The Coast News Group is dedicating this page to keep our community updated with current information, resources and articles related to the COVID-19 pandemic in North County. Please bookmark this page and check for daily updates.
Food & Restaurants
- Amtrak Pacific Surfliner — Pacific Surfliner trains are now following a temporarily reduced schedule. This is a dynamic situation, so other changes to the schedule can be made if, for example, there are not enough crew members available or if public health conditions change in the area. Click here to view the new timetable
- MTS — MTS plans to continue regular service through March 31. With fewer riders on board, maintaining regular service at this time will enable passengers to better practice social distancing while riding and at stations.
- North County Transit District — North County Transit District is experiencing significant declines in ridership and has determined that temporary service reductions will be implemented for COASTER commuter trains. The following temporary service reductions will be in effect beginning Monday, March 23, 2020 and will remain in place until further notice.
- Innovate78 — The Innovate78 cities (Carlsbad, Escondido, San Marcos, Oceanside & Vista) have put together information to help you respond to transportation issues for business and employees. Any new or additional information will be posted on the Innovate78 website here, so check back frequently.
- 2-1-1 San Diego — A 24-hour confidential phone service and searchable online database for public resources, including school meal distribution sites, home-delivered meal services, grocery stores open early for senior citizens, utilies, housing and shelter information, healthcare, and much more.
- Food Banks — If you need food for you or your family in San Diego County, there are dozens of charity operated pantries providing free food. Find a complete listing of free food banks, pantries, soup kitchens, and distribution centers, and information on food stamps/CalFresh, including where to apply.
- Del Mar Community Connections — Del Mar Community Connections is a volunteer-driven organization providing programs and services that help our maturing residents. The group is currently accepting donations for toilet paper, paper towels, hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies. Seniors can make requests for supplies they might need, and volunteers can help deliver the supplies or help with other services by filling out this form. Volunteers can register here.
- North County Lifeline — North County Lifeline is a community-based human services organization that serves low-income and underserved populations in San Diego County. Every year Lifeline serves more than 5,000 members of our community through clinically-strong and evidence-based programs that focus on positive youth development, child abuse prevention and domestic violence intervention, housing and self-sufficiency, behavioral health, and human trafficking victim and survivor services. They are currently accepting donations to continue services.
- Operation HOPE — The Vista-based nonprofit provides a safe and supportive environment for families with children and single women who are experiencing homelessness as they rebuild their lives. They are currently accepting donations to continue services.
Business & Employment Services
- U.S. Small Business Association — The SBA work directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
- Department of Labor FAQ – Paid leave provisions are effective April 1, 2020 (not April 2 as anticipated). Includes some clarification and confirmation, including for example the applicability of the “fewer than 500” rule (pulling from the FMLA integrated enterprise test, and FLSA joint employer analysis).
- San Diego Workforce Partnership — For those currently impacted by the pandemic and looking for help, the latest information for workers and employers is available on the website now. Employers can also call (619) 228-2982 for assistance within one business day. Also view the latest employment statistics here.
- California Alcohol Beverage Control — The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has suspended enforcement of specific legal prohibitions to assist California’s alcoholic beverage industry during the COVID-19 pandemic. The department issues a Notice of Regulatory Relief on March 19 to help licensees with economic challenges brought on by the spread of the virus.
- Fisher Phillips – There have been a number of new ‘shut-down’ or ‘shelter-in-place’ orders that have recently gone into effect around the country. Fisher Phillips is constantly monitoring and updating information to help businesses or organizations deal with the implications of the coronavirus so they can prepare and respond quickly. Federal and state legal information regarding business operations, non-essential businesses and more can be found here and here.
- Equal Employment Opportunity Commission — The EEOC just weighed in on the impact that the COVID-19 coronavirus is having on American workforces and issued a press release today titled “What You Should Know About the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and COVID-19.” The publication takes a Q&A format and tackles some common areas of concern for employers.
- Internal Revenue Service — The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus here. Check the website for information on the recently passed federal stimulus package.
