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Updated: July 20, 2020

New Guidelines Released Allowing for Hair Salons and Barbershops to Operate Outdoors:.Governor Newsom released new guidelines for barbershops and hair salons to operate outdoors in a safe environment. The guidelines state that outdoor operations may be conducted under a tent, canopy, or other sun shelter as long as no more than one side is closed, allowing sufficient outdoor air movement. Certain services should not be performed that would require a customer to have to enter the establishment. More detailed are outlined in the new guidance document.

Updated: July 13, 2020

Additional Businesses Required to Close Indoor Operations in Orange County: Governor Newsom announced today additional businesses that are required to immediately close indoor operations in Brea and Orange County. This is in response to surging cases locally and across California. The changes apply to counties, including Orange County, which are on California’s monitoring list for increased cases and hospitalizations. The previous closures remain in effect. For more information, visit covid19.ca.gov.

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Updated: July 9, 2020

COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise Throughout California: The State of California continues to see a large increase in COVID-19 cases. The testing positivity rate over both the past 14 days is 7.3%. Governor Newsom reported this week that the COVID-19 hospitalization and ICU rates have significantly risen over the past 14 days. 26 counties, including Orange County, are currently on the State’s County Monitoring List as various required statistical thresholds are not being met.

 Youth Sports Postponed per State Requirements: Youth Sports in Orange County are postponed until further notice. On June 15, the County of Orange allowed youth sports practice, team drills and training to re-open. The State’s Day Camps and Fitness Facility guidelines were used by counties across the state to allow for youth sports practices, team drills and training. Currently, there is no scheduled time by which the State will re-open youth sports. Those who have questions on this topic may visit the State’s guidance documents found here. Constituents may provide input to the County electronically at: www.ocgov.com/accessoc or the OC-HCA’s Hotline: (714) 834-2000.

Updated: July 2, 2020

Beaches in Orange County to Close Over the Weekend: All city, state and county beaches in Orange County have been closed for the weekend. Please stay local and help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Updated: July 1, 2020

Governor Newsom Announces Closure of Bars and Sectors of Indoor Businesses in Orange County: Effective immediately, the California Department of Public Health is requiring all bars and certain sectors of indoor business to close in counties that have been on their monitoring list for three consecutive days. The closures apply to Orange County, along with 18 other counties, due to the number of COVID-19 cases spreading at alarming rates. These closures will remain in place for at least three weeks and are subject to an extension. The graphic below lists the specific closures and affected counties. In Brea, we encourage all affected businesses to comply. All restaurants are required to stop offering inside, sit down service and can only offer outdoor and takeout service. Family entertainment centers, such as mini golf, can continue their outdoor service. Click here to visit the State’s website and learn more.

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Updated: June 25, 2020

Governor Newsom Unveils California COVID Assessment Tool: Today, Governor Newsom released tools, technology, and data that will allow scientists, researchers, technologists, and all Californians to better understand the impact of COVID-19. This includes the California COVID Assessment Tool, or CalCAT, that contains assessments of the spread of COVID-19, short-term forecasts of disease trends, and scenarios of the course of the disease from modeling groups across the country. The goal of this is to refine California’s and our counties’ insights and knowledge, and to urge collaboration. The Governor’s Office is going as far as instructing all state agencies and departments to make COVID-19 data and information publicly accessible, provided it does not include information that will violate privacy. Click here for more information and to view the news release.

Governor Announces Record-High COVID-19 Statistics in California: On Wednesday, June 24, Governor Newsom provided a COVID-19 update. In his press conference, he mentioned that California saw its highest jump in new COVID-19 cases in a day since the State started tracking this data in mid-March. On Tuesday, June 23, there was a record total of 7,149 new confirmed daily cases and a record number of 96,000 tests administered. The previous highest daily case record was on Monday, with 5,019 new cases statewide. With that in mind, the Governor urged Californians to do their part in slowing the spread by wearing face coverings, washing hands effectively and physically distancing.

Updated: June 18, 2020

State of California Releases New Guidance Requiring Face Coverings: Today, the State of California released new guidance stating that Californians must wear face coverings when in high-risk situations. The full details can be found on the State’s newly released guidance.

This includes:

  • Inside and in line for any indoor public space
  • At any healthcare setting
  • Using public transit or rideshare
  • At workplaces in common areas
  • For any food service, packaging or distribution
  • In any room or enclosed area where you’re unable to distance from those outside your own household.
  • Outside when within six feet of others

Those with special considerations would be exempt, while face coverings are not required in certain situations:

  • Children younger than 2
  • Those with health, mental or developmental considerations
  • Those who face workplace risks from wearing a face covering
  • Medical treatments where removal is necessary
  • While eating or drinking
  • While exercising outdoors or indoors when distanced from others
  • While working outdoors when distanced
  • Those who are incarcerated

Orange County Announces Additional Businesses and Facilities Able to Re-Open on June 19The Orange County Board of Supervisors and Health Care Agency approved the County to re-open additional sectors of economies starting on Friday, June 19. This occurred as a result of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) releasing new guidance for the re-opening of additional sectors of economies the previous week. The newly issued guidance provides corresponding sectors with information on public health modifications they should implement prior to opening. 

