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City of Oceanside COVID-19 Update

Sunday, March 15, 2020

The City of Oceanside is closely monitoring the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation and City leaders are unified and committed to helping stop the spread of this virus through sensible actions.  We are working to ensure that critical municipal services continue to operate, and that we are providing for the health and safety of our staff.  Together, we can take measures to help protect our resilient community.


Ban on Gatherings

On March 12, Governor Newsom announced a ban on large gatherings and a policy on smaller gatherings and social distancing to reduce the number of Californians who contract COVID-19 before an effective treatment or vaccine is available.  POLICY  These measures will help protect those most likely to experience severe symptoms, such as older people and those with underlying chronic conditions.  The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within 6ft) or through respiratory droplets produced when someone coughs or sneezes.


New Protocols for Bars / Restaurants

On March 15, 2020, Governor Newsom announced additional protocols to stop the spread of the virus in our communities.  These include home isolation for seniors 65+, the closure of bars, nightclubs, and wineries, and limiting restaurant capacities to 50% to facilitate social distancing.


School Closures

On March 13, it was announced that Oceanside Unified, Vista Unified, and other County School Districts would close beginning March 16, 2020.  Check your student’s school website for further information.  Any student needing food during this period of closure can visit a school site on weekdays to pick up a lunch.  School Sites

Oceanside Unified School District Information

Vista Unified School District Information

Miracosta College Information

Talking with Children about Coronavirus

Oceanside Public Library e-Learning Resources


City Programs Cancelled

City of Oceanside Library programs and Parks and Recreation programming are cancelled until at least March 31, 2020, and will be reassessed at that time.  City Senior Centers are closed.  City Recreation Centers are closed.  City Resource Centers remain open for walk-ins needing essential services.  City staff is calling to check in on visitors to the Senior Centers, and meals will be delivered to those that normally use the Senior Nutrition Program lunches.  Conduct City Business Online or Call


What to do if you are sick

COVID-19 symptoms can include fever, cough, and shortness of breath, and may appear 2-14 days after exposure.  Call your Doctor.  If you don’t have a Doctor, please call 211.  More information 

Information for those with higher risk


COVID-19 Testing

San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency is following guidance from the CDC and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).  According to County Health, those who should be tested include:

  • People returning from an impacted country who develop symptoms.
  • People who have had contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
  • People who are experiencing severe respiratory illness.  More information


Groceries and Supplies

National Grocery chains have issued statements saying they are working hard to keep up with demand.  Some are starting to restock during the day as well as at night, and large deliveries are being made to grocery stores every day. 

City Webpage Updated Daily 

The City of Oceanside has a dedicated webpage with regular updates as news develops, as well as links to trusted sources on this evolving situation:


Call 211 for COVID-19 questions

Frequently Asked Questions

San Diego County Covid-19 Cases

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers

Center for Disease Control

World Health Organization

Protecting your family

Municipal water supplies are safe

Help “flatten the curve”

Managing Anxiety or Stress

US Small Business Administration to Provide Loans

Print resources for your workplace

Conduct City Business Online or Call