- San Diego Tourism Authority – The SDTA is offering resources and opportunities to collaborate, including an email list for weekly updates to members; Research page which as the SDTA’s latest visitor industry stats, including hotel occupancy numbers, and the paywall has been removed during the crisis. Business listings of organizations posting lists of open businesses still offering services, please send your link here.
- PettitKohn – They have released a number of resources for employment and employers. Read their latest COVID-19 Newsletter. Read about President Trump’s extended paid sick leave legislation.
- Procopio – Hosting several free webinars regarding employers, business insurance, and important questions. Register for upcoming webinars and watch previous webinars here! They also have a resource page with regularly updated information here.
- Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce — The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce has setup a comprehensive webpage with a growing list of services and support for small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. They also include a list of free or discounted business services and digital networking opportunities here.
- San Marcos Chamber of Commerce: San Marcos approved the COVID-19 Business Sustainability Program on March 24. The program will set aside up to $3,000,000 of General Fund reserves for a short term business loan program. Learn more about the San Marcos Business Sustainability Program here. Also, join San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones for “Better Together San Marcos” Virtual Community Lunch.
- Escondido Chamber of Commerce — The Escondido Chamber of Commerce is working remotely to continue helping area businesses. “Hats off to Escondido” virtual mixer will be held at 5 p.m. on April 9 via Zoom.
- Encinitas Small Business Support Fund —In partnership with the Cardiff-by-the-Sea Foundation and the Harbaugh Foundation, the Leucadia 101, Encinitas 101 and Cardiff 101 MainStreet Associations are accepting donations to raise $100,000 to create the Encinitas Small Business Support Fund. Business owners would apply to the fund for grants ranging from $2,000 to $10,000.
Entertainment & Education
- Lab Rats “STEAM At-Home” — Lab Rats is project-based learning that encourages critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork and self-management through STEAM. They are currently offering a weekly STEAM and science labs video series. Watch the entire collection of videos on Lab Rats’ YouTube channel. Here’s a preview of Lab Rats’ “STEAM At-Home” series:
- National University – Free Online classes for California students affected by COVID-19. More info.
- CitySpark’s Virtual Events: The local online calendar event site, CitySpark has added a “Virtual Event” listing.
- Virtual Museum Tours: Visit the Louvre, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, The Vatican Museum, NASA’s Langley Research Center and Ohio’s Glenn Research Center.
- San Diego Humane Society’s “Humane at Home”: The Facebook Live series, which airs live on San Diego Humane Society’s Facebook page at 2 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, provides children with fun, interactive content to help them learn about animals. All previously aired episodes are available.
- Helen Woodward Animal Center’s “Critter Cam”: Helen Woodward’s education department is offering scheduled on-line programming, including its Critter Cam, which features a live-stream rotation of adoptable pets, including rabits, parrots and baby goats.
- San Diego Zoo’s Wildlife Live Cams: While the zoo itself is closed, live cameras of animals are available 24 hours a day. Watch polar bears, penguins, tigers, pandas, baboons and so much more.
- Museum of Making Music – Presenting several fun and educational live streaming events from band conducting, to MIDI production! Find the schedule of events here!
- TeachingBooks: A literature site that offers 160,000+ digital resources for teachers and students alike, including read-along audiobook performances and ready-to-use activities.
- Mo Willems’ “Lunch Doodles”: Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio. New episodes will be posted each weekday at 1:00 p.m. ET and then remain online to be streamed afterwards.
- Kennedy Center’s Digital Stage: Watch extraordinary performances by your favorite artists from the Kennedy Center’s stages and beyond, including original works, new clips, and a vast archive which you can also explore.
- Join Read Across America: The titles and resources featured by NEA’s Read Across America include books that students can see themselves reflected in, as well as books that allow readers to see a world or a character that might be different than them.
- The Coast News Group — The Coast News Group continues to follow the coronavirus pandemic around North County.
- KPBS — As the outbreak continues to grow, KPBS will continue to update this section with the latest information.
- San Diego Union-Tribune — Provides live coronavirus updates in San Diego County and is tracking reported coronavirus cases with charts and statistics.
- North County Daily Star— An online news srouce for North County.
- San Diego News Desk — A news site project of the Republican Party of San Diego County.