The new business include, Massage Services, Nail Salons, Body Art Professionals, Tattoo Parlors, Piercing Shops, Electrology, Esthetician, Skin Care and Cosmetology Services.

The City has been compiling a complete list of what businesses and facilities may and may not open can be found here.

Updated: June 11, 2020

Orange County Announces Additional Businesses and Facilities Re-Opening June 12The Orange County Board of Supervisors and Health Care Agency approved the County to re-open additional sectors of economies starting on Friday, June 12. This occurred as a result of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) releasing new guidance for the re-opening of additional sectors of economies last week. The newly issued guidance provides corresponding sectors with information on public health modifications they should implement prior to opening. A complete list of what businesses and facilities may and may not open can be found here.

Updated: June 5, 2020

State Releases New Guidelines for Additional Businesses to Re-Open: The California Department of Public Health released new guidelines for additional businesses in Stage 3 of the State’s Resilience Roadmap to re-open. It is now up to the County Health Officer to make a final decision about the timing for re-opening specific businesses, which may happen no sooner than ‪June 12, 2020‬. Brea continues to work closely with health experts and State and County officials to re-open businesses responsibly, safely and at the right time. View the guidance released by the State.

Businesses in Stage 3 include:

  • Campgrounds, RV Parks, and Outdoor Recreation
  • Cardrooms, Satellite Wagering Facilities and Racetracks 
  • Family Entertainment Centers 
  • Fitness Facilities
  • Hotels 
  • Museums, Galleries, Zoos, and Aquariums 
  • Restaurants, Bars, and Wineries 

Updated: June 3, 2020

Dog Park, Skate Parks, and Sport Courts Re-Open in Brea: Beginning today, Wildcatters Dog Park, Arovista Skate Park, Olinda Ranch Skate Park and Sport Courts (basketball, tennis) re-open to the public for individual recreation. All parks and trails in Brea have been open for households to take a walk, run, or dog walk. We encourage the community to continue enjoying recreational spaces responsibly and maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance from those living outside their households. Group organized sports are still not allowed at any park in Brea. Park amenities, such as drinking fountains, fitness equipment, picnic shelters and playgrounds, remain closed. Click here to see a list of City facilities and parks that are open and closed.

Updated: June 1, 2020

Brea Summer Event & Program Update: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and to follow guidelines established by the CDC and health officials in the State and County, the City of Brea has had to unfortunately cancel or postpone the following events and programs for this summer. But, we continue looking toward the future. Some programs are still being evaluated to determine if they can be conducted in a different manner to adhere to current safety guidelines Community Services staff is evaluating and preparing for when programs, classes and special events can resume. Stay tuned for updates!

  • Aquatics at the Brea Plunge – cancelled 
  • Brea Fest – cancelled
  • Brea Youth Theatre’s Summer Performance – cancelled
  • Concerts in the Park – postponed 
  • Family Films – cancelled
  • Father Daughter Dance – cancelled
  • July 4th Country Fair – cancelled
  • Made in California Exhibit at the Brea Gallery – postponed
  • Summer Youth Sports – cancelled

Updated: May 26, 2020

State Announces Additional Businesses Re-Opening: The State announced today that places of worship, hair salons and barber shops can now re-open with modifications in Orange County and other counties approved for accelerated re-opening. That was based on California’s hospitalization rates continuing to be stable and testing capacity continuing to increase. The County requires every business owner to take steps to reduce the risk of COVID-19 and create a safer environment for workers and customers. Before re-opening, businesses must perform the following modifications:

  1. Perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan.
  2. Train employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19, including how to screen themselves for symptoms and stay home if they have them.
  3. Implement individual control measures and screenings.
  4. Implement disinfecting protocols.
  5. Implement physical distancing guidelines.
  6. Post industry-specific checklist at workplaces.

For more information, view the State’s industry guidance, covid19.ca.gov/industry-guidance/.

Updated: May 23, 2020

County Releases New Health Order & Recommendations: A new Health Order and additional recommendations were issued by the County Health Officer today to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in the County as more businesses begin to re-open. Detailed information is available, https://occovid19.ochealthinfo.com/…/oc-health-officers-ord….

