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Posted on: March 16, 2020

City Manager's COVID-19 Statement

March 16, 2020 

The City of Pismo Beach would like to assure the community that it is prepared to respond to the COVID-19 situation by keeping health and safety as its top priority. The City is dedicated to protecting residents, continuation of essential services like police, fire, water and wastewater, and maintaining normalcy throughout the community.  

While these unexpected events are rare, the City has trained for and is prepared for various emergency response scenarios like this one. Staff is in constant communication with County and other local officials, the school district, and local businesses. Pismo Beach is a strong, resilient, and well-prepared community. I have confidence in our City team to put together the necessary steps to serve and protect those that live, work and visit our City.  

It is with that in mind that as the Director of Emergency Services, I have declared a local emergency for the City of Pismo Beach. This action is being taken as a precaution to ensure the City has the ability to fully protect the public and to allow the City to access funding from the state and federal government. Additionally, it simplifies various existing City rules to allow the City the flexibility to respond quickly.   All essential services will continue as normal. At this time, City Hall remains open to serve the public. We are asking residents and businesses that need service from City Hall to do so via telephone or email to the extent possible. If you need to pay your water bill, it can be done via our online system. For those that need to come to City Hall, we ask that you follow social distancing and safe practices to keep yourself and our employees safe.  If you have business at City Hall that can be delayed to another day, please consider doing so. 

Out of an abundance of caution, effective March 14, 2020, all City Recreation activities have been cancelled, along with the closure of both Veterans’ Halls through March 31, 2020. As new information becomes available, restoration of these services will be evaluated.  

To continue conducting the people’s business, the City Council Meeting scheduled  for March 17, 2020 will be held in Council Chamber with some Councilmembers attending virtually to teleconference into the meeting. Public comment will be taken via email ahead of the meeting or live during the meeting by emailing The council chambers will be available during the meeting, however, should members of the public wish to participate or observe the meeting in person.  We will be enforcing social distancing recommendations in the Council Chamber for any members of the public who choose to attend.  Additional details about the Council Meeting will be made available on the City’s website,  

The City Council encourages all residents and businesses to follow county, state and federal recommendations to promote public health and safety.  Members of the public are encouraged to follow the City’s Facebook account for the latest information.  

For the latest information on COVID-19, the public should visit 

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.   

James R. Lewis City Manager 


Click here to view: City Manager’s COVID-19 Response (Letter)

Click this link to view: City Manager’s COVID-19 Response (Video)

City Council Meetings may be viewed live online at and on Charter cable Channel 20.

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