Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

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Rent and Utilities Assistance Extended

[5/20/21] Behind on rent or utility payments due to COVID-19? Applications are still being taken to provide assistance for eligible households. Visit SDHCD.org.

Face Coverings Guidelines

[5/20/2021] The County of San Diego will follow state guidance regarding facial coverings until the expected full reopening of the California economy on June 15. Learn more here.

Facility Rentals Resume

[5/11/21] In anticipation of California lifting COVID-related restrictions and fully reopening its economy on June 15, the City of Poway is now accepting both indoor and outdoor reservations for Poway parks and facilities.

Reservations open for events occurring after June 15 at most Poway parks. This includes:

  • Indoor room rentals at Lake Poway and Old Poway Park
  • Outdoor reservations for Community, Old Poway and Lake Poway
  • Fun jumps (bounce house) reservations at neighborhood parks

The new Mickey Cafagna Community Center is accepting reservations for events beginning June 21.

Rentals will be subject to any additional guidance issued by the State and/or County related to the reopening of the economy on June 15. 

Information about facility rentals is available at poway.org/rentals. At this time, City Hall is still closed to the public and reservations are being taken by email. Staff is available for follow-up via videoconference.

Regional Stay Home Order Lifted

[1/23/21] The state has lifted the Regional Stay Home Order. San Diego County is in the "Purple Tier," of the state's Blueprint for a Safer Economy. For updates, visit the "Safe Reopening" section of the County's COVID-19 website. You can also text COSD COVID19 to 468-311.

Get COVID-19 Exposure Notifications

[1/12/21] CA Notify is private, anonymous and secure notification system to get COVID-19 exposure alerts and to protect those around you. You only receive alerts if you were in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19. Your privacy is protected as your identity is not known and your location is not tracked. Californians can enable CA Notify in their iPhone settings or on Android phones by downloading the app from the Google Play Store.

Report Public Health Order Violations

[updated 1/12/21] To report businesses or organizations that are open and have been ordered to close, or otherwise not following the health order, call (858) 694-2900 or email SafeReopeningComplianceTeam@sdcounty.ca.gov. Reports can be anonymous.

City Launches SOS Initiative 

[updated 1/12/21] Relaxed restrictions at city parks have made outdoor spaces available for houses of worship and fitness-oriented businesses during the pandemic. "Sharing Outdoor Spaces" (SOS) was initiated in response to the state’s action that expanded the list of indoor activities put on hold in order to limit the spread of COVID-19. Learn more about the program and the application process.

City Offers Picnic Tables to Poway Restaurants

[updated 1/12/21] When indoor dining was suspended in San Diego County due to rising cases of COVID-19 last summer, the City of Poway quickly put into action an idea to help Poway restaurants. The city is loaned picnic tables to Poway restaurants, at no cost, for outdoor dining (as permitted by local and state public health orders). Once the restrictions are lifted the picnic tables will be moved to local parks. 

Restaurants interested in borrowing city picnic tables should contact Will Wiley, Assistant Director of Public Works, at (858) 668-4705.

Parks and Trails Update

[Posted 6/2/2020; updated 5/20/21]  All parks and trails, including parking lots and trail heads, are now open, though with some restrictions in place to comply with state and county public health orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Please observe the posted protocols for all parks and trails:

  • Do not use city parks/trails if you have a cough or fever.
  • Maintain social distancing at all times. Keep 6 feet from anyone not in your household. 
  • A face covering is needed if you are within 6 feet of anyone not in your household.
  • Use of active sports areas at parks are limited to members of a single household, youth day camps and youth sports camps. Active sports areas at the lake include volleyball courts and softball fields.

When visiting any of Poway’s parks and trails, please bring plenty of water as drinking fountains are not available for use at this time.

Since the city does not have the resources, it has deferred enforcement of the county health orders to the county’s compliance team. Should you witness behavior that is in clear violation or gives you concern, please use the following information from the county’s website: 

To report businesses or organizations that are open and have been ordered to close, or otherwise not following health order, call (858) 694-2900 or email SafeReopeningComplianceTeam@sdcounty.ca.gov. Reports can be anonymous.