Highlights include:
- Face coverings now required when in a public place, visiting business, at work, and when unable to maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance from those outside your family/household.
- Self-isolation order for those diagnosed or likely infected
- Self-quarantine order for those exposed

Expanded Stage 2 Business Can Now Open in Orange County: Today, the State approved the County’s plan to accelerate local businesses into Stage 2. More details from the County are available here, bit.ly/OCStageTwo, and business owners should follow State guidance for re-opening.

The following businesses are now able to re-open, with adaptations:

  • In-person dining reservations
  • Retail shopping with social distancing and curbside pickup
  • Manufacturing
  • Offices (when telework not possible)
  • Outdoor Museums
  • Limited Services

Updated: May 21, 2020

State Provides Industry Guidance to Prepare for Expanded Stage 2 Opening of Businesses: More business may soon be able to open, with modifications, in Orange County. The County is working with the State of California to be able to further move through their four-stage re-opening plan. Businesses identified as "Expanded Stage 2" will soon be able to re-open with modifications when the County receives its approval from the State. 

Expanded Stage 2 industries include:

  • Destination retail, including shopping malls and swap meets
  • Personal services, limited to car washes, pet grooming, tanning facilities and landscape gardening 
  • Office-based businesses (telework remains strongly encouraged) 
  • Dine-in restaurants (other amenities like bars or gaming areas are not permitted) 
  • Outdoor museums and open gallery spaces 
  • Schools 

Specific information is not available at this time, but the County expects to hear information soon. For business waiting to re-open, now is the time to prepare for a safe re-opening for when the time comes. Businesses need to have a plan in place for social distancing, disinfecting, tracking employee health and other best practices. The State has industry-specific guidance available on their website, covid19.ca.gov/industry-guidance/.

Updated: May 18, 2020

Governor Announces Additional Modifications to Criteria for Counties to Move Further into Stage 2: Today, Governor Newsom released additional modifications to the criteria that allows counties to move further into Stage 2 of California’s Resilience Roadmap based on key metrics and preparedness measures. The Governor mentioned that roughly 53 of the 58 counties should be eligible to move further into Stage 2 based off of this new criteria. As of yet, there has not been direction received from Orange County officials regarding whether or not the criteria has been met in our jurisdiction. 

The new criteria are as follows:

  • County Case Metrics
    • Stable or down trending hospitalizations - Stable hospitalizations of COVID individuals on a 7-day average of daily percent change of less than 5% OR no more than 20 COVID hospitalizations on any single day in the past 14 days
    • Cases per population count and Test positivity rate - Less than 25 new cases per 100,000 residents in the past 14 days OR less than 8% testing positive in the past 7 days
  • County Preparedness
    • Testing capacity - Minimum daily testing volume to test 1.5 per 1,000 residents
    • Contact Tracing - Sufficient contract so that public health staff can work with a patient to help determine everyone with whom they have had close contact during the time frame when they may have been infectious. There should be at least 15 staff per 100,000 county population available for contact tracing and counties with small populations must have at least one staff person trained and available.
    • Hospital Surge - County or regional hospital capacity to accommodate a minimum surge of 35% due to COVID-19 (in addition to providing usual care for non-COVID-19 patients).
    • SNF disease outbreak prevention and containment - Must have plans to prevent and mitigate infections in skilled nursing facilities and facilities have more than a 14-day supply of PPE.

Additional information on the criteria for counties may be found on the State’s website, covid19.ca.gov/roadmap-counties/.

Updated: May 12, 2020

Governor Announces New Industry Guidance for the Re-Opening of Businesses: Today, Governor Newsom announced guidance for Counties eligible and wishing to move further into Stage 2 of California’s Resiliency Roadmap. The expanded Stage 2 businesses (including offices, restaurants, and shopping malls with modifications) are only able to open in those Counties that have been approved by the State to re-open further based on a number of factors. Orange County is not one of those Counties.

For news regarding COVID-19 from the state, please click here. More specifically, the state’s website has provided statewide guidance as well as county variance guidance for those jurisdictions able to enter the later parts of Stage 2. A list of counties who have been approved to move later into Stage 2 can be found by clicking here. In addition, the California Department of Public Health has provided information on the readiness criteria counties need to meet before moving further into Stage 2.

Updated: May 7, 2020

Businesses Begin to Re-Open as California Moves into Stage 2 of Modifying the Stay-at-Home Order: Today, Governor Newsom announced that California will begin to move into Stage 2 of his four-stage plan to modify the Stay-at-Home order. Starting May 8, some lower-risk workplaces can gradually open with adaptations. Retail, and their associated supply chains, can reopen with modifications that follow new State guidance. Eligible retail businesses include, bookstores, jewelry stores, toy stores, clothing stores, shoe stores, home and furnishing stores, sporting goods stores, antique stores, music stores, and florists. Please note, re-opening will be phased-in, starting first with curbside pickup and delivery only, until further notice.

