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Posted on: February 27, 2020

[ARCHIVED] City of Brea COVID-19 Community Update

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.

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