening was unveiled by Governor Gavin Newsom on August 28, which includes a color-coded tiered system that will use two metrics to measure the novel coronavirus: recent case rates and what share of tests are coming back positive. Along with the tiers, Gov. Newsom announced that hair salons and barbers could reopen to a limited 25 percent capacity in Orange County.

The tiers are designated by four colors: purple (widespread), red (substantial), orange (moderate) and yellow (minimal with the lowest restrictions). Orange County is currently in a blended purple/red tier. If trends hold, the County could soon bump down to the red tier.

The State’s Department of Public Health also changed its COVID-19 math. Now, case rates are tracked as averages of new cases per 100,000 residents over one week with a seven-day lag. The positivity rate is meant to provide an illustration of the numbers, independent of how many tests are administered. The new pandemic math is not just based on the number of tests but the percentage of people who test positive.

Counties must remain at each tier for a minimum of 21 days. The State’s new website, COVID19.ca.gov, will track the metrics, show an interactive map and list business sectors open by each county.

Businesses and residents can visit covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/ to search by business or activity type to check current operational status.

 

September 2, 2020

Next Round of Grant Applications for Small Businesses

Small businesses facing immediate financial pressure during the pandemic can apply for LISC Small Business Relief Grants. The Round 6 application period is now open. Click here to apply. Applications are due before 9 pm on Monday, September 7.
 
Before completing the application, businesses should review the Grant Information and FAQ.
 
Please keep the following in mind: 

  • For business owners with multiple businesses, answer the survey based on your largest business.
  • Each awardee is limited to one grant.
  • Funding will be granted to qualified businesses and based on accurate and complete submission and verification of required documentation.

For more information, email smallbusinessgrants@lisc.org.

 

September 2, 2020

City sponsoring free Kids Factory Drop-In Distance Learning Program

To help our community during the pandemic, the City of Mission Viejo is sponsoring a free distance learning center for students on the Orchard Terrace outside of the Norman P. Murray Community Center.  

The Kids Factory drop-in distance learning support program is designed for elementary school children in grades 1-6 in the Saddleback Valley and Capistrano Unified School Districts.  The program provides students with the opportunity to access WIFI for distance learning in a supervised, outdoor environment while adhering to social distancing requirements. 

Four sessions are available – Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8-11 am and 1-4 pm; and Tuesday and Thursday from 8-11 am or 1-4 pm. Participants must enroll online before attending and bring all necessary distance learning materials, fully charged equipment and snacks.  SVUSD staff can provide basic technology support and assistance, which is not meant to replace the classroom teacher.  

Registration is weekly and limited to one session per participant. 

For more information, contact 949-460-2777 or communityservices@svusd.org.  

 

September 1, 2020

Drive-Through Grocery Distribution Sept. 5

Fresh produce, dairy products, bread, protein and canned goods will be available to families in needs during a special Drive-Through Grocery Distribution from 9-11 am Saturday, September 5 at Newhart Middle School.

Saddleback Church and the City of Mission Viejo are teaming up to help keep local families stay healthy. Residents can drive through or walk through with a wagon, stroller or cart that will be filled up.

Newhart Middle School is located at 25001 Veterans Way. For more information, visit saddleback.com/getfood

 

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