Schools, childcare, dine-in restaurants, offices, shopping malls and outdoor museums are part of Stage 2, but are NOT part of this initial re-opening plan. They will open at a later time. A list of businesses that are and are not able to open at this time is available here. The new State guidance serves as a good example of what all businesses should be thinking about as we continue on with our recovery. It outlines best practices that will be key in preventing the spread of COVID-19 as restrictions start to ease. The community’s efforts to abide by the Stay-at-Home order issued on March 19 has allowed the State to move forward on its roadmap for modifying the order. You can read more about the governor’s announcement at Covid19.ca.gov/roadmap. We understand businesses are eager to open. In Brea, we are closely following the Governor’s four-stage roadmap for re-opening business. Cities and Counties do not have the authority to supersede the State’s more restrictive orders. 

Updated: May 4, 2020

Governor Newsom Set to Announce Modifications to Stay-at-Home Order: Today, Governor Newsom announced a modification to the Stay-at-Home order set to occur later this week. The modification allows certain lower-risk businesses in Stage 2 of the Resiliency Roadmap to follow guidelines that will allow them to reopen. The guidelines will be released Thursday, May 7, with the expectation that businesses may open with prescribed modifications as early as Friday, May 8. These guidelines will apply to retail businesses, including bookstores, clothing stores, florists, and sporting goods stores, as well as their supporting manufacturing and logistical industries. The guidelines will include the requirement for pick-up only, as well as other social distancing measures. Stage 2 businesses that are not included in this modification are offices, in-person dining at restaurants, and shopping malls. This modification is based on the fact that the State is on track for their goals in hospital stabilization, PPE inventory, public health guidance, and their desired capacities in testing, contact tracing, and health care surge needs.

The Governor also announced a new framework to allow counties to move more quickly through Stage 2 if they attest that they meet the state’s readiness criteria. Regions may elect to expand the guidelines further, allowing other entities in Stage 2 to reopen, so long as they provide certification plans that meet the capacity needs for testing, contact tracing, physical distancing, sanitation, and protection of the most vulnerable individuals. This regional variation may only occur after self-certification and could include reopening restaurants and hospitality venues with modifications. Yet, if disease is spreading and the plan is ineffective, there may be a re-issuance of certain aspects of the Stay-at-Home order. Regions that have more restrictive orders may continue to follow those enhanced precautions.

UPDATED: April 29, 2020

City of Brea Following Governor’s Resilience Roadmap to Guide Future Re-Opening of Non-Essential Businesses: The City of Brea remains vigilant in stopping the spread of COVID-19. Complaints of non-essential businesses opening in Brea are being received and investigated to ensure compliance. We understand businesses are eager to open, but that will not occur until the Governor begins to lift the Stay-at-Home order. Cities and Counties do not have the authority to supersede the State’s more restrictive orders. In Brea, we are closely following the Governor’s four-stage roadmap for re-opening non-essential business which has not yet occurred. 

Yesterday, the Governor announced Resilience Roadmap Stages that emphasize safety and preparedness to work toward ending the State’s Stay-At-Home order. The roadmap is divided into four stages, re-opening lower risk workplaces with adaptations for enhanced sanitization and social distancing practices. Workplaces in Stage 2 include retail establishments, manufacturing, professional offices, and various public spaces. Additionally, included in Stage 2 are schools and childcare facilities which will ensure student safety and allow a broader segment of the workforce to return to work. The key to moving from Stage 1 to Stage 2 is clear and consistent guidance on how to reduce risk in all workplaces and public settings as well as a higher level of care and support for people who are high risk, including seniors and medically fragile individuals. The Governor stated that California is currently in Stage 1 and non-essential business may not re-open at this time.

The County of Orange Board of Supervisors also released business guidelines which, while the stated intent was to guide businesses after they can open, has led to confusion as to whether non-essential businesses are allowed to open now. The answer is no. Non-essential businesses are not allowed to open up at this time. Brea is dedicated to the eventual re-opening of businesses in order to revitalize the economy and get residents back to work. At the same time, we are committed to doing so without putting the community at risk.

UPDATED: April 28, 2020

Governor Newsom Presented Plans to Modify Stay-At-Home Order: Today, Governor Newsom announced details on how California plans to modify the Stay-At-Home order and open the economy. These modifications are based on science, health, and data and will happen in 4 stages. The Governor indicated that the transition from Stage 1 to Stage 2 will be a matter or weeks, not months; however, the transition to Stages 3 and 4 would be months, not weeks.