Emergency Loan Program for Small Businesses Approved by Council

[Posted 4/16/20] To mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on Poway small businesses and their employees, the City of Poway has committed up to $2 million in one-time funds from the City’s General Fund’s Extreme Events/Public Safety reserve to create a Poway Emergency Assistance Recovery Loan (PEARL) Program. Learn more here.

Resources for Small Businesses, Employees

[Posted 4/1/2020] The City has an updated list of resources available for small businesses and employees impacted by COVID-19 on our "Tools for Business" web page.

Keep Emergency Responders Safe

[Posted 3/23/2020] For your safety and the safety of our emergency responders, when calling 9-1-1 or the Sheriff’s non-emergency line at (858) 565-5200 let dispatchers know if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms or are quarantined. This ensures that our Poway firefighters and Sheriff’s deputies stay safe and healthy, in order to continue to protect our community and prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

What Not to Flush: Help us Protect our Wastewater System

Poway residents are encouraged to adhere to some simple guidelines during the COVID 19 pandemic, and at all times throughout the year, to protect the wastewater collection system from blockages and spills. Please remember the following:

  • The toilet is not a trash can.
  • FLUSH ONLY water, wastewater, and toilet paper down the toilet. 
  • DO NOT place wipes, paper towels, towels, clothing, sanitary napkins, plastic items, rubber items, hair, dental floss, diapers, food or kitty litter in the toilet. 
  • DO NOT pour grease in drains or toilets.

The Public Works-Utilities Department services over 186 miles of sewer collection lines, 12,212 sewer laterals, 4,066 manholes, and 5 sewer lift stations. This includes ongoing maintenance, cleaning, repairs, removing blockages, replacement of laterals, mains, and manholes.

Community Partners and Resources

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

The Poway Neighborhood Emergency Corps is a grassroots volunteer organization focused on helping neighbors prepare for emergencies and communicating between neighbors in times of disasters. The group is using their network of volunteers to help their Poway residents through this unprecedented event. The powaynec.com website has resources such as early shopping hours for seniors and others considered at risk and lists of drive-through/delivery grocery and pharmacy services. Visit their website for more information

Poway Community Library 

San Diego County Libraries will provide walk-up door-side service Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at all 33 branches. Visit the library’s website or social media channels for updates.

EDCO Trash Collection

Waste removal has been identified as a critical and essential service and as such, EDCO will continue regularly scheduled collection operations. Please refer to their website for updates. The Household Hazardous Waste facility is open (Info here).

San Diego Humane Society

Due to the impact of COVID-19, San Diego Humane Society has temporarily adjusted some of their services. Visit their website or call 619-299-7012. 

Poway Senior Center

Although the Poway Senior Center remains closed, some programs/services are being offered. The senior center operates as an independent nonprofit. Check the senior center website for updated information.

Poway Farmers Market is Open with Modifications

The Poway Farmers Market is currently open on Saturdays as it provides an additional food resource for the community. It offers an alternative place to shop and is following local and state guidelines to ensure the safety and well-being of those attending the market and selling at it. The Poway Farmers Market looks forward to being able to provide fresh, healthy food for you and your families in an opened air environment during this time. For the most up to date information, follow the Poway Farmers Market on their Facebook and Instagram social media accounts.

Seniors in Need of Services

Older adults with needs or questions can call the County’s Aging Hotline at 1-800-339-4661 for assistance. The Aging and Independence website has a list of community resources for older adults, as well as a link to the County's Great Plates meal programs. These temporary programs deliver meals to older adults, as well as adults of all ages with health conditions or disabilities, who meet eligibility criteria.  

Free Mental Health Support

The constant changes and updates that come with COVID-19 can be overwhelming. The Access & Crisis Line serves all of San Diego County and is available 24/7 to help individuals in crisis and to offer mental health support. It’s confidential and free of charge. Call 888-724-7240 to speak with someone or visit their website to learn more.

County Launches COVID-19 Text Message Alert System

County residents can receive information about the novel coronavirus via text through the County COVID-19 public information text message alert system. To sign up to receive the messages, text COSD COVID19 to 468-311.

Poway Unified School District

For updates on Poway Unified School District, please visit their website.