Stage 1 – Safety and Preparedness

  • This is where the State is now
  • Continue to build out testing, contact tracing, PPE, and hospital surge capacity
  • Making essential workforce environments as safe as possible
  • Prepare sector-by-sector safety guidelines for expanded workforce

Stage 2 – Lower Risk Workplaces

  • Gradually opening some lower risk workplaces with adaptations - Retail, Manufacturing, Offices (when telework not possible), More public spaces

Stage 3 – Higher Risk Workplaces

  • Opening higher risk environments with adaptations and limits on size of gatherings - Personal care (hair and nail salons, gyms, etc), Entertainment venues (movie theaters, sports venues without live audiences), In-person religious services (churches, weddings)

Stage 4 – End of Stay at Home Order

  • Re-open highest risk environments and venues once therapeutics have been developed - Concerts, Convention Centers, Live audience sports

UPDATED: April 22, 2020

Birch Hills and Brea Creek Golf Courses Open to the Public with Modifications on Thursday, April 23: Yesterday, the Orange County Board of Supervisors issued operating guidance for golf courses so that they may reopen to the public, while maintaining health and safety. View the County’s guidance here. Birch Hills and Brea Creek Golf Courses are scheduled to reopen, and will adhere to the guidance, they are taking additional measures to ensure player safety at their facility. Use of golf course accessories have been modified and they are asking players to arrive 15 minutes earlier, maintain social distance, and not congregate on the tees and greens. Click here to view a complete list of modifications.

UPDATED: April 21, 2020

County Announces Expanded COVID-19 Testing Throughout Orange County: The Orange County Health Care Agency announced today the launch of the OC COVID-19 Testing Network, which offers COVID-19 testing starting Tuesday, April 21, 2020 to Orange County residents who meet certain criteria. The Network will coordinate and expand testing across Orange County to create a safety net for any community member who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms but is unable to receive testing through a health care provider. The County has partnered with an initial set of community health centers and will continue to expand their network by bringing more locations online in the days and weeks to come. More details, and a list of testing sites, are available here.

County Board of Supervisors Mandates Face Coverings for Grocery Stores and Food Prep Business Workers: The Orange County Board of Supervisors passed a mandate requiring face coverings for workers in grocery stores and food preparation businesses. The mandate requires that all employees who may have contact with the public in any grocery store, pharmacy convenience stores, gas stations, restaurants, food preparation, and retail stores wear facial coverings while working. The requirement goes into effect at midnight on Friday, April, 24

UPDATED: April 14, 2020

Governor Newsom Outlines Six Critical Indicators the State will Consider Before Modifying the Stay-at-Home Order: Today, Governor Newsom provided information on the State’s roadmap for lifting the current stay-at-home order. Although he did not give a specific timeframe, Newsom noted that the transition would be gradual and based on a set of key indicators. Click here for more information and to learn about the six critical indicators the State will consider before modifying the stay-at-home order.

UPDATED: April 13, 2020

County Health Officer Reminds Residents to Call 9-1-1 in an Emergency: Today, the Orange County Health Officer reminded residents that individuals experiencing symptoms of a medical emergency need to seek immediate health care or call 9-1-1. Medical staff around the County have seen instances of patients delaying needed care for life threatening issues for fear of COVID-19 contamination. Emergency rooms in the County are reported to be orderly and safe for emergency and other care.

Brea Fire Chief COVID-19 Video Update: The City of Brea remains committed to serving the community during this COVID-19 pandemic. Brea Fire Chief Adam Loeser provides the latest guidelines in place to reduce the spread of the virus.

UPDATED: April 10, 2020

Celebrating Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic: The COVID-19 pandemic is causing us to celebrate Easter and other festivities differently. With the State’s stay at home and social distancing orders still in place, celebrating in large gatherings or with those outside of your household will have to wait. Parks and trails in Brea are open for households to take a walk, run or dog walk, as long as social distancing is maintained. Parks are not open for gatherings and amenities, such as playgrounds, picnic shelters, sport courts, fitness equipment, remain closed. Do your part to keep Brea safe and help flatten the curve!

Will you be celebrating Easter this weekend? Consider watching a virtual Easter service from your home, having an Easter egg hunt indoors or in your back yard and connecting with family and friends by calling, texting or video conferencing. Social distancing does not mean being socially isolated, stay in touch with others.

UPDATED: April 9, 2020

Orange County Health Officer Issues Face Covering Recommendation: Today, the County Health Officer issued a recommendation strongly encouraging that all employees at essential businesses wear a face covering while at work, as well as residents engaged in essential activities outside the home. This recommendation is in line with guidance previously issued by the California Department of Public Health and is intended to help slow the spread of COVID-19 by those who are asymptomatic. Face coverings should cover the nose and mouth, and be secured to the head with ties or straps, or simply wrapped around the lower face. Residents can purchase factory-made ones or make their own by sewing or folding a variety of household items like scarfs, T-shirts, sweatshirts or towels. View the County recommendation here.

Remember, refrain from purchasing N95 and surgical masks that are critical for first responders and healthcare workers.

The best defense against COVID-19 remains the same:

  • Stay home as much as possible and practice social distancing.
  • Wash hands frequently.
  • Don’t touch eyes, noses, mouths and other parts of your face.
  • Avoid being around anyone who is sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick.

Governor Announces Additional Unemployment Benefits: Governor Newsom announced additional unemployment benefits for workers impacted by COVID-19. Starting this Sunday, workers who are receiving unemployment benefits will begin receiving an extra $600 on top of their weekly amount, as part of the new Pandemic Additional Compensation (PAC) initiated by the CARES Act. This has been implemented as a record number of unemployment claims are being filed on a weekly basis throughout the state. More information can be found here.

UPDATED: April 6, 2020

April 7 City Council Meeting: The Brea City Council will hold it’s regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, April 7 at 7 p.m. In accordance with Governor Newsom and the CDC’s guidelines regarding public gatherings, the Council Chambers will be closed to the public. Public comment can be submitted in writing to the City Clerk at cityclerksgroup@cityofbrea.net by 12 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7. Comments will be summarized at the meeting by the City Clerk. If you wish to attend the City Council meeting in person, Community Rooms A and B, located on the 2nd Floor of the Brea Civic and Cultural Center, will be open for the public to offer public comment. For more information, click here to view the meeting’s agenda. The Brea City Council meeting will be broadcast live, and replayed/on-demand, on Spectrum cable channel 3, AT&T Uverse channel 99 and online.

Check-In With Your Neighbor: While social distancing, it is still important to reach out to older neighbors and loved ones to see if they need help. Practicing social distancing does not mean being socially isolated. Stay in touch with friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers by texting, sending emails, talking on the phone, and video chatting. Let people know how much you care. Click here for a list of neighbor check-in ideas.

UPDATED: April 3, 2020

Guidelines for Wearing Face Coverings in Public: In Brea, we are following guidance from the California Department of Public Health and the Orange County Health Care Agency in regards to wearing face coverings in public. If you must leave your home to conduct essential activities, health officials suggest wearing face coverings, if you feel comfortable doing so. The use of face coverings can help reduce infectious particles from those who could be infected, but asymptomatic. Please leave N-95 and surgical masks for first responders and healthcare workers. 

The best defense against COVID-19 remains the same:

  • Stay home as much as possible and practice social distancing.
  • Wash hands frequently.
  • Don’t touch eyes, noses, mouths and other parts of your face.
  • Avoid being around anyone who is sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick.

UPDATED: April 2, 2020

Brea Police Department Employees Contract COVID-19: Keeping the Brea community and employees safe is the top priority as City officials continue to diligently mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are aware that the virus is present throughout our community and has now directly impacted City staff. We are sharing with you the unfortunate news that three of our own City of Brea employees in the Police Department have contracted the virus. Rest assured, Brea Police Department operations have not been impacted and risk of exposure to other members of the Brea Police Department, City employees and the community is low. All appropriate guidelines from federal, state and county health officials will continue to be meticulously followed in order to reduce the risk of exposure and promote recovery. More details on the City’s response is available here.

UPDATED: March 30, 2020

State of California Health Order Remains in Effect Throughout Orange County: On March 17, the County of Orange issued a Public Health Order set to expire on March 31, 2020. On March 19, California Governor Gavin Newsom and the State Public Health Officer issued a Stay at Home Order. The State’s order supersedes the County’s order, until further notice stating that all individuals are ordered to stay home except to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or go to an essential job. The order also dictated individuals employ social distancing practices by maintaining 6 feet of distance from others. 

Residents of Orange County are required to continue to stay at home except for essential needs. Because transmission is occurring throughout the county, it is important for individuals and businesses to practice social distancing, as directed by the Governor and the State’s Public Health Officer, regardless of the expiration of the County Public Health Order.

UPDATED: March 27, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.

Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Brea: Today, the Orange County Health Care Agency began reporting COVID19 cases by city. As of Friday, March 27, Brea has 1 confirmed case of the County’s reported 321. While this is positive news, we must stay vigilant as a community. Continue to follow public health best practices, stay at home as much as possible, if you need to go outdoors for physical activity, stay in your neighborhood and practice social distancing. Visit the Orange County Health Care Agency’s website for daily details on city-related data.

UPDATED: March 27, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.

OC Health Care Agency to Report City-Related COVID-19 Data: Starting today, the Orange County Health Care Agency will begin reporting city-related data for COVID-19 cases. The information will be available on their website,  ochealthinfo.com/novelcoronavirus later this afternoon. You may already be seeing some numbers reported on social media. Those numbers are unconfirmed and speculative, at this point. Confirmed numbers will not be available until Friday, when the County releases them. 

Please keep the following in mind when you start to see official, city-related data. 

  • City case data is reflective of where the cases live. That does not necessarily reflect where the  transmission occurred. 
  • City numbers should not be interpreted to reflect where transmission is geographically focused or not, but rather, a reminder that COVID-19 is present in all communities in the county.
  • Case counts are not reflective of all disease transmission in any given community because testing is prioritized for those at greatest risk or most sick; asymptomatic and persons with mild disease may not be reflected due to not being tested.

Because transmission is occurring throughout Orange County, it is important for all residents to continue practicing social-distancing, as directed by the Governor and the Orange County Health Officer, regardless of case count in a particular city. Doing so will help to reduce the spread of infection, ease the burden on our hospital and healthcare system, and protect those most vulnerable in our county.

UPDATED: March 26, 2020

Changes to Recycling and Waste Services: The City of Brea contracts with Republic Services for waste hauling and recycling services. They recently informed us that in an effort to protect the health and safety of their employees, customers and communities they serve during the COVID-19 pandemic, they have modified some of their operations. 

Beginning on Monday, March 30, please adhere to the following guidelines.

  • Only cart contents will be accepted. Drivers will not be authorized to leave their vehicle to pick up waste outside of the cart. Hollydale residents will continue to receive manual trash collection service.
  • Bulk and e-waste programs will be suspended, until further notice.
  • Curbside recycling and yard waste collection services will remain in place.
  • All six-day per week commercial accounts will be moved to weekday (Monday-Friday) service.

In addition, alternative disposal methods may be necessary if there are disruptions to recycling processing capabilities or if recycling contamination increases. Please remember, it is important to keep waste out of recycling containers. 

If your business is temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible to have your trash service temporarily suspended. To find out, contact Republic’ Services’ Customer Service Support at 800-700-8610.

For more information, visit www.RepublicServices.com or call 714-.238-2444.

UPDATED: March 23, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.

Partial City Park Closures: Parks and Trails in the City of Brea remain open. However, keeping our community’s health and wellness in mind, ALL OTHER PARK AMENITIES ARE CLOSED. This includes: Playgrounds, Picnic Shelters, Sports Courts, Fitness Equipment, and the Skate Park. Park restrooms will be open until 5 p.m. daily. Please remember to practice social distancing when enjoying the outdoors.

Overnight Parking Enforcement Suspended: Until further notice, overnight parking enforcement is suspended on City streets. Street sweeping operations will continue, along with Brea PD responding to traffic safety matters.

All City Facilities Remain Closed to the Public: Following Governor Newsom’s stay-at-home order, the City of Brea reevaluated it’s staffing levels at all City facilities. Beginning Monday, March 23, until further notice, City facilities will no longer provide appointments for in-person services. City services will continue to be available by phone or email only. A reference list is available.

OCTA Bus Routes: Beginning today, all Orange County bus routes will temporarily shift to the Sunday service schedule seven days a week. The Sunday schedule, which is about 40% of the typical amount of weekday bus service, is listed by route on the www.OCBus.com website and in all OCTA bus books. The OC ACCESS paratransit system, for riders with physical or cognitive limitations, will continue to operate at full service levels.

UPDATED: March 23, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.

All City Facilities Remain Closed to the Public: Following Governor Newsom’s stay-at-home order, the City of Brea reevaluated its staffing levels at all City facilities. Beginning Monday, March 23, until further notice, City facilities will no longer provide appointments for in-person services. City services will continue to be available by phone or email only. A reference list is available.

OCTA Bus Routes: Beginning today, all Orange County bus routes will temporarily shift to the Sunday service schedule seven days a week. The Sunday schedule, which is about 40% of the typical amount of weekday bus service, is listed by route on the www.OCBus.com website and in all OCTA bus books. The OC ACCESS paratransit system, for riders with physical or cognitive limitations, will continue to operate at full service levels.

UPDATED: March 20, 2020

Last night, Governor Newsom issued a statewide Stay at Home order in response to COVID-19. This order was enacted to protect the health and safety of all Californians. For more information and to view the Governor’s announcement video, click here.

UPDATED: March 17, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

The Orange County Health Care Agency has issued new orders to slow the spread of COVID-19. These are legally enforceable orders effective today through March 31, 2020. Because Brea is under the County’s jurisdiction, we are encouraging our residents and businesses to abide by the orders. We are also asking restaurants and bars to comply by 8PM tonight. Click here to view the orders issue by the County of Orange.

UPDATED: March 17, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

The City of Brea remains focused on providing services to the community during this COVID-19 pandemic. Although all City facilities are currently closed for public access, staff remains onsite to assist with business matters. For the time being, City business is being conducted by phone, email, and in-person by appointment only. To contact a City department or schedule an in-person appointment, a reference guide is available to download.

UPDATED: March 16, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.

As a precaution to reduce community spread of COVID-19,  all City facilities are closed for public access beginning Tuesday, March 17, until further notice. The public will continue to conduct City business by appointment only. 

  • Services requiring in-person visits or public counter assistance will now be handled by phone, email, and, in certain necessary circumstances, in-person by appointment only.
  • For the time being, call 714-990-7600 during regular business hours to schedule an appointment. A list of department-specific numbers will be available shortly.
  • In order to serve the most vulnerable senior population, the Senior Center will continue to provide take-home lunches for seniors Monday-Friday, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Transportation for Brea seniors to be shuttled from their residence to the Center to pick up lunches and groceries will continue on a reservation basis by calling 714-990-7750.

In response to the latest CDC guidelines for cancelling or postponing large events and mass gatherings of 50 people or more for the next eight weeks, all City events are being postponed or cancelled  and expected to resume on May 11.

  • Pet Expo (April 4) - CANCELLED
  • Love Brea (April 25) - CANCELLED, may be postponed
  • Public Works/Fire Open House (May 9) - CANCELLED

UPDATED: March 13, 2020 at 5:45 p.m.

Following the Brea Olinda Unified School District’s decision to suspend on-campus learning at all Brea schools through April 3, the City of Brea has decided to take the same proactive measures for school-aged programs.

  • After School Program and Van Transportation - CANCELLED, will resume April 13, 2020
  • Teen Zone and Van Transportation - CANCELLED, will resume April 13, 2020
  • Spring Break Day Camp (April 6-10) - CANCELLED
  • 6th Grade Sneak Preview Dance (March 27) - CANCELLED
  • Day Camp Registration (April 1) - RESCHEDULED, new date TBD
  • Tiny Tots and Lunch Bunch Preschool Programs - CANCELLED, resumes April 13, 2020
  • Mighty Tikes Soccer - CANCELLED
  • Youth Basketball - CANCELLED

Please note, the above dates will be evaluated and are subject to change.

UPDATED: March 13, 2020

The City of Brea values the safety and wellness of the entire community. Since the County of Orange declared a local health emergency on February 26, 2020, City officials have been closely monitoring the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. To date, there are no presumptive nor confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Brea. 

On March 11, Governor Newsom and the California Department of Public Health issued a new statewide policy for public gatherings. The guidelines call for modifying or postponing non-essential gatherings of 250 or more people through at least March 31 to help stem the spread of COVID-19 across the state.

Given the new guidelines from the state, and ongoing advice from Orange County Public Health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the City of Brea has taken the following steps to help maintain a safe environment for both the community and staff.

  • Evaluating the cancellation or postponement of City events involving more than 250 people for the next 30 days. 
  • The City’s Spring Craft Boutique (March 20 and 21) - CANCELLED
  • The Police Department’s Dispatch with Dogs (March 21) - CANCELLED
  • The Teen Zone’s 6th Grade Sneak Preview Night Dance (March 27) - CANCELLED
  • City events and programs scheduled in April and beyond are currently being evaluated and are subject to change.
  • City Hall, the Brea Community Center, and other City programs and facilities remain open and are following best practices to maintain a healthy environment for all visitors and staff.
  • Hand sanitizers are available at all City facility front counters for the use of visitors and staff. 
  • The Brea Senior Center will focus on its essential services: the nutrition program, case management and home-delivered meals. Other programs held at the center are still being evaluated and are subject to change.
  • Public Safety personnel have existing protocols in place to respond to any virus exposure and have implemented additional protective measures to ensure their protection as well as the public’s.

The present situation with COVID-19 is unprecedented. The decision to cancel City-sponsored events is consistent with what appears to be emerging as the “best practice” and the manner in which other cities, along with other public and private institutions throughout the state, are doing in response to COVID-19 public health concerns. The present strategy is to limit the opportunity for people to come into contact with one another, so as to limit the extent of which the COVID-19 virus can spread. This is a rapidly evolving situation; the City will continue to provide updates as we have new information to share. The City will also continue to work closely with its community partners, including the Brea Olinda Unified School District, to be prepared and best able to respond.

As a reminder, the community is encouraged to practice good health hygiene to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses. Please take the following everyday preventive actions, listed below:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Individuals should stay home when they are sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

For questions, please call the Health Care Agency of Orange County at 800-564-8448 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.